We’re thrilled to announce our 2019/20 season! For the second time in our company’s history, we’ll be presenting a two show offering.
First up this October is the Canadian Premiere of Body Awareness by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Annie Baker.
The story: It’s Body Awareness Week on a college campus and Phyllis, the organizer, and her partner, Joyce, are hosting one of the guest artists in their home: Frank, a photographer famous for his female nude portraits. Both his presence in the home and his chosen subject instigate tension from the start. Phyllis is furious at his depictions, but Joyce is actually rather intrigued by the whole thing. As Joyce and Phyllis bicker, Joyce’s adult son, who may or may not have Asperger syndrome, struggles to express himself physically – with heartbreaking results.
Body Awareness is directed by our Artistic Director Aaron Craven and features actors Jennifer Copping and John Murphy, artists who’ve worked with us in previous productions. New to the company are actors Suleka Mathew and Zac Scott.
“Body Awareness is a smart, modest work about ordinary, flawed people, grasping for connection, but none of it feels small, thanks to Baker’s sharp ear for the deeply painful – and funny – longings squirming under her characters’ dialogue.” – Time Out New York.
Our second play, presented by The Firehall Arts Centre in June, 2020 is the Vancouver premiere of Actually by Anna Ziegler.
The story: Two college students spend a night together that alters the course of their lives. They agree on the drinking, they agree on the attraction, but consent is foggy, and if unspoken, can it be called consent? With lyricism and wit, ACTUALLY investigates gender and race politics, our crippling desire to fit in, and the three sides to every story.
Body Awareness is directed by Michael Scholar Jr. and features actors Nikki Elek and Andrew Creightney, who we welcome to the company as performers for the first time.
“[A] darkly comedic, compellingly dramatic look at sex, race, gender and booze…riveting throughout…Edgy, thought-and-laugh-provoking, and never less than absorbing, Actually is as button-pushing a play as you’re likely to see all year.” – StageSceneLA.com.
With the great content on offer this season and a fantastic cast and crew attached to both shows, this year promises to be our best yet! Stay tuned for ticket sales as we approach the season.