Presentation House Theatre is delighted to present Iceland

March 16th, 2015
Iceland

 March 18 – 29, 2015  

 

 Set against the backdrop of the international banking crisis, a confrontation between a real estate agent and a tenant takes an unexpected turn.

Award winning playwright, Nicolas Billon, takes a scathing, funny and insightful look at the oppositional forces facing the urban consumer and offers a compelling exploration of relationships and the values that guide human relations.

 

 An intense and gripping story! 

 

REMINDER: Up to $10,000 for community-based art project or event

March 16th, 2015

Deadline for applications is March 18th!
You must consult with staff before submitting an application

 

Is your group planning a community-based art project or event? Your group may be eligible for grant money for planning, running, or promoting that event or project.

 

 

The Community Arts Grant Program supports a diverse range of publicly accessible arts and cultural activities which celebrate Vancouver’s diverse communities and neighbourhoods. The program aims to support projects that:

 

·         Increase public participation and engagement in arts and culture

 

·         Recognize and strengthen the role of artists in our communities

 

·         Activate Vancouver neighbourhoods, communities and public spaces

 

·         Strengthen community connections and celebrate Vancouver’s diversity

 

Successful projects range from amateur to professional, small to mid-sized, in any artistic discipline, in which communities and artists are actively engaged.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS – 2 steps to success

 

1.       Review the information guide published online at: http://vancouver.ca/people-programs/community-arts-grant-program.aspx

 

2.       Contact Cultural Services to discuss your group’s eligibility! First time applicants, as well as anyone with questions regarding their project or the application, must contact a Cultural Planner to discuss the proposed project and eligibility prior to the application deadline. Contact:

 

Cultural Planners: Doug Durand or Alix Sales

Phone : 604.829.2007

Email: culture@vancouver.ca

Website: vancouver.ca/culture

 

Eligible and returning projects will be provided a link to an on-line application form with all submission requirements.

 

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Auditions for Miss Understood –the frank theatre company

March 16th, 2015

Audition days:

Tues March 17th 7pm-10pm

Weds March 18th 7pm-10pm

 

Location: The Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Ave, Vancouver, BC

 

Application Info: Please send a resume and headshot and your availability for the evenings of March 17th and 18th to Linda Pitt

 

Contact email: admin@thefranktheatre.com

Contact phone: 604 558 1440

 

Ethno-cultural casting statement: the frank welcomes and encourages submissions from artists of all ethno-cultural backgrounds.

 

Auditions for Miss Understood, a new piece based on the poetry of trans poet Antonette Rea, adapted and directed by James Fagan Tait. Choreography by Noam Gagnon. Looking for 2 actors (one male and one female) with strong movement background. The production will take place at the end of January, 2016 as part of the PuSh Festival. There will be a month long workshop in November and rehearsals will be in January.

 

For the audition, please prepare a contemporary monologue (2 mins in length) and come prepared for Noam to guide you through a movement exercise and to read some poetry from the script.

 

To learn more about the frank: www.thefranktheatre.com

 

 

 

 

Arts Club Theatre Company presents LEAP FESTIVAL 2015

March 16th, 2015

March 15–April 5, 2015
Revue Stage
Vancouver, B.C.—The Arts Club’s annual LEAP Festival will be held on four consecutive Sunday nights starting March 15 at 7 PM at the Revue Stage (1601 Johnston Street) on Granville Island. Six professional actors will bring 15 new works to the stage, penned by this year’s LEAP (Learning Early About Playwriting) students. The festival is the culmination of this year’s annual Arts Club youth program that began this past November. All four evenings are free and open to the public, and will give theatregoers a chance to hear fresh and distinct works representing a new generation of playwrights.

 

SCHEDULE OF FREE EVENTS:

  • Sunday, March 15, 7 PM: Short plays by ten Level 1 students
  • Sunday, March 22, 7 PM: One-act plays by four Level 2 students
  • Sunday, March 29, 7 PM: A full-length play by Level 3 student
  • Sunday, April 5, 7 PM: Awards ceremony and wrap party

 

“I am so inspired by this year’s crop of students. As each cohort progresses though the classes and workshops, the calibre of writing continues to impress me,” said Shawn Macdonald, LEAP instructor and program leader. “This year, there has been a fascinating variety in the content of the plays, showing a great level of insight, self-awareness, and maturity. If these students are any indication, the future of playwriting in Canada is bright!”

