The Cultch announced a 2018-2019 season of 23 shows, across 3 stages, as part of its 45th anniversary season.
Included in the East Vancouver cultural institution’s upcoming season are a series of works to mark the 100-year anniversary of the armistice of WWI, and an expanded Femme Series, celebrating the feminine experience.
This season also marks the 10th year of programming for executive director, Heather Redfern.
“The Cultch is a place that people come to for community: to have their minds stimulated, to be challenged, to laugh, to discover,” says Redfern in a media release.
Other highlights include ten local/British Columbia productions, including four local world premieres, and partnerships with two local festivals, Diwali in BC and PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.
The season will also see the return of three shows, as Corey Payette’s residential school musical, Children of God, returns after its national tour; Australia’s Hot Brown Honey moves back into to the York Theatre; and puppet-master Ronnie Burkett once again presents his adults-only holiday show, Little Dickens.
Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto, is back for a sixth year, this time with Vancouver playwright Marcus Youssef adapting L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz.
The season also sees the renewal of The Cultch’s Femme Series featuring three shows celebrating the feminine experience, including an all-female version of Shakepeare’s Much Ado About Nothing from Vancouver’s Classic Chic Productions.
In November, The Cultch marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice of WWI with its Ceasefire Series featuring three shows including the world premiere of Amiel Gladstone’s new play, Three Winters.
Subscriptions for The Cultch’s 2018-2019 season are on sale now with single tickets going on sale July 16. Visit http://thecultch.com for more information.
A complete list of season offerings can be found below:
Kamloopa (Sep 25-Oct 6, 2018)
This high energy Indigenous matriarchal story follows two urban Indigenous sisters and a lawless trickster who face the world head-on as they come to terms with what it means to honour who they are and where they come from.
Testosterone (Oct 2-13, 2018)
Drawing on autobiographical experiences, this is the true story of trans man Kit Redstone’s first entrance into a male gym changing room at the age of 33.
A Vancouver Guldasta (Oct 2-21, 2018)
This story focuses on a Punjabi family in Vancouver in the early 1980s as they navigate through the experience of trauma and violence occurring in Punjab, and their daughter’s complicated friendship with a Vietnamese refugee teen who lives in their basement.
A Brief History of Human Extinction (Oct 10-20)
Combining puppetry and live action, this comic sci-fi thriller invites audiences on the last adventure anyone will ever have.
The Ones We Leave Behind (Oct 24-Nov 3, 2018)
From the writer of Dirty Old Woman, comes a new play about the redemptive power of human connection.
Backbone (Oct 30-Nov 4, 2018)
From the company that brought us 2015’s A Simple Space, Backbone literally tosses around the perception of what strength is, where it comes from, and how it is measured.
The Believers Are But Brothers (Oct 30-Nov 10, 2018)
This one-man show explores the smoke and mirrors world of online extremism, anonymity and hate speech.
SmallWaR (Nov 6-16, 2018)
A reflection on the trauma and the repetitiveness of war, concentrating on the deadlock instead of the action.
Three Winters (Nov 7-17, 2018)
During WWII, Canadian airmen were captured and held in camps throughout Europe. To stay alive, the soldiers were constantly trying to escape, stay warm, and create theatre; performing the play scripts they were sent by the Red Cross.
This Duet That We’ve Already Done (so many times) (Nov 27-Dec 1, 2018)
Dancer and choreographer Frédérick Gravel returns with an examination of the poetry of everyday life.
East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz (Nov 28, 2018-Jan 6, 2019)
Pursued by the dastardly Wicked Witch of the West Side, Dorothy joins her friends Non-Binary-Tin-Object, the cowardly BC Lion and somewhat spaced-out Scarecrow on a journey to the Emerald City, aka Olympic Village, in search of heart, brains and courage.
Little Dickens (Dec 4-22, 2018)
The cast of The Daisy Theatre take on the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, in this adults-only holiday show, combining puppetry, songs, and improvisation.
Mrs. Krishnan’s Party (Jan 15-Feb 3, 2019)
A celebration of the harvest festival, Onam, puts the audiences at the centre of the festivities.
Dakh Daughters (Jan 15-19, 2019)
Seven actresses take musical instruments into their hands to create a life-affirming performance about love, freedom and beauty.
Power Ballad (Jan 22-26, 2019)
An angry, feminist, live art investigation of language and its sometimes-hidden ideologies.
This is the Point (Jan 29-Feb 2, 2019)
A portrait of four individuals whose lives have been shaped, in part, by cerebral palsy.
Much Ado About Nothing (Feb 5-16, 2019)
Featuring an all-female identifying cast, Classic Chic Productions promises an evening of Shakespeare unlike anything you’ve experienced before.
Children of God (Feb 20-Mar 10, 2019)
Corey Payette’s musical about residential schools returns following its national tour.
Hot Brown Honey (Mar 15-30, 2019)
The beehive returns as burlesque, circus, dance, beatboxing, and hip-hop are layered with the politics of gender, race and colonialism.
Multiple Organism (Mar 19-30, 2019)
This surrealist comedy for adults (18+), uses the body as a projection surface, plus colourful shadow puppetry projections, and an original musical soundtrack.
New Cackle Sisters: Kitchen Chicken (Apr 2-6, 2019)
A musical and culinary mash-up, the songs of the 1930s yodel queens The Cackle Sisters are combined with the preparation of a meal.
Act of Faith (Apr 11-20, 2019)
A multi-disciplinary world premiere, this new play explores the mystery of faith-based healing, and the consequences of life-changing transformation.
Nassim (May 7-19, 2019)
Each night a different performer joins the playwright on stage, while the script waits unseen in a sealed box.