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2015 - 2016

Productions
at the
JERICHO ARTS CENTRE
2015
Sept 4 – 27

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
by Robert Bolt
The focus is on the battle of principles between Sir Thomas More, Lord Chancellor of England, and King Henry VIII. Henry wishes to divorce his wife, Catherine of Aragon, so that he may marry Anne Boleyn. More understands that, from the standpoint of the Catholic Church, the king’s desire is heresy – but Henry wishes that More break with Rome, and publicly approve his latest marriage.


UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER

Oct 8 - 24

A DOLL’S HOUSE
by Henrik Ibsen

Nora Helmer once secretly borrowed a large sum of money to save her husband from a serious illness. Now she is being blackmailed and lives in fear of the shame her secret would cause to her husband and his career. But when the truth comes out, Nora is shocked to learn where she really stands in her husband’s esteem.

THE SLAMMING DOOR ARTIST COLLECTIVE

Nov 6 – Dec29

PEOPLE
by Alan Bennett
Meet Dorothy Stacpoole, impoverished aristocrat and owner of a decaying stately home, desperate to raise some cash to keep things going. “A grand evening! It distils every ambivalent Bennettian preoccupation: authenticity, history, populism, nostalgia, camp, class, Yorkshire, Anglicanism, apologetic smut, unlived lives, batty old ladies, porn, chamber pots, the Thatcher legacy..... It is wonderfully funny too!” Libby Purvis, The Times. We couldn’t say it better!

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER

Dec 8 - Jan 2

EBENEZER: A Christmas Ghost Story
Created by Daniel Doerksen and David Newham from Charles Dicken’s novel
From the producers of last season’s Mozart & Salieri and Beggar’s Opera comes a dark and twisted new version of one of the world’s best known Christmas classics. Ebenezer brings Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol rocketing to the 21st century with an entertaining new musical score and a vividly re-imagined story that celebrates the grim and macabre aspects of the original novel.

SEVEN TYRANTS
2016
Jan 24 – Feb 16

COMPANY
Music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Meet Bobby, a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. Wildly inventive, the story is told in vignettes, linked by a celebration for Bobby’s 35th birthday. Songs include Another Hundred People, Marry Me a Little, Getting Married Today and Being Alive.


UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
FEB 18 - MAR 12

CATS
Lyrics by T.S. Eliot, Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe
Currently enjoying a new life in London’s West End and headed to Broadway once again, Cats truly does prove that it is Now and Forever. Based on the poetry of T.S. Eliot, Cats tells the story of the annual gathering of Jellicle Cats, at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer. A true musical theatre phenomenon, Cats previously ran in London’s West End for 21 years and on Broadway for just over 18 years.

FIGHTING CHANCE PRODUCTIONS
Mar 25 – Apr 17

THE INSPECTOR GENERAL
by Nikolai Gogol
The corrupt officials of a small Russian town react with terror to the news that an incognito inspector will soon be arriving to investigate them. The flurry of activity to cover up their considerable misdeeds is interrupted by the report that a suspicious person is staying at the inn. That person, however, is not an inspector; it is Khlestakov, a civil servant with a wild imagination.


UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
APRIL 26 - MAY 14

World Première
FACING EAST
Book by Mark Eugene Garcia
A Co-Production between Fighting Chance Productions and Nathan Gardner in association with Sean Bryan, Deborah Barrigan and Danny Brooke, Facing East follows an upstanding Mormon couple faced with the suicide of their gay son. When they unexpectedly meet their son’s partner they must face a reality long ignored, and reconcile feelings with beliefs.

FIGHTING CHANCE PRODUCTIONS

MAY 17 - 21

Canadian Première

VIRGINS: a musical threesome
Music by Matthew Frank. Book and Lyrics by Dean Bryant
Virgins is a collection of three one-act musicals. In The Virgin Wars we meet socially conscious teen Tracy who, along with her four friends, travels the county dispersing information about celibacy, abstinence and how to avoid the dreaded STD. In The Girl on the Screen a female journalist is asked to write an article about the women who work on internet porn sites. What she finds is not only shocking, but hilarious. In the final act, Jumpin’ the Q is an American Idol-style reality show in which the contestants are seeking the ultimate prize: a green card.

FIGHTING CHANCE PRODUCTIONS

June 3 – June 26

THE LION IN WINTER
by James Goldman
King Henry II imprisons his wife Eleanor in the tower because of her frequent attempts to overthrow him. With Eleanor out of the way, he can savour his dalliances with his young mistress. But Eleanor is not to be trifled with. Working through her sons, she plots the king’s demise and the rise of her second and preferred son, Richard, to the throne. Engrossing and thrilling, this epic drama shows us that the bonds of family are weak indeed when ultimate power is at stake.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY'S SUMMER FESTIVAL


July 14 - August 20
Three plays in repertory

BETRAYAL Opening: July 14
by Harold Pinter

Lies and half-lies. Universes left unspoken. Civilized deceptions. Playwright Harold Pinter strips away all artifice. Betrayal shows, heartlessly, that our very capacity for love itself is often based on betraying loved ones, and even ourselves. A riveting story proceeding throughout the interlocking love and lives of three friends; Robert and Emma, who are husband and wife, and Jerry, Robert’s best friend since their college days.

THE COUNTRY WIFE Opening: July 15
by Willliam Wycherly

Bawdy. Hilarious. Subversive. No one is spared Wycherly’s satirical pen: certainly not the humourless, the jealous and the adulterous. The Country Wife has provoked powerfully mixed reactions - over the years it has been declared “the most licentious play in the English language”. Modern productions herald it a Restoration masterpiece.


THE ROMANS IN BRITAIN Opening: July 16
by Howard Brenton

Strong language. Tart language. Moral questioning. Julius Caesar’s Roman invasion of Celtic Britain is contrasted with the Saxon invasion of Roman-Celtic Britain, and finally Britain’s involvement in Northern Ireland during the Troubles of the late twentieth century.