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FEBRUARY 2020 | Volume 188


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The Wedding Party
by Kristen Thomson
Based on characters created with Trish Lindström, Tony Nappo, Moya O’Connell, Tom Rooney, and Bahia Watson
Arts Club Theatre Company with Prairie Theatre Exchange
Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre
Feb. 27-Mar. 22
From $29
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While attending a dinner party, playwright Kristen Thomson overheard the hostess telling a story about a worst-case-scenario wedding. She vividly recalled how the bride’s side and the groom’s side engaged in verbal fisticuffs, lobbing increasingly cutting insults at one another as the evening went on. Thomson was unable to get the story out of her head, and wound up using it as the inspiration for her riotous comedy: The Wedding Party.

Playing on the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre from February 27 to March 22, The Wedding Party premiered in 2017 at Crow’s Theatre—where it was so well received that it was brought back the next year—and was then followed by a 2019 run at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The play was initially developed through improv sessions with five actors—Trish LindströmTony NappoMoya O’ConnellTom Rooney, and Bahia Watson—who are also credited with creating the characters. 

In The Wedding Party, six cast members play over 20 different characters at a wedding at which the newlyweds are offstage and the two families are at each other’s throats. The father of the groom saves a seat for the dog, a long-lost twin confuses everyone, and the bride’s mother is cut off from the wine. Audiences can grab a ringside seat for all the laughs, debauchery, disagreements, and love as this changing cast of characters keeps them howling right up to the final dance.

On this programming choice, Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran said, “The Wedding Party is a perfectly modern, laugh-out-loud comedy. The play presents us with a whole gaggle of unruly wedding guests, none of whom seems excited about the wedding at hand, but all of whom provide us with a lot of laughs.”

“What brings many pleasures and belly laughs is the convention of performers character-swapping at a dizzying rate, ranging across genders, nationalities, and ages” —Toronto Star

Jasmine ChenAndrea Del CampoLuisa JojicNancy SorelTodd ThomsonCory Wojcik

Ann Hodges (Director), Brian Perchaluk (Set Designer), Christine Reimer (Costume Designer), Hugh Conager (Video and Lighting Designer), Malcolm Dow (Sound Designer), Rebecca Mulvihill (Stage Manager), Jane Buttner (Assistant Stage Manager)

February 27–March 22, 2020 (Media opening: March 4)

Tue–Thu at 7:30 PM, Fri and Sat at 8 PM, Wed at 1:30 PM, and Sat & Sun at 2 PM
Tuesday Talkback: Tue, March 17, at 7:30 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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