2011 SEASON

PORNOGRAPHY by Simon Stephens

Previews: April 28 @ 8pm  |  Opening: April 29, 30 @ 8pm
May 3, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14 @ 8pm and May 1, 7, 8, 14 @ 2pm
Pornography is Simon Stephens’ stark and shattering new play that powerfully captures a portrait of a fractured, insecure Britain.  Written in reaction to London crashing from the euphoria and promise at being awarded the 2012 Olympics into the chaos and reality of the 7/7 bombings, the play is composed of seven stories that serve as a countdown to the catastrophic attack on London. Each playlet focuses on a different individual dramatizing their life in the run-up to the tragedy.

“If the action of a play is purely to confirm the audience’s prejudices and in a sense to flatter them, that is actually quite a conservative gesture, and I want to do the opposite,” the 40-year-old Londoner Simon Stephens is quoted as saying. “I don’t actively want to upset people or annoy them, but as a recipient of art, I’ve always enjoyed the process of being unsettled, unnerved.”

“A remarkable kaleidoscopic portrait of a London that moved in a few days from the euphoria of Live 8 and the Olympics announcement to the devastation of the July 7 bombings. This is a play of grace and terror.” —The Guardian, London

BEAR ME STIFFLY UP by Ellen Arrand

ONE MAN HAMLET adapted from Shakespeare by Clayton Jevne

(A Double Bill)
Previews: May 31 & June 2 @ 8pm
June 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18 @ 8pm and June 5, 12 @ 2pm

Bear Me Stiffly Up: Kate is retreating into fantasy. Phillip is fantasizing retreat. And together they must trouble-shoot both a marriage and an international tour of Phillip’s one-actor version of Hamlet. Award-winning writer Ellen Arrand takes us on a “behind-the-scenes” humourous and insightful look into sexy, soulful, and “Where do I fit in?!”

One-Man Hamlet: created and performed by Clayton Jevne’s has been described as:

“Amazing” (Georgia Straight, Vancouver),

“Ingenious” (The Herald, Edinburgh, Scotland),

“Mind boggling” (Orlando Sentinel),

“An enormous talent” (CBC Ottawa),

“Clever and dizzying” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis),

“Brilliant… remarkable” (Vancouver Sun),

“Amazing… superb” (Winnipeg Free Press),

“Leaves you wanting more” (Edmonton Journal).

Since 1991, tens of thousands have seen this touring production. After seven years in storage, Clayton remounts this show for a 20th anniversary performance. Others have followed suit, but this is the original solo Hamlet!

SHINING CITY  by Conor McPherson

Previews: Sept 20th, 22nd @ 8pm  |  Opening: Friday Sept 23rd @ 8pm
Sept 24, 28, 29, (No show on Friday 30th) Oct 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 @ 8pm and Sept 24, 25, Oct 1, 2, 8 @ 2pm

Shining City opened at the Royal Court in 2004 and prompted the London Telegraph to describe him as “the finest dramatist of his generation…” It subsequently opened on Broadway in 2006 and was nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Play.

In Dublin, a man seeks help from a counselor, claiming to have seen the ghost of his recently deceased wife. But what begins as just an unusual encounter becomes a struggle between the living and dead — a struggle that will shape and define both men for the rest of their lives.

“Shining City is as close to perfection as contemporary playwriting gets… quiet, haunting and absolutely glorious.” —New York Times

“His sentences are better, his sentiments more developed than many Booker Prize-winners. He is terrific.” —Observer

“At his best Conor McPherson is a writer who combines great character comedy with a real sense of pathos. And this is Conor McPherson at his very best … Guilt, sex and therapy with a script from acting heaven. Shining City is certainly Conor McPherson’s writing at its most inspired.” —Daily Mail

LOVE KILLS  by Kyle Jarrow at Phoenix Theatre, UVIC

Previews: Oct 11, 12, 13, 14 @ 8pm  |  Opening: Oct 13 @ 8pm
Oct 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 at 8pm and Oct 22 @ 2pm

OBBIE Award-winning playwright Kyle Jarrow’s rock musical is offered as the Spotlight on Alumni season opener for the Phoenix Theatre. The songs support a thought-provoking script, intensifying the emotional impact of great storytelling. The setting is the Midwestern United States. Sherriff Merle Karnopp and his wife Gertrude are under pressure from the FBI to obtain confessions from teenage lovers, Charlie Starkweather and Caril Fugate, for the killing of eleven people. Based on a true story, Love Kills (the inspiration for the movies: Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers and Terrence Malick’s Badlands) is a moving and disturbing examination of criminal behaviour, as all four characters are forced to examine — and ultimately assume responsibility for — their own actions and responses.

