With the announced departure of its artistic director in 2019, Gateway Theatre’s 2018-2019 season will also be Jovanni Sy’s last with the Richmond theatre company.
“I am so excited for this upcoming season. We’ve got an entertaining mix of comedy, drama, an iconic Canadian work, and even a hockey play told through swing dance,” said Sy in a media release prior to the announcement of his departure. “And, for our holiday musical, we’ve got the family favourite It’s a Wonderful Life, staged with classic tunes from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s and a ten-piece orchestra.”
First up on the mainstage will be a co-production with Vancouver’s Ruby Slippers Theatre in an English translation of Michel Tremblay’s comedy, Les Belles-soeurs (Sep 27-Oct 6). Tremblay’s first professionally produced work, it has gone onto be his most-produced and most often translated play.
In November, Vancouver theatre artist, Tetsuro Shigematsu returns to the stage with his critically acclaimed autobiographical play, Empire of the Son (Nov 8-17). Produced by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, is a funny and poignant one-man show about the legacy of a father.
The holiday season sees a new production of It’s a Wonderful Life (Dec 6-31) based on the Frank Capra film, and original story by Philip Van Doren Stern. In this new musical adaptation by Vancouver’s Peter Jorgensen, it is set to the music of the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s.
The new year starts with Jovanni Sy’s final directorial job at Gateway Theatre with a production of Dipika Guha’s satire, Yoga Play (Feb 7-16).
In March comes the world premiere of Meghan Gardiner’s new play, Gross Misconduct (Mar 14-23). Produced by Vancouver’s Speakeasy Theatre it tells the story of the complicated bond between a twenty-something rich kid and a hardened criminal sharing a prison cell.
Closing out the 2018-2019 season is the Western Canada Theatre and Alberta Theatre Projects production of Glory (Apr 4-13). Based on the true story of the Preston Rivulettes women’s hockey team, it features swing dance choreography to tell its story of four friends who set out to prove that hockey isn’t just a sport for men.
The 2018/2019 Gateway Theatre season gets underway in September. Visit http://gatewaytheatre.com for tickets and information.