- Aiming to Float by Janet Hinton, directed by Laura McLean. At a pain clinic, a new and uncooperative patient clashes with her exercise therapist. Faced with crises of physical and emotional pain, together they discover the possibility of love. September 12, 2016
- zahgidiwin/love by Frances Koncan, directed by Christine Quintana. A dark, decolonial comedy set against the backdrop of colonial Canada, zahgidiwin/love is a postcolonial fantasy about intergenerational trauma, cultural genocide, truth and reconciliation, and rock’n’roll. September 13, 2016
- The Long Call by Jenn Griffin, directed by Heidi Taylor. Holly, an ex-exotic dancer, is close to fulfilling her life’s dream of freeing captive orangutans into the wild when her long estranged ex-boyfriend, Jack, shows up to settle an ancient score. The Long Call is a darkly funny, multimedia piece inspired by shadow puppetry, philosophy, and high stakes poker. September 14, 2016
- Anywhere but Here by Carmen Aguirre, directed by Anita Rochon. A darkly comic, magic realist play that centres around the quest for home. A family of four Chilean refugees drive a mint condition, hot pink 1950s convertible through the Arizona desert, en route to Chile, which according to the father, is paradise. September 15, 2016
- Women of Papiyek by Quelemia Sparrow, directed by Kim Harvey. Generations of European and Indigenous mixed race families lived in Papiyek (now called Brockton Point in Stanley Park) before being evicted from their homes and forced to re-locate. This is the story of three Indigenous women who lived in Papiyek at the turn of the 20th century. September 16, 2016
- All readings are at the False Creek Community Centre, 1318 Cartwright St., at 1:30 pm, PAY WHAT YOU CAN cash only at the door.
This is your Advance notice: women are taking back the stage.
Ruby Slippers Theatre in partnership the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Equity in Theatre present Advance Theatre: New Works By Women, September 14-18 at 1:30pm
False Creek Gym (1318 Cartwright Street on Granville Island).
Admission by donation (suggested $5 – $10).
Five new plays by female-identifying playwrights will receive public readings in an exciting collaboration between some of Vancouver’s finest theatre artists. According to a national study, women account for less than a third of artistic directors, working directors, and produced playwrights in professional Canadian theatre. That means that a lot of political, haunting, enraging, and hilarious voices haven’t yet been heard.
Curated by Ruby Slippers Theatre with priority given to diversity, the plays include: Kitmat, Sept. 14, a documentary play on the effects of the pipeline referendum on an industry town, by esteemed BC playwright Elaine Avila and directed by Suzie Payne; 27 Voices by S.M. Hunter, Sept. 15, directed by Quelemia Sparrow, a poetic and intense play in honour of Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women and girls; Colleen Ann Fee’s After Love, Life, Sept. 16, a lyrical love song, directed by Tammy Bentz; Trialogue, Sept. 17, a complex and intellectual one-act by emerging playwright Carolyn Nakagawa directed by Marisa Smith; and Forget About Tomorrow, Sept. 18, a warm and witty tribute to the strength of family by Jill Daum directed by Vancouver theatre legend Pam Johnson, with songs by Jill’s husband, John Mann.
You Will Remember Me
Photo Credit: Lisa Wu | Actors: Kevin McNulty and Sereana Milani
November 17-28, 2015 at The Cultch Historic Theatre
1895 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC
Sunday Nov 22 at 2 pm Sat Nov 28 at 2 pm (and 8:00pm)
Written by François Archambault, translated by Bobby Theodore / Starring Kevin McNulty, Patti Allan, Sereana Malani, Marci T House, Craig Erickson / Directed by Diane Brown / Set and Props Design by Heidi Wilkinson / Costume Design by Jessica Oostergo / Lighting Design by John Webber / Video Design by Corwin Ferguson / Sound Design & Composition by Joelysa Pankanea / Stage Manager, Lois Dawson / Assistant Stage Manager, Melissa McCowell
A deeply personal and moving new play about a family and memory from one of Québec’s most compelling writers. When the aging patriarch of a modern family, a powerfully intellectual and political force in his community, suffers from dementia, the people who love him struggle to care for him.
