Viva

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.

Please note:
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
Havana Theatre

10/20/2017 To 10/22/2017
In Conversation with Jennifer Egan
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7:30pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre


A Vancouver Writers Fest Special Event

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad discusses her long-awaited first historical novel, Manhattan Beach, in this special event. Egan’s widely acclaimed books include The Invisible Circus, which was adapted into a feature film starring Cameron Diaz, and The Keep, a national bestseller. In this anticipated event, she shares insight into her latest work, and opens up about her esteemed writing career to date. Join us for an engrossing and uplifting conversation with one of the foremost writers of our time.

Jennifer Egan is the author of five books of fiction, including A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Books Critics Circle Award; The Keep, a national bestseller; the story collection Emerald City; Look at Me, a National Book Award Finalist; and The Invisible Circus, which was adapted into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, Granta, McSweeney’s, The New York Times Magazine and many others. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.

More about Manhattan Beach:
Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career with the Ziegfeld Follies, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a nightclub, she chances to meet Dexter Styles again, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished. Mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller, Manhattan Beach is a masterpiece, a deft and startling exploration of a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America and the world.
 
Norman Rothstein Theatre
950 W 41st Avenue
10/25/2017 7:30 PM
The Fringe Cabaret October

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.

Featuring:
Jayson McDonald
Tara Travis
Andrew Bailey
Shirley Gnome
Andy Canete
David C. Jones
Megan Phillips
Nayana Fielkov
Jeff Leard
Sydney Hayduk
Cory Thibert
Valerie Cotic
Allie Entwistle
Kerri Donaldson
Natalie Watson
Devon More

10/31/2017 8:00 PM
Two Views from the Sylvia

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
7:30pm curtain

For groups of 10 or more, there is an automatic discount of $5 per ticket!

11/8/2017 To 11/12/2017
The Ridiculous Darkness

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.


Tickets:

$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.

#ridarkness
www.ridarkness.ca

Course language, Mature content, 11+

11/11/2017 To 11/19/2017
Waiting for First Light: In Conversation with Roméo Dallaire
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:30pm
St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church

A Vancouver Writers Fest Special Event

In this candid, electric evening, Roméo Dallaire – bestselling author, retired general and senator, leading humanitarian – discusses his struggle with PTSD following his missions around the world including assisting the UN during the Rwandan Genocide. Rivaling Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, the RBC Taylor Prize-nominated memoir Waiting for First Light: My Ongoing Struggle with PTSD is a moving self-portrait of a top political and military figure whose nights are invaded by despair, but who faces each day with the renewed desire to make a difference in the world.

Lieutenant-General (retired) The Honorable Roméo A. Dallaire, O.C., C.M.M., G.O.Q., M.S.C., C.D., L.O.M. (U.S.), B.ésS., LL.D. (Hon.), D.Sc.Mil (Hon.), D.U. Roméo Dallaire is founder of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, a global partnership with the mission to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers. A celebrated advocate for human rights, especially in regards to child soldiers, veterans, and the prevention of mass atrocities, General Dallaire is also a respected government and UN adviser, a bestselling author, and former Canadian Senator.

St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church
1022 Nelson St.
11/16/2017 7:30 PM
Satellites
Solo Collective Theatre

An activist author recovering from a head injury campaigns to stop off-shore millionaires from buying up local property only to learn that her neighbor is a “satellite kid”—a lonely, vulnerable teenager from China left to fend for himself in a monster house by his business-like mother—a realtor from Beijing. Others connected to the campaigning author include her husband, a police officer madly in love with their realtor, and a corrupt city administrator who accepts the ultimate bribe to keep foreign money pouring in. This play is a dark comedy about betrayal and loneliness in a city that has started to lose its identity, where characters orbit each other looking for connection and ultimately, love. This is an existential play about place and people; and most importantly about Vancouver’s continuing housing crisis. This dark comedy is by award-winning playwright and author Aaron Bushkowsky. It is inspired by Caroline Adderson’s book on Vancouver’s vanishing heritage homes, Vancouver Vanishes.

14+ Coarse Language
2-for-1 tickets for the Tuesday, November 21 performance
Discount tickets available for preview, opening weekend, and matinees


Preview: Thursday, November 16
Nov. 17-26, 2017
Performance Works
11/16/2017 To 11/26/2017
A Newfoundlander in Canada: Alan Doyle in Conversation
Monday, November 20, 2017 at 7:30pm
Norman Rothstein Theatre

A Vancouver Writers Fest Special Event

Following the runaway success of his bestselling memoir, Where I Belong, Great Big Sea front man Alan Doyle discusses A Newfoundlander in Canada: a hilarious, heartwarming account of discovering Canada through the eyes of the Newfoundlander leaving home for the first time. The author shares never-before-heard stories from the band’s early touring days – including opening for Barney the Dinosaur and drinking moonshine with an elderly churchgoer in PEI – and takes the audience on a journey through the complexities of community, regionalism and the true meaning of ‘Canadianness’.

Alan Doyle is a Canadian musician and actor, best known as a lead singer in the Canadian folk-rock band Great Big Sea. In 2012, Doyle released his first solo album, Boy on Bridge, which made the top twenty on the Canadian Albums chart. Doyle lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.
 
Norman Rothstein Theatre
950 W 41st Avenue
11/20/2017 7:30 PM
Mockingjay: The Musical - A Hunger Games Musical
District 13 Presents

Good things come in threes... even angst filled dystopian musicals with kicky pop tunes. Mockingjay: The Musical concludes the adventures of Katniss Everdeen as she joins the rebels of District 13 in taking down President Snow and the Capitol. Along with action-packed battles and espionage, the love triangle continues as Katniss must finally choose between her dearest friend and her fellow tribute who has been brainwashed to kill her. To lighten the mood, the characters sing and dance to fun pop song parodies of artists like Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Adele, and Justin Bieber. So get ready for a final helping of Hunger Games Musical goodness.

14+

November 23 – 25, 2017
Studio 1398
11/23/2017 To 11/25/2017
The Fringe Cabaret December

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!

12/8/2017 8:00 PM
My Funny Valentine

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

2/7/2018 To 2/18/2018
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
Preview February 20, 2018 at 8:00pm

February 20-25, 2018
Studio 16
2/20/2018 To 2/25/2018
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
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. The play mostly takes place in the aforementioned basement suite. As such, ITSAZOO will produce WET in a site-specific venue, an actual basement suite, 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