ARTS IN­SID­ERS

WE ASKED THOSE IN THE KNOW TO RE­VEAL THEIR SEA­SON’S HID­DEN GEMS

The Georgia Straight - - Arts Insiders -

“I’m very ex­cited to be back at Touch­stone and for our open­ing pro­duc­tion,

I have an awe-in­spir­ing cast of seven women—many of Van­cou­ver’s great­est ac­tresses, some fa­mil­iar with one an­other, such as re­cent

Jessie award win­ners Laara Sadiq and Adele Noronha, and some who have been wait­ing to get on-stage to­gether for­ever, such as Colleen Wheeler and Ni­cola Cavendish. Imag­ine…” says Roy Surette, artis­tic di­rec­tor of Touch­stone The­atre. “Al­though

was orig­i­nally pro­duced at the Fire­hall in the ’90s, the mas­tery of Indige­nous play­wright Drew Hay­den Taylor is still rel­e­vant and riv­et­ing to­day,” says Fire­hall Arts Cen­tre g.m. Su­san Shank. “The en­tire sea­son is shap­ing up to be ex­tremely ex­cit­ing. I am es­pe­cially thrilled for the world pre­miere of UBCTF’S own Jacque­line Firkins’s adap­ta­tion of Eliz­a­beth Gaskell’s novel The char­ac­ters are de­li­cious, the plot is full of in­trigue, and the story has a sur­prise around ev­ery cor­ner!” says Stephen Heat­ley, head of the de­part­ment of the­atre and film at UBC.

“Six teenagers kid­napped by their par­ents and sent to a wilder­ness camp as a last re­sort to straighten them out—elo­quent, edgy and real the­atre that res­onates,” says Kathryn Shaw, di­rec­tor of Stu­dio 58. “So ex­cited to be jump­ing back into the room with the amaz­ing Deb Wil­liams and Car­men Aguirre as we work to­gether to take to the next level as the opener in this year’s Mi­cro Per­for­mance Series. Deb’s hon­esty and in­sights com­bined with Car­men’s ex­tra­or­di­nary life ex­pe­ri­ence keep us laugh­ing and some­times cry­ing through­out ev­ery re­hearsal, ev­ery day. Work­ing with th­ese two mas­ter sto­ry­tellers as we dig into the com­plex­ity of fe­male re­la­tion­ships is hi­lar­i­ous but also per­son­ally rev­e­la­tory,” says Sherry J. Yoon, artis­tic di­rec­tor of Boca del Lupo. is a work of epic pro­por­tions and Puc­cini’s fi­nal mas­ter­piece…fea­tur­ing a mas­sive cho­rus, orches­tra, and one of the most beloved tenor arias in all of the oper­atic reper­toire,” says Les­lie Dala, associate con­duc­tor and cho­rus di­rec­tor of Van­cou­ver Opera.

HAPPY PLACE (Pre­sented by Touch­stone The­atre, Ruby Slip­pers The­atre, and Di­wali B.C. from Oc­to­ber 19 to 29 at the Fire­hall Arts Cen­tre) 9 the Truth

Happy Place, Brothel Num­ber (Pre­sented by the Fire­hall Arts Cen­tre from Novem­ber 11 to De­cem­ber 2 at the Fire­hall Arts Cen­tre) Only Drunks and Chil­dren Tell (Pre­sented by UBC The­atre from Novem­ber 9 to 25 at the Fred­eric Wood The­atre) Wives and Daugh­ters. WILDER­NESS (Pre­sented by Stu­dio 58 from Novem­ber 16 to De­cem­ber 3 at Stu­dio 58) YOU ARE IT (Pre­sented by Boca del Lupo in late Novem­ber at the Fish­bowl) You Are It TURANDOT (Pre­sented by Van­cou­ver Opera from Oc­to­ber 13 to 21 at the Queen Eliz­a­beth The­atre) “Turandot

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