 

This comprehensive program offers full scholarships to all students. The first two levels are secondary school students between the ages of 16 and 18, and the third level is for college graduates. Students attend evening classes held at the Arts Club and also participate in online lectures and discussions via social media channels. They have had the opportunity to meet theatre professionals, including local playwrights and actors, and have attended many Arts Club shows. Graduates of the program get a real glimpse into the artistic and creative environment of producing contemporary theatre. In addition, the young playwrights will receive professional development beyond the festival with assistance on rewrites, edits to their plays, and help navigating the submission process to see their works developed further for the stage.

 

The LEAP program is generously supported by the Y.P. Heung Foundation, the TELUS Vancouver Community Board, Metro Vancouver, the RBC Foundation, Bonnie Mah, and the Gerald and Sheahan McGavin Capital Grant to the Arts.

 

ABOUT THE ARTS CLUB

The Arts Club Theatre Company, founded in 1964, is the largest not-for-profit organization of its kind in Western Canada. Led by Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd and Executive Director Peter Cathie White, it offers professional theatre at three venues—the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Revue Stage—as well as on tour throughout the province.

 

 

Laburnum Grove, Presented by Western Gold Theatre

March 16th, 2015

 

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Laburnum Grove

Presented by Western Gold Theatre

March 20 – 22, 2015

7:30pm Fri & Sat; 2pm Sat & Sun

PAL Theatre, 581 Cardero Street

 

 

 

 

The 2015 season of Western Gold Theatre kicks off the Studio Series with Laburnum Grove by J. B. Priestly, March 20-22. Mom and daughter think Dad’s a little boring – he spends too much time in the greenhouse growing “tomatoes” when he isn’t doing business up North. What will it take for him to holiday on the continent? Perhaps the local Inspector provides the answer… an “immoral” comedy with nine hilarious characters.

Dad has survived the Depression with his own form of quantitative easing but is not impressed with his daughter’s car-dealing fiancé nor with his brother-in-law always trying to borrow money.  He decides that the only way to fix the situation is to tell the truth!

 

An exploration of greed and dishonesty in suburban England, Priestley observes the facade of middle class respectability, and its crooked undercurrent with verve and humanity in this comic story of money, family, and criminality.

 

Directed by Anna Hagan, and featuring Susan Hogan, Tanja Dixon-Warren, Brendan McClarty, Keith Martin Gordey, Brett Harris, John Prowse, Ron Halder, Vic Ustare and Kayla Deorksen.

 

Resident at PAL Theatre in Coal Harbour, Western Gold Theatre kicks off its season with our Studio Series. Formerly referred to as staged readings, Western Gold gives you much more than that implies: a set, props and the actors are blocked on stage. They hold their scripts for reference, but the expertise of our professional actors ensures first-rate performances.

 

Evening performances March 20 & 21 at 7:30pm, and matinees March 21 & 22 at 2pm. Tickets at BrownPaperTickets.com. Reservations at 604.363.5734.

 

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The Cultch presents: TransMigration

March 16th, 2015

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FOR MORE INFO, PHOTOS, INTERVIEWS

PLEASE CONTACT: ELLIE O’DAY, PUBLICIST

PHONE: 604-731-3339 | EMAIL: ELLIE@ODAY.ORG

 

 

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (Toronto)

 

WHEN: March 17 – 21, 2015

March 17, 8pm: Opening night

March 17 – 21, 2015: 8pm

 

WHERE: HISTORIC THEATRE AT THE CULTCH

1895 Venables Street, at Victoria Drive

 

TICKETS: Tickets from $19! Single tickets on sale now through The Cultch’s Box Office:

604-251-1363 or tickets.thecultch.com.

 

ADDED VALUE: Enjoy a lively post-show Q&A: March 18, 21

 

 

Vancouver, – A visually raw and engaging story inspired by the life and paintings of iconic Ojibwe shaman-artist Norval Morrisseau. TransMigration is a dialogue, a response to Morrisseau’s vision, struggles, and brilliance as an artist.  Celebrating Morrisseau’s visual language through dance, music and design, TransMigration is a reflection of humanity and the power of spirit to transform and transcend.

 

Production Support: Anndraya Luui

 

Featuring Brent Atkinson, Michael Demski, Ceinwin Gobert, Emily Law, Billy Merasty. Music by A Tribe Called Red, Barbara Croall, Cris Derksen, Vince Fontaine, Adrian Harjo, David R. Maracle and Tanya Tagaq.

