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Sat. Dec. 14 2013
Adeena Karasick performs with bill bissett for Annual Christmas Party AB Series: Global Poetry, Music and innovative Arts
692 Somerset West
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Bev Sellars, author of They Called Me Number One, is going to giving a speech at the Microsoft Auditorium located inside the Seattle Public Library.
Monday, December 16, 2013, 2:00 PM
Seattle Public Library – Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA, 98104
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
12:00 PM (noon)
Teck Gallery in SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus
515 West Hasting Street, Vancouver, BC
More details here.
“Hear Me Looking at You”
written & performed by Dara Culhane
dramaturgy & direction by Noah Drew
Friday, December 27 & Saturday, December 28
Hudson Guild Theater
6539 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Tickets: $15 (cash only)
A rare restaging!
Pleiades Theatre presents Manon, Sandra, and the Virgin Mary by Michel Tremblay. Translated and directed by John Van Burek, this extraordinary work will be presented at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in the new year.
January 11 – February 2, 2014
(opens on Wednesday, January 15)
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander Street
About the play:
Manon, Sandra, and the Virgin Mary is a poetic, provocative exploration of the sacred and the profane as found in the gritty realities of Tremblay’s east-end Montréal and in the soaring, lyrical imagination of the playwright who is, without doubt, Canada’s greatest. Written in 1977, this masterpiece of elegant simplicity and daring, explosive emotions is rarely seen in production. Originally titled Damnée Manon, Sacrée Sandra, Tremblay wrote this play to end his first great cycle of works for the stage.
English-language premiere of “Pacamambo” by Wajdi Mouawad (translated by Shelley Tepperman)
Premiered in 2000, “Pacamambo” is a remarkable achievement. Conceived as a play for children about death, the work is lyrical, emotionally powerful, and hugely life-affirming. It tells the story of Julie, who disappeared for three weeks and was discovered in her grandmother’s apartment storage locker with her dog, Growl, and the perfume-laden body of her grandmother. [from Broadway World Toronto]
January 17 – February 2, 2014
Rogue Cells / Carbon Harbour Launch at Vertigo Reading Series @ Crave
with Garry Thomas Morse
Monday, January 20, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar
1925 Victoria Avenue
The Department of Theatre at UBC with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival presents Seeds, starring Theatre at UBC alumnus Eric Peterson.
January 22 – 25, 2014
Frederic Wood Theatre
University of British Columbia
UBC alumnus Eric Peterson (Corner Gas, Billy Bishop Goes to War) stars in this provocative docudrama about small town Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser versus biotech giant Monsanto Inc. Based on real events, Seeds leads us through a high-voltage labyrinth of political manoeuvering, patent wars, and cash-fuelled science. Passionate and thought-provoking, this deft piece of theatrical storytelling is an intellectual and emotional tour de force. Think you know what’s on your plate? Think again.
More information is available on the UBC Theatre website.
“The Sound of Salience” at Technology, Rhetoric, and Cultural Change: Walter J. Ong, S. J. in the Age of Google
Feb. 7, 2014
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Seattle Central Library
1000 Fourth Ave.
The 5th annual Galiano Literary Festival will be held February 21–23 2014 at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Spa on Galiano Island, British Columbia.
Dina Del Bucchia (Coping with Emotions and Otters, 2013) will participate, as will Bev Sellars (They Called Me Number One, 2013), and Chris Arnett will give an illustrated reading of Two Houses Half-Buried in Sand. Other authors will be announced on the festival’s homepage and social media accounts as they are confirmed.
By David Fennario
February 25 to March 23, 2014
Centaur Theatre Company
453 St. François-Xavier
A spirited and moving tribute.
Truth emerges from the darkness of war.
Penned by the renowned author of Balconville this powerful drama gives a voice to the disillusioned working class women employed at the British Munitions Factory in Verdun, Quebec during World War I. With tensions running high across the country over conscription and linguistic and religious issues, dedicated mothers, wives, sisters and sweethearts assemble artillery shells to support the war effort and inadvertently find themselves assembled to bring about change. This munitions manufacturer employed over 4,000 women, including Fennario’s mother. Tragically, the city of Verdun sacrificed more soldiers to both World Wars than any other place in Canada.
Albertine, En Cinq Temps
DU 11 MARS AU 5 AVRIL
de Michel Tremblay
mise en scène Lorraine Pintal
Théatre du Nouveau Monde
84, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
TOUTE UNE VIE DE FEMME DÉTRICOTÉE PAR LES MOTS
Il y a trente ans, Michel Tremblay a écrit un des grands textes du théâtre contemporain en plaçant face à elle-même une femme aux différents âges de sa vie. Entre l’Albertine de trente ans désemparée d’avoir presque battu à mort sa fille de onze ans et celle de soixante-dix ans qui, apaisée, entre en foyer d’accueil, Tremblay trace cinq lignes de vie pour dessiner l’arc de toute une existence déchirée entre la culpabilité et la rage. Dans l’atmosphère suspendue du crépuscule — entre les flamboyances du couchant et le lent lever de la lune pourpre d’été — les Albertine, inspirées par l’écoute attentive de leur sœur Madeleine, nous livrent la cantate de leur propre vie transfigurée par l’âpre lyrisme d’une langue à la fois terrible et caressante.
