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2010 - 2011

Productions
at the
JERICHO ARTS CENTRE
Sept 3 - 26, 2010
Preview: Sept 2 ($8.00) Opening: Sept 3
Talkback: Sept 9

Canadian Première
THE POWER OF YES
by David Hare
Capitalism works when greed and fear are in the correct balance. This time they got out of balance.  Too much greed, not enough fear.
On 15 September 2008, capitalism came to a grinding halt.  As sub-prime mortgages and toxic securities continued to dominate the headlines well into 2009, the National Theatre asked David Hare to write an urgent and immediate work that sought to find out what had happened and why.
"If you want to understand the financial crises you should go to the theatre" - [Independent]

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
September 29 - October 2 (Tue - Sat)
THE FRINGE AT JAC
A selection from the best of this year's Vancouver Fringe Festival. There will be two different performances each day, with up to 5 companies participating with a minimum two performances each over the week. 
Wednesday, Sept 29
7pm: The Bike Trip
9pm: Wanderlust

Thursday, Sept 30
7pm: Framed
9pm: Oh The Humanity!
Friday, Oct 1
7pm: The Exquisite Hour
9pm: Framed

Saturday, Oct 2
7pm: Oh the Humanity!
9pm: The Exquisite Hour

VANCOUVER FRINGE FESTIVAL
October 8 - 30
SWEENEY TODD
by Stephen Sondheim & Hugh Wheeler
directed by Ryan Mooney
A Chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece of murderous barber-ism and culinary crime tells the infamous tale of the unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. His thirst for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers, and the resourceful proprietress of the pie shop downstairs soon has the people of London lining up in droves with her mysterious new meat pie recipe!

FIGHTING CHANCE PRODUCTIONS
Nov 12 Dec 5
Preview: Nov 11 ($8.00) Opening: Nov 12
Talkback: Nov 18

MRS KLEIN
by Nicholas Wright
In 1934, the son of Britain's most admired psychoanalyst, Melanie Klein, was reported killed in a climbing accident.  There were no witnesses.  Nicholas Wright's play shows the effect of this shattering and unexpected death on Mrs. Klein, on her daughter and on her new assistant Paula, a young refugee from Hitler's Berlin.  Mr. Wright's haunting and poignant study of mother-daughter relationships played at the Almeida Theatre, London, in 2009.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
Dec 16 - Dec 19
CHRISTMAS NUTS (Third Time Lucky)
Surprise personalities and talented performers present a variety of comedy, music and dance in an evening of fun. Cabaret-style entertainment with drinks and food.

THE COMEDY COMPANY
2011
Jan 21 - Feb 13, 2011
Preview: Jan 20 ($8.00) Opening: Jan 21
Talkback: Jan 27

WASTE
by Harley Granville Barker
-A scandal half-sifted is worse than a scandal.-  One is at everybody's mercy.
Waste is a rich portrait of early 20th century society which, in dramatizing the hypocrisy, sexual scandals and ruthless power machinations of the time, is as powerfully relevant today as when it was first written in 1909.  Controversially banned by the Lord Chamberlain when first presented at the Imperial Theatre, Waste had its first full public performance 29 years later at the Westminster.  It was revived at the Almeida Theatre London, September 2008.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
Feb 18 - Mar 6
THE PILLOWMAN
by Martin McDonagh


Martin McDonagh's searing play is set in an unnamed totalitarian dictatorship. Two policemen take a writer into custody - his crime: He writes stories that bear an uncanny similarity to a series of brutal, real-life killings. As the interrogation delves ever deeper, some shocking truths are revealed and the importance of 'The Story' as a concept takes centre-stage.

The Pillowman is an exceptionally funny black comedy. In McDonagh's Kafkaesque world, random cruelty flourishes, as does the sense that fiction has a purpose which life lacks. With his sharp insights into character, the nature of human suffering, and the juxtaposition of horror and absurdity, McDonagh has produced an engrossing theatrical spectacle.

WILD GEESE EQUITY CO-OP
Apr 1 - 24
Preview: Mar 31 ($8.00) Opening: Apr 1
Talkback: Apr 7

ROSMERSHOLM
by Henrik Ibsen, a new version by Mike Poulton

Believed by many to be Ibsen's dramatic masterpiece, Rosmersholm presents a portrait of idealism and democracy floundering in a society of conservatism and opportunism.  Johannes Rosmer has resigned as parish priest following the death of his wife.  But his increasingly liberal ideas make him an object of suspicion to the local worthies who also disapprove of the presence in his house of a much younger woman. 
 
UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
Apr 5 - 20

SPRING FORWARD!
by Joan Bryans - adaption from many authors

Homage to spring and to the joys/frustrations/silliness/loneliness/wanderlust and stirrings of romance that it brings out in us.  It uses the writings of poets, essayists, lyricists, dramatists, and comedians and sages from all ages.  Music by Pat Unruh..

VITAL SPARK THEATRE
Jun 3 - 26
Preview: Jun 2 ($8.00) Opening: Jun 2
Talkback: Jun 9

Western Canadian Première
OUR CLASS
by Tadeusz Slobodzianek, English version by Ryan Craig

Polish playwright Tadeusz Slobodzianek confronts his country's involvement in the atrocities of the last century and follows the one-time classmates amidst the weddings, parades, births, deaths, emigrations and reconciliations into the next.  This is Poland, 1925.  A group of schoolchildren, Jewish and Catholic, declare their ambitions but as the children grow up their country is torn apart.  Internal grievances deepen as fervent nationalism develops.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
June 6- 22
THE REPUTATION OF LADY MARY
by Charles Siegel
This is a chance to meet Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Flamboyant, talented, and controversial, she was an important figure in the history of English letters. Much of the play is assembled from material written in the 18th Century by Lady Mary and her friends Horace Walpole, Lord Hervey and, especially, Alexander Pope

THE LADY MARY CO-OP

June 19 - July 30

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (abridged) (revised)
Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess WInfield
This is revised version of the smash hit comedy that dazzled Vancouver ten years ago is back with a new cast but directed by the star of the original local production David C. Jones. Three desperate and clueless men try to do all 37 of Shakespeare's plays in 97 minutes! Othello is a rap, Titus is a cooking show and Hamlet is done backwards.

BOB LOBLAW QAS and BENT PRODUCTIONS