1Children of God

Children of God. Photo by Emily Cooper.

The Cultch presents the world premiere of Children of God (May 17-Jun 3). Inspired by First Nations music and combined with echoes of Broadway, Oji-Cree theatre maker Corey Payette’s powerful new musical explores Canada’s residential schools.

2Expressions Theatre Festival

Expressions Theatre Festival. Photo by Paul Moniz de Sa.

Arts Umbrella presents Expressions Theatre Festival (May 18-25). This annual celebration of burgeoning talent introduces Vancouver to the next generation of theatre artists as students aged 13 to 19 perform in a lineup of theatre favourites and new works.

3Outside Mullingar

Outside Mulligar. Photo by Matt Reznek.

Pacific Theatre closes out its season with playwright John Patrick Shanley’s latest work, Outside Mullingar (May 19-Jun 10). Set in rural Ireland, this quirky black comedy is a tenderhearted reminder it’s never too late to take a chance on love.