Studio 58, the professional theatre training program at Vancouver’s Langara College, announced its 2017/2018 season built around a theme of survival in a new world.
The season opens in September with a production of Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It (Sep 28-Oct 15).
“As You Like It tells the tale of people fleeing tyranny for the uncertain sanctuary of a mythical forest,” says director Michael Scholar Jr. in a media release.
“In exile, Shakespeare’s characters redefine themselves and try to make a new life in their new adopted home. This is the context in which we are going to build an exciting new production for Studio 58 audiences.”
In the first of two Risky Nights is a stage adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s science fiction short story 2 B R 0 2 B (Oct 10-15). Referencing Shakespeare’s famous phrase “to be, or not to be”, the title refers to the telephone number one dials to schedule an assisted suicide with the Federal Bureau of Termination.
In November, former Studio 58 student Genevieve Fleming returns to her alma mater to direct a production of Wilderness (Nov 16-Dec 3). A new multimedia theatre piece told through six real family stories it explores our collective search for connection and hope.
“It is a beautiful exploration of our desire for connection and our continued search for meaning in the face of isolation, fear, addiction and insecurity,” says Fleming.
The new year sees a production of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-winning comedy, The Skin of Our Teeth (Feb 1-18). Written just before America entered World War II, it explores issues of climate change, a refugee crisis and the effects of prolonged war on families and society.
“This play is an allegory about the life of mankind and when first produced broke nearly every established theatrical convention, says director Sarah Rogers. “Today its dark themes about the cycle of disasters seems even more timely and appropriate.”
The season marks the 12th mounting of Fourplay: New Work by Excited Writers (Mar 14-25). The popular festival of one-act plays, features four new scripts by current students and graduates, under the tutelage of award‐winning playwright Aaron Bushkowsky.
The season concludes with the second in the Risky Nights series (Mar 19-25), with a yet-to-be-named production looking at the influence of contentious web content on today’s youth.
For more information on the Studio 58 season visit http://studio58.ca.