What Are We Missing?! – Part 6

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2010 by rubyslipperstheatre

Are you excited to experience life in Vancouver in a completely new way through Leave of Absence?  Are you looking forward to taking your niece to see Tough and open up an important conversation?  Do you want to know what adventure Radix Theatre is dreaming up next?

The British Columbia government has robbed you of this.  All of this has been taken from all of us, the audience.  These are the things the government is stopping you from having by cutting arts investments and by withdrawing the commitment of Gaming funds for Arts and Culture.

This is what you are missing.

DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING ELSE TO TELL US?  ANOTHER EXCITING IDEA THAT WE WON’T GET TO SEE BECAUSE OUR LIBERAL GOVERNMENT THINKS WE’VE HAD ENOUGH ART FOR A WHILE?  POST IT BELOW.

Join the movement in any number of ways.  Have your say by commenting on any of the above links – we’ll make sure the government hears what you tell us.  Or visit www.allianceforarts.com to find out how to get involved.

The fight isn’t over.

Now you know what you are fighting for.

Assembled by Rachel Peake.

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What Are We Missing?! – Part 5

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2010 by rubyslipperstheatre

Future Development:

Brenda Leadlay, PH Theatre

Presentation House in North Vancouver offers free staged readings to the public four times annually.  These readings are by professional actors and are plays in consideration for production as part of the Third Street Theatre Series.  As well as being a free night of entertainment, these readings allow the public to have a say in which plays they want to see – which plays should be brought through to full production.

CANCELLED INDEFINITELY.

What Are We Missing?! – Part 4

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2010 by rubyslipperstheatre

Educational:

Solo Flights Showcase

Solo Collective Theatre has been offering its Emerging Playwrights Competition for six years with steady growth in the number of participants in every year.  The only program of its kind in British Columbia, the Emerging Playwrights’ Competition allows any writer, regardless of past experience, to submit a monologue for consideration and receive written feedback from two professional judges/dramaturges.  Five pieces are then selected for further development and public showcase as part of Solo Flights.   Two of Solo Collective’s productions have come from past Emerging Playwrights winners.

CANCELLED in 2010. ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK FOR THE FUTURE…

What Are We Missing?! – Part 3

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2010 by rubyslipperstheatre

Radix's Theatre's "Assembly"

Experimental:

Radix Theatre “creates original, interdisciplinary performance events that incorporate dynamic physicality, seductive visualimagery, and provocative content set in site-specific locations.” This is the groundbreaking company, in existence since 1988, that brought Assembly, Silent Summer Nights, and Sniffy, the Rat Bus Tour to Vancouver audiences.  The company was one of the original contributors to HIVE and has toured extensively, bringing their unique blend of performance art, visual art, movement, and theatre to the world.  Radix has created a name for itself, and helped put Vancouver on the map as a dynamic source for experimental and off-mainstream art.

FACING EXTINCTION. 2010/2011 MAY BE RADIX’S FINAL YEAR OF EXISTENCE.


What Are We Missing?! – Part 2

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2010 by rubyslipperstheatre

Young People:

Green Thumb Theatre

Green Thumb Theatre has been providing theatre for young audiences on its mainstage for 30 years . In addition to its successfultouring shows, Green Thumb has brought to the Vancouver stage such shows as Souvenirs and RAGE by Michelle Rimmel, The December Man by Colleen Murphy, and Problem Child by George F. Walker.  These vibrant and timely pieces explore issues of great importance to young people and to the people around them.  Green Thumb has been working for the last two years to bring Tough by George F Walker to the Vancouver stage for young people.  This is gritty, sad, funny, detailed play about the reality of the adolescent battle between the sexes, giving a voice to the fact this struggle can be “tough” for people of any age.

CANCELLED. BOTH THE PRODUCTION OF “TOUGH” AND ALL FUTURE MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS.

What Are We Missing?! – Part 1

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2010 by rubyslipperstheatre

It’s 2010.  Vancouver has finally had the chance it was waiting for to show itself to the world – revealing its majestic natural scenery and vibrant cultural identity.  Now that the Olympics have come and gone, what arts productions can future tourists, and we Vancouverites, look forward to experiencing in this beautiful city?

The British Columbia Arts Council’s funding has been cut by 40%. Following on the heels of this announcement, on March 8 the BC Liberal government announced that adult arts and culture would not be receiving any Gaming grants for 2010/11 (prior to this BC Gaming represented $20 million in arts investments).

Those numbers are one thing, but what do they actually look like when we are talking about art?  WHAT ARE WE MISSING?

Local:

Pacific Theatre

Pacific Theatre produces high-calibre theatre aiming to “delight, provoke and stimulate di alogue by producing theatre that rigorously explores the spiritual aspects of human experience.”  In operation since 1984, Pacific Theatre helps to develop new work as well as producing some of the best classic works.  Pacific Theatre has been looking for an opportunity to produce local playwright Lucia Frangione’s new play Leave of Absence.  This piece, with its cast of a minimum of 6 actors, shows Vancouver playwriting at its best an provides employment for a large number of artists.

CANCELLED. VANCOUVER AUDIENCES WILL NOT GET TO SEE THIS WORK BY ONE OF THEIR OWN.


Critical Acclaim for 2 b’s Production of The Russian Play and Mexico City

Posted in The Russian Play and Mexico City with tags , , on February 18, 2010 by Rebecca Coleman

“Colombe Demers as Sonya deliver(s) a phenomenal performance.” The Halifax Herald

“Artful in construction, intelligent and subtly humorous in content, and excellently performed” The Halifax Herald

Critical Acclaim for the original production of The Russian Play:
N.B.: not produced by 2b

“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED…incredibly powerful with breathtaking emotion…A Must-See” Toronto Star

***1/2 (3 1/2 out of 4 stars), “It’s that rarest of all theatrical experiments: a clever satire with a beating heart.” Kamal al-Solaylee, The Globe and Mail

NNNN (4 out of 5 N’s), “funny and moving… A WINNER!” Jon Kaplan, Now Magazine

**** (4 out of 5 stars), “A Must-See”, Paul Isaacs, eye Weekly

“The story telling is spare, compelling, humorous and heartbreaking.” Lynn Slotkin, CBC Radio

Critical Acclaim for 2b theatre company:

“Lovely. Lovely. Lovely.” The Coast Weekly (Halifax)

“…spare, spacious, and as intimate as theatre gets… makes us lean in and ache for more.” The Hour (Montreal)

“*****” Neue Presse (Germany)

“2b has a knack for creating unforgettable physical environments…Beautifully, elegantly staged, with performances of restraint and intensity” The Halifax Herald

“[2b] create[s] an atmosphere that is ritualistic and almost sacred…this story has incredible power and poignancy.” Times-Colonist (Victoria)

“The theatrical experience the company creates is as warm as a mother’s hand.“ The Georgia Straight (Vancouver)