Four irresistible stories for the modern theatre-goer!
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The Last Days of Judas Iscariot – by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Feb 12 – Mar 2
Preview: Feb 12 @ 8pm
8 pm: Feb 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 23, 27, 28, Mar 1, Mar 2
2 pm: Feb 16, 23, Mar 2
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is a hilarious, poignant, thought-provoking work by Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Boasting a large, zany cast of characters, the play asks one of the most plaguing questions in the Christian ideology: What happened to Judas Iscariot? Was Judas the duplicitous master of his own fate, a much-suffering pawn used for Jesus’s ends, or just a man who made a mistake? Set in a courtroom in Purgatory, The Last Days puts Judas’ case to a hilarious, riotous, piercing trial, the results of which are sure to make the inhabitants of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory — and the audience — reconsider what each thought they knew about forgiveness, faith, and the human inside one of the history’s most infamous figures.
“ A gloriously intoxicating brew… in its fantasy and daring.” The Guardian
The Best of Friends – by Rachel Wyatt
April 30 – May 18
Preview: April 30 @ 8pm
8 pm: May 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18
2 pm: May 4, 11, 18
Rachel Wyatt – member of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal – is one of Canada’s most beloved writers, having penned numerous novels, collections of short stories, and scores of plays for radio and the stage. Rachel has adapted her acclaimed novel Letters to Omar for the stage in this world premiere of The Best of Friends. This story follows the adventures of three older women trying to make a difference in the world. The central character, Dorothy, is recently retired, childless, thrice married and now single. She spends her days fighting to keep her modest home out of the hands of developers and indulging in her lifelong hobby of writing letters she never sends to famous people – most frequently, Omar Sharif. In the preparation and aftermath of Dorothy and her friends’ attempt to pull off a major fund-raising dinner, Wyatt explores with wit and insight what gives meaning to life on both personal and universal levels.
Praise for Letters to Omar:
“Laced with equal measures of humour, wit, irony and insight… she [Wyatt] does not have to worry about her own legacy, burnished as it is by this latest novel.” Winnipeg Review
Dead Man’s Cellphone – by Sarah Ruhl
Sept 24 – Oct 12
Preview: Sept 24
8 pm: Sept 24, 25, 26, 28, Oct 1, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12
2 pm: Sept 28, Oct 5, 12
Sarah Ruhl (In the Next Room, The Clean House) has made a name for herself as one of America’s most exciting young playwrights. Her work is always laced with surprise and humour as she tackles contemporary themes, which under a lesser writer’s pen, might come across as didactic. Dead Man’s Cellphone is every bit as intriguing as the title suggests. Jean, the main character, impulsively answers a dead man’s cellphone, and from then on, the play unfolds in a perfect blend of suspense and farce. On the surface, the story explores the paradox of modern technology’s ability to both unite and isolate people in the digital age, but on a deeper level it confronts the question of how identity itself is formed. Are we who we think we are? Or are we who others think we are? With its unrelenting build of suspense, and a looming mysterious dread, Dead Man’s Cellphone is an excellent pre-Halloween offering.
“delivers a fresh and humorous look at the times we live in.” Variety
Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake)–by Sheila Callaghan
Nov 26 – Dec 14
Preview: Nov 26 @ 8pm
8pm: Nov 27, 28, 30, Dec 3, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14
2pm: Nov 30, Dec 7, 14
It’s Christmas, and a year has passed since the untimely death of Janice’s father (while placing the star atop the tree). Struggling to cope, Janice is holding spiteful conversations with her dolls, and Mother is suffering from panic attacks, with only her baking skills to keep her busy. In their deteriorating Apartment that incessantly begs for repairs, their only comforts are visitations from their respective celebrity crushes – Justin Timberlake and Harrison Ford. With the support of Justin’s affection, Janice begins to craft a plan that will mend the chasm in their lives… Oh yes, the Apartment just happens to be telling this story! Callaghan takes us more than a little way off the beaten path, but in doing so she demonstrates deep insight into the process of healing from trauma.
“Sheila Callaghan has got your holiday show!” – Chicago Tribune