September 2019 | Volume 183


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Set design by Ted Roberts; costume design by Alaia Hamer; lighting design by Michael K. Hewitt. Photo by Moonrider Productions

The Birds & the Bees
By Mark Crawford
Arts Club Theatre Company
Granville Island Stage
Sept. 26-Oct. 26
From $29 or 604-687-1644

From the playwright of last season's Bed & Breakfast comes The Birds & the Bees—starting September 26 at the Granville Island Stage.

Mark Crawford is an actor and playwright whose first play, Stag and Doe, premiered in 2014. His second play, Bed & Breakfast, premiered in 2015, and played at the Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage in its 2018–2019 season. In 2016, The Birds & the Bees premiered at the Blyth Festival, and quickly became one of the most-produced Canadian plays of the decade with a dozen professional productions to date.

The Birds & the Bees follows Sarah (Dawn Petten), a turkey farmer, who has split up with her husband and moved in with her mom, Gail (Susinn McFarlen), a beekeeper. Add in Earl (Tom McBeath), the flirty neighbour, and Ben (Christopher Allen), an eager young graduate student, and you have the perfect breeding ground for unlikely attractions. Set in adjoining bedrooms, The Birds & the Bees is a Canadian comedy about love, lust, beekeeping, and the artificial insemination of turkeys.

Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran says, “I love this big-hearted, silly, modern—and progressive—sex farce, where the older characters get to have as much fun—or more—than their younger counterparts. But, this piece is also much more than frolicking fun. It also plays with generational differences and the way those differences are revealed in issues of environmentalism, economics, sexuality, and “good morals.” Lauren Taylor is the perfect director—with her big heart, sense of humour, and fine attention to detail—to bring a new production to life!”

Director Lauren Taylor adds, “I am super excited to be working on this hilarious Canadian play about beekeeping, farming, family, and new beginnings with this incredible cast of well-loved actors. I think this will definitely appeal to the urban beekeeper in your life, anyone who’s been on a farm, or anyone looking for a belly laugh this fall! The design team working on the show are already in stitches just planning for the production, especially as it involves having to research sex music!”

“Warm-hearted and sweet, offering genuine belly laughs” —Winnipeg Free Press

Christopher Allen (Ben), Tom McBeath (Earl), Susinn McFarlen (Gail), Dawn Petten (Sarah)

Lauren Taylor (Director), Ted Roberts (Set Designer), Alaia Hamer (Costume Designer), Michael Hewitt (Lighting Designer), Sammie Hatch (Sound Designer), Daniela Atiencia (Assistant Director), Kimira Bhikum (Assistant Set Designer), April Starr Land (Stage Manager), Tanya Schwaerzle (Assistant Stage Manager)

September 26–October 26, 2019 (Media opening: October 2)
Mon–Thu at 7:30 PM, Fri & Sat at 8 PM, Wed at 1:30 PM, and Sat 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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