In the wake of the current global pandemic, Zee Zee Theatre and The Frank Theatre ended the run of their production of Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women early. The documentary theatre piece was originally scheduled for performances at the Firehall Arts Centre until March 21.
But while it is yet another hit to the local arts community, the two independent theatre companies are turning it into an opportunity by streaming a pre-recorded performance of the show through the Zee Zee Theatre website on Saturday, March 21 at 8:00 pm.
With the show opening in preview on the same day that the B.C. Ministry of Health instituted a 250-person limit to gatherings, it escalated to the most recent directive to limit gatherings to just 50 people.
“The show happened with the worse timing,” says the show’s director, and Zee Zee Theatre’s managing artistic director, Cameron Mackenzie. “I was also feeling a bit irresponsible, so we made the right decision to cancel the remaining performances.”
The broadcast on March 21 will come from a performance by the Trans Scripts cast recorded on March 17. “The cast is excited to be able to do it one last time,” says Mackenzie.
Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women showcases seven female voices that weave a range of life experiences together into a melted mosaic of trans women’s lives. Bleeding together yet remaining distinct, it is a powerful ode to the pain, joy, and humility of knowing oneself. – Vancouver Presents theatre critic Chelsey Stuyt in her recent review of Trans Scripts.
Securing the performance rights for broadcast has been facilitated through discussions with playwright Paul Lucas. “Paul wasn’t able to come out to see the show and was hoping we would be able to provide him with an archival copy so he has been very supportive of what we are trying to do,” says Mackenzie.
Originally conceived as a way to incentivize ticket holders to not ask for a refund, Mackenzie said with so many others asking to see Trans Scripts, including the playwright, the decision was made to open it up further.
The pre-recorded performance will be streamed on the Zee Zee Theatre website. Audiences who already purchased a ticket to the live performance at the Firehall Arts Centre can email [email protected] for a password to log-in and view the work. Others will be able to donate to the production via the website before the broadcast to gain access.
“It has been an exercise in determination,” says Mackenzie. “We are excited to be able to perform this amazing show one more time.”