The Arts Club Theatre Company, Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit theatre company, announced its 2016/2017 season that includes works from a bevy of Vancouver playwrights and directors.

“This season, 95% of our directors are from Vancouver and 25% of the plays are written by local playwrights,” says artistic managing director Bill Millerd.

Among the locally penned plays in its upcoming season include The Men in White by Anosh Irani, Mom’s the Word 3: Nest ½ Empty by the Mom’s the Word Collective, The Day Before Christmas by Stacey Kaser and Alison Kelly; and The Piano Teacher by Dorothy Dittrich.

Two Vancouver emerging talents, Chelsea Haberlain and Kevin Bennett, are among the large contingent of local directors.  Haberlain will direct the production of The Day Before Christmas at the BMO Theatre Centre in December and Bennett will direct Hand to God by Robert Askins at the same venue in May 2017.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with the Arts Club in various capacities over the last three years with the hopes of eventually directing a show at one of their three stages,” says Haberlain. “Best of all, The Day Before Christmas is written by two awesome ladies who I get to work alongside throughout the process.”

Other productions at the new BMO Theatre Centre include another co-production with the PuSh Festival in January, and The Piano Teacher, an Arts Club Silver Commission by Dorothy Dittrich.

On the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, director John Murphy opens the season with a production of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.

“I’m thrilled to be back at the Arts Club directing the season opener and touring production of Baskerville, my fourth show as a director here,” says Murphy. “I started out as an actor with the Arts Club, and then the company nurtured me as a director. It’s a great feeling to have that kind of support. The Arts Club isn’t just a theatre company; it’s a family. There’s a wonderful sense of togetherness that makes it a joy to work here.”

Other highlights on the Stanley stage include the return of Mary Poppins, and a production of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer-prize and Tony award winning examination of AIDS and homosexuality in the 1980s, Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches.

Over at the Granville Island Stage, highlights include a return of the irreverent puppets in Avenue Q and the musical Bittergirl: The Musical, which follows three Canadian women in their plunge from what they think is romantic bliss to total breakup, devastation, and through the journey back to happiness.

Bittergirl then goes on tour along with Baskerville and Thomson Highway’s The (Post) Mistress, which was seen at the BMO Centre as part of the company’s most recent season.

Below is the complete list of productions for the 2016/2017 Arts Club Theatre Company season. Visit http://artsclub.com for more information.

STANLEY INDUSTRIAL ALLIANCE STAGE

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Ken Ludwig September 8–October 9, 2016
Bakersfield Mist by Stephen Sachs October 20–November 20, 2016
Mary Poppins, book by Julian Fellows December 3, 2016–January 1, 2017
The Audience by Peter Morgan January 26–February 26, 2017
Brent Carver in Concert March 2–5, 2017
Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner March 23–April 23, 2017
Million Dollar Quartet book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux May 11–July 9, 2017

GRANVILLE ISLAND STAGE

The Flick by Annie Baker September 29–October 29, 2016
Avenue Q book by Jeff Whitty November 17–December 31, 2016
The Men in White by Anosh Irani February 9–March 11, 2017
Mom’s the Word 3: Nest ½ Empty by the Mom’s the Word Collective April 6–May 6, 2017
Bittergirl: The Musical book by Annabel Fitzsimmons, Alison Lawrence, and Mary Francis Moore June 15–July 29, 2017

GOLDCORP STAGE AT THE BMO THEATRE CENTRE

The Day Before Christmas by Stacey Kaser and Alison Kelly November 24–December 24, 2016
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, presented with the PuSh Festival January 19–February 12, 2017
The Piano Teacher by Dorothy Dittrich April 20–May 14, 2017
Hand to God by Robert Askins May 25–June 25, 2017

ON TOUR

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Ken Ludwig October 9–November 8, 2016
The (Post) Mistress by Tomson Highway January 5–February 4, 2017
Bittergirl: The Musical book by Annabel Griffiths, Alison Lawrence, and Mary Francis Moore February 16–March 15, 2017