APRIL 2019 | Volume 178
Set in the high Edwardian world of 1907, The Sea is a fascinating blend of wild farce, high comedy, biting social satire, and poetic tragedy.
The Slamming Door Artist Collective presents Edward Bond’s THE SEA, May 2–19, 2019 at The Jericho Arts Centre, directed by Tamara McCarthy. Set in the aftermath of a tempest on the salt-sprayed shores of a quiet village, two young lovers try to make sense of chaos in an irrational society peopled by eccentric characters.
A wild storm shakes a small East Anglian seaside village, and Willy is unable to save his friend from drowning. The raving coastguard is too drunk to do anything; Hatch the draper is passing by but he believes that hovering alien spaceships are slowly replacing people’s brains and he refuses to help, while the grande dame Mrs Rafi, bastion of respectability, amateur theatricals and velvet curtains from Birmingham, sets her face against the chaos.
First produced in 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre, London, The Sea is the work of English playwright Edward Bond, widely regarded among the top of England’s major living dramatists, but who has always been considered controversial due to the violence depicted in his plays, the radicalism of his statements on modern theatre and society, and his theories on drama. The Sea is no exception, where its collection of furious eccentricity, bitter collision of class, and fierce burning of grief sways between light-hearted comedy and desolate poetry, in an unapologetic examination of rural manners and humanity’s unqualified potential.
The Slamming Door Artist Collective returns to the Jericho Arts Centre for the third time, having previously produced critically acclaimed Guest Productions of A Doll’s House and Flare Path, collectively nominated for 6 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, and receiving one. This professional CAEA Artist Collective features Stephen Aberle, Raes Calvert, Genevieve Fleming, Dylan Floyde, Jessica Hood, Elizabeth Kirkland, Cheyenne Mabberley, Michelle Morris, Melissa Oei, and Mason Temple, in an ensemble of some of Vancouver’s most notable emerging and established theatre artists.
The Sea’s creative team includes lighting design by Celeste English, sound design by Matthew MacDonaldBain, set design by Sandy Margaret, costume design by Chantal Short and Cheyenne Mabberley, stage management by Nico Dicecco and Victoria Snashall, assistant direction by Laura Jaye, and dialect coaching by Ashley O’Connell.
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About The Slamming Door Artist Collective
The Slamming Door Artist Collective is a professional CAEA ad-hoc collective based out of Vancouver. The collective serves Vancouver audiences by producing modern classics not often seen on the West Coast. The SDC’s major productions to date include Rattigan’s Flare Path (nominated for five Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and receiving one), and Ibsen’s A Doll’s House (nominated for one Jessie Award). Its collective members work professionally in film, television, and theatre throughout the Lower Mainland.
Praise for Flare Path and A Doll’s House
“Outstanding performances by the cast delicately underscore the intense emotions of the characters.” – Cora Li, vancouverscape.com
“[A] total commitment on the part of the artists involved to the reality of character and situation, giving us access to the genuinely moving human drama in melodrama.” – Jerry Wasserman, vancouverplays.com
“Filled with powerful performances and guided by a timeless script, A Doll’s House is a powerful piece of theatre.” - Daniel Chai, VanCityBuzz.com
The Slamming Door Artist Collective presents THE SEA By Edward Bond
Dates: May 2–19, 2019
Opening Night: May 2, 2019
Previews: April 30 and May 1, 2019
Jericho Arts Centre
1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver BC, V6R 4K5
$18 to $27
Pay What You Will and Senior Pricing Available
Box Office: Theatre Wire: www.theatrewire.com
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