2012/2013 features three world premieres, the Pulitzer Prize–winning Clybourne Park, the hit Broadway musical Avenue Q, and David Sedaris’s SantaLand Diaries
Just a year away from our golden anniversary, we’re excited to announce the 2012/2013 season lineup for our three venues: the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, the Granville Island Stage, and the Revue Stage. 14 diverse and entertaining productions—including premieres by three Canadian playwrights—will engage our growing audiences and provide jobs for hundreds of local artists. Three more productions will tour throughout the province.
“Programming for our three theatres is an exciting challenge that I relish,” says Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd. “This season, the shows at the Stanley embrace the world of theatre with works ranging from contemporary to classical to musical. Clybourne Park, the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, will launch the season in September, while the Motown musical Dreamgirls will take audiences into the summer. At the Granville Island Stage, individuality—in teenagers and divas, and in the felt creatures of Avenue Q—is celebrated. And at the Revue Stage, our most intimate venue, we are invited to enter the personal worlds of American humourist David Sedaris and Vancouver actor and playwright Marcus Youssef. As always, I look forward to working with all the talented and creative individuals who will bring these works to life on our stages.”
Executive Director Howard R. Jang shares Millerd’s enthusiasm for the new season ahead. Jang remarks, “The Arts Club is heading into our 49th season stronger than ever thanks to our ever-increasing number of loyal subscribers and sponsors. We are fortunate to have many longtime public and private partnerships and supporters that contribute to our long-term sustainability. I am thrilled with the immense diversity of programming over our three stages—there is truly something for everyone to love. For our 49th season, the Arts Club continues its strong tradition of producing shows that are sure to delight.”
The Arts Club continues to make exciting live theatre affordable and accessible, pricing the Stanley Series from $119. Season tickets are on sale now. Get the best seats at the best price to all their shows by calling 604.687.1644 or visiting artsclub.com.
STANLEY INDUSTRIAL ALLIANCE STAGE
Clybourne Park September 6–October 7, 2012
She Stoops to Conquer October 18–November 18, 2012
White Christmas: The Musical November 29–December 23, 2012
Boeing-Boeing January 24–February 24, 2013
2 Pianos 4 Hands March 14–April 14, 2013
Dreamgirls May 9–July 7, 2013
GRANVILLE ISLAND STAGE
Master Class September 27–October 27, 2012
It’s a Wonderful Life November 26–December 29, 2012
Ride the Cyclone January 17–February 16, 2013
My Turquoise Years April 4–May 4, 2013
Avenue Q June 20–August 17, 2013
ON TOUR (Metro Vancouver and throughout the province)
Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata October–November, 2012
Henry and Alice: Into the Wild January–February, 2013
The 39 Steps February–March, 2013
MORE INFORMATION (show descriptions etc):
STANLEY INDUSTRIAL ALLIANCE STAGE
By Bruce Norris
September 6–October 7, 2012
A comedy of race and real estate
The winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for best play, this biting contemporary satire skewers the conventions of political correctness in shockingly entertaining fashion. In Chicago, 1959, an African-American family moves into a house in Clybourne Park, to the mortification of its all-white residents. Fast-forward 50 years, and now the neighbourhood is predominately black. When young white newlyweds attempt to buy the very same house, will they face the same resistance?
SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER
By Oliver Goldsmith
October 18–November 18, 2012
A bawdy romp
Romantic tomfoolery and mistaken identities abound in Goldsmith’s classic comedy of manners. When shy-with-the-ladies Charles Marlow sets off to the country to meet his blind date, Kate Hardcastle, a practical joke convinces him that Hardcastle manor is a luxury inn. Treating one’s prospective in-laws as hired help is hardly advisable, but when it appears that Charles is quite a charmer with women of a lesser station, mayhem ensues and love blossoms.
WHITE CHRISTMAS: THE MUSICAL
Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by David Ives and Paul Blake
November 29–December 23, 2012
The musical you’ve been dreaming of
The beloved holiday favourite that has brought joy to more than 72,000 audience members is back! Make your days merry and bright by warming to this unforgettable musical about love and friendship. Based on the classic film, this tap-dancing delight brims with tunes—including “Blue Skies,” “Sisters,” and the ever-popular “White Christmas”—that will fill you with the spirit of the season.
By Marc Camoletti
Translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans
January 24–February 24, 2013
A mile-high comedy
Bernard, a successful architect in swinging sixties Paris, is even more successful with the ladies. In fact, he juggles the hearts of three air hostesses who jet in and out of his groovy bachelor pad: Gloria, Gabriella, and Gretchen—aka “America,” “Italy,” and “Germany.” But when Boeing introduces a faster jet, Bernard’s precise romantic timetable goes hysterically off course and turbulence looms.
2 PIANOS 4 HANDS
Written, starring, and directed by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt
Produced by Marquis Entertainment and Talking Fingers
March 14–April 14, 2013
An unforgettable duet in the key of laughter
This is the laugh-out-loud autobiographical story that has become one of Canada’s most successful theatrical productions. In this farewell run, the creators/stars Ted and Richard propel you through comically poignant vignettes of their childhood piano lessons—complete with virtuoso displays of technique—and share the triumphs and tortures of being extraordinarily good failed musicians. Not just for music nerds, 2 Pianos 4 Hands is for anyone who has ever strived to achieve a goal.
