In Mortified, a 14-year-old synchronized swimmer struggles to make sense of the world around her.
In Mortified, a 14-year-old synchronized swimmer struggles to make sense of the world around her.

Studio 58, the professional theatre training program at Vancouver’s Langara College, announced a 2018/2019 season big on sex.

The season opens with Incognito Mode: A Play About Porn (Sep 27-Oct 14).  First seen in a workshop version last spring, this new work by Vancouver playwright Marcus Youssef explores “the personal, social, and ideological consequences of growing up as part of the first generation with unfettered and on-demand access to internet pornography”.

In November comes the world premiere of Amy Rutherford’s Mortified (Nov 15-Dec 2), the story of a woman who runs into a man from her past, and is surprised by the power he still holds over her. “Humorous and dark, Mortified explores sex, shame and transformation and how we reckon with the experiences that have shaped us.”

The new year gets underway with the Kander and Ebb classic, Cabaret (Jan 31-Feb 24). The third production in the Vancouver area in as many years, this version is based on the very sexy and seedy Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award-winning production.

In March, Studio 58 presents one of two new initiatives this season with Hot House (Mar 21-31), where students become the writers, directors, designers and performers of original shows around the theme of betrayal.

The Risky Nights Series (Oct 9-14 & Feb 11-17) returns for its 19th year. Designed as a bridge between classroom work and main stage productions, second year students have an opportunity to create an original theatre piece with a professional director.

This year Studio 58 students will also step off the stage with The Way Station, the working title for a web series filmed at the Vancouver Police Museum morgue. The pilot will receive a public screening in November.

For more information on the Studio 58 2018/2019 season visit studio58.ca.