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Advance Theatre 2017 Lineup announced!

Here is our Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women 2017 Festival Lineup!
The rest of our 2017/18 Season will be announced soon. Stay tuned!!

IN BRIEF: Ruby Slippers Theatre in partnership with the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Equity in Theatre are proud to present Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women. September 11-15 at 1:30 pm, False Creek Gym (1318 Cartwright St on Granville Island). Admission: By Donation (Suggested $5 - $10).

This is your Advance notice: women are taking back the stage.

May 19, 2017: Ruby Slippers Theatre, in partnership with the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Equity in Theatre, is pleased to announce the plays selected for the 2017 Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women, September 11-15 during the Vancouver Fringe Festival. The committee read over 100 plays submitted from across Canada before selecting five new plays by female-identifying playwrights. Priority in curating the festival is diversity of all kinds (age, cultural background, sexual orientation, physical ability).

Written by Marcia Johnson, directed by Marisa Smith
The year is 1904. Scottish sailor, Jamey Dunbar, meets young entrepreneur, Audrey Williams on a beach in Jamaica. Their lives change forever. This is a love story inspired by the playwright's great-grandparents.
Monday, September 11

Written by Natalie Frijia, directed by Leanna Brodie
Go, No, Go is the story of 13 barrier-breaking pilots who in 1961 petitioned NASA to become the first female astronauts. And it's about why you don't know their names. Welcome to the space race.
Tuesday, September 12

Written by Lillian Nakamura Maguire, directed by Donna Yamamoto
The daughter of Japanese immigrants sifts through her parents’ memorabilia, piecing together their early B.C life and forced relocation. She tries to find peace with her parents’ choices during times of racial discrimination, her own identity and what she passes on to her daughter. National Association of Japanese Canadians Endowment Fund support.
Wednesday, September 13

Written by Colleen Ann Fee, directed by: Tammy Bentz
Age is our last social taboo, we fight its effects. In 2010, sales of Viagra reached $2 trillion, and every 57 seconds a new case of dementia is diagnosed. Our libido may outlive our ability to grant sexual consent. Sex, Drugs and Age: The Last Taboo considers the hazards of determining consent in the context of dementia and drugs.
Thursday, September 14

Written by Pamela Sinha, directed by Fay Nass
“Broken women determined to die helping each other live.” Happy Place takes place in an inpatient care facility for women suffering from depression. With insight, raw truth and sometimes humour, these seven women force each other to look at themselves in a way they never could “outside”... finding compassion - even love - where they least expect it.
Friday, September 15

The readings will take place at the gym in the False Creek Community Centre, 1318 Cartwright Street, at 1:30 pm sharp by donation at the door. There will be free talk-backs after the readings.

Advance Theatre debuted at the 2015 Fringe Festival to great success and standing room-only houses. According to a national study, women account for less than a third of artistic directors, working directors, and produced playwrights in professional Canadian theatre. In direct response, to these alarming facts, Advance Theatre was created to provide more opportunities and profile to diverse women playwrights and directors.

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