Commencing & Subway – 2 one-act plays by Jane Shepard

The run of this show is over.

Jane Shepard has crafted two wonderfully entertaining one-act plays that explore with humour and empathy the need to share the human experience with another.

In Commencing a flower delivery to the wrong address sets up a comedy of errors.  Arlin, a gay woman, delivers flowers to Kelli, a straight woman. Kelli is expecting a visit from a straight male blind date. The very clever dialogue makes the extended misunderstanding plausible as well as ridiculously outrageous; leading to both “laugh-out-loud” and tender moments, as they come to realize that they are both much more alike than they had initially thought.

A similar theme, with more serious undertones, is explored in Subway.  Two women – Alice and Darcy – hooked up at a gay bar are now waiting together in a subway station, contemplating extending their passionate encounter.  Will the fact that Alice is straight and Darcy is gay prevent a growing closeness between them?  While they interact, layers of “personality” are slowly stripped away; and as they become more vulnerable with each other, it becomes apparent that what they need from each other involves much more than just a sexual encounter.

“A powerful emotion connection with the audience… a quirky, oddly life-affirming evening out at the funky little Fernwood theatre… touching, heart-wrenching and ultimately satisfying.” Adrian Chamberlain (Victoria Critic)

“I’ve seen two great one-acts in my life, [Edward Albee’s] Zoo Story and this one [Commencing].” –
“Edgy, original, and with a darkly comic humanity… Jane writes incredibly rich and truthful female characters not often seen on stage.”

Jane Shepard is an American playwright, filmmaker and cartoonist.  She is best known for writing the Showtime original movie Freak City, which was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award (2000) for Best Screenplay.  She was a member of Circle Repertory Company before.  Her play productions in New York City have included Eating the Dead, Ducks Crossing, and her one-woman autobiographical comedy The Idiot’s Guide to the Brain.  Her awards include: Robert Chesley Award, Berrilla Kerr Playwrighting Award and Jane Chambers Award, among others.

Directed by Wendy Gail
Assistant Director:  Phillipa Catling
Cast: Kathy Macovichuk, Caroline Mackenzie

Directed by Sydney Hunt
Cast: Sophie Groves, Klara Kopeinigg

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Sept 21 – 8pm (Preview)
Sept 22 – 8pm
Sept 23 – 8pm

Sept 24 – 2pm

Sept 24 – 8pm

Sept 28 – 8pm

Sept 29 – 8pm

Sept 30 – 8pm
Oct 1 – 2pm
Oct 1 – 8pm

Oct 5 – 8pm

Oct 6 – 8pm

Oct 7 – 8pm

Oct 8 – 2pm

Oct 8 – 8pm

Reservations and Ticket Sales

Ticket Prices:
$14 regular (adults), $10 seniors (60+) /students/unwaged
Wednesday Sept 21 is half-price ($7) preview
Wednesday Sept 28 is Pay-What-You-Wish admission

You can also reserve directly through THEATRE INCONNU without prepayment:
phone:  (250) 360-0234 
In this case, you will pay when you come to see the show.

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

Theatre Inconnu is located in the Paul Phillips Hall at 1923 Fernwood Road (across the street from the Belfry Theatre).

We are wheelchair accessible – but you need to contact us beforehand so we can make accommodation.

Theatre Inconnu is located on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen peoples, also known as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.