“It’s definitely good… Kudos to Inconnu… Go see it… you certainly won’t be disappointed” — Monday Magazine

“Everyone sings well… bobbed and boogied with relaxed joie de vivre… Love Kills stands as a compelling and entertaining production.” —Times Colonist

A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG  by Peter Nichols

Previews: Nov 29, Dec 1 @ 8pm  |  Opening: Dec 2 @ 8pm
Dec 3, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17 @ 8pm and Dec 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 @ 2pm

Peter Nichols’ Tony Award Winning play has done a masterful job of treading a fine line between the absurd and the universally familiar; as he tells the tale of a family coping with life that has been defined by their daughter’s severe disability. This drama/comedy is a far cry from the didacticism usually associated with “issue” plays.

It is an intensely alive and vibrant interaction of people who care deeply, but who have not yet absorbed their own circumstances. “All the way through the play Nichols walks a tightrope between black humour and heartbreak, and never slips once. There is a heart beating at the centre, all the while taboos are being smashed.” —BBC TV

“Impossible not to melt in empathy.” —New York Times

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Neva

Neva
by Guillermo Calderón
translated by Andrea Thom
 
Feb13 – Mar 3

Neva takes place on Bloody Sunday, 1905, the day when protesting workers were massacred by government forces on their way to the Winter Palace to deliver a message to the czar. In a rehearsal space in St. Petersburg self-dramatizing diva Olga, the recent widow of Anton Chekhov, bemoans her inability to act well any longer, paralyzed by the fear of disappointing others. Only two other actors have managed to show up due to the massacre: the slippery Aleko and the seemingly effacing Masha. They alternately engage in improvised impromptu scenes of heightened emotion, amusing themselves by blurring the distinction between the personal and the staged, finding the genuine in the counterfeit and visa versa, all the while critiquing each other’s artistic choices and moral character. Calderón, using biting humour, ironically questions the purpose and integrity of art in a world gone – and unfortunately, still going – mad.

Adrian Chamberlain-Times Colonist:
“invigorating, provocative and absolutely hilarious”
http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/blogs/stage-left/neva-savagely-skewers-theatre-1.23177632


Janis Lavouvee-I Have My Own Life to Live:
“Neva is a meta-theatrical showcase for actors, a window into the creative psyche and a terrible indictment—combined into a highly intellectual play that entertains, challenges and questions.”
http://janislacouvee.com/neva-by-guillermo-calderon-at-theatre-inconnu-a-review/

Directed by Clayton Jevne
Starring Melissa Blank, Nicholas Guerreiro and Rosemary Jeffery

Preview: Feb 13 @ 8pm
8 pm: Feb 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 24, 28, Mar 1, 2, 3
2 pm: Feb 17, 24, Mar 3

Reservations and Ticket Sales

Through TICKET ROCKET:  ticketrocket.co or   250-590-6291 (a $2.50 surcharge will be added).
Directly through THEATRE INCONNU: Phone (250) 360-0234  or  by  Email.

Complimentary tickets, special needs seating, and subscribers: need to reserve directly through Theatre Inconnu.

Ticket Prices:
14 regular, $10 seniors (60+) /students/unwaged
Feb 13– Preview is $7
Tuesday Feb 20 is Pay-What-You-Wish admission

The show is about 100 minutes long, including one intermission.

Theatre Inconnu is located at 1923 Fernwood Road (across the street from the Belfry Theatre). For parking we suggest the side streets west of Fernwood Road as these do not have parking restriction signs.

We are wheelchair accessible
Melissa Blank, Rosemary Jeffery, Nicholas Guerreiro

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