The Arts Club will release four audio plays, forming a series titled Listen to This, written by artists affiliated with the company’s Emerging Playwrights’ Unit and Silver Commissions Project. Photo by Tomasz Gawłowski on Unsplash.
The Arts Club will release four audio plays, forming a series titled Listen to This, written by artists affiliated with the company’s Emerging Playwrights’ Unit and Silver Commissions Project. Photo by Tomasz Gawłowski on Unsplash.

The Arts Club Theatre Company has announced Listen to This, a series of four world premiere audio plays from Western Canadian playwrights.

“We are thrilled and grateful to be producing artistic content during this time and are excited about exploring a new artistic format in the form of audio plays and podcasting,” says the Arts Club’s artistic director Ashlie Corcoran in a media release. “We know that this is a trying time for many, and we’re eager to help our patrons weather this storm by providing consistent, high-quality theatre in a digital format.”

We know that this is a trying time for many, and we’re eager to help our patrons weather this storm by providing consistent, high-quality theatre in a digital format. – Ashlie Corcoran

Written by artists affiliated with the company’s Emerging Playwrights’ Unit and Silver Commissions Project, Corcoran will direct the plays. They can be purchased individually or as part of a series. Shortened episodes of each play will be released weekly on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

First to be released on February 10 is Unexpecting. This comedic exploration of marriage, friendship and modern motherhood follows a married couple who have been trying to start a family for the past five years. Written by Vancouver-based award-winning writer and theatre creator Bronwyn Carradine, the play was developed during her time as a member of the Arts Club’s inaugural Emerging Playwrights’ Unit residency program in 2019.

Inspired by the true stories of LGBTQ+ Canadians who endured brutal harassment at their own government’s hands and the resistance that followed, Scott Button’s Night Passing will be released on March 17. An award-winning creator working in film, television, and theatre, Button’s play was also developed during the Emerging Playwrights’ Unit residency program in 2019.

On May 19, award-winning Vancouver playwright and theatre artist Christine Quintana’s Someone Like You will launch Cyrano de Bergerac into the 21st century with mistaken identities, millennial manifestos, and the quest for self-love. Someone Like You is a 2020–2021 Arts Club Silver Commission.

In the final play in the series, to be released on June 14, Tai Amy Grauman explores a Métis woman questioning her father’s past in My Father Is the Greatest Man in the World. Recently named the Métis Nation of Alberta’s Outstanding Youth of 2020, Grauman’s play is another of the Arts Club’s 2020–2021 Silver Commissions.

For more information on the Arts Club Theatre Company’s Listen to This series, visit artsclub.com.