Lorraine Pintal voulait depuis longtemps mettre en scène ce chef-d’oeuvre de notre dramaturgie afin de montrer toute la lumière qui émane du trajet de cette femme qui, en accédant à la conscience de son propre destin, saisit tout le tragique de la condition humaine. En réunissant pour cette oeuvre chorale des comédiennes de Québec et de Montréal, elle a assemblé une fabuleuse distribution emportée par la présence souveraine de Monique Miller.
Coproduction Théâtre du Trident / Théâtre du Nouveau Monde
by Annabel Soutar
March 26 – April 12, 2014
A Porte Parole (Montreal) production
53 Elgin Street, at Confederation Square
A passionate and provocative docudrama about a small-town prairie farmer versus Big Business. Based on courtroom trial scripts, news broadcasts, and interviews with the case’s stakeholders.
This passionate and provocative docudrama – part courtroom confrontation, part social satire – sows the seeds of doubt. Centering on the four-year legal showdown between biotech giant Monsanto and Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser, the highly-acclaimed Seeds leads us through a high-voltage labyrinth of political manoeuvering, patent wars, and cash-fuelled science. Quite simply, Seeds is about the food we eat. Thought-provoking and irreverent, this deft piece of theatrical storytelling is an intellectual and emotional tour de force.
Much of the text is taken verbatim from court trial transcripts, news broadcasts, and interviews with the case’s stakeholders.
Waiting for the Parade
By John Murrell
Produced in association with Thousand Islands Playhouse (Gananoque)
March 27 to April 5, 2014
Box 104, 1300 9th Avenue
Kamloops, BC V2C 5K3
Set on the home front during World War II, this bittersweet play is a reflective look at war from the point of view of the women left behind. Balancing drama with humour, filled with the songs that inspired a generation through war, Waiting for the Parade is one of Canada’s most enduring and best-loved plays.
The Ravine by George F. Walker
March 28 – April 13, 2014
Previews March 22 – 27, 2014
Seneca Queen Theatre
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Tickets are available at the theatre’s website. Cast, shows, dates, times, and prices may be subject to change; please check the theatre website for updates.
by Lucia Frangione
May 16 – June 14, 2014
Pacific Theatre is on the corner of 12th Ave and Hemlock Street, on the ground floor of the Chalmers Heritage Building (owned by Holy Trinity Anglican Church) in Vancouver BC.
Three fiery women – Vito’s estranged daughter, his pit-bull of a second wife, and the family’s wrinkled matriarch – find humour and grace in the aftermath of a violent car crash that threatens to take from them the one man they all love. “The espresso – she’s life. Quick, black, bitter in the mouth. Don’t expect sweet.”
The Canadian premiere of George F. Walker’s “Dead Metaphor,” a Canadian Rep Theatre production co-produced with Mirvish Productions, opens as part of the Off-Mirvish Season at the Panasonic Theatre.
May 24, 2014 – June 15, 2014
Panasonic Theatre (Off-Mirvish Season)
About the production:
Directed by George F. Walker, “Dead Metaphor” stars Nancy Beatty, Jerry Franken, Michael Healey, Haley McGee, Noah Reid, and Julie Stewart. Set and Costume design is by Shawn Kerwin, Lighting Design is by Rebecca Picherack, and original music and sound design is by Lesley Barber. First performed at the prestigious A.C.T. (American Conservatory Theater) in San Francisco, “Dead Metaphor” will preview May 24–25, open on May 27 and run until June 15, 2014.
About the show:
Dean is a young ex-sniper, just back from Afghanistan, struggling to find work. His family is disintegrating before his eyes; his wife is ready to divorce him a second time, yet players on both ends of the political spectrum find Dean’s special talents oddly appealing.
Read more in Broadway World Toronto.
The Burden of Self-Awareness by George F. Walker, directed by Arthur Milner
June 3, 2014 – June 22, 2014
Great Canadian Theatre Company
1233 Wellington St. West (at the corner of Holland Ave.)
About the play:
Michael is wealthy beyond his dreams, but after a brush with death he is a changed man. When he decides to give away his fortune, Michael’s wife is alarmed by the prospect of a middle-class existence. Conspiring with a neurotic psychiatrist, a reluctant hit man and a call girl with a degree in history, she desperately fights to stop the events that her husband has set in motion. Canada’s master of dark comedy, George F. Walker, brings us this gripping tale of sex, regret, and murder in another world premiere for GCTC.
For more information, visit the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s web page.
The holiday season is upon us, and perhaps you are considering giving the gift of a good book! Here are the most lovely and readable and immediately compelling books we have produced recently to help you in your quest. Order soon to have them delivered in the next couple of weeks! (And did you know that ours come nicely packaged?)Tuesday December 3, 2013 in Meta-Talon
by Chloë Filson
In a recent Meta-Talon article, “Reflections on Regionalism,” Megan Jones referred to the “quietly profound writers that dwell in far-off corners and dense urban hotbeds of this vast country.” This description points to one of the most important – or at least one of the most critically discussed – tensions in Canadian literature: urban vs. rural.Thursday November 28, 2013 in Meta-Talon
Tuesday November 26, 2013 in Meta-Talon
“With this magazine cover, I know it’s only a prototype, but with this cover, we decided to concentrate on the mole. This may look to you and me like an ordinary, and might I add rather famous, mole on a human face. Yet if we were to make that assumption, we would both be making a rather naive supposition.”
Candy blinked and stifled a yawn.
“Because,” roared F with wild eyes, nearly startling Candy out of her seat, “the mole is not a real mole at all!”
“Okay, Doc, I believe you. Just chill, okay.”
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