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2017 - 2018 Productions
at the
JERICHO ARTS CENTRE


2017

September 1 - 24
Preview: August 31 ($12) Opening September 1
Talkback: September 7
Matinées: September 10, 17 & 24

MR. FOOTE'S OTHER LEG
by Ian Kelly

In Georgian London, no one is more famous than Samuel Foote. Satirist, impressionist and dangerous comedian, he has become a star in the earliest days of celebrity culture. Adoredby many, despised by some, Foote finds himself at the sharp end of attacks from the press – and a surgeon’s knife. And in an age obsessed with fame, his colleagues from the worlds of science and the stage – from Benjamin Franklin to David Garrick – begin to wonder: does fame make you mad? Ian Kelly’s riotously funny play, based on his award-winning biography of Foote, explores our obsession with celebrities, and their rise and fall, through the true story of the Oscar Wilde of the 18th century.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
November 3 - 26
Preview: November 2 ($12.00) Opening: November 3
Talkback: November 9
Matinées: November 12, 19, & 26

TAKEN AT MIDNIGHT
by Mark Hayhurst

Germany, 1931. Lawyer Hans Litten is famed for the brilliance with which he defends opponents of the Nazi movement. When he calls Adolf Hitler as the star witness in the trial of a band of murderous Nazi paramilitaries, the politician feels the full force of Litten's intellect, wit and courage. Two years later, Hans is arrested, held without trial, and tortured, leaving his indomitable mother to confront his captors at enormous personal risk. Taken At Midnight examinesthe life of the celebrated lawyer, his cross-examination of Hitler in court in1931, and his courageous mother's attempts to secure his release after his arrest by the Nazis in 1933.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
2018

January 19 - February 11
Preview: January 18 ($18.00) Opening: January 19
Talkback: January 25
Matinées: January 28, February 4 & 11

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by George Furth

Stephen Sondheim and George Furth turn the traditional showbiz musical on its head in this thrilling and compelling Broadway fable about friendship, compromise, and the high priceof success. Merrily We Roll Along begins in the present and moves backwards, tracing the lives of wealthy, jaded composer Franklin Shepard and his two friends through each milestone (good and bad) of their personal and professional lives. With a brilliant Broadway-style score and the crackling wit, humour, and deep insight one expects from any Sondheim endeavor, Merrily We Roll Along is a spirited and moving cautionary tale for anyone who has ever pursued a dream.

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
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

February 16 - March 10

TEACHERS
by Barbara Ellison

It is 1990. But while the world is changing, a high school Social Studies department is moribund - that is, until a student teacher arrives. Burdened with debt and desperate for a job, Jo Kolnitsky must negotiate the snakepit, but at a terrible cost.

OPEN HEART THEATRE
March 23 - April 15
Preview: March 22 ($12.00) Opening: March 23
Talkback: March 29
Matinés: April 1, 8 15

ENRON
by Lucy Prebble
Enron follows the astounding rise and fall of the Enron corporation. The Texas-based energy company ascended to great heights (and a staggering stock price) before declaring bankruptcy in 2001 amid one ofthe largest financial scandals in history, having deceived its 20,000 employees, Wall Street, and the general public. Mixing classical tragedy with savage comedy, Lucy Prebble’s 2009 play follows a group of flawed men and women –including Enron’s president, Jeffrey Skilling – in a narrative of greed and loss that reviews the tumultuous 1990s and casts a new light on the financial turmoil of the last decade. Enron is a fascinating and entertaining theatrical deep-dive into a scandal for the ages.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
April 27 - May 19 (Wed - Sat)
Matinées: Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm

THE CHERRY ORCHARD
by Anton Chekhov

Under the direction of William B. Davis, The Smoking Gun Collective (who brought you An Inspector Calls last season) will present the last play by Anton Chekhov. They are thrilled to bring you this play, considered one of the masterpieces of the twentieth century.


THE SMOKING GUN COLLECTIVE
June 1 - 24
PREVIEW: May 31 ($12.00) Opening : June 1
Talkback: June 7
Matinés: June 10, 17, 24

NELL GWYNN
by Jessica Swale
It is 1660. The Puritans have run away with their drab grey tails between their legs. Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, French and sexy. And at Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is selling oranges for sixpence. Little does she know who’s watching… Nell Gwynn charts the rise of an unlikely heroine, from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain’s most celebrated actress, and her hard-won place in the heart of the king. But at a time when women are second-class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the court? Playwright Jessica Swale serves up a vibrant take on life in the theatre in the 17th century.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
SUMMER FESTIVAL
Three plays in Repertory

July 12 - August 18

Opening July 12
THE DARK ROAD by Ian Rankin & Mark Thomson

It’s been 25 years since Alfred Chalmers was convicted of the gruesome murder of four young women in Edinburgh. Isobel McArthur, Scotland’s first Chief Constable, was responsible for putting him behind bars, but the case has haunted her ever since. Now, with retirement approaching, McArthur decides the time has come for answers. To uncover the truth, she revisits the case and interviews Chalmers for the first time in decades.

Opening July 13
A FEW GOOD MEN by Aaron Sorkin

Based on true events that transpired at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in July 1986, A Few Good Men is a riveting courtroom drama that poses questions directly pertinent in our world today: what do we risk as a society as our reliance on the military increases? Should civilian oversight be eliminated in favour of a self-governing military that is answerable only to its own code of honour? How may we, as citizens and as a country, conduct ourselves honourably?

Opens July 14
THE BEAUTY QUEEN Of LEENANE by Martin McDonagh

Already heralded as a modern classic of Irish theatre, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, is set in the mountains of Connemara and tells the story of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s, and Mag, her manipulative, aging mother. Mag’s interference in Maureen’s first and potentially last romantic relationship sets in motion a chain of events that are as tragically funny as they are horrific. McDonagh's script expertly teases out dramatic ironies in a tightly twisting plot to great suspense and excruciating comic effect.

ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY