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The 8th Land

Easter Island. Is it a confounding mystery or one of the greatest environmental tragedies of modern times? William Maranda's The 8th Land is a play written in the classic Greek style of Aeschylus with music and dance, masks and chorus.  Set on Easter Island in a time when the plentiful palm forests of that land have been reduced to one lone palm tree, the last ruler of the "Eighth Land" contemplates the future of his people and his obligations to his gods.

Awards

Jessie Richardson Award:
Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition, Pepe Danza

Jessie Richardson Nomination:
Outstanding...

House/Home

Busy little bees, it is time to return to the HIVE: Twelve adventurous theatre companies deliver twelve distinct performances in continuous rotation.

Presented with

Flutter from one site-specific show to the next, with DJs, dancing and more theatrical social networking.

Pi’s piece, House/Home, will be directed by Artistic Director Richard Wolfe. For House/Home each audience member is given a key to 577½ Great Northern Way and is invited to drop by for a visit. Using music, burlesque, poetry and movement, Pi explores the surreal matrix of our most private spaces.

Starring Todd Thomson and Sasa...

John & Beatrice

Carole Fréchette has written this highly acclaimed modern fairytale that explores the challenges of making a romantic connection in today’s insular society. Beatrice places an ad: “Well-to-do young heiress is seeking a man who will interest, move and seduce her.” She sits in her downtown tower waiting. When John climbs the stairs with an answer to her ad, the games really begin.

Director: Del Surjik

Starring: Vincent Gale and Karen Rae

Set Designer: Yvan Morissette
Lighting Designer: Adrian Muir
Sound Designer: Patrick Pennefather
Projection Designer: Tim Matheson
Costume Designer: Karen...

Arabian Night

On a summer night of stifling and charged heat, five occupants of two adjacent condo towers find their dreams, both romantic and erotic, combining to become tinged with the panic of nightmares.  In a twist on the Arabian Tales, a Sleeping Beauty lies on the 7th floor, entrapping tenants in an unwilling carpet ride manufactured from the fabric of her cursed dreams.  Eros and Death become sensually entwined in a manner that is hypnotic in its power and exhilarating in its terror.   

Arabian Night was written by Roland Schimmelpfennig and translated by David Tushingham. 

This production was co-produced...

Werewolves

Inspired by a wake in a Belorussian village, Werewolves has a possessed and frightening intensity that evokes an Old World spell in its capacity to dissolve the boundaries between the physical, mental, and spiritual worlds. Realism gives way to the fantastic. A wake transforms into a wedding. Mantraps are made – and used. And these events draw not only the attendance of neighbors, but also of three frightening strangers.

Director: Tammy Isaacson

Starring: Tara Goertzen, Ian Harmon, Richard Heaven, Adam Lolacher, Cat Main, David Newham, Jane Noble, Ashley O’Connell, Shana Orlowsky, Liana...

Invalids

The coldest night of the year. An empty café. The only things that pour more freely than the wine are blood and comedy. Canadian playwright George Hunka fuses elements of absurdity, grotesquery, and farce into a crazy-quilt parallel universe in which nothing is quite what it seems.

Director: Del Surjik

Starring: Sarah Deakins, David Marr and James O'Shea
Set Designer: David Roberts
Lighting Designer: John Webber
Sound Designer: Patrick Pennefather
Projection Designer: Tim Matheson
Costume Designer: Sheila White
Stage Manager: Peter Jotkus
Production Manager: Jayson McLean
Photographer: Tim...

Carnage

Carnage is an absurdest comedy that explores our exposure to sex and violence on TV. Disgustingly and horrifyingly funny.

Director: Tammy Isaacson

Starring: Melanie Yeats, Billy Marchenski, Josue Laboucane, Niki Brown, Melissa Robertson, Marisa Smith, Matt Ellis, Ryan Egan, Donna Soares, shana Orlowsky, Daniel Martin

Set Designer: John Popkin
Props and Venue Designer: Niki Boyd
Costume Designer: Karen Mirfield
Projection Designer: Jamie Nesbitt
Lighting Designer: Darren Boquist
Sound Designer: Joel Etkin
Assistant Director: Carol Mann
Stage Manager: Amber Cruikshank
Assistant Stage Manager...

Helen's Necklace

Helen's Necklace takes place in an unnamed city in the hot Middle East, scarred by recent wars. Helen is in town for a conference, but impulsively extends her visit to find her lost necklace.

This production of Carole Frécehtte's Helen's Necklace was a presentation by the Cultch.

Director: Del Surjik

Starring: Elizabeth McLaughlin and Sanjay Talwar

Live music by Boris Sichon

Set Designer: David Roberts
Lighting Designer: Del Surjik
Assistant Lighting Designer: Kitty Hoffman
Costume Designer: Barbara Clayden
Stage Manager: David Kerr
Assistant Stage Manager: Xanthe Faulkner
Production Manager...

Shopping and Fucking

Shopping and Fucking by Mark Ravenhill takes a sordid and witty look at a corrosive, disposable world whose values have been determined by a disinherited generation. A group of young twenty-somethings sell drugs, sex and what is left of their souls to survive.

Shopping and Fucking was co-produced with Ruby Slippers Theatre.

Co-Directors: Del Surjik and Diane Brown.

Starring: Anna Cummer, Tom Scholte, Robert Moloney, Anthony Johnston and Dean Paul Gibson.

Set Designer: David Roberts
Lighting Designer: John Webber
Sound Designer: Jason Whyte
Costume Designer: Rebekka Sorensen
Properties: Erinne...

Cloud Tectonics

Jose Rivera's Cloud Tectonics is an enchanting and haunting love story, a magic realist tale of boy meets girl, in which the ordinary is transformed into the miraculous.  Meet Celestina del Sol, a rare and heavenly creature; a mystic wanderer with no sense of time and an infinite capacity to love.  

Cloud Tectonics was produced in association with the Vancouver Playhouse.

Director: Bill Dow

Featuring: Michael Scholar Jr., Carmen Aguirre and Alexander Ferguson

Co-Set Designers: Bryan Pollock and Del Surjik
Lighting Designer: Del Surjik
Sound Designer: Amos Hertzman
Costume Designer: Barbara...

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