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As You Like It

AS YOU LIKE IT
by William Shakespeare

September 28 – October 15, 2017

Directed by Michael Scholar Jr.
Set Design by Lauchlin Johnston
Costume Design by Mara Gottler
Lighting Design by John Webber
Composer and Musical Director Corinne Kessel

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Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke, falls in love with Orlando at a wrestling match. Disguised as a boy she seeks out her father in the Forest of Arden with her cousin Celia and the jester Touchstone. Each of them discovers a special someone, and learns in their own way the gentle art of love and wooing.

 

One of Shakespeare’s great comedies with some of his best loved characters, As You Like It flips the traditional rules of romance. Gender roles, nature and politics run amok in a play that reflects on how confounding yet undeniably pleasurable life can be.

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Wilderness

WILDERNESS
by Seth Bockley and Anne Hamburger 

November 16 – December 3, 2017

By Seth Bockley and Anne Hamburger
Directed by Genevieve Fleming
Set Design by Jennifer Stewart
Lighting Design by Andrew Pye
Choreography by Raes Calvert

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Wilderness is an innovative new multimedia theatre piece that explores our collective search for connection and hope, as families grapple with the extraordinary pressures and complexities that accompany ‘coming of age’ in the 21st Century. Anchored by six real families’ stories — narratives that delve into issues of mental health, addiction, gender and sexual identity. In WILDERNESS, adolescents stand at the brink of emotional chaos, lost in social stigma, insecurity, aggression, and anger. One question emerges: How do we persevere when we feel most alone in the world?

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The Skin of Our Teeth

THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH
by Thorton Wilder

February 1 ­‐ 18, 2018

Directed by Sarah Rodgers
Set Design by David Roberts
Costume Design by Sheila White
Lighting Design by Itai Erdal

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Thornton Wilder won three Pulitzers — the only author to win for a novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and two plays, Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, which was written just before America entered WWII. The play is about fortitude and the fate of humanity. The Skin of Our Teeth takes place in a prehistoric world and the New Jersey suburbs. The Antrobus family – George and Maggie, their children, Gladys and Henry, Sabina, a maid who is also George’s mistress, and their pet dinosaur and Woolly Mammoth – survive flood, fire, wars, pestilence, the ice age and the black pox. Combining tragedy with comedy, wit, intelligence and imagination, the play, as Francis Fergusson wrote, is a “marriage of Plato and Groucho Marx.”

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FourPlay

FOURPLAY
New Work by Excited Writers

March 14 - 25, 2018

Dramaturgy by Aaron Bushkowsky

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This year marks the 12th mounting of this popular festival of one-­‐act plays, featuring 4 new scripts by current students and graduates, once again under the tutelage of award-­‐winning playwright Aaron Bushkowsky. In two exciting programs, directed by four of BC’s best directors, the playwrights delve into contemporary themes with a sharp eye and fresh voice.

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RISKY NIGHTS SERIES

Now in its 18th season, the Risky Nights Series is designed as a bridge between classroom work and main stage productions. At the conclusion of their second year of training, students have an invaluable opportunity to create every aspect of an original theatre piece from start to finish with a professional director, and perform it for an intimate audience.

RISKY 1: "2BR02B" (To be or not to be)

Adapted from a short story by Kurt Vonnegut

October 10 - 15, 2017

Directed by Alan Brodie with the fourth term students of Studio 58.

Got a problem? Just pick up the phone. It solved them all--and all the same way!

2 B R 0 2 B is a dark and quirky tale, published in 1962. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s short story paints an absurdist portrait of a future world in which there are no prisons, slums, poverty, wars, or diseases. The population of North America is set at forty million people. But since no one gets any older thanks to new drugs, an adult must volunteer to die if someone wishes to birth a new baby.


RISKY 2:  "TBA"

March 19 – 25, 2018

Directed by Marcus Youssef and Chelsea Haberlin

A project in association with Neworld Theatre

 

Produced in conjunction with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) research project A Multi Sector Partnership to Investigate and Develop Policy and Practice Models to Dismantle “Rape Culture” in Universities. The production is an investigation into the influence of contentious web content on today’s young people.


For tickets to Risky Nights call the Studio 58 Box Office Information Line: 604.323.5227