 

About Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT) is one of Canada’s leading contemporary dance companies, recognized for its seamless fusing of indigenous and contemporary dance into a compelling signature choreographic vision. Internationally renowned for artistic excellence, innovation and collaboration, KDT electrifies audiences from Canada and around the globe. KDT’s mandate is to explore the intersection of indigenous and new dance performance, to create and present theatrical productions, and to educate and engage artists, audiences and diverse communities through indigenous performing arts encompassing disciplines of music, storytelling, theatre and design.

 

About The Cultch: Now in its 41st season, The Cultch has been one of Vancouver’s most diverse and innovative arts and cultural institutions, offering dynamic programming in contemporary theatre, dance, and music by local, national, and international artists. Today, The Cultch continues to enrich the social and cultural life of Vancouver by bringing world-class cultural presentations to the public, supporting the growth of emerging artists and companies, and facilitating dialogue between groups in the Lower Mainland, especially within our local community of East Vancouver.

The Cultch is so much more than just a theatre in the physical sense – our organization is looked upon as one of the foremost performing arts presenters in the country. Widely recognized as an innovator and leader, we have played an integral role in the development of British Columbia’s artistic landscape.

Pacific Theatre presents: CULTIVATION

March 16th, 2015
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Pacific Theatre presents
CULTIVATION by Krista Marushy
Mar 25-28, 2015

Vancouver, BC“I can’t change who I have been, but I will make the man I become.” Pacific Theatre presents a staged reading of Cultivation by Krista Marushy, a play developed as a part of the theatre’s play development project, “Working With”. Cultivation is the first script to emerge from this initiative and be included in Pacific Theatre’s season offerings. This script-in-hand presentation will mirror Pacific Theatre’s past successes with The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Wittenberg, and Twelve Angry Men.

Cultivation tells the story of a discharged soldier who shows up at a church retreat – he won’t go home, nor will he participate. His dissent causes additional stress as an intense relationship develops between him and the pastor’s daughter and he calls into question the systems of faith – both military and religious – that we create in order to survive.

Written by Calgary-based playwright Krista Marushy who started her career as a Pacific Theatre apprentice before going on to obtain an MFA in creative writing from Hollins University. With three commissions under her belt, Marushy has had her play My Secret Life Under the Stairs published. Cultivation was selected for the Hollins Playwrites’ Lab Festival of Readings in 2012 and shortlisted for the Ashland New Play Festival in 2013.

The staged reading will be directed by Ian Farthing, featuring Ron Reed, Giovanni Mocibob, Holly Pillsbury, Byron Noble, and Kayla Heselwood.

PRAISE FOR CULTIVATION:

“Kris is a sensual, thoughtful and energetic writer. Her play, Cultivation, finds the perfect balance between challenging and serving an audience.”
– Todd Ristau, Director, Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University

Details: CULTIVATION by Krista Marushy
When: Mar 25-28 Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, 2pm Saturday matinees
Where: Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave (at Hemlock), Vancouver, BC
Tickets: $24.99 (not incl. taxes or fee), to book visit pacifictheatre.org or call 604.731.5518

maladjusted is back by popular demand for 9 shows ONLY!

March 16th, 2015

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March 20-28, 2015

Firehall Arts Center

280 E Cordova

Box office 604.689.0926 and online @ www.theatreforliving.com

Tickets: $12 + service charges

March 20-28 @ 8pm, 2-for-1 matinees March 22/26 @ 2pm

Live, Interactive, Global Webcast March 28 @ 8pm

 

maladjusted is back by popular demand for 9 shows ONLY!

“maladjusted, is a thought-provoking, gut-wrenching, funny, sad and mind broadening journey inside the hierarchical and mechanical mental health system-a system that leaves little time or money to invest in the people it is trying to serve.” Patty Osborn, geist.com

Theatre for Living (TfL) has been creating cutting edge, controversial and hard-hitting theatre since 1981. Formerly known as Headlines Theatre, TfL takes its new name from Artistic Director David Diamond’s innovative practice that has come to define the company’s work. This year, TfL’s legacy continues with maladjusted, created in 2013, touring into 26 communities across BC & Alberta and culminating in 9 Vancouver performances at the Firehall Arts Centre.

 

maladjusted engages audiences with powerful images and authentic voices weaving together three very personal narratives:

- A teenager struggling with sadness over her friend’s suicide is misdiagnosed by her doctor and put on prescription drugs;

- a young homeless man who is legitimately taking prescription meds gets inadvertently thrown into dangerous circumstances by frustrated social workers, who from within a mechanizing system, are trying their best to help him;

- finally, there is all of us, unable to adjust to the needs of a maladjusted mental health sector, who become potential agents for change.

