Expanding sexuality, globalization, a bawdy biography, a legendary gunslinger, a Governor General Award-Winning author — Theatre Inconnu is bringing it all to you in 2013!
A play of love and longing, commissioned by Berkeley Repertory Theatre, In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) illuminates the lives of six lonely people seeking relief from a local doctor — but, despite his expertise with a strange new technology, all they really need is intimacy. It’s a tender tale that takes place in the twilight of the Victorian age, an elegant comedy lit by unexpected sparks from the approaching era of electricity, equality, science, and sexuality.
“A true novelty: a sex comedy for adults with open hearts and minds.” —New York Times
Previews: Feb 12, 14 Opens: Feb 15 8pm: 15, 16, 20, 21, 23, 27, 28, Mar 1, 2 2pm: Feb 16, 17, 23, 24, Mar 2
A beautiful giant cricket is exploited by an ant, stewardesses 30,000 feet in the air speak to boat people in the Atlantic, a tooth lands in a bowl of soup, and a dead boy is carried thousands of miles home on a river. Wielding a dreamlike kaleidoscope, making and remaking connections that span the globe, playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig tells The Golden Dragon’s tragi-comic tale of globalization. It’s set in your local takeout, wherever it — and whomever you — might be.
“…both artful and accessible, that zooms in on a global village that’s astonishingly feudal in its own way, and brutal in the inequality of its sexual politics.” —The Globe and Mail
Previews: April 30, May 2 Opens: May 3 8pm: May 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18 2pm: May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18
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So, you think you know Sir John Falstaff, Shakespeare’s most beloved hedonist? You don’t know Jack! Theatre Inconnu’s Artistic Director Clayton Jevne has adapted acclaimed British author Robert Nye’s Guardian Fiction Prize winning novel into a one-actor romp through the life of Sir John. Fifteenth century Britain is brought to life as Jack take us into battles, bedrooms, and bars – sparing few details – as he relives the ecstasies of the carnal and the horrors of the carnage.
Nye’s Falstaff is a heroic and comical combination of Shakespeare’s self-absorbed buffoon and the actual historic figure of Sir John Fastolf; whose writings chronicled the latter part of the Hundred Years War. Come share seven decades of decadence and valor in this world-premiere presentation. Falstaff contains certain passages that are adult in nature and made be considered offensive by some.
Performed by Clayton Jevne.
“Unabashedly bawdy and outrageously raunchy.” —Publishers Weekly
Previews: 8pm: Oct 1, Oct 3 Opens: Oct 4 8pm: Oct 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19 2pm: Oct 5, 6, 12, 13, 19
Michael Ondaatje is one of Canada’s most acclaimed and honoured writers. Ondaatje’s collage of cotemporary accounts, folklore, and original poems on Billy the Kid conjure up an undeniable human experience from an unlikely source. In this stage adaptation – recently developed by Mr. Ondaatje in association with Pittsburgh’s Quantum Theatre – the most notorious and mythical ghost from the American Midwest frontier is brought to life through narrative, song, and poetry. This production marks the Canadian premiere of this adaptation from the Governor-General awarding winning book that both glorifies and vilifies William H. Bonney.
“Theatre Inconnu succeeds completely… a must-see, is chock-full of humanity, fun and music — not to mention bona fide artistry… The writing is remarkable… this show is brimming with life and song… moments of incandescent loveliness… Exactly the right tone is captured, a slippery balance of humour and pathos… entertaining as all get out. For the man or woman who has everything, tickets to The Collected Works of Billy the Kid might well be the perfect gift.” Times Colonist – Adrian Chamberlain
“It has guts and passion, dancing, foot stomping… plenty of shooting…you watch Ondaatje’s language come to life. Kudos to the whole cast… rollicking, quirky, and unexpectedly delicious… a collaborative piece… all do stellar work” CBC On the Island – David Lenam
“Theatre Inconnu ends their incredible 2013 season… actions and words are heightened and emphasized; ordinary occurrences take on a tinge of the unusual and macabre… we revel in Ondaatje’s glorious language. This sparseness – of word, action and design – hints strongly at the environment that birthed the legend – the desert and high sierra… Theatre Inconnu continues to astonish… Bravo to the direction, cast and crew of Billy the Kid for finding new ways to tell old stories with bravado and vulnerability, and never accepting the status quo.” I Have My Own Life to Live – Janis Lacouvee
Directed by Clayton Jevne
Assistant directed by Blair Moro
Performed by Cam Culham, James Roney, Melissa Blank, Mollison Farmer, Brin Porter, and Michelle Mitschrich
Costumes by Kat Jeffery
Set by Robert Randall
Previews: Nov 26 @ 8pm Then – 8pm: Nov 27, 28, 30, Dec 3, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14 2pm: Nov 30, Dec 1, Dec 7, 8, 14
Regular priced tickets are $14 / $10 Students, Seniors, and the unwaged
Preview on Nov 26 is $7
Thursday Nov 28 is pay-what-you-can
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