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    The Children by Lucy Kirkwood ★ ★ ★ ★ "The Children should be seen for its simple take on powerful questions" Chicago Sun-Times From September 17 to October 13, 2019, the Belfry Theatre will present The Children by British playwright Lucy Kirkwood. Directed by Michael Shamata, The Children stars Nancy Palk (Hazel), Brenda Robins (Rose), and Joseph Ziegler (Robin). Brenda Robins starred (as the delightful 90-year old Vera) in our production of 4000 Miles earlier this year. Nancy Palk and Joseph Ziegler (who are married in real life) are returning after making their Belfry debuts in Da (in 1979). The three actors are longtime friends. Robin and Hazel are two retired nuclear scientists, living in a seaside cottage on the east coast of England. But all is not as it seems. Their electricity is restricted to evenings, and they have a Geiger counter in the kitchen. On a warm summer’s evening, Rose, an old friend and colleague, arrives from America with a startling request. Inspired by the nuclear disaster in Fukushima Japan, The Children is a pressure cooker that asks powerful questions of us all. Playing out in real time, by turns it is a mystery, comedy and drama. The play opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London in November 2016 and transferred to Broadway a year later. In New York the play was nominated for the 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award as Outstanding New Broadway Play and the 2018 Tony Award for Best Play. Last year, Kirkwood was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in its "40 Under 40" initiative. Her 2013 play Chimerica examined the relationship between the US and China. It won the 2014 Olivier Award for best new play and was subsequently adapted as a TV miniseries, airing on the UK’s Channel 4 this past April. WHY I CHOSE THIS PLAY Award-winning playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s brilliant play asks big questions about the responsibility we face to leave a better world for the next generation. How do we reconcile our mistakes with their impact on the future, and who is meant to clean up after us? -- Michael Shamata Creative Team Lucy Kirkwood - Playwright Michael Shamata - Director Christina Poddubiuk - Designer Alan Brodie - Lighting Designer Tobin Stokes - Composer / Sound Designer Jennifer Swan - Stage Manager Carissa Sams - Assistant Stage Manager Jacques Lemay - Choreographer Adrienne Smook - Dialect Coach Molly McDowell-Powlowski - Assistant Director* *Molly McDowell-Powlowski’s participation made possible through the Belfry’s Emerging Artist Enhancement Program, funded by the RBC Emerging Artists Project. Ticket Information Tickets for The Children range from $20 to $55 (plus GST). Tickets are available at 250-385-6815 or online at tickets.belfry.bc.ca. Prices are subject to change. Tickets for The Children - https://tickets.belfry.bc.ca/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent1085.html
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    The 39 Steps October 22- November 3, 2019 The Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre presents The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan. A fast paced whoodunnit for any one who loves the magic of theatre. Clive Barnes of the NY Post said; "The play's creators have affectionately pushed Hitchcock's brilliance...into some riotous realm of satire, without losing its essentially Hitchcockian flavor." call 250-382-3370 Tuesday - Saturday 12-4pmPackages start at just $88.20! http://bluebridgetheatre.ca Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre · 2657 Quadra St · Victoria, BC V5T 3E4
  3. Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival On July 4th and 5th, the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival launches their 29th season withJulius Caesar, directed by Tamara McCarthy, and Two Gentlemen of Verona, adapted and directed by Christopher Weddell. The plays will be performed in repertory through July 27 on the Festival’s Camas Stage outdoors at Camosun College’s Lansdowne Campus, with special Bard Across the Bridge performances ofTwo Gentlemen of Verona August 1-3 at Saxe Point in Esquimalt in partnership with the Township Community Arts Council. The GVSF’s layered acting program includes professional actors, community actors, early-career actors, and a Junior Company of actors aged 13-18. This season, that Junior Company is the largest yet, with a total of seven young actors included in the full cast of thirty. Beginning with just two members in 2014, the GVSF’sJunior Company program was created with the intention of providing mentorship, community, and skill building for youth who are passionate about theatre. As the festival has grown over the past six years, the GVSF has been able to intentionally hire directors with extensive teaching experience, and to cast professional actors in mentorship positions, allowing the Junior Company to expand each year. Mackenzie Heaney, 14, a Junior Company member performing in Two Gentlemen of Verona, had this to say about the program: “My favourite thing about working with the Festival has been building relationships with all these wonderful Shakespeare fanatics like me. I like to see how people who have been performing a lot longer than me work when they’re reading a new play, and what their techniques are; I really admire the patience and skill that they all put into it.” Asa O’Connor-Jackael, 14, who performs in Julius Caesar, said:“Something that’s really been great for me is to be able to work with a Shakespearean text over such a long period of time, and to learn to really understand it, and see all the beauty in the lines that we are saying. There are such great lines in Julius Caesar, I love it!” Perhaps the most unique addition to the GVSF’s cast this season is Steve the dog! Steve plays the role of ‘Crab’ in Two Gentlemen of Verona. Often, ‘Crab’ is played by a puppet, a mechanical dog, or even animaginary one, but director Christopher Weddell wanted to take the more challenging yet rewarding route of bringing a live dog on stage with the cast. Taylor Lewis, a returning GVSF cast member, and Crab’s primaryscene partner, reflects: “Acting with an animal on stage means never doing a scene the same way twice.Steve is a pleasure to work with, but he often invents his own lines and blocking, and it’s on us human actorsto adapt! It’s a challenge, but if we allow those moments to breathe, it’s a win for us and for the audience.” Tickets to the GVSF are available online at www.vicshakespeare.com, or at the door. Children 12 years of age and under are always free! Julius Caesar Directed by Tamara McCarthy Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30pm July 4 through July 27 Preview: July 2 Opening: July 4 Two Gentlemen of Verona Directed by Christopher Weddell Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30pm; Saturdays at 1:30pm July 6 through July 27 Preview: July 3 Opening: July 5 -- 30 – All plays perform at Camosun College Lansdowne Campus. Performances of Two Gentlemen of Verona at Saxe Point Park Aug 1-3. Tickets are $26, and $21 for students and seniors 65+. Festival season tickets are available. Children 12 and under are free.
