Returning favourites and brand new works highlight a 2014/2015 season at the Firehall Arts Centre that bridges cultures and artistic disciplines.
[pullquote]With fourteen theatre and dance shows on the roster for next year’s Firehall season, Artistic Producer Donna Spencer says that the “selected work was informed by an eclectic range of cultures” that “bring unique, entertaining and truly universal stories to the Firehall stage”.[/pullquote]One of the Firehall’s most popular shows, Urinetown: the Musical, makes a return engagement in November, but not before two comedies in October: the Vancouver premiere of My Rabbi, a comic look at their respective Muslim and Jewish backgrounds and WAG, a comedy of tragic proportions from Calgary’s Denise Clarke.
Closing out 2013 are Things Near and Far, an evening of new dance and the return of another Firehall favourite and perennial sell-out, Chelsea Hotel, for a limited Christmas run.
The New Year starts with Alley Theatre’s production of Jordan Hall’s smart and funny play Kayak, followed by TJ Dawe’s production of Post Secret, inspired by Frank Warren’s internet phenomenon postsecret.com.
February is all about dance as Vincent Mantsoe brings his mix of traditional African dance and contemporary Western street styles with Ntu, Skwatta and Wen Wei Dance weaves together dance, music and storytelling with Made in China.
In honour of the 2015 national election, Michael Healey’s hit comedy Proud returns to the stage in April for another round of Canadian politics.
Also scheduled is Ribcage: This Wide Passage/Thorax, the true story of Esther Brandeau, a woman from Jewish French Basque country, who arrives in 18th Century Quebec City as a male labourer and The Village, a one-woman show by Canadian artist Tina Milo that fuses music, physical theatre and film.
Closing out the season in May is God and the Indian about a First Nations woman confronting a priest for answers about her dark residential-school past and the annual BC Buds Spring Arts Festival returns for another year.
Early bird passes for the 2014/2015 Firehall Arts Centre season are now on sale. Visit http://firehallartscentre.ca for more information.