The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Lapin Blanc, Lapin Rouge (White Rabbit, Red Rabbit) & Lost Words: Political Edition
The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Lapin Blanc, Lapin Rouge (White Rabbit, Red Rabbit) & Lost Words: Political Edition

This week we take a trip to both New York and Iran, and explore the nature of politics and theatre.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]Vancouver’s Haberdashery Theatre Company’s production of The Motherf**ker with the Hat (until Jan 30) is an impressive start for this brand new company. A first-rate cast brings Stephen Adly Guirgis’ gritty urban drama to life, transcending its raw exploration of the effects of addiction on love and friendship.

Stephen Lobo and Francisco Trujillo in the Haberdashery Theatre Company production of The Motherf**ker With the Hat. Photo by Emily Cooper.
Stephen Lobo and Francisco Trujillo in the Haberdashery Theatre Company production of The Motherf**ker With the Hat. Photo by Emily Cooper.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]Theatre la Seizieme, Vancouver’s professional French theatre company, presents Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s Lapin Blanc, Lapin Rouge (White Rabbit, Red Rabbit) (Jan 26-30) in which a new actor will read the script for the first time each night. Given fourteen precise instructions, but never having seen the text, each actor tells Soleimanpour’s story.

Lapin Blanc, Lapin Rouge (White Rabbit, Red Rabbit)
Theatre la Seizieme presents Lapin Blanc, Lapin Rouge (White Rabbit, Red Rabbit).

[dropcap]3[/dropcap] Exploring what makes a play so controversial that authorities ban it from the stage, the Political Edition (Jan 26) of Pi Theatre’s Lost Word series delves into the a world where a song about a Prime Minister can become the subject of an investigation.

Lost Words: Politics Edition
Pi Theatre’s Lost Words series features the exploration of scripts that were vilified for their content.