Gentrification, immigration, and environmentalism are among the issues Théâtre la Seizième, Vancouver’s professional French theatre company, will confront in its 2017/2018 season.
“We are living in an age marked by profound changes and it is good, sometimes, to sit together and take stock of what is taking place around us. This is precisely what this season’s plays are offering, intelligently and with creativity,” says Théâtre la Seizième’s artistic and managing director Esther Duquette in a media release.
While the plays are presented in French, Théâtre la Seizième also presents its shows with English surtitles during Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday performances.
The season gets underway with Guillaume Corbeil’s Unité Modèle (Showroom) (Oct 17-28). Described as an unsettling and reality-bending look at gentrification, it seems very timely given our city’s crazy housing market.
In November, audiences will take a guided tour of a journalist’s memories of her native Congo in Bibish de Kinshasa (Nov 28-Dec 2). Part storytelling, part talk show and part informal meal, Marie-Louise Bibish Mumbu explores the tainted relationship between the West and Africa.
Pourquoi tu pleures…? (Feb 16-17) marks the return of Christian Bégin and the company Les Éternels Pigistes to Vancouver with Bégin’s comic tale of heritance and family secrets.
Closing out the season is Duncan MacMillan’s Des Arbres (May 8-12). Adapted from the award-winning British play Lungs, it may start in an Ikea store but ends with some serious (and funny) questions about bringing a child into a world currently filled with uncertainties.
In addition to its four mainstage shows, Théâtre la Seizième will continue its theatre for young audiences program with two touring school productions.
Visit http://seiziema.ca for tickets and more information on the company’s 2017/2018 season.