Richmond’s Gateway Theatre 2016/2017 season features two world premieres in co-productions with two of Vancouver’s most innovative theatre companies.
First up though, is the Canadian premiere of Lauren Yee’s King of the Yees (Oct 13-22), a journey through San Francisco’s Chinatown in search of her father. Hilarious and honest is an epic joyride across a cultural and generational divide as it explores the relationship between fathers and daughters.
The first of the season’s world premieres sees Gateway teaming up with Vancouver’s Pi Theatre in a production of Long Division by Peter Dickinson. A multimedia experience about the mathematics of human connection, it is an imagined collision between seven individuals.
Gateway’s annual Christmas musical sees fast-talking con man Harold Hill arriving in small town Iowa in the Tony Award-winning The Music Man. Directed by Barbara Tomasic it is a heart-warming story about personal redemption and the power of a big brass band.
The New Years sees a re-mount of the Ruby Slippers production of You Will Remember Me. Translated from its original French, it is a deeply personal and moving new play by François Archambault, one of Quebec’s most compelling writers.
The second of the season’s world premieres comes from immersive theatre company ITSAZOO and Savage Society in a production of The Pipeline Project. A personal account of the ongoing political battles over the Trans Mountain and Northern Gateway pipelines, explored with with humour and empathy.
Closing out the season is documentary theatre artist Annabel Soutar’s The Watershed, a family road trip across Canada probing the forces that are shaping the future of our dwindling natural resources.
“The plays we are presenting are not only riveting entertainment, they also examine timely issues from a multitude of viewpoints,” says Jovanni Sy, Gateway’s artistic director. “Each of these productions showcases diverse voices with something relevant to say about the interconnected world in which we live.”
Subscriptions to Gateway Theatre’s 2016/2017 season are now on sale. Visit http://gatewaytheatre.com for more information.