2015 - 2016 2016 - 2017 2017 -2018

2016 - 2017 Productions
at the
JERICHO ARTS CENTRE

2016
Sept 2 – 25

THE BEAUX' STRATAGEM
by George Farquhar
George Farquhar’s glorious Restoration comedy follows Mr. Aimwell and Mr. Archer – the charming ‘beaux’ – as they arrive in provincial Lichfield after blowing their fortunes in giddy London. Their 'stratagem' is to marry for money. Lodged at the local inn, they encounter a teeming variety of human obstacles: a crooked landlord, a fearsome highwayman, a French Count, a maid on the make, a drunken husband, a furious butler, a natural healer, and a strange priest. But their greatest obstacle is love. When the beaux meet their match in Dorinda and Mrs Sullen they are most at risk, for in love they might be truly discovered.


UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER

Oct 6 - 22

FLARE PATH
by Terrence Rattigan

"An epic wartime romance thatís right on target."
From the artists of A Doll's House, The Slamming Door Artist Collective proudly presents Rattigan's wartime masterpiece FLARE PATH.
Set in 1942 against a backdrop of heartache and quiet bravery, FLARE PATH paints an evocative portrait of life in wartime Britain for the RAF bomber crews, waiting for their next mission, and their wives and sweethearts, who are left awaiting their return. Written with Rattigan's characteristic flair for understatement, FLARE PATH is a deeply moving portrait of people at war.

THE SLAMMING DOOR ARTIST COLLECTIVE

Nov 4 – 27

GHOSTS
by Henrik Ibsen
Helene Alving has spent her life suspended in an emotional void after the death of her cruel but outwardly charming husband. She is determined to escape the ghosts of her past by telling her son, Oswald, the truth about his father. But on his return from his life as a painter in France, Oswald reveals how he has already inherited the legacy of Alving's dissolute life.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
Dec 7 - 17

JACOB MARLEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Tom Mula and featuring David C. Jones
A journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge's heart, indeed, is opened; but not before Marley - in this irreverent, funny and deeply moving story - discovers his own. An inspired and moving story that makes all that old stuff about ghosts and graves seem both immediate and revelatory...a splendid and invigorating evening.

THEATRE OBSCURA
Dec 26 - Jan 7

AN INSPECTOR CALLS
by J.B. Priestley

An Inspector Calls is a play that revolves around the apparent suicide of a young woman called Eva Smith. In the play, the unsuspecting Birling family are visited by the mysterious Inspector Goole. He arrives just as they are celebrating the engagement of Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft, as perfect a family as the Titanic was an ocean liner.

THE ACTORS COLLECTIVE
2017
Jan 24 – Feb 16

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
Music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine
Inspired by George Seurat’s magnificent painting, ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,’ Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s soaring musical is itself an artistic masterpiece. The musical begins with the story of George and his model and lover Dot. As George struggles to find his artistic voice, he becomes more and more distant from the one woman who truly sees him for who he really is. Meanwhile, the characters that inhabit George’s painting have lives unto themselves, which George captures with his paintbrush. Through melodic and heartbreaking music, poetic lyrics, and quick, jaunty wit, Sunday in the Park with George reveals universal truths about the nature of art, love, and passion, with the breadth and depth of art’s most enduring masterpieces.

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All performances materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 www.MTIShows.com.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
FEB 13 - MAR 13

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS GOT HER HEAD CHOPPED OFF
by Liz Lochhead
The familiar tale of the enmity between Elizabeth 1st of England and Mary Queen of Scots is retold with ferocious iconoclasm and boundless wit by Scotland's most popular and contemporary playwright.

VITAL SPARK THEATRE
Mar 24 – Apr 16

THE TRAIN DRIVER
by Athol Fugard
Roelf, a train driver, has spent weeks searching for the identities of a mother and child he unintentionally killed with his train on the track between Philippi and Nyanga on South Africa’s Cape Flats. After a fruitless journey through shanty towns, he encounters an old gravedigger named Simon who helps the desperate man unburden his conscience. Based on a true story, Athol Fugard’s beautiful and haunting The Train Driver is a soulful exploration of guilt, suffering, redemption, and the powerful bonds that grow between strangers. “Brave, confrontational and tender... Essential theatre viewing.” Sunday Times, South Africa.


UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
APRIL 17 - MAY 20

END OF THE RAINBOW

by Peter Quiller
It is 1968 and Judy Garland, the once-glittering star, is in London to make her explosive comeback.  But off stage, Judy is battling with her young new fiance, her devoted accompanist, and her destructive reliance on drugs and alcohol. End of the RAINBOW is a play with music filled with Garland’s legendary tenacity, razor-sharp wit and once-in-a generation voice. This musical features Garland’s most memorable songs: “The Man that Got Away”, “Come Rain or Come Shine”, “The Trolley Song” and of course “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. Starring Janet Gigliotti as Judy Garland.

ACE PRODUCTIONS EQUITY COLLECTIVE
June 2 – June 25

THE GAME OF LOVE AND CHANCE
by Pierre de Marivaux
Adapted & translated by Nicolas Billon
As this delightful 18th century rom-com opens, a young woman prepares to meet her betrothed, whom she does not know. In order to get a better idea of the type of person she’s marrying, she dons a disguise and trades places with her servant. Unbeknownst to her, her fiancé has had the same idea, and traded places with his valet! Joyous and charming, Marivaux’s witty play pits the two false servants against the two false masters in a high-stakes game of love and chance.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY'S SUMMER FESTIVAL

July 13 - August 18
Three plays in repertory

IN THE NEXT ROOM Opening: July 13
by Sarah Ruhl
Set in the late 1800s, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) is a provocative, touching and marvelously entertaining story. Dr. Givings harnesses the powers of the modern electrical age, providing a unique cure for relieving female "hysteria"; a device that provides women with a certain something missing from their lives. Nominated for 3 Tony Awards, Sarah Ruhl's acclaimed play is as satisfying as it is emotionally charged.


A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY Opening: July 14
by John Irving
Adapted from John Irving's bestselling novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany is a sweeping saga of friendship, destiny and the miracle of faith. Set against the backdrop of societal upheaval in America during the 1960s, this engaging, heartwarming story recounts the unbreakable bond between John and Owen. In Simon Bent's stage adaptation, A Prayer for Owen Meany becomes an extraordinary and unforgettable event.


MASTER CLASS Opening: July 15
by David Pownell
This blistering play by David Pownall is set in an anteroom in the Kremlin in 1948 during the Soviet Musicians' Union Conference. Stalin and Zhadanov, preparing to enforce their new policy for the Arts, summon Prokofiev and Shostakovich, two leading Russian composers, to discuss how their music should best serve the Soviet state. The discussion becomes personal, tempers rise, as do the stakes, with vast and far-reaching implications for artists and indeed citizens of oppressive regimes everywhere.