Blackbird Theatre presents a classic with a contemporary message, and Boca del Lupos scores twice this week with a duo of shows.
[dropcap]1[/dropcap]Vancouver’s Blackbird Theatre has built a reputation on the classics: Beckett, Checkhov, Albee, Pinter Dickens, the list goes on. For its latest work, Blackbird Theatre presents a staged reading of Gotthold Lessing’s Nathan the Wise (May 25), a play that was never allowed a performance during the playwright’s lifetime, and was later banned by the Nazis. Featuring Jay Brazeau as Nathan, there is, despite its age, a contemporary message here that speaks directly to the urgent need for racial and religious tolerance.
[dropcap]2[/dropcap]Boca del Lupo gets in on the fun of the Vancouver International Children’s Festival with Big Bad (May 26-31), combinging a contemporary re-telling of the Little Red Riding Hood story and interactive technology. Commissioned by the Children’s Festival, Big Bad was drawn from the classic story of the young girl in the red cape plus conversations with children in Vancouver classrooms to create a show that explores childhood fears in a funny, meaningful and energizing way.
[dropcap]3[/dropcap]We think this is a first. Not only is Boca del Lupo our pick at this year’s Children’s Festival, it also has a second show opening this week as part of its ongoing Micro Performance Series. In I Think I Can (May 28-30), audiences can engage and play with a miniature model railway installation by becoming temporary residents of the railway world via avatars. From Australia’s Terrapin Puppet Theatre, this combination of puppetry, live video and active audience participation asks the question: what would you like to be today?