Where Gateway Theatre showcased topical plays ripped from today’s headlines last season, for 2017/2018 the Richmond company is looking to the past.
“In looking back in time, these plays hold up a mirror to our lives today and provide a glimpse of what our future might be,” says Gateway’s artistic director Jovanni Sy in a media release.
But while the plays are rooted in history, Sy goes onto say the themes and ideas explored in the coming season will “touch on love, personal responsibility, race and identity in ways that are both timely and relevant.”
Traveling through the centuries, the first stop is a visit to turn-of-the-century Sweden in a re-mounting of the Patrick Street production of A Little Night Music (Oct 21-21). Last seen on the Anvil Theatre stage in New West, the musical follows a cast of Swedish elite who couple and uncouple over the weekend at a country estate.
A little more contemporary, Beverley Elliott returns to the Gateway stage with a production of Sink of Swim (Nov 16-25). A prequel to her one-woman show …didn’t see that coming, Elliott serves up another evening of true life stories with song.
The holiday season is celebrated with Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (Dec 7-24). Adapted for the stage by Victoria’s Michael Shamata, the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge will feature live music and, of course, a visitation by three spirits.
In the New Year, Gateway welcomes a touring production of Salt-Water Moon (Feb 15-24). Re-imagined by director Ravi Jain, the Canadian theatre classic about love, loss and reconciliation asks if it is possible to confront the past to contemplate a possible future.
In March, Gateway reunites with Ruby Slippers Theatre for a third time with a production of I Lost My Husband (Mar 15-24). An English translation of Catherine Leger’s comedy J’ai perdu mon mari, it tells the story of a woman who loses her husband in a bar bet and begins to question whether she really wants him back.
Closing out the 2017/2018 season, artistic director Jovanni Sy sees the world premiere of his new crime drama, Nine Dragons (Apr 12-21). Set in 1924 Kowloon, a killer is on the loose and it is up to Tommy Lam, Hong Kong’s most brilliant police detective, to unravel the murder.
Find out more about the Gateway Theatre 2017/2018 online at https://gatewaytheatre.com.