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Newsletter: 52 Reasons to Celebrate Live Theatre

By admin | November 12, 2015

October 30, 2015 Newsletter


“Whoa” Reviews for Tender Napalm!


Sean Harris Oliver and Claire Hesselgrave in Tender Napalm. Photo by David Cooper.

Twenty-Something Theatre’s Tender Napalm opened last night after a week of preview shows and buzz. Check out what people are saying about it:

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Tender Napalm runs from October 23 to November 8 at the Havana Theatre and tickets are available through Theatre Wire here!


An Ode to Live Performance: 52 Pick-up

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In TJ Dawe and Rita Bozi’s 52 Pick-up, every performance is different. Fifty-two scene titles are written on a deck of cards and thrown in the air. The performers pick up the cards at random and perform scenes to reveal the story. With 52 Pick-up premiering in just two weeks, we talked to artistic producer of Twenty-Something Theatre and director of the show Brian Cochrane.

52 Pick-up will run November 13-29 at the Havana Theatre. It’s a part of the Theatre Wire subscription and tickets are available here.

What inspired you to do this play?
It’s a celebration of live performance! The scenes are guaranteed to unfold in a different order every time and that’s a lot of fun for the audience and the performers. It also presented me the opportunity to do something with Sara Brown and Dan Willow. I’ve been hoping to collaborate with both of them for awhile now.

What can audiences expect from a performance?
Spontaneity! Laughs! Tender moments!

What things do you want your performances to prompt people to think about?
52 Pick-up makes me think about the value of live performance. It wouldn’t work better as a film or TV show. It’s something you need to be in the room to experience and each time is truly different from the time before. So hopefully it will remind people how pleasurable a live performance can be.

What are you most looking forward to about the performances?
The spontaneity! Dan does a lot of improv and Sara just cracks me up generally, so to see them flying by the seat of their pants every night ought to be a really good time!

Why does Vancouver need this play now?
It’s always the right time to celebrate live performance and to feature a couple of performers who deserve to be seen. It’s also always the right time for a love story.

Who do you want to see this show the most?
Everyone! I think it’s a great date night and also a great show for people who think they don’t like going to the theatre.

Who is your favourite teacher and why?
My two biggest teachers were Jim Guedo and Stephen Heatley. I am still learning from them just by remembering things they’ve said over the years.

Why do you make theatre?
I love my fellow humans and this is how I show it.

Why do you live in Vancouver?
Moved for grad school (MFA in Directing at UBC). Fell in love with a lady. Fell in love with the city. Fell in love with the lack of cold winters.

Last play you saw in Vancouver? What did you like about it?
The Fighting Season at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Great script, powerhouse performances, and subtle direction.

What does Vancouver’s Theatre scene need?
More subsidies from all levels of government.

If you had an unlimited budget for this show, would you change anything? What?
Confetti cannons would likely be incorporated.

What is your next project and why are you excited about it?
I’ll be helping with the World Premiere of Julie McIsaac’s The Out Vigil (Twenty Something’s production being presented by the Firehall Arts Centre in March), then going to Whitehorse to direct Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Hunter Gatherers at the Guild Hall. They’re both great scripts for different reasons.


Loneliness and Romance at the Dog Park: Off-Leash


Off-Leash is on October 30 to November 8 at Studio 16. Get your tickets through Theatre Wire here!

What can audiences expect from a performance?
A good time. Incredible music. Great creative team. A very Vancouver show.

What things do you want your performances to prompt people to think about?
This show is about finding community in an urban environment. It’s about reaching out and connecting with others.

What are you most looking forward to about the performances?
The music, the story, working with the artists.

What is something that people don’t know about your show that they should?
This show was put together on an extremely tight budget. Everybody banded together to make it work. That’s community.

Why does Vancouver need this play now?
In some ways, social media has separated us. We need to find ways to get together again and talk to each other, face-to-face.

Were there any moments in the creation or rehearsal of this piece when you thought you might not make it through?
Definitely. The funding climate is very tough and small organizations have a real challenge getting noticed and properly funded.

Why do you make theatre?
Creativity is fundamental to us as human beings. It makes us smarter, more compassionate, and making theatre is darn fun.

What does Vancouver’s Theatre scene need?
To be marketed in such a way that makes us competitive on the world stage.

If you had an unlimited budget for this show, would you change anything? What?
I would double the cast size of this show and the orchestra. I would also increase the general production budget and have a longer rehearsal period and run.

What is your next project and why are you excited about it?
We are not ready to announce our next project, but it’s a good one!

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Halloween theatre fun!

What does Halloween mean in theatre? We loved what Fringe staff member Julia Mauro had to say: “It’s normal for folks in theatre to dress up and become a different person, even though it might be weird to others. Halloween is the one day where everyone else does it with us.” Join us in dressing up and celebrating with some local theatre events!

Peter n’ Chris: The Mystery of the Hungry Heart Motel
Award-winning comedians and Fringe favourites Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson perform a murder-mystery thriller.
October 30 at 8pm, October 31 at 2pm and 8pm, and November 1 at 2pm
Anvil Centre Theatre (777 Columbia Street, New Westminster)

Halloween Monster Match
The Vancouver TheatreSports League’s improvers put on two scary-funny shows with music, dancing, drinks, and a costume parade.
October 31 at 7:30pm
The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver)

Alien Contagion: Rise of the Zombie Syndrome
An immersive theatrical adventure where audience members solve clues, overcome challenges, and save the world while running away from zombies and aliens.
Shows every 30 minutes from 6:30-8:30pm until November 1
A secret location revealed by email after ticket purchase.

Revenge of the Hot Mess Halloween
Costume contests, dancing, cash bar, and fun theatre folks!
October 31 at 8pm
Rumble Theatre (1422 William Street, Vancouver)

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