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THEATRE PREVIEW

OCTOBER 2019 | Volume 184

 

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Paul Dunn and Mark Crawford. Set and costume design by Dana Osborne and lighting design by Rebecca Picherack. Photo by Moonrider productions.

Bed & Breakfast
by Mark Crawford
Arts Club Theatre Company On Tour
Oct. 3-Nov. 16
www.artsclub.com
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Bed & Breakfast, the charming comedy about being out and finding home, kicks off the Arts Club’s 31st touring season.

The play follows a gay couple in their 30s living in Toronto. When Brett (Mark Crawford) inherits a family estate, he and his partner, Drew (Paul Dunn), move to a quiet little tourist town to set up a B&B. Once they arrive, however, they’re greeted with outright homophobia by some of the residents, which makes them reconsider whether they made the right decision after all. With dozens of hilarious characters all portrayed by two actors, Bed & Breakfast is a heartfelt comedy about “being out,” skeletons in the closet, and finding a place to call home.

Mark Crawford is an actor and a playwright. His first play, Stag and Doe, premiered at the Blyth Festival in 2014. It quickly became one of the most-produced Canadian plays of the decade, with nine professional productions since its premiere. Bed & Breakfast premiered in 2015 at the Thousand Islands Playhouse, where it broke box office records. It’s had productions all over Canada, including the Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage earlier this year.

The Arts Club’s Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran directs this production of Bed & Breakfast, which will tour the province. She was also the dramaturg and director for its premiere at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. She said, “The form of this play is really exciting—both actors play about a dozen roles each. They use a form of theatre called vocal masque, an athletic and physical form of theatre where actors make sharp shifts in voice and body to help differentiate between different characters. It’s an exciting thing to watch, especially combined with the 300 sound and 300 lighting cues that fly along, supporting the actors’ specific gear shifts. I am thrilled to bring this piece—a show I deeply love—to our touring audiences.”

“A definite hit… well worth a visit” —Vancouver Sun

STARRING
Mark Crawford (Brett), Paul Dunn (Drew)

CREATIVE TEAM
Ashlie Corcoran (Director), Krista Colosimo (Assistant Director), Dana Osborne (Set & Costume Designer), Rebecca Picherack(Lighting Designer), Ted Roberts (Tour Lighting Director), John Gzowski (Sound Designer), Joshua Quinlan (Assistant Set & Costume Designer), Ronaye Haynes (Stage Manager), Alannah Korf (Apprentice Stage Manager)

TOUR DATES

Venue

Date

NORTH VANCOUVER
The BlueShore at CapU
604.990.7810

October 3

WEST VANCOUVER
Kay Meek Arts Centre
604.981.6335

October 4 & 5

MISSION
Clarke Theatre
604.629.8849

October 6

NEW WESTMINSTER
Anvil Centre
604.521.5050

October 8

SURREY
Surrey Arts Centre
604.501.5566

October 9–20

MAPLE RIDGE
The ACT Arts Centre
604.476.2787

October 24 & 25

BURNABY
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
604.205.3000

October 26 & 27

COQUITLAM
Evergreen Cultural Centre
604.927.6555

October 29–November 2

NANAIMO
Port Theatre
250.754.8550

November 6

COURTENAY
Sid Williams Theatre
250.338.2430, ext. 1

November 7

DUNCAN
Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
250.748.7529

November 8

VERNON
Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
250.549.7469

November 12

CRANBROOK
Key City Theatre
250.426.7006

November 14

NELSON
Capitol Theatre
250.352.6363

November 16


ABOUT THE ARTS CLUB

The Arts Club, one of the largest not-for-profit theatre companies in the country, is the principal gathering place for the theatrical arts in British Columbia. Comprising three unique venues across Vancouver, the Arts Club welcomes more than a quarter million guests annually, tours provincially and nationally, and engages students and artists alike through educational and professional programs.

Above all, the Arts Club is dedicated to the advancement of local artists telling stories from around the globe and, in particular, those of our region. From this, we believe that culture expands, an understanding of differences is nurtured, and art bursts forth. The Arts Club was founded in 1964 and is currently led by Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran and Executive Director Peter Cathie White.

 

 

 

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