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The Flying Monkey Newsletter

As a seasoned actor, director, and producer of many professional years, and the Artistic Director of Ruby Slippers Theatre – a company dedicated to furthering the voices of women and diversity of all kinds - I would like to share some thoughts.

Sitting in a Chinatown café, I’m sharing coffee with a young theatre maker. We talk a bit about our projects, but mostly we’re here to share information about something very far from, yet deeply impacting, our theatrical practices. We’re both booked for surgery (with the same surgeon, even) to treat endometriosis. We’re trading information, stories, concerns, strategies – and it is such a relief. I’ve had a few conversations and Facebook threads with theatre friends who also have the condition, but this is the first time I’ve spent a whole coffee chat in free-form mutual curiosity and support. 

(Talent vs. Body Image: Stage vs. Film)

By Maryanne Renzetti


It all started as a little girl’s dream. For as long as I can remember, my grandmother would take my little cousins and I to a Christmas pantomime. The kind where girls play both the hero and the heroine, and there’s a campy dame being played by a man.  One particular pantomime (perhaps Jack and the Beanstalk?), while the heroine was singing a woeful song, I remember looking around at the audience and noticing that they were all enthralled by her- totally taken with the performance. I thought to myself, “That. I want to do that. I want to make people feel the way she’s making them feel.”

Ruby Slippers Theatre is part of an exiciting new Joint Marketing Venture ! We are pleased to introduce you to The Catalogue of Independant Arts.

Life After Print

The second part in our series on the future of theatre during the death of print media:

  1. What is your prediction about the future of any print coverage of theatre?

Tom Cone: Dire.  Papers across the states are closing every day.    The LA Times let go of their arts editor to save money to keep the critics going for a short time.

Life After Print

The writing is on the wall – newspapers are failing.  Around the world, in this age of economic crisis and internet dominance, more and more newspapers are going belly-up.  Or, in an effort to avoid bankruptcy, are cutting back, and arts sections are often the first to go.

Colleen Wheeler, Kevin McNulty, Patti Allan, Maria Oldeen

“Loved the Stage. Loved the Aunt (in Mom’s the Word as well). Father, mother, sisters, everyone was really really good.
When it comes to live theatre, I always hope and hope that the actors will be convincing, and then second that the story is well-done (I just can’t concentrate on the play, if I don’t buy the performances). But they were all fantastic – nice work everyone!”
–Stephen Bailey

Diane Brown* directing Scene 1 of "Life Savers"

It has finally arrived!  World Theatre Day is Upon us and Ruby Slippers is joining in with fellow artists and audiences worldwide.  Today, we opened the doors of Life Savers to the public to witness how a play makes it from the page to the stage.

There are very few two-word phrases that instantly bring to mind a flood of memories, both good and bad, warm and terrifying, as “family dinner.”

About a year after moving to Vancouver an educated but discouraged young theatre practitioner, I ended up at a performance of Ruby Slippers’ The Cat Who Ate Her Husband. I remember clearly thinking, “Shit. Theatre is fun. Who knew?! And sexy. And clever. And these artists are good.” I haven’t missed a Ruby Slippers Theatre production since then and, as a result, that same phrase has popped into my head over and over again. So while I haven’t been around to witness all twenty of Ruby Slippers Theatre’s years of surpassing expectations, I am lapping up the experience of witnessing where those twenty years have brought them.


Mission Statement

For three decades, multi award winning Ruby Slippers Theatre’s two-tiered mission has been to 1. Further the voices of diverse women in theatre including those on the femme spectrum and 2. Strengthen cross-cultural diversity on the west coast by premiering crucial Quebec works in English translation. All of our work illuminates underrepresented perspectives and social issues, inspiring independent critical thought, communion, diversity and inclusivity.


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