Launched Oct 27, 2011, Obstructionscontinues to test the theory that creativity feeds on limits, as organized and produced by theProgress Labof indie theatre-makers!
Each participating Obstructionscompany submits to to a list of obstructions delivered by a shadowy emcee who will command them to create their next production around limitations inspired in part by The Five Obstructions by Jørgen Leth and Lars Von Trier. The obstructions for each company are developed in secret by their peers - a custom-designed set of obstacles that will prompt each artist to adapt to a new approach to making...
Pi Theatre with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York presents Radoslaw Rychcik and the Stefan Zeromski Theatre of Poland's production of In the Solitude of Cotton Fields.
Director Radosław Rychcik’s contemporary vision of French playwright Bernard-Marie Koltes' play In the Solitude of Cotton Fields features 2 actors in black suits backed by the talented musicians of The Natural Born Chillers. The action follows the Dealer and the Client as they conduct an seemingly illicit and unnamed deal. Featuring Wojciech Niemczyk & Tomasz...
Between the Sheets in Victoria from January 29 - 31. What secrets will you learn?
Pi Theatre, in association with Theatre SKAM, presents Jordi Mand's Between the Sheets, an intimate after-school drama that takes place in a real classroom in Victoria where you'll witness a parent-teacher interview you won't soon forget. It's a nails-on-chalkboard lesson where fiction meets reality. Drive to George Jay at Richmond Elementary School as the characters would have done. Park in the school parking lot and walk into the building as you might in the course of your normal lives. Feel the tangible...
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.
Jessie Richardson Award: Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition, Pepe Danza
Busy little bees, it is time to return to the HIVE: Twelve adventurous theatre companies deliver twelve distinct performances in continuous rotation.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...