All shows are at 8pm, unless otherwise indicated

SEASON 2018 - 2019

2018

September 7 - 30

Preview: September 6 ($14.00) Opening: September 7 (Thu - Sun: 8pm)
Talkback: September 13
Matinées: September 16, 23, 30

THE LIFE OF GALILEO
by Bertolt Brecht, translated by David Hare

Galileo, the scientist, is in conflict with the church over his insistence that the earth revolves around the sun. His story is an archetypal story of heroism, of adherence to facts in the face of propaganda and prejudice. David Hare gives a sharp new adaptation of the Brecht masterpiece.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
November 9 - December 2

Preview: November 8 ($14.00) Opening November 9
(Thu - Sun: 8pm)
Talkback: November 15
Matinées: November 18 & 25, December 2

THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN
by Aeschylus
Refugee women arrive in Greece, fleeing their homeland and the threat of unwanted marriage. Will they be welcomed, or sent back to Egypt? To whose laws are they subject? Can even the gods offer hope? Aeschylus’ tragedy from 463 BC looks to find meaning in forced migration, and asks what our obligation is to those fleeing sexual violence and seeking some sense of security. This is not a play about individuals. It is about masses of people crossing borders in desperation, and not always being accepted when they arrive. 

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
December 6 - 16

Previews: December 5 ($20) Opening: December 6 (Tues - Sun: 8pm)
Matinés: December 8, 15 & 16

SHAKESPEARE'S CURSE
by Vian Andrews

On pain of disinheritance by their dying father, Lord Codpiece, the world's greatest thespian, a failed actor and his slutty sister must steal Shakespeare's skull from his tomb. They succeed with the help of Cockney thieves Bruta and Bella Figura, but For their insolence, Yorick and Rosalind incur the dire consequences of Shakespeare's curse on anyone who disturbs his bones, beginning with their flight from London to the New World to avoid arrest at the hands of Scotland Yard's Detective Goodstuff.

FOLLOW SPOT PRODUCTIONS
January 25 – February 17

Preview: January 24 ($14.00) Opening January 25
(Thu - Sun: 8pm)
Talkback: January 31
Matinées: February 3, 10 & 17

GOODNIGHT DESDEMONA (GOOD MORNING JULIET)

by Anne-Marie MacDonald.
A young English literature professor from Queen's University believes that Othello and Romeo and Juliet, were intended as comedies. She fantasizes a journey into her unconscious mind, and finds herself lost in the two Shakespearian tragedies. With the help of Desdemona and Juliet she seeks the lost wise fool, and the truth of herself. MacDonald received the Governor General's Award, the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award and the Canadian Authors Association Award for the play.

2019

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
February 22 - March 16

Preview: February 21 ($14) Opening February 22 (Thu - Sat: 8pm)
Talkback: February 28
Matinées: Sunday Feb 24, March 3, 10 at 2pm, Saturday March 16 at 2pm


CHANGED UTTERLY
a theatre verbatim play by Joan Bryans
Who is this, founding member of the citizen army, gun in hand fighting for Ireland in the Easter Rebellion? Who is this woman stirring the pot to feed the strikers of the great 1913 lockout? Who is she who becomes the first female British member of parliament, the first woman cabinet minister in Europe? Constance Markievicz. Remember her name.

After the success of Rebel Women, Joan Bryans is back with another theatre verbatim play about a formidable woman battling enormous odds to victory.


VITAL SPARK THEATRE
March 29 – April 21

Preview: March 28 ($14.00) Opening March 29
(Thu - Sun: 8pm)
Talkback: April 4
Matinées: April 7, 14, 21

CHIMERICA
by Lucy Kirkwood
In Chimerica playwright Lucy Kirkwood highlights the sharp differences and similarities between two superpowers in this thriller about an American photojournalist who is seeking the lone protester at Tiananmen Square and a Chinese dissident who pays a heavy price for inciting unrest. This is a play about the new China and our relationship to it. The issues feel new, local, international, and urgent.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
May 2 - 25

Previews: April 30 & May 1 Opening May 2 (Tues-Sat: 8pm)
Mainées: Sat & Sun at 2pm
PayWhatYouCan: Tuesdays

THE SEA
by Edward Bond
1907.  A tempest.  A drowned man.  In a small seaside village, two young lovers try to make sense of the chaos in a most often irrational society, occupied by eccentric characters which include a drunk coastguard, stark raving mad draper, and highly demanding grande dame.

Multi-Jessie Richardson Award nominated, The Slamming Door Collective presents Edward Bond’s comedy, The Sea.  Following acclaimed productions at the JAC of A Doll’s House and Flare Path, The Sea features lead Producers Genevieve Fleming (playing Mrs. Rafi) and Tamara McCarthy (Director).  Several Slamming Door Cast and Designer favourites return!

First produced in 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre in London, The Sea is a perfect storm of class collision, biting social satire, and poetic tragedy. 

SLAMMING DOOR COLLECTIVE
June 7 - 30

Preview: June 6 ($14.00) Opening June 7 (Thu - Sun: 8pm)
Talkback: June 13
Matinées: June 16, 23 & 30

JERUSALEM
by Jez Butterworth
Johnny “Rooster” Byron a gypsy squatter, a wanted man, a folk
hero to some and a villain to others. The authorities want to evict him. His son wants his dad to take him to the fair. A motley crew of mates want his ample supply of drugs. Johnny is a giant from a bygone age, a Green Man from England’s past, and a larger-than-life character who has captivated audiences in London and New York – and who now comes for the first time to Vancouver.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER

2019 SUMMER FESTIVAL

Three plays in Repertory

July - August

ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY