The Firehall Arts Centre 2015/2016 season may be another eclectic mix, but it is its focus on female playwrights that makes it standout.
Now in its 33rd season, the upcoming Firehall season features six of its twelve theatrical works written by female playwrights. Of that six, four are premieres by Canadian writers including Meghan Gardiner’s new musical Love Bomb, Julie McIsaac’s modern maritime fable The Out Vigil, Tricia Cooper’s middle-class comedy Social Studies, and Jordan Hall’s romantic comedy How to Survive an Apocalypse.
“The Firehall has a history of working with female playwrights – most recently with premiere productions written by Sally Stubbs, Sandi Johnson and our highly successful, Chelsea Hotel, created and conceived by Tracey Power,” says Artistic Producer Donna Spencer. “The theatre presentations that we choose each year also reflects that commitment to ensuring inclusivity in our productions and presentations.”
Spencer goes onto say that the inclusion of female writers and directors is also important as it serves as a mirror of society.
“With over fifty percent of the population of Canada being female, it is essential that artistic endeavors, and the theatre in this case, offer a gender balanced reflection of Canada, through its playwrights and theatre artists whose stories are drawn from a female perspective,” she says.
Among the shows in the new season are returning favourites Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen and Postsecret: The Show, based on the stories behind some of the controversial secrets from the viral website PostSecret.com.
Other season highlights include The Other Guys Theatre Company’s solo show The Incompleat Folksinger about Pete Seeger, Cliff Cardinal’s biting and humorous Huff, and George F. Walker’s dark comedy, Dead Metaphor, about an Afghanistan veteran.
The season also feature three dance works from across Canada including Just Words from Serge Bennathan, a series of solos by Montreal’s Daniel Léveillé with Solitude Solos, and a new work by Shay Kuebler titled Feasting on Famine.
Visit http://firehallartscentre.ca for tickets and information on its 2015/2016 season.