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MARCH 2019 | Volume 177


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  Image of Christine Quintana and beluga whale by Erin Gleig.

by Rosa Labordé
Ruby Slippers Theatre
Firehall Arts Centre
Mar. 15-23
www.firehallartscentre.ca or 604-689-0926

The Western Canadian Premiere of Marine Life by Rosa Labordé

Ruby Slippers Theatre is proud to produce the Western Canadian premiere production of Marine Life by Rosa Laborde in association with the Firehall Arts Centre from March 15-23, 2019.

The story revolves around an environmental activist who falls in love with her opposite, while her co-dependent brother spirals into chaotic self-destruction and does everything he can to push the lovers apart. This smart new play asks us whether our failings at human intimacy are inextricably linked to our failure to protect our planet. Incorporating magic realism, humour and live music, Marine Life explores themes of environmentalism, creativity, mental illness and personal responsibility in a delicately romantic dark comedy, set against a backdrop of apocalyptic proportions.

“Eco activism goes romantic comedy in Rosa Labordé’s delightful Marine Life, a show that tackles big issues with heart and soul. Labordé writes dialogue that crackles with wit in a play that deals with one of the most pressing issues of our time but Labordé is never didactic.…” ~ Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine NNNN

Marine Life is Directed by Diane Brown and featuring Christine Quintana, Sebastien Archibald and Alen Dominguez. Set design by Drew Facey, lighting design by John Webber, video design by Jordan Watkins and Ryan McDonald, sound design by Malcolm Dow, costume design by Jessica Oostergo, musical direction by Jeff Gladstone, stage managed by Susan Miyagishima, and assistant stage managed by Heather Barr.

“Environmentally conscious theatre lights up the Tarragon stage in Toronto. I highly recommend it!” ~ Mooney on Theatre

Rosa Labordé is a Canadian playwright, screenwriter, director and actress. She is playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre and Aluna Theatre. Her play Léo was shortlisted for the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play and the Governor General's Award for English-language drama.

Marine Life, Rosa Labordé’s charming new play at Tarragon is perhaps the most pleasant hour and a half you’ll spend contemplating a) whether the guy and girl will end up together; and b) how climate change and rising oceans may soon return humans to the watery depths from which we emerged billions of years ago.” ~ J. Kelly Nestruck, Globe & Mail ***

For three decades Ruby Slippers’ two-tiered mission has been to (1.) Further the voices of people on the femme spectrum and (2.) Promote cross-cultural pollination through presenting crucial Quebec works in English. All of their work represents under-represented voices and social issues, inspiring independent critical thought, communion, diversity, and inclusivity. Ruby Slippers Theatre gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver, and the Hamber Foundation.

Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC
Tickets through firehallartscentre.ca, 604.689.0926



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