Vancouver’s Studio 58, the professional theatre training program at Langara College, celebrates fifty years with a season of world premieres.
“Studio 58 has been producing a plethora of incredible talent for five decades, enriching the cultural fabric of Canada and beyond,” says Artistic Director, Kathryn Shaw. “The fiftieth anniversary season celebrates students past and present.”
Launching the season in October, and the beginning of Studio 58’s next fifty, is the reinvention of a classic. In partnership with Chop Theatre, Until the Stars Grow Old is a new take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. An immersive experience, the audience will get up close and personal with the star-crossed lovers and their entourage.
In November, Studio 58 presents the world premiere of Flee from graduates David Hudgins and Jonathon Young. A darkly humorous and Kafkaesque tale blending theatre, live music, and video projection, this co-production with the Electric Company Theatre reunites many of that company’s artists with the school where it began. In Flee, a destitute watchmaker down on his luck, discovers a secret pool of talented fleas on a stray dog. When he creates a tiny big top out of a shoebox to promote the insects, his fortunes turn.
Also in November is the return of The Risky Nights Series, a bridge between classroom work and the stage where second year students have the opportunity to create an original theatre piece from start to finish with a professional director. In this sixteenth edition of Risky Nights, alumni Anthony Johnston and Nathan Schwartz return with an experimental adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s 19th century French masterpiece, Madame Bouvary.
In the New Year, Studio 58 presents the eleventh edition of FourPlay: New Works by Excited Writers, featuring four new scripts by current students and graduates, under the tutelage of award-winning playwright Aaron Bushkowsky.
Closing out the season is The Crowd, a play written by Canadian playwright George F Walker to commemorate Studio 58’s fiftieth anniversary, and the fortieth anniversary of Green Thumb Theatre who will co-present the piece.
Visit http://studio58.ca for more information on the Studio 58 2015/2016 season.