Western Gold Theatre, Vancouver’s senior professional company, will present a season of three shows as part of its newly minted Studio Series.
Directed by Western Gold’s Artistic Director Anna Hagen, the series begins with J.B. Priestly’s Laburnum Grove (Mar 20-22). First staged in 1933, the play saw a 131 performance run on Broadway in 1935 before being adapted for the screen in 1936. George Radfern, a decent and respectable citizen spends much time in his greenhouse, but when his in-laws and his daughter’s obnoxious fiance try to coax more money from him, George makes an unlikely confession. A neglected early comedy from one of Britain’s greatest dramatists, this immorally comic story of money, family, and criminality is designed to put a smile on your face.
Next up is Western Gold’s first original script, Comfort Cottages (Jun 19-21), by two residents of Vancouver’s Performing Arts Lodge, Jane Clayton and Judy Ginn Walchuk. Comfort Cottages tells the story of four single, female friends of retirement age who are unsettled financially and emotionally. When one of them inherits a forty-year-old motel from her black sheep Aunt, it might solve their problems. There is, however, a tiny catch.
In October Western Gold presents a full production of A. E. Gurney’s The Dining Room (Oct 22-Nov 8), directed by Jessie Award winner Chelsea Haberlin. An eloquent comedy of manners, it is set in a single dining room where 18 scenes from different households overlap and intertwine as six actors play 50 different characters.
For more information on the Western Gold season visit http://westerngoldtheatre.org.