SEPTEMBER 2019 | Volume 183


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Cost of Living
by Martyna Majok
Arts Club Theatre Company
In partnership with Citadel Theatre
BMO Theatre Centre
Oct. 10-Nov. 3
From $29 or 604-687-1644

The Arts Club and Citadel Theatre are co-producing the Canadian premiere of Cost of Living, the 2018 Pulitzer Prize–winning work by Polish-American playwright Martyna Majok. Following its run in Vancouver, the show will play in Edmonton this winter.

What does it mean to give care? A shave, a helping hand, and forgiveness in the face of faults. This award-winning play about relationships and living with physical disabilities is tucked with surprise humour. A wealthy student named John (Christopher Imbrosciano) is cared for by Jess (Bahareh Yaraghi), a young woman down on her luck, and Eddie (Ashley Wright) rebuilds an old bond by providing aid to his ex-wife, Ani (Teal Sherer). These achingly human stories delve into the social divides between people, even as they strive to help.

The Arts Club’s Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran will direct this production. She said, “When I first read this Pulitzer Prize–winning play earlier this year, I fell in love right away. It’s a deeply poetic, heartfelt piece that deals with complex and thoughtful ideas. It explores loneliness, privilege, ability and disability, love and longing. I am suitably scared, excited, and thrilled to bring Martyna’s stunning words to life.”

“It reawakens my belief in the poetry of theater” —New York Theatre Guide

Christopher Imbrosciano (John), Teal Sherer (Ani), Ashley Wright (Eddie), Bahareh Yaraghi (Jess)

Ashlie Corcoran (Director), Drew Facey (Set Designer), Amy McDougall (Costume Designer), Rebecca Picherack (Lighting Designer), Dave Clarke (Sound Designer), James Sanders (Cultural Creative Consultant), Tanya Mathivanan (Assistant Director), Paul Weston (Assistant Director), Jessica Hood (Assistant Set Designer), Pamela Jakobs (Stage Manager), Peter Jotkus (Assistant Stage Manager), Adam Henderson (Dialect Coach)

October 10–November 3, 2019 (Media opening: October 16) 
Tue–Thu at 7:30 PM, Fri & Sat at 8 PM, Wed at 1:30 PM, and Sat & Sun at 2 PM

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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