Studio 58 presents an entirely online and free line-up for the fall semester.
Studio 58 presents an entirely online and free line-up for the fall semester.

Studio 58, the professional theatre training program at Vancouver’s Langara College, has announced a free virtual fall line-up of five shows this fall.

“As restrictions on public gatherings and live performances continue due to COVID-19, the fall projects are an opportunity for audiences to engage in theatre from the safety of their own homes and for students to hone their digital creation skills,” reads a press release.

The fall season will get underway in October with a stripped-down ensemble production of  A Doll’s House to be live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook. Directed by Laara Sadiq, Ibsen’s classic will be told by a troupe of diverse young actors in isolation through voice, movement and music.

The 20th anniversary of Risky Nights also returns in October. The annual showcase from the fourth term students who create and perform every aspect of an original theatre piece will feature fort, directed by returning alumnae Angelica Schwartz and Stephanie Wong. Described as a digital theatrical experience, audiences can participate in a communal construction of their own fortified spaces from household items they already have.

Students in their final term will present The Watch in November. A web pilot, it was written by and filmed with recent graduates of Langara College’s film arts program. The mockumentary-style comedy involves a rag-tag collection of citizens who come together to form a neighbourhood watch group.

Students also turn to podcasts in November with a Podcast Showcase inspired by illustrations from comic book artist and illustrator Josué Menjivar. With the help of playwright Aaron Bushkowsky and voice actor and director Colin Murdock, the students will create a final dramatic podcast production.

In its final fall offering, students will take part in the live-stream radio play, Theatre: The Play. Written by Ryan Beil and Mark Chavez, it is described as “both a love letter and a cheeky middle finger to the world of theatre” as the Nearlake Theatre Festival & Bar & Grill faces inevitable closure if they can’t produce a hit show.

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