Now in its twelfth year, FourPlay: New Work by Excited Writers features plays written by students and recent graduates of Studio 58, the professional theatre training program at Vancouver’s Langara College.
Under the guidance of award-winning Vancouver playwright Aaron Bushkowsky, the four plays are produced as part of this annual festival of one-acts and directed by professionals.
This year’s quartet of original works includes Kelsey Kanatan Wavey’s Institutionalized, a play about a First Nations family coping with prejudice and disconnection, Heather Barr & Lili Robinson’s story of gender identity and sexual awakening, Chimera, and Matthias Falvai’s Freedom ’56, about the Soviet occupation of Hungary.
The fourth in this year’s roster is the new musical Ain’t: The Musical from Studio 58 grads, David Johnston & Erik Gow.
Set in 1961 Massachusetts, Ain’t is the story of the largest scandal in dictionary history as the men and women of Merriam-Webster face an unexpected impasse that will quite literally redefine the course of linguistics in the English-speaking world.
Vancouver Presents went into the rehearsal room with director Kayla Dunbar, writer David Johnston, and members of the cast, Emily Jane King, Marguerite Hanna & Mallory James, for a sneak peek and to find out more about this unusual subject matter for a musical.
Fourplay: New Work by Excited Writers plays in repertory March 14-25 at Studio 58. Tickets are available online at Tickets Tonight.