Sips ‘n Scripts
October 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
One event on December 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Ongoing throughout 2019, join City Stage New West at Anvil Centre for the sizzling hot reading series, “Sips ‘n Scripts”, featuring three once-censored comedies all dealing with women’s sexual and financial agency.
In a comfortable living room setting, you can enjoy a beverage from the cash bar and sit back to watch the reading. Or, if you are looking for greater engagement, people are welcome to read supporting roles in partnership with others from the community along-side professional actors from City Stage New West.
Each reading will be followed by a short talk-back session, looking at the play’s censorship and social impact. Events are free (and for ages 16+ only) but seating is limited, so registration is strongly encouraged.
The first event on Friday, April 26 will feature Aristophanes’ steamy, once-banned Lysistrata, with multi-talented Bailey Soleil Creed in the title role. Greek and Spartan women join forces to drive their warring men wild by enacting a universal sex strike to end the war. Too hot for even the ancient Greeks, Lysistrata was banned in America until the 1930’s, and recently inspired Spike Lee’s film, CHI-RAQ.
Future readings at Anvil Centre, will include Mae West’s Sex on June 14, and George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession, on October 11. Additionally, a special family-friendly holiday edition (for all ages) will feature a reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on December 19.
City Stage New West created this idea for an audience-participation reading series in response to the growing evidence of isolation in modern urban communities. The Vancouver Foundation’s 2017 report cited Vancouver and Toronto as the loneliest cities in Canada, with the 25-35 year old demographic being the hardest hit. Artistic Director Renee Bucciarelli, along with City Stage New West’s new Board President Dr. Christopher Walmsley, a former professor of social work and author of related topics, took a look at possibilities for 2019 that might make their community just a little more connected.
“Our audience-participation reading of A Christmas Carol last year was such a success, to a degree that surprised us,” Bucciarelli relayed. “Virtual strangers who had never done anything like this before were thrilled, and wanted to know when the next one was going to happen.” Aided with the support of a City of New Westminster Arts and Culture grant, they approached the City’s Arts Programmer, Hannah Bennett, to see if their mission to do a free series of audience-participation plays that looked at socially-relevant topics might work at Anvil Centre.
“The exceptional community experience that City Stage New West brought to the December Sip n’ Script program made additional collaborations a no-brainer,” stated Bennett. “Also, the in-house collaboration with Conference Service Manager, Colin Gibson brought about a delicious mulled wine that people enjoyed that cold December night. I’m pleased to report that each program this year will have its own signature ‘sip’.”
The “Censored!” readings are thematically related to issues of the #metoo era. Though the issues are taken seriously, these plays, which span 2300 years of history, also manage to be very, very funny.
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