From the people who brought you The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson…Ruby Slippers Theatre is back, and proud to present the Vancouver Premiere of You Will Remember Me as part of our Crucial New Voices From Quebec series, in partnership with and at The Vancouver East Cultural Centre. This eloquent drama by Francois Archambault and translated by Bobby Theodore is about family and memory, a deeply personal and moving new play from one of Quebec’s most compelling writers.
When the aging patriarch of a modern family, a powerfully intellectual and political force in his community, suffers from dementia, the people who love him struggle to care for him. This project furthers our mission of producing provocative works from the vanguard of the French Canadian canon, as with last year’s critically acclaimed Après Moi & The List, and deepens our relationship with Francois Archambault with whom we have worked with many times (most notably, on our multi-award winning productions of The Winners and The Leisure Society.)
The draw: Local legends Kevin McNulty and Patti Allan star and Diane Brown directs.
Photo Credit: Tim Matheson | Actor: France Perras
March 10-19, 2016 at the Gateway Theatre
Studio B, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond, BC
Written by Jennifer Tremblay, Translated by Shelley Tepperman / Starring France Perras / Directed by Jack Paterson / Set and Lighting Design by John Webber / Costume Design by Drew Facey / Sound Design by Mishelle Cuttler / Stage Manager Lois Dawson
In this moving translation of Jennifer Tremblay’s play La Liste, we experience one woman’s struggle as she fights through the memories leading to her friend’s death. A woman constantly making to-do lists so as not to forget anything, she overlooks one item that leads to a tragedy. This causes her to question: “Could I have done more?”
5 @ 50
Photo Credit: Tina Kulic
May 13 – 28, 2016 at PAL studio theatre
#300-581 Cardero Street, Vancouver, BC
Written by Brad Fraser / Starring Veena Sood, Diane Brown, Deborah Williams, Donna Yamamoto, and Beatrice Zeilinger / Directed by Cameron Mackenzie Deveau.
Ruby Slippers Theatre and Zee Zee Theatre present the North American premiere production of 5 @ 50 by Brad Fraser. When Olivia loses control at her fiftieth birthday party, her three best friends decide to intervene once and for all, much to the irritation of Olivia and her long-term partner Nora. But is she the only one battling a demon or does each of these women face an addiction of one kind or another? 5 @ 50 is a raw and darkly comedic portrayal of women in mid life. It is also a bold examination of addiction and intervention, and of the friendships we can’t live without.
Ruby Slippers Theatre’s 2014/15 Season earned 8 Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Nominations and 3 awards. Bravo to all!
Celebrating the Outrageous Tenacious Human Spirit
Ruby Slippers Theatre is thrilled to present a season celebrating the courageous, outrageous, tenacious human spirit. For the past 26 years, Ruby Slippers Theatre has created, produced and presented provocative text-based theatre from the vanguard of the English and French Canadian canon, illuminating diverse perspectives and social issues. The 2014/15 season furthers this commitment, while reflecting our penchant for smart social satire that is infectiously entertaining.
CELEBRATE CRUCIAL NEW VOICES FROM QUEBEC IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION!
In association with BoucheWHACKED! Theatre Collective
January 27-February 1, 2015
1555 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Written by Christian Bégin, Translated by Leanna Brodie | Featuring *Scott Bellis, *David Bloom, *Jennifer Lines, Chirag Naik and *Dawn Petten | Directed by *Diane Brown | Set and Lights by John Webber | Costumes by Drew Facey | Sound by Mishelle Cuttler
Après Moi is six versions of the same story, six ways of experiencing the same moment with increasing intimacy. It’s also a chance to see five of Vancouver’s best actors deliver performances laced with sincerity and absolute precision. An examination of loneliness, this play explores our ever more distant connections to others, emphasizing the transformational power of human relationships, all with a strong dose of black humour.
