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:

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

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

3.  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.

4.  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”.

5. 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.