Ashley O’Connell and Yoshi Bancroft in the 2017 production of The Double Axe Murders, which gets a remount as part of this year's Gateway Theatre season. Photo by Kayla Isomura.
Ashley O’Connell and Yoshi Bancroft in the 2017 production of The Double Axe Murders, which gets a remount as part of this year's Gateway Theatre season. Photo by Kayla Isomura.

In a recent media release, Richmond’s Gateway Theatre announced a 2019-2020 season which will see women at the helm of its six productions.

The final season curated by the company’s former artistic director Jovanni Sy before his departure earlier this year, will open with China Doll (Oct 17–26).  Written and directed by Toronto-based playwright Marjorie Chan, this historical drama explores the seeds of feminism in China through the metaphor of the bound foot.

Next comes The Double Axe Murders (Nov 14–23), a psychological thriller based on true events from Vancouver’s Rusticate Theatre. Returning to the director’s chair, following its 2017 run in North Vancouver, is Tamara McCarthy to help tell this story of two trappers who mysteriously disappeared in Newfoundland in 1809.

The holidays will be bright and colourful with a 50th anniversary production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Dec 12–31). Directed by Gateway’s interim producer Barbara Tomasic, this family-friendly show is the re-imagining of the biblical story of Joseph, Jacob, and the coat of many colours.

The New Year starts with the Canadian premiere of Young Jean Lee’s satirical comedy Straight White Men (Feb 6–15). Directed by Chelsea Haberlin and Fay Nass, it is the story of three brothers who return home to their Midwestern home for the holidays.

In March comes the return of Quelemia Sparrow’s O’wet (Mar 19-28) to a regional stage since it first appeared in 2016. Directed by Kim Senklip Harvey, in this solo performance from Sparrow, she explores her identity as a mixed-race aboriginal woman in the present-day, colonized world.

The season will close with the Ruby Slippers Theatre production an English translation of Quebec playwright Sébastien Harrisson’s From Alaska (Apr 16-25). Directed by Diane Brown, it is the story of a troubled teenager and elderly woman who share their feelings of love and loss.

Season tickets are now on sale, with single tickets going on sale July 1. Visit gatewaytheatre.com for more information.