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    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Directed by Kevin McKendrick Starring Britt Small and Damon Calderwood Musical Direction - Dan Belland Choreography - Sarah Murphy All tickets 10% off until July 30! plus $2.00 surcharge and GST click here to purchase on line or call 250-382-3370 Tuesday to Saturday 12-4 Now on Sale! Call 250-382-3370 to order your 2019/2- Season Tickets!
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    BOOM X Belfry Theatre, July 30-August 18 Rick Miller’s multimedia masterpiece BOOM struck a chord with Belfry audiences in the summer of 2015. Picking up where BOOM left off – at Woodstock in 1969 – BOOM X tackles the music, culture and politics of Generation X. Surrounded by stunning visuals, Rick plays more than 100 famous people – musicians, celebrities, politicians – in his own story of growing up and trying to navigate the tangled legacy of the Baby Boom. Presented by: KIDOONS AND WYRD PRODUCTIONS, IN ASSOCIATION WITH THEATRE CALGARY AND THE 20K COLLECTIVE PRESENTS Tickets and information at www. belfry.bc.ca
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    Things My Mother Taught Me Olivia and Gabe are moving into their first apartment together. They’ve driven halfway across the country to start their new life in Chicago. Can a two bedroom apartment contain all of the love, laughs, worry and wisdom when both sets of parents show up to help? A funny and touching generational look at relationships. 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd http://www.stlukesplayers.org
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    We are the Levinsons Bema Productions is proud to present our 2019 Mainstage production, the Canadian Premiere of “We Are The Levinsons” by Wendy Kout. All performances take place at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, Black Box Theatre, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2J3. Tickets are $23.00 each, available now online at www.ticketrocket.co or at the Ticket Rocket office, 1050 Meares Street, Victoria. Performance Dates and Times: Thursday May 9 7:30 pm Sunday May 12 3:00 pm Tuesday May 14 7:30 pm Wednesday May 15 7:30 pm Thursday May 16 7:30 pm Sunday May 19 3:00 pm Tuesday May 21 7:30 pm Thursday May 23 7:30 pm The story details the phenomenon of the “sandwich generation” — adults caring for both children and aging parents — through the lens of one family’s momentous year. Rosie, a daughter with mother issues, surprises her parents with a trip home. And life surprises Rosie. Sanity, survival and humor are tested and love is deepened in this three-generation family, and chosen family comedy/drama. Zelda Dean directs. “. . . if there is anything I hope everyone feels after this play, it’s the celebration and preciousness of life . . . and laughter.” -WENDY KOUT (PLAYWRIGHT) Wendy Kout is an award-winning writer/producer of theater, film, television and prose. Wendy’s latest play, We Are the Levinsons, a contemporary family comedy/drama, had its acclaimed world premiere at Minnesota Jewish Theater Company (spring 2017) and won the 2017 Broadway World Regional Awards for Best Play and Best Ensemble in a Play.
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    Adrenaline An Evening of Theatre and Conversation Adrenaline : Theatre Mada Saturday, May 4 from 5:45pm – 8:00pm Metro Theatre, 1411 Quadra Street. Tickets $5 to $25 (pay what you can) A riveting performance recounting a man’s first New Year’s Eve in Canada after leaving war-torn Syria. The performance will be followed by a conversation with the play’s author, Ahmad Meree, and the director of Adrenaline. Light snacks provided by Saraya Hot Bread and Silk Road Tea. Wheelchair accessible. Click here to reserve your seats.
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    FASHION MACHINE opens this week! Our well-loved show Fashion Machine is back in Victoria for May 2-5, make sure you get your tickets now before they're all gone! When is it? Thursday May 2 - 7:00pm (SOLD OUT) Friday May 3 - 7:00pm Saturday May 4 - 7:00pm Sunday May 5 - 2:00pm Where? SKAM Satellite Studio 849 Fort Street How much is it? $10 per person OR $30 for a Family Pass (up to 2 adults and 3 youths) Remind me, what's Fashion Machine? Part performance piece, part theatre, part fashion extravaganza, Fashion Machine invites you to witness the creative process in action: 20+ kids redesign audience members outfits and put on a fashion show. Don't worry, they know what they're doing - they trained with SKAM experts in preparation. Feeling brave? Pick an "I'm In!" sticker, and you might be chosen to get your outfit completely made over! We'll deck you out in a sweet robe while the children redesign your outfit. You'll get to see them work, watch videos from their training, see a constantly evolving photography slideshow, and get some coffee and snacks if you're hungry. Then you'll don the completed piece and strut your stuff in a fashion show with commentary from the kids. Don't want your clothes remade? That's okay! Wear a 'chicken' sticker and you can take part without anyone touching your clothes. BUY TICKETS NOW
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    hapax theatre presents In On It by Daniel MacIvorIn On It explores a spiraling narrative about a dying man trying to make plans for the end, a pair of lovers trying to make it work, and two men trying to make a play. A world where accidents happen. A story about control. A play that keeps its options open.Tickets: $15 - all seatsDirector: Heather Jarvie-LaidlawFeaturing: Vaughn Naylor and Jared GowenStage Manager: Leah AnthonyDesign: Chad Jarvie-Laidlaw
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