 

How can we support human-centered care? What needs to be done to ensure safety for patients and caregivers? How do we sustain a healthy mental health system? These are just a few questions that maladjusted explores.

 

“David Diamond is an international treasure.” Mark Leiren- Young, Vancouver Sun

 

Change is needed in the way we view and deal with mental health. Here is an example in which Mayor Gregor Robertson and Police Chief Jim Chu talk about compassion not stigmatization in the Vancouver Sun (Sept 16, 2013). And another: Exposing Canada’s ugly mental health secret in the Globe and Mail (Oct 13, 2013). The issue has not gotten better. A year after Vancouver declared a mental health crisis, cases continue to climb (Globe and Mail (Oct. 23, 2014). A potentially positive step is being taken with the recently announced plan to re-open Riverview Hospital as a holistic mental health care facility, as reported on Global News (June 17, 2014) and in Vancity Buzz (Dec. 9, 2014). There are many more examples for the urgency for change.

 

maladjusted is an authentic voice of patients and caregivers that speaks to the heart of these issues, while using the theatre to seek concrete human and systemic change.

 

The cast & crew: maladjusted brings six original and relevant voices to the stage:  Original cast members Micheala Hiltergerke, Pierre Leichner, Martin Filby and Sam Bob* are joined by Christine Germano & Columpa Bobb*, combining shared wisdom and unique lived experiences. The director of maladjusted is David Diamond, recipient of the Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre in NY (2010) and the Mayor’s Arts Award for Community Engaged Art (2012) as well as numerous other awards. He leads a talented design and technical team including: Technical Director Elisha Burrows, Technical Lighting Director Tim Cardinal, Stage Manager Dorothy Jenkins*, Set/Props Designer Yvan Morissette, Sound/Video Designer Candelario Andrade, Lighting Designer Gerald King, Costume Designer Carmen Alatorre, and crew person, Robyn Volk                                                 *Appear through the generous support of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

 

Cast members brought rich and unique real-life experiences as patients and caregivers from within the mental health system to the original creation and performance of this Forum Theatre production.

 

Forum Theatre: is an opportunity for creative, community-based dialogue. The play is performed once, all the way through, so the audience can see the situation and the problems presented. The story builds to a crisis and stops, offering no solutions. The play is then run again, with audience members able to “freeze” the action at any point where they see a character engaged in a struggle. In maladjusted this means trying to receive or give human-centered care and failing. An audience member yells “stop!”, comes into the playing area, replaces the character s/he sees struggling, and tries out his/her idea to create human-centered care. The other characters respond, not to “make it better”, not to “make it worse”, simply to be truthful, drawing on their own lived expertise. What insights do we have? What do we think? What do we learn? Who agrees? Who disagrees? In this way we engage in a creative and action-based dialogue about issues in our lives. The process is fun, profound, entertaining and full of surprises.

 

Global Interactive Webcast: maladjusted will culminate in a live, interactive, global webcast on Saturday March 28th 2015 at 8pm PST. TfL has been pioneering interactive tele/webcasting since 1986. Audience “interventions” come from all over the world.

 

For media Inquiries please contact: Dima Alansari, Publicist P: 604.871.0508 c:604.961.7924 publicity@theatrefroliving.com // For photos of maladjusted please click here

For short videos of the cast please click here

 

maladjusted is made possible thanks to the generous support of the following sponsors:

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Firehall Arts Center

280 E Cordova

Fringe Presents Virtual Solitaire

March 16th, 2015

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The VirtuSphere is probably very similar to the “hamster ball” Dawson was in at the Human Interface Technology Lab while researching Virtual Solitaire.

The VirtuSphere is probably very similar to the “hamster ball” Dawson was in at the Human Interface Technology Lab while researching Virtual Solitaire.

From Virtual Fantasy to Technological Reality:

Inside Dawson Nichols’ decades-long obsession with virtual reality
In the 1990s, Dawson Nichols took a job that made him spend more time on a computer than with his wife—and while this may seem normal today, it wasn’t then. “One day at work, I saw someone playing solitaire on their computer,” Dawson said. “You wouldn’t be caught dead playing solitaire in real life.” That moment got Dawson thinking about how computers are changing our lives and instigated his show, Virtual Solitaire, which will be part of the Fringe Presents series this March 17-29.

