Current Season

Current Season

Advance Theatre

Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women

Monday, Sept. 9, 1:30 pm ūtszan by Yvonne Wallace

Tuesday Sept. 10, 1:30 pm Mother Bear Speaks by Taninli Wright 

Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 1:30 pm Occupational Hazards by Roneen Marcoux

Thursday, Sept. 12, 1:30 pm we the same by Sangeeta Wylie

Friday, Sept. 13, 1:30 pm Fling by Melody Anderson

False Creek Gym, 1318 Cartwright Street (Granville Island); admission by donation.

Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women is produced in partnership with Playwrights Guild of Canada, Playwrights Theatre Centre and Vancouver Fringe Festival.

This is your Advance notice: diverse women are taking the stage 

In 2015, Ruby Slippers Theatre approached Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Fringe with the idea to showcase dramatic readings of five new plays written and directed by female identifying Canadian artists. Why? According to a national study, women account for less than a third of artistic directors, working directors, and produced playwrights in professional Canadian theatre. Hence, Advance Theatre! Curated by Ruby Slippers Theatre with priority given to diversity, these five new plays written and directed by diverse Canadian women will be presented as matinees during the Festival. 

Tickets are available at the door only and are pay-what-you-can with a suggested price of $5 to $10. Cash only!

Our definition of female includes trans women, non-binary, two spirit and gender queer individuals. Our definition of diversity includes cultural background, age, sexual orientation, and physical/mental ability.

Ruby Slippers Theatre
Playwrights Guild of Canada
fringe festival


North Vancouver, Canada

Playwright & Performer: Yvonne Wallace 

Director: Nyla Carpentier                 

90 minutes

Intellectual / Tear-Jerker / Intense / 14+

A one-woman show about first language reconnection. Auntie Celia is at the end of her days. She has suffered from a heart attack and realizes that she has very little time left in this World. She makes a decision to have others accommodate her by refusing to speak English. Margaret, her niece, is about to discover that a lifelong path is about to unfold. Margaret is put to task to learn, and think in her Ancestral first-language, Ucwalmicwts. Love will give her the strength she needs to let go as she realizes that the language is easy and it’s the life that was hard.

Sis Ne’ Bi -Yïz: Mother Bear Speaks
Sis Ne’ Bi -Yïz: Mother Bear Speaks

Sis Ne’ Bi -Yïz: Mother Bear Speaks

Instruments of Change          

Burnaby, Canada

Playwright & Performer: Taninli Wright

Director: Julie McIsaac

65 minutes

Intense / Intimate / Shocking / 14+ / Violent Content / Sexual Content

Inspired by the true story of this Wet’suwet’en artist, who walked 1,600 km across British Columbia to empower First Nations children and other marginalized youth. Guided by the spirits of her Tsets (Grandfather) and Sis Ne’ (Mother Bear), this captivating emerging artist weaves personal and ancestral narratives that cut to the heart of racist systems and intergenerational traumas, as she triumphs to find her own voice.

Intense / Intimate / Shocking / 14+ / Violent Content / Sexual Content / Multicultural

Occupational Hazards
Occupational Hazards

Occupational Hazards

A Dog’s Chance Productions

Nanaimo, Canada

Playwight: Roneen Marcoux 

Director: Tamara McCarthy

Performers: Jenn Griffin, Emma Slipp, Stefania Indelicato, Joel Montgrand, Mike Gill, Dave Mott.


90 minutes     

Funny / Shocking / Tear-Jerker / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / Violent Content

Annie just started working as a cocktail waitress in a country-western bar. She’s worried her boss is going to fire her, if she doesn’t pick up the pace. Luckily, Maggie, a 20-year veteran of the drink pushing business, takes Annie under her wing. However, what Annie learns about working in a bar is more than she bargained for.           ​

we the same
we the same

we the same

Vancouver, Canada    

Playwright: Sangeeta Wylie   

Director: Rachel Ditor  

Performers: Elizabeth Thai, Nhi Do, Chris Lam, Lissa Neptuno, Brandy Le, Gabriel Carter.            

105 minutes

Intense / Tear-Jerker / Poetic / Multicultural / 18+ / Violent Content / Sexual Content

we the same is inspired by a true story. In 1979 a mother with six young children separated from their father as they flee Vietnam, endure pirate attacks, typhoons, shipwreck, starvation and more. After over 40 years of secrets, is reconciliation possible between a mother and her daughter?

This is a partial reading with live in-conversations between selected scenes. 

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.



Vancouver, Canada

Playwright: Melody Anderson          

Director: Sarah Rodgers  

Performers: Peter Anderson, Erla Faye Forsythe, Beatrice Zeilinger.


80 minutes     

Intimate / Funny / LGBTQ+ / 14+

Lynnie and Barb, two sisters in their 60s, arrive at their childhood home to sort through the belongings of their recently deceased mother. As details about their family history are peeled away, increasingly startling discoveries are made, and cracks in their relationship with each other become apparent. Is there still time for their father, who suffers from dementia, to help them get to the truth?                  ​

Ruby Slippers Theatre
fringe festival
Playwrights Guild of Canada
PTC Re Imagine Theatre

Ruby Slippers Theatre's Season Sponsors

Ruby Slippers Theatre's Funders

For more information contact:
Diane Brown

[email protected], 604 764 1817

Stay tuned for the remaining announcements of our upcoming 2019/2020 season. 

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