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1998 / 1999 Season

setzuan.jpgThe Good Person of Setzuan

Our 1998/99 season was a resounding success. Ruby Slippers in collaboration with new co-producers Touchstone Theatre and Vancouver Moving Theatre produced their third installment of the Brecht In The Park series this summer. John Lazarus' adaptation of the Good Person of Setzuan premiered in August of 1998. Critics and audiences couldn't get enough as over 6000 people packed the parks at this wildly successful outdoor extravaganza.

Ruby Slippers co-production of The Good Person of Setzuan won many Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards including Best Production of the season.

Acts of Passion

Our fifth annual Acts Of Passion reading series of Quebecois plays, co-produced with Pink Ink Theatre and Theatre Le Seizieme, was produced in association with the UBC Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing. We flew out internationally acclaimed playwright Michel Marc Bouchard, translator Linda Gaboriau, and teacher/director Paul LeFebvre to partake in the week-long event. Our guests gave lectures to theatre and creative writing classes at UBC and SFU. Ruby Slippers also commissioned the English language translation of Bouchard's Le Chemin des Passes Dangereuses (Dangerous Passes Road) especially for the series, which was performed by Andrew Wheeler, Dean Paul Gibson, and Bob Frazer.

The WinnersThe Winners

In the spring of last season, Ruby Slippers presented the English language Canadian premiere of Francois Archambaults' play The Winners at the Firehall Arts Centre April 9 - 18, 1999. The Winners was a fastpaced, sharply satirical exposé of the urban class, portrayed by a cast of characters who embrace the materialist paradigm even as they sense that it is morally and personally void. Featuring an original soundscore by Andreas Kahre, visual design by Tim Matheson, set design by David Roberts, and lighting design by Adrian Muir. The cast was made up of some of Vancouvers best actors: Scott Bellis, Kurt Max Runte, Laura Di Cicco, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight, Courtenay J. Stevens, Sarah Turner, and Bob Frazer. Francois himself flew out for opening night! The show was a critical and popular success.

Walking Words and All Together Now

The B.C. Arts Council supported our sponsor Carmen Aguirre and James Fagan Tait to write, rehearse and perform an adaptation for the stage of Walking Words by Eduardo Galeano. Thanks to the committee that made that recommendation, and congratulations to everyone involved in the project. Ruby Slippers was happy to be a sponsor.
 
Also, as part of the Playwrights Theatre Centre's New Play Festival, Ruby Slippers took part in All Together Now, a roundtable talk about the process of creating works collectively. Available members from the RubyCAB gang were on hand, along with The Electric Company and the gals from Mom's The Word, at The Festival Studio.

Mission Statement

Multi-award winning Ruby Slippers Theatre produces provocative text-based theatre from the vanguard of the English and French Canadian canon. We are the only company in Vancouver mandated to producing the contemporary Quebecois canon in English, and have been doing so since 1990. Our work illuminates diverse perspectives and social issues, inspiring independent critical thought, communion, and diversity.

 

Thank you to our season sponsors John Fluevog Shoes and CWest Solutions