Dawson conducted a lot of research, even visiting the Human Interface Technology Lab, which was researching ways that virtual reality could be used as a tool for the US Armed Forces. While there, he stepped inside a large hamster ball to see what it was like. “There were a lot of angular planes. They hadn’t figured out curves yet,” Dawson said. But the general population had a hard time conceiving of it all together. “I had to explain what ‘surfing the web’ was to people when I started performing Virtual Solitaire, let alone trying to get the concept of virtual reality across.”

Read about what movie, author, and film maker Virtual Solitaire’s been compared to, what’s the latest on the advancement of virtual reality technology, and a preview video of the show.

Virtual Solitaire will be presented March 17-29 at Studio 1398 on Granville Island. Get your tickets here.

The Cultch presents: THE DUCHESS a.k.a. WALLIS SIMPSON

March 16th, 2015

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FOR MORE INFO, PHOTOS, INTERVIEWS

PLEASE CONTACT: ELLIE O’DAY, PUBLICIST

PHONE: 604-731-3339 | EMAIL: ELLIE@ODAY.ORG

By Linda Griffiths

Ruby Slippers Theatre (Vancouver)

 

WHEN: April 7– 18, 2015

April 7, 8pm: Preview

April 8, 8PM: Opening night

April 7 – 12, 14 – 18: 8pm

April 11, 12, 18: 2pm

 

WHERE: HISTORIC THEATRE AT THE CULTCH

1895 Venables Street, at Victoria Drive

 

TICKETS: Tickets from $19! Single tickets on sale now through The Cultch’s Box Office:

604-251-1363 or tickets.thecultch.com.

 

ADDED VALUE: Enjoy a lively post-show Q&A session April 9, 14

 

Vancouver, BC Don’t miss this scandalous play from the late Linda Griffiths! The fabulous, epic and true tale of Wallis Simpson: the notorious, convention-smashing American divorcee for whom Edward VIII gave up the throne. Featuring 10 of Vancouver’s finest actors playing 36 roles, take a trip with Simpson through her tumultuous adult life, stopping for visits with historical figures such as Noel Coward, King George V, Hitler and Queen Mary. Though written before the death of Diana, Wallis’ curse on the house of Windsor seems to have legs.

 

“The woman who coined “You can never be too rich or too thin,” Wallis Simpson is presented as the Yoko Ono of her time– both reviled and championed by the public as the seductress who stole a king.” —Theatre Passe Muraille

 

The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson offers a glimpse into the incredible mind of one of our country’s most iconic female playwrights, Linda Griffiths. She once described her work as attempting “to dance between the personal, the political and the fantastic. The goal is to create theatre that is highly literate, physically imaginative, and emotionally connected.”

 

“Griffiths’ work is all about trying to capture particular moments and places in time. Context is particularly relevant because she is so aware of theatre as a bridge between notions of “high” and “popular” culture. For Griffiths, contemporary theatre has the same kind of spiritual and ceremonial function it had for the ancient Greeks. She is fascinated with the epic, with larger-than-life characters that allow us to grapple with their relevance to our lives.” —Theatre Research in Canada

 

Featuring Diane Brown as Wallis Simpson, the cast includes Eileen Barrett, Georgia Beaty, Craig Erickson, Joel Garner, Melissa Oei, Kamyar Pazandeh, Matt Reznek, Raugi Yu and Xander Williams. Directed by Sarah Rodgers, set is by Michael Bock, costumes by Mara Gottler, lighting by John Webber, sound by Scott Zechner, and choreographed by Shelley Stewart Hunt. Featuring the sexy stylings of John Fluevog Shoes.

 

About The Cultch: Now in its 41st season, The Cultch has been one of Vancouver’s most diverse and innovative arts and cultural institutions, offering dynamic programming in contemporary theatre, dance, and music by local, national, and international artists. Today, The Cultch continues to enrich the social and cultural life of Vancouver by bringing world-class cultural presentations to the public, supporting the growth of emerging artists and companies, and facilitating dialogue between groups in the Lower Mainland, especially within our local community of East Vancouver.

The Cultch is so much more than just a theatre in the physical sense – our organization is looked upon as one of the foremost performing arts presenters in the country. Widely recognized as an innovator and leader, we have played an integral role in the development of British Columbia’s artistic landscape.

 

About Ruby Slipper Theatre: Ruby Slippers Theatre produces, creates and presents provocative text-based theatre from the vanguard of the English and French Canadian canon. Our work illuminates diverse perspectives and social issues, inspiring independent critical thought and communion