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
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. The discount will be automatically applied once the tickets are added to your cart.
Discount tickets available for preview, opening weekend, and matinees


Preview: Thursday, November 16
Nov. 17-26, 2017
Performance Works

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11/21/2017 To 11/26/2017
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
Lunarium
Lunarium lives! See The Crystalline Cabaret's "Lunarium" again or for the first time this winter. After centuries of war, pollution, and overpopulation, the Earth is unable to produce enough food to feed its people. After being visited by a beautiful spirit in the night, a lone scientist hops in his glider on a trip to the Moon. There, he hopes to discover sparkling gems he can trade for food back home. What he finds is so much greater. Follow his journey into the weird, wonderful, and seductive night sky to witness Lunarium. Dance, magic, acting, circus, and burlesque come together as a shimmering constellation set within a dreamy electronic soundscape. Challenging assumptions and igniting the imagination, Lunarium is an allegorical wonderland inspired by George Melies’ 1902 film, “A Trip to The Moon”.

19+, partial nudity
1/13/2018 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. 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