Edward Bond’s The Sea, comes ashore at the Jericho Arts Centre, presented by The Slamming Door Artist Collective, from May 2nd to 19th. The Sea is 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 in London, The Sea is the work of noted but controversial English playwright Edward Bond. Bond is widely regarded but also courts controversy due to the violence depicted in his plays, and radical take on modern theatre. 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.
With The Sea, The Slamming Door Artist Collective returns to the Jericho Arts Centre for its third time, having previously produced critically acclaimed Guest Productions of A Doll’s House and Flare Path. The Sea’s creative team includes director Tamara McCarthy, lighting design by Celeste English, sound design by Matthew MacDonald-Bain, 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.
Last week, Gateway Theatre announced its 2019/2020 season line-up of productions. Introducing four MainStage shows and two Studio Gateway Theatre is bringing a season of productions which travel through culture and history to present a diverse collection of stories, guided by an all female line-up of directors. The season takes the audience from China, to Newfoundland, and Alaska to tell true-life stories, family dramas, a physiological thriller, a satirical comedy, and one of the most-loved musicals.
“We are excited that our 2019/2020 plays will cross the globe to tell the diverse stories of our country and our community,” says Interim Producer Barbara Tomasic.
“Curated by former Artistic Director Jovanni Sy, the new season will take our audience on a tour from contemporary North America, to turn-of-the-century China, early nineteenth-century Newfoundland, and as far back as biblical times. We are particularly delighted that our season features all women directors and continues our commitment to diversity both onstage and through our playwrights and creative teams.”
Gateway Theatre’s 2019/2020 Season includes:
China Doll Written and Directed by Marjorie Chan October 17–26, 2019 / MainStage
The daintier the foot, the more marriageable the girl.
Bound by tradition, Su-Ling’s world is closing in around her. Her grandmother is determined that she will marry well and bring prosperity to them both. But when she learns to read, Su-Ling’s mind is opened to new possibilities, setting her on a dangerous path to independence.
The Double Axe Murders By Berni Stapleton Directed by Tamara McCarthy Produced by Rusticate Theatre November 14–23, 2019 / Studio B
Who will survive the long, haunting night?
On an evening colder than frostbite itself, Sarah, Payne, and Pelly wait out a winter storm. Is that a tree branch knocking on the cabin wall? And why does the howling wind sound more like a wailing Banshee?
Based on true events, this psychological thriller, steeped in Newfoundland folklore, will have you sleeping with the lights on.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Lyrics by Tim Rice & Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Directed by Barbara Tomasic December 12–31, 2019 / MainStage
Any dream will do.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most well-loved musicals of all time.
A joyous re-imagining of the biblical story of Joseph, Jacob, and the coat of many colours, this heartwarming hit will have your whole family humming along.
Straight White Men CANADIAN PREMIERE By Young Jean Lee Directed by Chelsea Haberlin and Fay Nass Produced by ITSAZOO Productions February 6–15, 2020 / MainStage
An explosive evening of male bonding.
In this satirical comedy, three brothers return home for the holidays. Regressing to trash-talking and sibling pranks, they are caught off guard by a shift in the family dynamic, forcing them to examine the effects of traditional masculinity.
O’wet By Quelemia Sparrow Directed by Kim Senklip Harvey Produced by Savage Society March 19–28, 2020 / Studio B
One woman’s journey towards spiritual reclamation.
In O’wet, playwright and performer Quelemia Sparrow explores her identity as a mixed-race aboriginal woman in the present-day, colonized world. Taking the audience on a journey of discovery, Quelemia weaves real-life stories with spiritual awakening to reconnect with her First Nations heritage.
O’wet (oh-wee): a verb used to denote propelling a canoe. O’wet is also connected to a shaman’s canoe ride to the land of the dead to retrieve a lost soul.
From Alaska By Sébastien Harrisson Translated by Leanna Brodie Directed by Diane Brown Produced by Ruby Slippers Theatre April 16–25, 2020 / MainStage
Two heartbroken souls healed by an unlikely connection.
A troubled teenager escaping from the world breaks into the house of an elderly woman. Time passes with the unpredictable rhythms of grief as the seemingly mismatched pair share their feelings of love and loss.
Moving effortlessly between street-smart humour and lyrical elegance, From Alaska explores the intense connection between young and old, the limits of language, and the ways in which we come to both change and mirror the ones we love.
Season subscription packages are on sale now from $116 visit gatewaytheatre.com for details.
To close out the 2018-19 season, DanceHouse welcomes the Canadian premiere of MOMIX : Viva MOMIX, on April 12 & 13, at the Vancouver Playhouse. The US company, helmed by acclaimed Artistic Director Moses Pendleton, one of America’s most innovative choreographers and directors, MOMIX is revered for its ability to conjure a surreal world using props, light, shadow, humour, and the human body. Viva MOMIX celebrates the best of more than three decades of works, with a selection of company favourites mixed with three new creations.
“Vancouver dance lovers will undoubtedly be blown away by this beguiling tour de force of illusion, beauty, and magic,” says Jim Smith, Artistic and Executive Director of DanceHouse. “Viva Momix is a collection of Pendleton’s most unforgettable works. It is a masterpiece of ingenious theatrical creativity, combining superb physicality, whimsical costumes, and stunning music. I can think of no better way to close our 2018/19 season than with this evening of unforgettable beauty and pure unadulterated enjoyment for all ages.”
