Ruby Slippers Theatre and Zee Zee Theatre present Brad Fraser's 5 @ 50
Ruby Slippers Theatre and Zee Zee Theatre present Brad Fraser's 5 @ 50

Ruby Slippers Theatre and Zee Zee Theatre join forces to present the North American premiere of Brad Fraser’s 5 @ 50. Here are five reasons you should go:

[dropcap]1[/dropcap] This is a co-production from two of Vancouver’s most innovative independent theatre companies: Ruby Slippers Theatre and Zee Zee Theatre.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap] While Canadian playwright Brad Fraser wrote his play back in 2011, this production marks 50 @ 50‘s premiere in his home country.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap] Fraser wrote his play after being “struck by the number of excellent middle-aged actresses who were having trouble finding parts”. This co-production unites five Vancouver powerhouses: Diane Brown, Veena Sood, Deborah Williams, Donna Yamamoto and Beatrice Zeillinger.

[dropcap]4[/dropcap] Fraser’s research for 5 @ 50 included a call through Facebook for first person accounts of the experiences of women of a certain age. Fraser was inundated with responses from women “eager to air out their experiences from vaginal dryness to drooping boobs”.

[dropcap]5[/dropcap] In an interview with What’s On Stage during the play’s UK premiere, Fraser distances 5 @ 50 from comparisons to Sex and the City: “It’s not that hard, other than an interest in shoes, these women have nothing in common with those women. My characters work for a living, have very messy lives and are, hopefully, not four whores and their grandmother talking like gay men”.

5 @ 50 plays at the PAL Studio Theatre (581 Cardero St, Vancouver) May 12-28. Tickets are available online at Theatre Wire or visit http://zeezeetheatre.ca for more information.