Dead Man’s Cell Phone

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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 Cell Phone 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? Both hilarious and nail-biting, Dead Man’s Cell Phone is a great pre-Halloween offering.

We’re instantly hooked… tingles with veracity and life… also notable for Sophie Fuldauer’s excellent shadow puppets.  Times Colonist

Kooky, compelling, endlessly surprising and just downright fun to watch… a small stage delight not to be missed!Check the Program

Enjoyably unpredictable… A strong ensemble. CBC On the Island

Dead Man’s Cell Phone is a mind-bending journey well worth travelling. Nexus

Directed by Morgan Gadd
Starring Melissa Blank, Perry Burton, Cam Culham, Sarah Heyman, Wendy Magahay, Carilynn Nicholson

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

Reservations and Ticket Sales
Through TICKET ROCKET:  ticketrocket.co or   250-590-6291
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
Tuesday Sept 24 is half-price ($7) preview
Tuesday Oct 1 is Pay-What-You-Wish admission

The show is about 2 hours 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

Carilynn Nicholson, Perry Burton, Wendy Magahay, Sarah Heyman, Melissa Blank, Cam Culham


Crumble (Lay me down Justin Timberlake)

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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. Meanwhile, the Apartment is developing murderous plans of its own… Oh yes, the Apartment just happens to be telling this story! This is a holiday-season show unlike any you’ve seen before.
“Sheila Callaghan has got your holiday show!” – Chicago Tribune

Directed by Don Keith
Starring (Alphabetically): Matthew Connelly, Wendy Cornock, Julie Gray, Jon Hunwick, Fiona Wright-Jones

Preview: Nov 26 @ 8pm
8pm: Nov 27, 28, 30, Dec 3, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14
2pm: Nov 30, Dec 7, 14

Reservations and Ticket Sales
Through TICKET ROCKET:  ticketrocket.co or   250-590-6291
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
Tuesday Nov 26– Preview is $7
Tuesday Dec 3 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).

Fiona Wright-Jones & Jon Hunwick

We are wheelchair accessible

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

Tenant Haymovitch

Tenant Haymovitch
by Ariel Bronz
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anslated by Boaz Tinker

May 1 – May 19

All he wanted was to be alone. But when you’re not alone in your head, where can you go?  Running from the ghosts of his past, young writer Daniel Haymovitch seeks isolation in a derelict apartment amid the slums of Tel Aviv.  But what seemed like a chance to reflect soon descends into an absurdist nightmare as the space is invaded by a horde of crazed tenants, intent on prying some revelation from the hapless young man – at any cost.  As the walls of his mind start breaking down, Daniel must choose what he believes in and where he will stand.  Hilarious and unnerving, Tenant Haymovitch is a roller coaster ride through a life lived in the shadow of power, tradition and heartbreak. Israel in all its complexity – as seen trough the eyes of one lost .

“Very organic… very effective… Strong performances.”  CBC Radio

“an accomplished ensemble… As director, McLaren delivers… Theatre-goers who aspire to rich fare will be ideally served… Entertaining and stimulating Tenant Haymovitch is… another in the long line of Theatre Inconnu’s thought-provoking productions.” Janis Lacouvee, I Have My Own Life to Live

“Under the direction of Matthew McLaren, Theatre Inconnu’s production of Tenant Heymovitch by iconoclastic Israeli performance artist Ariel Bronz is perplexing, amusing, and has a lot going on.”  Culture Vulture TV

Directed by Matthew McLaren

Starring (alphabetically): Graham Croft, Jared Gowen, Eric Grace, Chase Hiebert, Julie McGuire, Michelle Mitchell, Amy Lee Radigan, and Paul Shortt.

Projection Designer: Mily Mumford
Movement Consultant: Andrew Barrett
Stage Manager: Michael Gosselin

Preview: May 1 @ 8pm
8 pm: May 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19
2 pm: May 5, 12, 19

Reservations and Ticket Sales

Through TICKET ROCKET:  ticketrocket.co or   250-590-6291
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
Tuesday May 1 – Preview is $7
Wednesday May 9 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

Amy Lee Radigan, Jared Gowan, Eric Grace, Michelle Mitchell, Chase Hiebert, Paul Shortt, Julie McGuire, Graham Croft