PRODUCTION SERIES: March 12-15, 2015
AUNTIE/REBECCA AND UNCLE/BEN by Kamila Sediego
Directed by Jake Prins
Featuring Jeremiah O’Driscoll and Jessica Parsons
Rebecca wants to have sex. Ben wants to take care of Jacob. Jacob just wants company – mostly because he’s five, and is taking a bath by himself in the next room. When Rebecca tries to express her frustration, the couple is forced to look at the compromises they’ve made for their relationship. Romantic duty and familial obligation hang over the couple as they try to decide: Are we still us, with him?
AURORA by Ramón Esquivel
Directed by Sara McIntyre
Featuring Allie Pev and Rachelle Tom
In the middle of the night, a despondent Kai visits the Aurora Bridge, where her girlfriend Halen took her own life two years ago. Halen appears to Kai. She shares aspects of an Earthbound afterlife, how her molecules moved through the air, earth, and water to merge with other organisms. Kai wants that too, until Halen reveals other sides of death. In this desperate moment, Kai confronts Halen with her anger, bitterness, and feelings of abandonment. In what will be their final conversation, how will Halen and Kai find closure that will free them to continue on separate paths?
THE BED TRICK by Kat Montagu
Directed by Chris Robson
Featuring Nicole Oliver, Chris Robson, Celia Sutton, Ava Vanderstarren
A judge has made an indecent proposal to a virtuous young woman whose sibling is in jail. Writer Kat Montagu’s modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure puts sexual politics and power on trial, and cross examines our taboos. Is it wrong for a woman to trade sex to gain her sister’s freedom? Will she exploit herself – or an older man’s weakness? Who decides what is fair and what is forbidden? Will their mother’s sacrifices have been all for nothing?
EVERYONE’S A WINNER by Emily Swan
Directed by Deborah Vogt
Featuring C.J. McGillivray, Simon MacIntyre, Jeremiah O’Driscoll
With David and Maria on the verge of a break-up, their long-suffering childhood friend takes it upon himself to fix it. Is he a little too invested in their relationship? Probably. Will that stop him? No. Most importantly: in a battle of increasingly twisted logic, transparent lies, and deteriorating mental states, can anyone really be a winner?
FOG LIGHTS by Annahis Basmadjian
Directed by Jenna Newton
Featuring Ed Fong, Allyson Fournier, Janet Glassford, CJ McGillivray, and Adam Tatelman
In search of her happiest memories, Wertha Lotte enters the home of Never Fog, a curious personage of curious profession, in hopes that he will be able to find what she’s looking for. However, though Never’s intentions are good, and he only really wants to help, memories sometimes aren’t exactly how we remember them.
GO FOR BROKE by Mikiko Galpin
Directed by Lisa Goebel
Featuring Katie Hayashida, Alex Patalas, Zac Scott, and Brett Willis
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Harry Sato volunteers to serve in the 442nd Infantry Regiment. Far from his home in Oahu, he communicates his experiences to his sister, Anne, via letters, but the effects of the war are more far-reaching than either could imagine. The play explores the racial tensions of the World War II era through the untold story of Japanese American internment in Hawaii.
THE LETTER A by Carolyn Nakagawa
Directed by Cory Haas
Featuring Julie Casselman, Simon MacIntyre, Cathy Wilmot
Some facts about Stacy:
She’s twenty-four years old.
She just started grad school.
She’s been talking to a speech therapist. And a regular therapist. One of them is her prof.
There is nothing wrong with her, physically or mentally.
She doesn’t want to talk anymore.
MY OCEAN by Sasha Singer-Wilson
Directed by Ulla Laidlaw
Featuring Nadeem Umar Khitab
Twelve-year-old environmentalist Lenny has his lucky pouch around his neck, and the eczema behind his knees is hardly even itchy. He is more ready than ever for his Speakers League presentation on Sea Turtles! But when he can’t help but reveal the dramatic events leading up to the presentation and the whole thing derails, the line between Lenny’s reality and memory blurs. My Ocean is about the significance of home and the power of the human spirit and the natural world.
PICK ME UP by Kevin Kokoska
Directed by Aubrey Maxwell
Featuring Janet Glassford and Celia Sutton
A distressed woman attends a free therapy session with a counselor half her age. Molly is a master’s student in counseling psychology struggling for authenticity within the constraints of a supervisor dead set on imposing his beliefs onto her work. Margaret is seeking a reprieve from her domineering husband but will unexpectedly be forced to confront her issues head-on when aspects of the very problem she has come to escape begin manifesting themselves in the counseling room.
THE QUIZMASTER by Deborah Vogt
Directed by John Dickinson
Featuring Javier Sotres
Dave has been a pub quizmaster for years. He is a good at his job and he loves his audience. Even if the rest of his life feels like it’s falling apart, at least he has the Monday night pub quiz to rely on. Until tonight.
SWORDPLAY by Chloe Rose
Directed by Stacey Kaser
Featuring Ed Fong, Adam Tatelman, and Ava Vanderstarren
To what lengths will a rejected fellow go to win back his engaged lady friend, after she’s already told him, a little rudely, to bugger off? Quite far! Watch as this trio of love birds clashes over what some have called “utter nonsense.”
2015 STAGED READING SERIES
Bobby by Tara Ciric
Featuring Christina Cuglietta, Brendan Mackreth, Emilio Merrit, and Christine Bissonnette
Can Open, Worms Everywhere by Halle Gulbrandsen
Featuring Jessica Quartel and Evan Rein
Confidentiality by Nadine Clark
Featuring Christine Bissonnette, Christina Cuglietta, and Emilio Merrit
A Lesson In Ironing by Geoffrey Morrow
Featuring Jessica Quartel, Evan Rein, Kailea de Leon, and Ramon Esquivel
Lily by Indu Iyer
Featuring Christine Bissonnette
Scenes from Requiem for a Bad John by Katherine Atkinson
Featuring Janelle Reid, Ramon Esquivel, and Katherine Atkinson
The Stallion Trial by Kyle D’Odorico
Featuring Ramon Esquivel
Things Don’t Go The Way You Want Them To by Shaelyn Johnston
Featuring Kailea de Leon and Evan Rein
PANEL OF VANCOUVER THEATRE ARTISTS
Featuring Lucia Frangione, Corey Payette, Leanna Brodie, and Chris Gatchalian