Book and lyrics by Tom Eyen
Music by Henry Krieger
May 9–July 7, 2013
The Motown musical
Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, the musical Dreamgirls tells the rags-to-riches tale of a 1960s girl group, loosely based on The Supremes. Young, black, and with talent to burn, the hopeful divas Effie, Deena, and Lorrell fantasize about playing the Apollo Theater. After getting their big break, The Dreamettes seem unstoppable—until rivalry and betrayal enter the group. Share their elation and tribulations on the road to stardom, told through the unforgettable sounds of Motown.
GRANVILLE ISLAND STAGE
By Terrence McNally
September 27–October 27, 2012
A diva holds court
Inspired by the legendary Maria Callas, this Tony Award–winning play opens in a master class at Juilliard, where the world’s greatest soprano is more interested in teaching life lessons than opera. The tempestuous yet vulnerable diva muses on her past—her transformation from stocky to sleek, triumphs at La Scala, feuds with rival singers, and a doomed affair with billionaire Aristotle Onassis. Not only a tribute to the star, Master Class is also a statement on the nature of art and the sacrifices we make for it.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
By Philip Grecian
Based on the classic film by Frank Capra
November 26–December 29, 2012
The holiday heart-warmer returns
“Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.” In this holiday favourite, George Bailey’s guardian angel swoops in to remind him that faith, hope, and family, make life truly wonderful. Returning for a fifth year, our production has delighted over 66,000 audience members!
RIDE THE CYCLONE
Music and lyrics by Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond
Book by Jacob Richmond
An Atomic Vaudeville production
Presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
January 17–February 16, 2013
A musical thrill ride
A high school chamber choir from Uranium, Saskatchewan, perishes in a freak roller-coaster accident, and the Amazing Karnack, a mechanized fortune-teller, feels responsible. To make amends, he brings the teens back to life to sing about their thwarted dreams and desires in one final concert.Created by Victoria’s Atomic Vaudeville, the wildly imaginative and darkly hilarious Ride the Cyclone is already being lauded as a contemporary musical masterpiece.
MY TURQUOISE YEARS
By M.A.C. Farrant
April 4–May 4, 2013 (Premiere)
Memoir of a Canadian girlhood
Based on Farrant’s memoir of her fourteenth summer, My Turquoise Years is a comic coming-of-age story set in 1960, a time of postwar optimism, when plastic reigned and the colour turquoise was the height of chic. Marion, raised by Aunt Elsie in sleepy Cordova Bay, has grown up hearing tales of her glamorous, globe-trotting mother, Nancy. Just as Marion is blossoming into womanhood, Nancy suddenly announces a visit to Canada, throwing everyone into a tizzy.
Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty
June 20–August 17, 2013
The Broadway musical for adults
Irreverently witty and outright uproarious, Avenue Q is the musical story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job, and his purpose in life. The only neighbourhood he can afford is the multicultural Avenue Q, where Sesame Street-esque puppets rub shoulders with humans. Part felt, part flesh, Avenue Q is packed with songs that are surprisingly poignant and only occasionally PC.
By Yvette Nolan
October 11–November 3, 2012 (Premiere)
In the future, only the past can save you
Two women seek shelter in a freezing, desolate landscape of post-apocalyptic Canada. They must rely solely on each other for survival. To their surprise, they begin to thrive, reviving the skills for living off the land that were taught to them by their elders. But their hard-won peace is interrupted by the sudden arrival of a charismatic young man, whose very presence threatens their existence.
By David Sedaris
November 22–December 22, 2012
True confessions of an elf
From the popular humourist David Sedaris comes this merrily wicked tale of his tour of duty as an elf at Macy’s SantaLand. From posts as Vomit Corner Elf to Water Cooler Elf to Cash Register Elf, Sedaris works his way up the candy-cane ladder and lives to share his hysterical, behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Both outlandish and illuminating, this sardonic comedy is a holiday treat for adults.
HOW HAS MY LOVE AFFECTED YOU?
By Marcus Youssef
February 28–March 23, 2013 (Premiere)
A family memoir
Marcus Youssef has a “difficult” relationship with his mother, Rolene. When the playwright discovers a storage locker full of her journals, he begins to delve into her history—and his own. Filled with humour, tension, and affection, How Has My Love Affected You? questions the nature of familial obligation: what do we owe to each other, and what do we owe to ourselves?
DO YOU WANT WHAT I HAVE GOT? A CRAIGSLIST CANTATA
By Bill Richardson and Veda Hille
Your personal ads, set to music!
Irregular hats for cats, mounted lobsters, autographed copies of the Bible: this critical hit and audience favourite by composer Veda Hille and the CBC’s Bill Richardson explores what humanity has to offer and turns it into sidesplitting musical fare. Who wouldn’t want a broken time machine, for free? Come and take a look at the vagaries and intimacies of the internet!
HENRY AND ALICE: INTO THE WILD
By Michele Riml
The hilarious sequel to Sexy Laundry
Those crazy kids from the Arts Club’s smash hit Sexy Laundry are back! And this time Henry and Alice are camping—sort of! Forced to examine their relationship in the tangle of the wilderness—including collapsing tents, uninvited guests, and their own particular style of alfresco “cuisine”—they just might discover how to survive a true mid-life crisis.
THE 39 STEPS
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
From the novel by John Buchan
From the movie of Alfred Hitchcock
Hitchcock meets hilarious
A seductive mystery woman, an accusation of murder, a missing finger, and a mad dash to foil foreign spies! Four gifted actors play over 150 zany characters in this Monty Python–flavoured Hitchcock spoof that just might give you vertigo!