Written by Jennifer Tremblay, Translated by Shelley Tepperman | Featuring *France Perras | Directed by *Jack Paterson | Set and Lights by John Webber | Costumes by Drew Facey | Sound by Mishelle Cuttler
In The List, A woman invites us into her kitchen. Her neighbour is dead. Is she culpable for the death? The woman, who prides herself on never letting anything slip by, has overlooked an item on her list. A riveting tale of everyday to-do lists in which the essential and the ordinary are inextricably entwined.
The Reviews are In!
- Preview / Après Moi and The List – SadMag | January 29, 2015
- “Après Moi and The List provide a glimpse into Quebec’s vibrant theatre scene” – The Georgia Straight | January 29, 2015
The Duchess aka Wallis Simpson
April 7-18, 2015 at the Cultch Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC
Apr 7-12, 14-18: 8PM
Apr 11, 12, 18: 2PM
Lively post-show talkbacks: Apr 9, 14
Preview: Apr 7
Opening Night: Apr 8
Tickets and info: The Cultch | The Cultch Box Office, 604.251.1363
Running time: 120 minutes with intermission
By Linda Griffiths | Featuring Eileen Barrett, Georgia Beaty, Diane Brown, Craig Erickson, Joel Garner, Raugi Yu, Melissa Oei, Kamyar Pazandeh, Matt Reznek, Xander Williams | Directed by Sarah Rodgers | Set by Michael Bock | Costumes by Mara Gottler | Lighting by John Webber | Sound by Scott Zechner | Choreography by Shelley Stewart Hunt | Photo Credit: Tim Matheson | Also featuring the sexy stylings of John Fluevog Shoes, one of our Season Sponsors!
THE DUCHESS a.k.a. Wallis Simpson is the fabulous, epic and true tale of Wallis Simpson, the notorious, convention-smashing American divorcee for whom Edward VIII gave up the throne in 1936. The play follows her through her tumultuous adult life and features such historical figures as Noel Coward, King George V, Queen Mary, Hitler and, of course, Wallis Simpson.
The Reviews are in!
“She eats Craig Erickson’s boyist Edward VIII alive, and stands toe-to-toe with Hitler himself”
“Brown’s pitch perfect Simpson makes it all absolutely worth it. Tall and sassy, at once scandalously immoral and beguilingly naive, she sashays through history seducing men and destroying just about everything she touches.”
Playful, sexy, irreverent—The Duchess is a lively ride through the life of 20th-century icon.
“You can’t just get rid of women like me—we stick,” says Simpson at one point. With portrayals as memorable as this, she’s likely to stick around for a long while yet.
“Diane Brown and Craig Erickson front wonderful chemistry as Wallis and Edward. There is palpable affection and clear contrition between them.”
Diane Brown is absolutely breathtaking as Simpson. …Brown is so effective in the role that we actually root for her.
As the man who-would-not-be-king, Craig Erickson finds a sobering melancholy among the chaos that was the couple’s life together.
Stand-outs among the ensemble include Beaty who does a very funny job in a caricature of Queen Mary, and Eileen Barrett finds depth as the bitter sister-in-law Elizabeth. Reznek reprises his role of Hitler with great results.
Ultimately, any production of The Duchess a.k.a Wallis Simpson is only as good as the actor in the title role. Diane Brown’s stunning performance makes this production a
The Great Raymond-A Play in Development
FREE CULTURE DAYS EVENT
September 26, 1-4pm
Mount Pleasant Community Centre, Multi-Purpose Room 2
Directed by Diane Brown
Featuring Meghan Gardiner, Dawn Petten, Monice Peter, Barbara Pollard, Leslie Dos Remedios, Donna Soares, Colleen Wheeler
The Great Raymond, by award-winning writer Timothy Taylor, is based on the astonishing true story of police corruption and outrageous scandal in 1950s Vancouver. Ruby Slippers Theatre is presenting an open workshop on September 26, 2014 featuring an all-female cast; women playing hard-boiled journalists, detectives, bookies and cops in this gritty Femme Noir drama.
