• Sep 19 – Oct 04

    2018

    Play: “Mom's the Word” in Saskatoon

    PERSEPHONE THEATRE . 2018-2019 SEASON

    MAIN STAGE:

    MOM’S THE WORD 3
    NEST 1⁄2 EMPTY

    By Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard and Deborah Williams
    A Vancouver Arts Club Production
    September 19 to October 3, 2018
    The creative team behind the Mom’s the Word series presents a new chapter in their stories of family and fracas. Their kids are grown, their marriages have “evolved,” and their bodies are backfiring. Life doesn’t get any prettier, but it never strays far from ludicrous or poignant as the moms mine their personal history for every embarrassing detail. Filled with insights, secrets, and ribald humour, this brand-new show is both hysterical and deeply touching.
    “Mom’s the Word 3 captivates with its heart, humour, and honesty” – Georgia Straight


  • Sep 27 – Oct 06

    2018

    Play: “Les Belles-Soeurs” in Richmond

    This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of the Canadian classic Les Belles-soeurs. Gateway Theatre hosts Ruby Slippers’s production of the English-language Metro Vancouver premiere of Michel Tremblay’s iconic play. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Gateway Theatre’s website.

    September 27 to October 6, 2018
    Gateway Theatre
    6500 Gilbert Road
    Richmond, BC


  • Sep 30 – Oct 01

    2018

    Workshop: "Writing on Water" with Fred Wah in Nelson, BC

    Join poet Fred Wah at Touchstones Gallery for a creative workshop that will consider juxtapositions between creative writing and images. Participants are asked to bring an image (photograph, sketch, painting, etc) of a local Kootenay waterway along with a short piece of creative writing (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction) that relates to the photo. Wah will introduce the topic with reference to his recent collaborative project with Rita Wong, on the Columbia River, beholden: a poem as long as the river.

    Sunday, September 30
    1pm to 4pm
    Touchstones Gallery
    502 Vernon Street
    Nelson, BC
    Cost: $20


  • Nov 01 – Nov 04

    2018

    Joshua Whitehead at Wordstock Sudbury

    Joshua Whitehead will be reading at this year’s Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival, alongside authors Lee Maracle, Waubgeshig Rice, Margaret Christakos, Kevin Hardcastle, Kim Thuy, Natalie Morrill, and more. More information at wordstocksudbury.ca.

    November 1 to 3, 2018
    The Clarion Hotel
    117 Elm Street
    Sudbury, ON


  • Nov 20 – Nov 26

    2018

    Play: “Cottagers and Indians” in Kingston

    Cottagers and Indians takes a sincere and pragmatic look at the current conflicts between First Nations traditional water usage and property owners in cottage country who are looking to enjoy an undisturbed summer getaway. Written by Drew Hayden Taylor, an award-winning playwright, journalist, novelist and filmmaker, Cottagers and Indians had a successful debut at Tarragon Theatre in 2017. More info here.

    November 20 to 25, 2018
    at the Grand Theatre
    218 Princess Street
    Kingston, ON

    “A deft touch for mixing comedy and commentary in an entertaining all-Canada form of social satire.“—Vancouver Sun


  • Feb 08 – Feb 24

    2019

    Play: “Amigo's Blue Guitar” in Cranbrook, BC

    In Amigo’s Blue Guitar, a college student’s life is given meaning when he chooses to sponsor Elias, a Salvadoran refugee, as a class project. When Elias arrives, his hosts Sander and his family learn what it means and feels to be a refugee and how to relate to someone who has endured such intense personal grief. The warmth and humour of the characters invite us to embrace the situation—be at once moved and threatened by it—and to consider how we ourselves would react. More info here.

    February 8 to 23, 2019
    at the Cranbrook Community Theatre
    11–11th Avenue South
    Cranbrook, BC


  • Feb 27 – Mar 18

    2019

    Play: “Gracie” in Regina

    Written by Joan MacLeod

    February 27 – March 17, 2019
    Globe Theatre
    Regina, Saskatchewan

    Gracie is a dramatic monologue telling the story of a girl raised in a fundamentalist community that transports child brides between polygamist communities in both Canada and the United States.

    As the play opens, Gracie is eight years old and moving with her mother, brother, and sisters from her community in the southwestern United States to a community in southeastern British Columbia, Canada. Her mother has been assigned to a new husband; she becomes his eighteenth wife. In five acts, Gracie plays herself at five ages and also gives voice to thirteen other characters, including her older sister Celeste – who becomes a wife at sixteen, a mother at seventeen – and her brother Billy, who is forced out of the community just a few years after the family arrives in Canada. Gracie is fifteen when the play ends, again with a journey as she herself leaves the community.

    More information available from Globe Theatre.


  • Mar 08 – Apr 01

    2019

    Play: “King Richard and His Women” in Vancouver

    Catch a new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Richard III. Camyar Chai ’s new adaptation for Seven Tyrants Theatre explores Richard III’s relationship with the powerful women surrounding this famous king. More info here.

    March 8–30, 2019
    at Seven Tyrants Theatre
    1019 Seymour Street
    Vancouver, BC


  • Mar 27 – Apr 11

    2019

    Play: “Empire of the Son” in Saskatoon

    EMPIRE OF THE SON at the Persephone theatre.

    A Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre Production
    Written and Performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu, Produced by Donna Yamamoto

    March 27 to April 10, 2019

    As father and son, Akira and Tetsuro Shigematsu shared the same profession as public radio broadcasters. Each of them reveled in communicating with millions of their listeners, but they never spoke with each other. When Akira’s health begins to falter in his old age, Tetsuro bridges the gap between them with the only object they both understand: a microphone. Through visually striking live, cinematic vignettes, Shigematsu re-enacts moments from his father’s incredible personal history, from the ashes of Hiroshima to swinging 1960s London, and paints an intimate portrait of their evolving connection and the deep-seated love for each other that they both struggle to express.


  • Apr 04 – Apr 21

    2019

    Play: “Girl in the Goldfish Bowl” in Windsor

    Morris Panych’s Girl in the Goldfish Bowl opens with Iris, a precocious girl of ten, proclaiming, “These are the last few days of my childhood.” The death of her goldfish, Amal, she is sure, has been announced by the air-raid sirens during the day’s school drill. For Iris, there remain a few more days of life in a universe that is inherently ordered, where the spirit of her departed and ritually interred goldfish can, of course, be reincarnated in a lost and amnesiac drifter given to rhetorical questions of seemingly deep philosophical import. More info here.

    April 4 to April 20, 2019
    at the KordaZone Theatre
    2520 Seminole Street
    Windsor, ON

    “An uncommon, quirky blend of humour and compassion.”
    —National Post


  • Apr 25 – May 05

    2019

    Play: “Empire of the Son” in Kamloops

    Written and Performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu
    A Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre Production

    April 25 – May 4, 2019
    Pavilion Theatre
    Kamloops, British Columbia

    A funny and poignant one-man show by former CBC broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematsu about his rocky relationship with his emotionally reserved father, Akira. From the ashes of Hiroshima to swinging 1960s London, this acclaimed play shows how Akira’s incredible personal history has influenced two generations. Through visually striking live, cinematic vignettes, Tetsuro paints an intimate portrait of the evolving connection between father and son, and the deep-seated love for one another that they both struggle to express.

    “A celebration of the extraordinary in the ordinary”—Ottawa Citizen

    More information available from Western Canada Theatre.