Bright Young Theatre and Aenigma Theatre
A contemporary ode to unconditional love. Viva follows two strangers, Alice and Graeme, whose lives become intertwined over the course of one night in Las Vegas. Alice comes to the city in a desperate attempt to secure an organ on the black market to save her dying brother; Graeme is partying with friends when he finds a photocard listing the services of a sex worker—and he becomes convinced the woman is his missing sister. Dark, poetic and thrilling, Viva promises to be an adventure for audiences.
13+, Coarse Language, Mature Subject Matter
PAY WHAT YOU CAN Previews on October 12 and 13 at 8:00pm.
In light of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, the creators of VIVA will be donating all proceeds from the previews on Oct 12th and 13th to the Red Cross and the Brady Campaign to end gun violence in the United States.
October 12-22, 2017
Fringe Cabaret: Back From The Dead
The old Studio 1398 theatre? Oh no, there hasn’t been anyone in there ever since the Fringe ended. What’s that? Well gee let me think, oh that must have been nearly four, maybe even five weeks ago. Not a soul has dared to venture near that place since… the incident. Some say it’s haunted… restless spirits of Fringers passed, roaming the halls luring in passers-by with promises of clever social commentary and possible nudity. Oh there’s been stories for sure—rumours mostly—they say on All Hallow’s Eve the infernal specters gather together to perform secret rites and experimental theatre, and that those bold enough to cross the threshold into their dark realm will be forever changed… or at least pleasantly amused.
Hosted by very special guests, the infernally funny: Phantom Signal.
David C. Jones
Presented by Kol Halev Performance Society
Two Views from the Sylvia is an exciting new musical theatre show comprised of two original one-act plays about The Sylvia Hotel.
The first play, “Sylvia’s Hotel”, is set in Vancouver in 1912. It brings to life the origin of the Sylvia Hotel and the story of the Goldstein family who built it. Young Sylvia Goldstein, and Joe Fortes, the beloved lifeguard who taught Vancouver children to swim, develop a bond that helps Sylvia to realize her dreams.
In the second play, “The Hotel Sylvia”, the story continues as we meet the characters whose lives and loves became interwoven with the story of The Sylvia over her 100-year history.
The premiere of Two Views from the Sylvia, a uniquely Vancouver story, will be presented by Kol Halev Performance Society November 8–12, 2017 at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island.
Please note the schedule for evening performances:
7:15pm photographic pre-show
For groups of 10 or more, there is an automatic discount of $5 per ticket!
Produced by Alley Theatre (Three Stories Up, Little One, Mrs. Warren's Profession)
in partnership with Neworld Theatre and with the participation of Theatre Terrific, Tetsu Taiko, Richmond Youth Honour Choir, Downtown East Side Street Market Society, Street Vendors Collective, Afghan Benevolent Association of BC, and the East Van Powwow Troupe.
November 11th - 19th at The ANNEX Theatre (823 Seymour Street)
Premiering with an event to honour Remembrance Day, and closing on the United Nations-sanctioned 'World Toilet Day'.
A stage adaption of a multi-award winning radio text by Wolfram Lotz, The Ridiculous Darkness is a satirical modern mash-up of the classic novel Heart of Darkness and the Oscar-winning film Apocalypse Now. When two soldiers enter a foreign (to them) land to retrieve a fellow comrade who has gone rogue, the local communities and inhabitants encounter them one by one, and the journey becomes an earnest – albeit hilarious - exploration of how difficult yet vital it is to understand "the other".
Directed by Marisa Emma Smith and Nyla Carpentier, The Ridiculous Darkness features Clint Andrew (The Embargo Project, Arctic Air), Daniel Arnold (Little One, The Romeo Initiative), Miranda Edwards (Twelfth Night - Stratford), Emilie Leclerc (Redpatch, Mathieu Mathematiques), Munish Sharma (Brothel #9, Men in White), Amanda Sum (The Wolves) and numerous other performers from the Vancouver community.
Ancillary Community Events:
- Post-show talkbacks dedicated to each partner group
- Public workshops and events hosted by the partner groups
The Ridiculous Darkness won ‘German Play of the Year’ and ‘Dramatist of the Year’ for writer Wolfram Lotz before sweeping across Europe with over 20 productions since 2015. It has been professionally translated into English by Daniel Brunet (translator of Funny Games), and Alley Theatre's production is the North American premiere.
Press for Alley Theatre:
"This excellent company makes every moment count." - New York Times
"Vancouver offers some of the most innovative theatre around. Alley Theatre is no exception." - CBC Radio
Vancouver’s Alley Theatre has received two Jessie Richardson Awards and nine nominations including two “Critics’ Choice Awards for Innovation”. Past productions include: Confessions, TAPE, Wicked Shorts, Lost in Place, Kayak, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Little One, O’wet/Lost Lagoon, Marrow, and Three Stories Up. Alley Theatre is a winner of The Cultchivating Award and has received critical acclaim outside of Vancouver, including from Time Out New York and The New York Times.
$29 in advance | $36 at-the-door | $19 Student / Senior
30% of every ticket sold goes directly to the Participant Organizations involved.
Free Ticket Vouchers are available at The Carnegie Centre, Aboriginal Friendship Centre, and numerous Royal Canadian Legions. Ten seats per performance are reserved for Free Ticket Voucher holders.
Additional Notes: The performance runs 2 hours and 15 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.
The venue is wheelchair accessible.
ASL interpretation and Vocal Eye Description will be available at one performance, TBD.
The Ridiculous Darkness is produced on the unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
Course language, Mature content, 11+
The Fringe Festival has an addictive quality. Patrons gorge on theatre and artists riff off each others’ work. And just like the patrons, artists can’t wait for the Fringe—that’s why there’s now a series of Fringe Cabarets! Created by Fringe alumni, this variety show includes a mix of sketch, storytelling, dance, burlesque, clown, and more with different themes and artists at every performance including Jeff Leard, Sydney Hayduk, Fraz Wiest, Tristan Helgason, Andrew Bailey, Tara Travis, Jayson McDonald, Cory Thibert, Linnea Gwiazda, Valerie Cotic, David C. Jones, Natalie Watson, and more!
Zee Zee Theatre
Based on the tragic murder of gay 15-year-old Lawrence King, the critically acclaimed, Jessie-nominated My Funny Valentine examines the fracturing of opinion in the face of this horrendous act and explores the ripple effects of such hate on a community. Presented as a series of monologues exploring each character’s relationship to the crime, an unnamed character known only as the Collector embodies seven people on the fringes of the murder as he struggles to make sense of a gruesome act provoked by a seemingly innocent gesture. The play invites the audience to search through the confusing and chaotic implications of this death to find their own humanity.
“A play’s premiere is like a birth. My Funny Valentine is a beautiful baby.” —Colin Thomas, the Georgia Straight
“An exceptionally beautiful piece of work…meticulously scripted characters shot through with contradictions…simply superb.” —Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier
“Considering the subject matter, My Funny Valentine has more laughs than you’d expect [but] sadly, Deveau’s play is likely to remain topical for years to come.” —Mark Leiren-Young, The Vancouver Sun
Contains Coarse Language
2-for-1 Preview on February 7 at 8:00pm
February 7 – 18, 2018
The Dance Centre
Little Mountain Lion
After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of The Simpsons episode “Cape Feare” entirely from memory. Seven years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created. A paean to live theatre and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.
“Anne Washburn’s hypnotic, sly and fiendishly insinuating Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play ... does the improbable: It makes the end of civilization seem like the perfect time to create glowing objects of wonder and beauty.” —Time Out New York
Pay What You Can Preview on April 3, 2017.
April 3-21, 2018