Theatre NorthWest is proud to announce its 2016/17 Season line up!
On April 4, 2016 Artistic Director Jack Grinhaus announced the exciting line up for the 2016/17 Season.
Next season we are focusing on ‘Strong Female Characters’. There are so many incredible plays that help tell the stories of women in our society and it isn’t often that a retrospective of these stories are combined to exemplify the breadth of that experience. And while we are only skimming the surface we are excited not only by the amazing stand-alone nature of each these modern classic plays but also by how well they fit together to provide an entire season experience. Something interesting to note is that while not in order these four plays actually go through a full lifespan from the youthful curiosity of Alice, to the search for love, identity, and independence of the women in Drowning Girls, to midlife crisis for the women of Fly Me to the Moon and finally the twilight years in Half Life.
As always we are looking at a season that provides a buffet of options to dine out on that gives something for everyone but often more for most. And, in this case, 2016/17 is geared up just for that. From the hysterical modern Irish comedy Fly Me to the Moon, to the absurd and wacky world of Alice in Wonderland, to the mysterious revenge story of the Drowning Girls and the passionate love and memory play Half Life, our Mainstage is shaping up to be one of our best seasons ever offered. And we are again looking at an exciting Presentation Series with Isitwendum (an understanding) a powerful and uplifting one person show about the residential school system and today’s society as well as our Theatre for Young Audiences presentation of Munsch Upon a Time, which will enthrall our PG youth.
Details of the season are below. Subscriptions are now on sale!
Fly Me to the Moon by Marie Jones – September 15 – Oct 5 2016.
Your sides will be aching and your head spinning from a world-class Northern Irish production
Frances and Loretta are home care workers in Belfast. But when one of their patients Davy dies unexpectedly the two cash strapped ladies are faced with an awful choice, cash in his pension and keep the news of his death a secret for a little while or call the police? Their attempt to beat the system throws them headlong into an excruciating – yet hilarious – wild ride. A ‘what would you do’ of the funniest order!!
Alice in Wonderland by Brainerd Duffield from Lewis Carroll’s Story – Nov 17 – Dec 7 2016
Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast!
When young Alice follows a talking rabbit down the rabbit hole her world turns upside down as she enters the fantastic Wonderland! Meeting the classic characters made legendary by Lewis Carroll’s series of books and including the Mad Hatter, The Cheshire Cat, and The Queen of Hearts, this wacky and absurd tale of her journey is one that will be adored by people of all ages! This live stage adaptation is a visual adventure that is not to be missed!
Drowning Girls by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson, and Daneila Vlaskalic – Jan 26 – Feb 15 2017
The Drowning Girls’ Takes Your Breath Away – Backstage magazine
Bessie, Alice and Margaret have two things in common: they are married to George Joseph Smith, and they are dead. Surfacing from the bathtubs they were drowned in, the three breathless brides gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband by reliving the events leading up to their deaths. Reflecting on the misconceptions of love, married life, and the not-so-happily ever after, The Drowning Girls is a breathtaking fantasia, full of rich images, a myriad of characters, humour and revenge! A murder mystery like you’ve never seen it!
Half Life by John Mighton – March 23 – April 12 2017
Are we not made up of the memories we have forgot as much as the ones we remember?
Clara and Patrick meet in a nursing home and begin to fall in love, thinking they are rekindling an old flame. Have they ever met before? A perfect play about love and memory that will warm hearts and ignite the passion within all of us… no matter the age! The 2005 Governor-General’s Award for Drama is as much a sophisticated story about joy, suffering, and memory, as it is a humorous and subversive story about the triumph of love over age, imprisonment, and uptight adult children.
Innovation – Isitwendum (An Understanding) by Meegwun Fairbrother, in Association with Bound to Create Theatre May 4-7 2017
An incredibly powerful and accessible play about the collateral damage of the Residential School system in Canada that is currently preparing for a world tour. Having TNW premiere this piece is a very exciting venture for us. In this moving play Brandon White is a half white, half Ojibway Canadian that believes in the conservative government and thinks he has all the answers, understanding ‘both sides of the coin’! But when Indian Affairs sends him on a job to discredit a Residential School survivor Brandon is thrown into a world that challenges everything he has ever believed in! Watch as this one person show mesmerizes with its exciting and innovative technical presentation and its powerful and forward thinking message of togetherness and hope.
Theatre for Young Audiences – Munsch Upon a Time, adapted by Debbie Patterson and presented by Project X Theatre in Kamloops May 10-20 2017
For our Theatre for Young Audiences segment of the series we present the touring production of Munsch Upon a Time. Robert Munsch’s stories are woven together for the stage with the help of Professor Pim’s Time Machine, beaming us back into the past and forward into the future with lots of high-octane energy and loads of laughs. Three classic stories from Canada’s most beloved children’s author – The Paper Bag Princess, The Fire Station & David’s Father – plus new favourites, Give Me Back My Dad! and It’s My Room! will have our young audience members and all lovers of Munsch’s work enthralled and entertained!