A Birdy Told Me So

Vancouver International Puppet Festival

Eight-year-old Kellie doesn’t feel like she fits in at school until she receives a birthday gift that talks on its own! It’s Magrau, a chatty and confident bird puppet who has a flair for singing, dancing, and making people laugh. When Magrau signs the two of them up for the school talent show Kellie is mortified. What if everybody laughs? What if nobody laughs? The advice from Magrau the bird? Never give up! Join Kellie as she learns that success is like learning how to ride a bike: you’re going to fall down a few times on your way.

This show blends storytelling with ventriloquism, puppetry, and singing. Join us for a heartwarming tale about sharing our talents and overcoming shyness.

Ages 5+

February 17-18 at various times
$12/15 (plus 1.50 ticketing fee)

Presented as part of Vancouver International Puppet Festival’s HomeGrown Series in collaboration with the Granville Island Cultural Society.

2/18/2018 12:00 PM
My Funny Valentine

Zee Zee Theatre

Production sponsor



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

2/18/2018 2:00 PM
Who Killed Gertrude Crump?

 Vancouver International Puppet Festival

Agatha Christie returns from the dead to perform a one-woman haunted house murder mystery puppet show. It’s New Year’s Eve 1899. One by one, an enigmatic cast of characters arrive by boat at the haunting and isolated Monkswell Manor. That night, famous murder mystery author Gertrude Crump is murdered, mysteriously! The boat becomes dislodged in the storm. No one can leave until the truth is uncovered. As the characters investigate, accuse, suspect, confess, plot, flash-back, and engage in general hubbub, the audience is charged with the task of answering one simple question: Who Killed Gertrude Crump?

★★★★

Tara Travis is completely charming as the narrator/puppet master… great fun!” (And winner: Outstanding Puppetry) —Toronto NOW

Parental Guidance 10+

February 13-18 at various times 
Tickets $15/20 (plus $1.50 ticket charge)

Presented as part of Vancouver International Puppet Festival’s HomeGrown Series in collaboration with the Granville Island Cultural Society.

2/18/2018 2:00 PM
Down in the Uncanny Valley
Nebula Company Theatre

Could you love a robot? In the near-future to keep up with the artificial intelligence arms race and survive a changing planet, many people are opting to have their minds “uploaded” into android bodies. But what parts of our humanity do we lose in the process? How do our relationships change when one, or both of us are no longer quite human? Could we even tell? Down in the Uncanny Valley is an up close and personal immersive show that explores how our bodies can make us human, how our minds can be tricked into believing what is true is false, and how what is virtual is in fact...reality.

14+ mature content
Contains coarse language, low visibility, haze, strobe
NOT a seated performance, limited seating for those with mobility needs

Preview February 20, 2018 at 8:00pm
Regular Tickets $20, Preview/Low-Income Tickets $15

February 20-25, 2018
Studio 16
2/20/2018 To 2/25/2018
Fool For Love

Written by Sam Shepard
Produced by ABB Collective

In a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave desert, two transient lovers unearth secrets of their disturbing past. Reality and dreams collide in this explosive masterpiece, as Eddie and May fight for a love that they can’t live with, or without.

Contains Coarse Language, Violence, Gunshot
Pay-What-You-Can Preview on February 13 at 8:00pm (no advance sales)

February 13 – 24, 2018
The Shop Theatre (3030 E Broadway)

2/20/2018 To 2/24/2018
A Beautiful View
Written by Daniel MacIvor
Naked Goddess Productions


A Beautiful View is a simple and engaging story exploring love and friendship. Two women, flawed yet unflinchingly genuine, invite audiences on a touching, humorous journey of discovery and human connection.

13+

Directed by Tamara McCarthy. Featuring Sandra Medeiros and Melissa Oei. Stage Managed by Nico Dicecco. Scenic Design by Sandy Margaret. Lighting Design by Celeste English. Sound Design by Jessica M. Keenan

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (2305 West 7th Avenue)
March 15-25
$27
Half Price Performances: Preview on March 15, and Tuesday March 20

3/15/2018 To 3/25/2018
Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play

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
Studio 1398

4/3/2018 To 4/21/2018
Blindside
Stéphanie Morin-Robert

After her recent American, Canadian, and European tour, one-eyed multiple award winner Stéphanie Morin-Robert returns to Vancouver to recount her life as a feisty 7-year-old who wields her glass-eye as a superpower. Raw, hilarious, and literally eye-popping!

★★★★★ “Expert physical comedy and impeccable timing.” —CBC
★★★★★ “Stephanie Morin-Robert is an absolute delight ... and a daring performer.” —Vue Weekly
★★★★★ “Intoxicating crescendo of laughter.” —Theatre in London 
★★★★★ ''Phenomenal and not to be missed!'' —Inside Ottawa

Caution: exposed eye sockets.

April 26-28, 2018
Studio 1398
4/26/2018 To 4/28/2018
Cashless

Publius Productions Inc.

Sabotaging his bright future, a principled but anachronistic man resists compromise in career, love, and choice of revolutionary movement, all the while knowingly provoking confrontation with a looming global dictatorship.

Cashless is set five years in the future, as paper money is about to be outlawed.

Mild Language, 14+

May 1 - 5, 2018
Havana Theatre
$15

Photo by Duy Nguyen

5/1/2018 To 5/5/2018
Wet

ITSAZOO Productions

WET is a raw, in-yer-face play set during the height of Canada’s involvement in the Afghanistan War. A soldier returns home from combat after suffering from a head injury. Her husband is forced to become her caregiver while she struggles with PTSD and he tries to unravel the mystery of what exactly happened to her. She finds herself abandoned by the country she served, in a near catatonic state, physically immobile, and left to languish in poverty in a basement suite with her unemployed and intimacy-starved husband. Tension escalates when a former war comrade shows up unwelcomed and unhinged. WET offers a devastating account of what some of our veterans come home to and how they must struggle to reclaim their humanity after being trained and conditioned into killing machines. ITSAZOO will produce WET in an immersive environment, thereby enhancing its potential for intimacy and intensity.

Nudity, Coarse Language, Violence

May 8 to May 27, 2018
The Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Ave.

Please note: May 8 & 9 are PAY WHAT YOU CAN performances and tickets will only be available at the door
5/8/2018 To 5/27/2018