CommunionA crisis brings three women crashing together, exposing what they truly do, and do not, believe in. Smart, dark, hilarious. MacIvor at his best. Written by Daniel MacIvor | Featuring Diane Brown, Kerry Sandomirsky & Marcie Nestman | Directed by Roy Surette Pacific Theatre Oct . 24 – Nov. 9, 2013 A Ruby Slippers Theatre production presented by Pacific Theatre
The Reviews are in!
Hotel BethlehemThe Nativity Story meets Fawlty Towers. A Ruby Slippers Theatre original, and the funniest Christmas show ever, is back again by popular demand. By Drew McCreadie | Directed by Diane Brown and boasts 11 of Vancouver’s finest actors including veterans John Murphy, Scott Bellis, Alex Diakun and Alvin Sanders- and includes the design talents of set designer David Roberts, sound designer Jordan Watkins, lighting designer Jonathan Ryder and costume designer Drew Facey. Presented by The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and the Firehall Arts Centre December 4–7, 2013: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby. December 10–22, 2013: Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver
It’ll Never LastRuby Slippers Theatre is commissioning the English language translation of a caustic comedy about couples and conformity from one of Quebec’s hottest young writers, Rébecca Déraspe. By Rébecca Déraspe Translated by Leanne Brodie Directed by Diane Brown It’ll Never Last is a sharp comedy about couples and conformity within the 20 something set, written by cutting edge Quebecois playwright Rebecca Deraspe, and translated by Leanna Brodie. Ruby Slippers Theatre’s English language premiere reading at The Cultch is at 3 pm Sunday May 18, 2014 directed by Diane Brown and featuring Melissa Oei, Sean Harris Oliver, and Evelyn Chew. Fresh, smart, funny. Presented by Ruby Slippers Theatre, in association with Bouche WHACKED! Theatre Collective at rEvolver festival’s Ta Gueule Staged Reading Series. The Vancouver East Cultural Centre at 3 pm as part of the rEvolver Theatre Festival.
The Great RaymondIn Development By Timothy Taylor From the actual journals and writings of B.C.’s most revered investigative reporter Jack Webster, see Vancouver as you’ve never seen it – police corruption, drug dealing, blackmail and murder.
And it’s all true. Be sure to grab the September 2013 copy of Playboard Magazine! Ruby Slippers Theatre‘s celebration of 25 years in theatre is on the cover with a great story on the company and Diane Brown. Check it out…
A Beautiful View
The intangibles of love are explored in our nationally acclaimed production of A Beautiful View presented at SFU Woodwards in the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre. Written and directed by Governor Generals Award-winner Daniel Maclvor. A Beautiful View is a both clever and compassionate story of two women who meet and mistake each other for a lesbian. A Beautiful View will be presented at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre at SFU Woodwards September 26th-29th.
The Great Raymond
The Great Raymond is a portrait of Vancouver in the 1950s,inspired by the investigations of reporters Jack Webster and Ray Munro into police corruption. A collaboration between the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, Ruby Slippers Theatre, and award-winning local writer Timothy Taylor, author of Stanley Park, the project will culminate in a world premiere production at the Vancouver Playhouse in 2013. You can catch it on Saturday October 20th at the Vancouver International Writers Festival.
Hotel Bethlehem, by award-winning Vancouver playwright Drew McCreadie, dares to deconstruct the Nativity Story through satire and insightful humanity. It’s back this Christmas! It is probably the one and only existential Christmas comedy that will have you belly-laughing for two hours. Please join us at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby December 12 – 15 and the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver December 18 – 22.