January 2020 | Volume 187
FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PEE!
Studio 58's 54th season continues with the Tony Award-winning Urinetown, The Musical directed by Courtenay Dobbie.
In a "Gotham-like" city gripped by a severe drought, private toilets have been outlawed and a large corporation holds a monopoly on all public washrooms—forcing citizens to pay to pee! Heroic Bobby Strong incites the masses to revolt in this irreverent musical satire about capitalist greed, environmental catastrophe, and social uprising.
Dobbie says, "Musicals operate on a high emotional plane; their larger-than-life physical and vocal style vibrates in our blood, guts, and bones, making for visceral theatrical experiences. Urinetown, The Musical embraces the showmanship of the art form as well as a political and social agenda. It is satirical, cheeky, and self-aware in exploring its themes and is perhaps more relevant today than when it premiered Off-Broadway 18 years ago."
"It's a privilege to pee
Water's worth its weight in gold these days
No more bathrooms like the olden days
You come here and pay a fee
For the privilege to pee."
—It's a Privilege to Pee by Mark Hollman
Directed by Courtenay Dobbie
Musical direction by Diane Speirs
Choreography by Julie Tomaino
Set and prop design by Yvan Morissette
Costume design by Christopher David Gauthier
Lighting design by Andrew Pye
SHOWTIMES & TICKETS
Tue–Sat at 8 PM, Sat & Sun at 3 PM. Tickets from $12.50 available online at studio58.ca or by calling 1.877.840.0457.
ABOUT STUDIO 58
Studio 58 is the professional theatre training program at Langara College, located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Under the direction of Kathryn Shaw, it offers nationally recognized training for both actors and production personnel. Four full-length and two indie-style productions, directed and designed by professional artists, are presented annually. More information at studio58.ca
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