Developed in 2015 in honour of MOMIX’s 35th anniversary season, Viva MOMIX features stunning vignettes from six of their previous productions: MOMIX in Orbit, Botanica, Lunar Sea, ReMIX, Classics, and Opus Cactus, alongside scenes from three new works — Daddy Long Leg, Light Reigns, and Paper Trails. Praised for its visuals and theatrics, Viva MOMIX will transport audiences on a journey into a surreal fantasy. The nine gifted artists shape their bodies into creations of the natural world that are sure to tease the audience’s imagination with wonder and a glorious sense of play.
As the current season closes, DanceHouse has unveiled its 2019/20 season. Showcasing the work of four new companies to DanceHouse audiences and two returning favourites, the season runs from October 2019 through May 2020. This season’s offerings highlight an diverse range of pioneering artists who are transforming traditional dance styles with boundary-blurring fusions of genres and cultures.
“Dance is a vibrant art form that is constantly evolving. We are delighted to share a curated lineup of world-class dance companies at the vanguard of their respective fields in our 2019/20 season,” says Jim Smith, Artistic and Executive Director of DanceHouse.
This season, new additions to the DanceHouse stage include Bangarra Dance Theatre, one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander dance companies performing Spirit, a powerful collection of dance stories selected from their 30-year repertoire; Montreal-based arts collective The 7 Fingers in collaboration with Artcirq of Igloolik and Taqqut Productions of Iqaluit with Unikkaaqtuat, an innovative work that melds ancestral Inuit practices with circus arts; Montreal’s explosive RUBBERBANDance Group showcasing their dynamic blend of break-dancing, ballet, and dance theatre in Ever So Slightly; and Spain’s iconoclastic Compañía Rocío Molina’s reinvention of flamenco dance in the virtuoso tour de force Fallen from Heaven (Caída del Cielo).
DanceHouse welcomes back audience-favourite and internationally acclaimed Brazilian company Grupo Corpo in a mixed program featuring Gira, a dazzling homage to dance as a conduit to the divine. Finally, following their crowd-pleasing appearance in Vancouver in 2018, the New York-based tap dance sensation Dorrance Dance will return with ETM: Double Down, a rollicking celebration of the percussive potential of the human body.
For tickets and show details of MOMIX:Viva Momix as well as the full schedule and descriptions of the 2019-2020 Season visit dancehouse.ca
March comes to a close with plenty of entertainment in the picks of the week to keep Spring in your steps
Buns: Vancouver Foodster takes it to the East Village with a new taste tour, Between The Buns Crawl celebrating what the neighbourhood’s bakeries and eateries can get between a bun.
Blossom: What’s spring without flowers, Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court is the site of Blossom at Metropolis, an awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind art installation made up of more than 250,000 cherry blossoms, until March 31
Joni: Tonight is your opportunity to listen to Merideth Kaye Clark perform Joni Mitchell’s iconic album BLUE performed live by in the Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre.
Winter marches on and we start March off with chilly but bright weather, perfect to get out and enjoy these picks of the week…
Scrum: The world, with a whole lot of costume wearing fans, is coming to BC Place this week as Canada Sevens takes over the city March 9 and 10.
Thief: Go behind closed doors to view the interactions between chronic five-finger discounter and store security in Morris Panych’s comedy The Shoplifters plays at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage until March 9th.
Soldier: At the Arts Club Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre, Hardline Productions’ Redpatch tells the story of indigenous soldiers in WWI, on stag March 7 – 31.
Théâtre: The world premiere of Théâtre la Seizième’s newest production, Le Soulier, continues at Studio 16 until March 9
Divas: Fabulist Theatre’s Better Than This, an original revue celebrating the women’s roles in musical theatre, wraps up at the Havana Theatre stage on March 9th.
Blooms: From March 5 to 31, Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court will be the site of Blossom at Metropolis, an awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind art installation made up of more than 250,000 cherry blossoms.
Sound:Presentation House Theatre welcomes a unique production to the stage, Reverberations makes use of innovative sound technology with vintage apparatus, LP, 8-Track, Cassette & others to tell writer Brian Linds’ life story.
Lights: Friday March 8th, Yaletown lights up, with free one-of-a-kind light art installations, for one night only, on the 10 year reunion of Illuminate Yaletown.
Next up at Gateway Theatre, comes the spring production of, Gross Misconduct, running March 14th to 23rd.
With the current global accountability, including the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, Gross Misconduct, directed by Kayvon Khoshkam, brings a riveting take on the twinned experiences of revenge and redemption. Written by Meghan Gardiner, familiar to Gateway audiences as a brilliant performer, shows she is an equally talented playwright in this world premiere of her provocative new drama.
Now in his early fifties, Deke has been in Millhaven Prison without a cellmate for the past twenty years. He is surprised and irritated when Corey, a twenty-something rich kid, joins him in his cell. With little in common, other than a shared passion for hockey, tensions emerge as the pair are forced to share a tiny space.
As a complicated bond begins to form between these two unlikely cellmates, the ongoing threat of violence takes a new form when Corey begs Deke for protection inside the prison. The men are forced to re-evaluate how they see each other after the true nature of their respective crimes is revealed. Old patterns resurface and Deke is finally brought face-to-face with a decision that he made twenty years ago.
Gross Misconduct plays at Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond, from March 14th to March 23rd, 2019. Tickets, showtimes and details available at gatewaytheatre.com