60th Anniversary Season: 2018-2019
Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play
by Anne Washburn
directed by Lezlie Wade
September 21 - September 30, 2018
Dark Comedy with Music
A story of the way in which shared memory and collective storytelling become myth.
The time is the present. The world’s electricity has been wiped out by massive devastation. In this post-apocalyptic world, strangers become allies as they struggle to survive, using shared memories of The Simpsons to connect to one another and find solace in desolation.
Not just for fans of the long-running animated series, it is a musical tribute to the modern mythology of pop culture and a darkly funny exploration of a post-electric existence.
“You needn’t be familiar with The Simpsons to enjoy! Burns is just great fun!” – San Francisco Chronicle
“…an intellectual rush, a sense of unexplored theatrical possibility…and the massive pull of shared experience.” – The Chicago Tribune
A Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennessee Williams
directed by Kelly Daniels
October 26 - November 4, 2018
This renowned drama follows fragile southern belle Blanche DuBois as she moves in with her sister Stella and husband Stanley Kowalski in New Orleans. Temperatures soar and tempers flare as Blanche’s presence causes trouble in Stella and Stanley’s already volatile relationship. As Blanche’s reality crumbles around her, she collides with Stanley’s rough, earthy nature, and meets with devastating consequences.
“gritty but gracious, aggression balanced with acquiescence, physicality with fantasy” – theatreview.org
“…widely regarded as one of the greatest works of the 20th century.” – Edinburgh Theatre
By R.C. Sherriff
directed by Jim Warren
November 23 - December 2, 2018
This historic piece of British drama will be performed to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Taking place over 4 days in 1918, we meet the members of Company C, awaiting an imminent German attack, and grappling with cold, unforgiving life in the trenches. The ordinarily charismatic Captain Stanhope turns to drink to ease the pain but must come to terms with his problems when the young and eager new recruit Raleigh arrives and reminds him of life back home.
“profoundly moving, and a terrific old-fashioned treat… comes straight from the heart” – The Guardian
by Margaret Atwood
directed by Kelli Fox
February 1 - February 10, 2019
Modern Greek Drama with Music
From the classic Greek tale of the Trojan War comes this alternate perspective from Penelope, the long-suffering wife of Odysseus.
War has broken out over the kidnapping of Helen of Troy, and Odysseus is obligated to join in battle, which lasts many years. Upon his return, he kills the suitors who pursued Penelope in his absence, and her 12 maids, who he believes helped them.
Underscored with music from a chorus of the 12 slaughtered maids, this drama comes to us from distinguished Canadian author Margaret Atwood. A righteously feminist retelling of the classic story.
“Satanically witty and yet profoundly moving… a pitiless indictment of the horrors men bring onto women, but even more frighteningly, the horrors that women do to each other” – The Toronto Star
God of Carnage
by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton
directed by Heather Davies
March 1 - March 10, 2019 (Hatch Studio Theatre)
Two couples meet to discuss the fallout of a recent event – one son has hit another in the face with a stick and damaged his teeth. What begins as a civil discussion about how to proceed with reparations ends in chaos and drama as the couples descend into vicious and brutal attacks on one another. A funny and insightful look into the cruel reality of human nature.
“This polite attempt to compose a report of the playground scuffle becomes a savage blame game … every man, woman and child for themselves” – Theatre Journal
“a study in the tension between civilized surface and savage instinct” – New York Times
Love and Information
by Caryl Churchill
directed by Marc Bondy
March 22 - March 31, 2019
One of our season’s most intriguing offerings. The play is a series of vignettes, variations on themes of love and information. Only 16 actors will perform over a hundred different characters and 57 scenes as they weave a tapestry of colourful, funny and touching moments.
“Love and Information is a play with an extremely loose structure. The structure is there, but within it, there are so many possibilities. Churchill has provided specific text but without any context. There is very little punctuation and even gender has not been assigned to characters. It’s like being given some specific paint colours and brushes and a huge empty blank canvas. You can fill the canvas however you wish, but you must use the materials provided. It’s going to be fun to see what we come up with together when all of our creative forces come together.” - Marc Bondy, director
“…compels us to think about the paradoxical variety and similarity in the ways we try to make sense of our universe and our place in it.” – New York Times