From Fringe Festival favourites to noir-esque murders and Canadian histories, to shows that break conventions, Theatre Wire’s 2016/2017 season offers up an amazing selection of independent theatre. With 13 shows to choose from, there’s something for everyone!
Theatre Wire’s 2016/2017 season runs till May 20, 2017. See below for a full list of shows:
Rap Guide to Climate Chaos Baba Brinkman October 12–13, 2016 at the Revue Stage
In his brand new one-man show, “peer reviewed rapper” Baba Brinkman breaks down the politics, economics, and science of global warming in a searing and heartfelt hip-hop manifesto addressing the world’s hottest topic.
Three Stories Up Alley Theatre October 20-31, 2016 at a mystery location
Part radio play, part film noir, Three Stories Up is an alternate sensory experience performed in complete darkness for the theatrically adventurous. Come into the dark and listen for what happens as a cop tries to solve her husband’s murder. A collaboration between Alley Theatre (Little One, Tape, Mrs. Warren’s Profession) and Mack Gordon (Shake the Sheets!).
Frankenstein, 1945 Nebula Company Theatre October 24-30, 2016 at Studio 1398
Victor Frankenstein, a young doctor who left the Nazi medical experiments in a concentration camp, tries to make peace with the horrors by attempting to bring people back from the dead. However, what he creates is darker than anything he could have ever imagined.
Butt Kapinski: Dick On The Loose Kapinski Enterprises November 3-5, 2016 (Venue TBA)
Think it’s a solo show? Think again. The continent’s best private eye is back in Vancouver. The characters may have changed, but one thing remains the same: there is no show like this one. Join Butt in a seedy world of shadows, sin, and subterfuge. Co-star in a film noir fantasia. Adults Only.
Green Lake Solo Collective Theatre November 17-27, 2016 at Performance Works
Summer camp, a chance encounter in a café, moving into a basement apartment, and meeting her past on Knight Street: this is Jane’s journey. The story moves through time as Jane faces difficult decisions, gets her heart broken, and seeks out a deadbeat dad while falling in love.
A Peter n’ Chris-tmas Carol Peter n’ Chris December 9-10 at Performance Works
When a grumpy Chris is visited on the night before Christmas (or maybe like a week before—honestly it’s a busy time for these ghosts), he wastes most of his time with the first ghost. Now he must decide which of the ghosts he wants to meet before sunrise in order to change his ways.
The City and The City Upintheair Theatre and The Only Animal January 24-February 5, 2017 at The Russian Hall
Adapted from China Miéville’s novel, City is a dystopic sci-fi-noir mystery unfurling across two “split” cities: distinct cultural-political entities occupying the same physical space. A murder spanning the cities plunges its investigators into peril. A participatory performance using audio technology to deliver the story to life in real time.
Pajama Men: Pterodactyl Nights Pajama Men February 16-18, 2017 at Waterfront Theatre as part of the Winterruption Festival
Blending stand-up, sketch, improv, and outlandish characters in strange situations, the Pajama Men take audiences everywhere and anywhere with delightfully divergent stories. Described as “Improvisers’ improvisers. Actors’ actors. Comedians’ comedians’” (Chicago Tribune), they’ve marked their territory as the kings of the surreal and spontaneous.
Gravity Tricia Collins March 16-18, 2017 at Studio 1398 Gravity navigates through the journey of four women across the turbulent waters of the Caribbean Diaspora. A fascinating hour of theatre blending light, sound, video, and more.
REDPATCH Hardline Productions April 7-9, 2017 at The York Theatre
Premiering on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, REDPATCH is the story of a Métis man who volunteers to fight in WWI. Set in Canada and the battlefields of France, REDPATCH follows his experiences as he endures the horrors of war, interactions with fellow platoon members, battles with enemy forces, and the struggles with himself.
Generation Post Script Nebula Company Theatre April 11-16, 2017 at Studio 1398
Two generations into the future, what’s left of humanity survives in space stations around the uninhabitable planet Earth. A group of college students of the “post script” generation—the first born in space—bond over shared anxieties and what happened to the rest of their species.
Funny Music Weirdo Chase Padgett Productions April 20-22, 2017 at Studio 1398
Chase Padgett, star of 6 Guitars and Nashville Hurricane, swings for the fences with an hour of comedy showcasing music, characters, stories, and his own personal take on why CrossFit is cruel and unusual punishment.
The Canada Show:
The Complete History of Canada in One Hour Monster Theatre May 18 – 20, 2017 as part of the Vancouver International Children’s Festival
Created in 2001, The Canada Show toured for 10 years, but Canada’s 150th Anniversary brings it out of retirement! Featuring Justin Beaver, comedy team Cabot & Costello, Jacques Cartier Puppets, and every Canadian Prime Minister in one minute, this show takes you from the Bering Straight to Justin Trudeau in 60 laugh-packed minutes! While The Canada Show is presented as part of the Children’s Festival, the show is meant for all ages!
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