During this year's Vancouver Fringe Festival, five new plays by female-identifying playwrights will receive public readings in collaboration with some of Vancouver’s finest theatre artists.
During this year's Vancouver Fringe Festival, five new plays by female-identifying playwrights will receive public readings.

Women are in the spotlight as Ruby Slippers Theatre, in partnership with the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Equity in Theatre, present Advance Theatre: New Works by Women.

During this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival, five new plays by female-identifying playwrights will receive public readings in collaboration with some of Vancouver’s finest theatre artists. The plays will be performed at matinee shows during the run of the Fringe Festival at the False Creek Gym on Granville Island. Admission is by donation.

Among the offerings are Elaine Avilia’s Kitimat, a documentary play on the effects of the pipeline referendum on an industry town, and S.M. Hunter’s poetic and intense 27 Voices that pays honour to Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, directed by Quelemia Sparrow

The other three plays are Colleen Ann Fee’s lyrical love song, After Love, Life; Trialogue, a complex and intellectual one-act play from emerging playwright Carolyn Nakagawa; and Jill Daum’s Forget About Tomorrow, a warm and witty tribute to the strength of family directed by Pam Johnson and featuring songs by the playwright’s husband and Spirit of the West frontman, John Mann.

“According to a national study, women account for less than a third of artistic directors, working directors, and produced playwrights in professional Canadian theatre,” say organizers in a press release. “That means that a lot of political, haunting, enraging, hilarious, and complicated voices haven’t yet been heard.  This is your Advance notice: women are taking back the stage.”

The 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 10-20 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.