• Advance Theatre


Ruby Slippers Theatre, in partnership with the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Playwrights Guild of Canada, is pleased to announce the plays selected for the 2017 Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women series, which will be presented September 11-15 during the Vancouver Fringe Festival. The committee read over 100 plays submitted from across Canada before selecting five new plays by female-identifying playwrights. Priority in curating the series is diversity of all kinds (age, cultural background, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability).

Dramatic readings of the selected shows will be presented as weekday matinees during the Fringe Festival.

As part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival
Dramatic Readings will take place at 1:30pm each day at the False Creek Gym
(1318 Cartwright Street on Granville Island).

Admission: By Donation (Suggested $5 – $10) at the door.
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This is your Advance notice:  women are taking back the stage.

Jumping Ship by Marcia Johnson, directed by Marisa Smith.
Monday, September 11 at 1:30pm
The year is 1904. Scottish sailor, Jamey Dunbar, meets young entrepreneur, Audrey Williams on a beach in Jamaica. Their lives change forever. This is a love story inspired by the playwright’s great-grandparents.

Go, No Go by Natalie Frijia, directed by Leanna Brodie.
Tuesday, September 12 at 1:30pm
Go, No, Go is the story of 13 barrier-breaking pilots who in 1961 petitioned NASA to become the first female astronauts. And it’s about why you don’t know their names. Welcome to the space race.

Hidden Memories by Lillian Nakamura Maguire, directed by Donna Yamamoto.
Wednesday, September 13 at 1:30pm
The daughter of Japanese immigrants sifts through her parents’ memorabilia, piecing together their early BC life and forced relocation. She tries to find peace with her parents’ choices during times of racial discrimination, her own identity and what she passes on to her daughter. National Association of Japanese Canadians Endowment Fund support.

Sex, Drugs and Age: The Last Taboo by Colleen Ann Fee, directed by Tammy Bentz.
Thursday, September 14 at 1:30pm
Age is our last social taboo, we fight its effects. In 2010, sales of Viagra reached $2 trillion, and every 57 seconds a new case of dementia is diagnosed. Our libido may outlive our ability to grant sexual consent. Sex, Drugs and Age: The Last Taboo considers the hazards of determining consent in the context of dementia and drugs.

Happy Place by Pamela Sinha, directed by Fay Nass.
Friday, September 15 at 1:30pm
“Broken women determined to die helping each other live.” Happy Place takes place in an inpatient facility for women suffering from depression. With insight, raw truth, and sometimes humour, these seven women force each other to look at themselves in a way they never could “outside”… finding compassion—even love—where they least expect it.

All dramatic reading will take place at the False Creek Gym, located at 1318 Cartwright Street on Granville Island. There will be free talk-backs after the readings.

Advance Theatre debuted at the 2015 Fringe Festival to great success and standing room-only houses. According to a national study, women account for less than a third of artistic directors, working directors, and produced playwrights in professional Canadian theatre. Advance Theatre was created to provide more opportunities and profile to diverse female playwrights and directors.


Multi-award winning Ruby Slippers Theatre creates, produces, and presents provocative text-based theatre from the vanguard of the English and French Canadian canon. We tell stories that illuminate diverse perspectives and social issues. This season, Artistic Director Diane Brown was honoured with the Bra d’Or Award by the Women’s Caucus of Playwrights Guild of Canada for her work advancing Canadian women playwrights, in particular for the creation of Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women.


The Vancouver Fringe is a celebration of theatre. Over 11 days more than 90 theatre companies come together to share their creativity on stage. The uniqueness of the Fringe comes from the “everyone is welcome” selection technique—Mainstage shows are literally drawn from a hat, while Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV) artists find their own venue, some of them in surprising locations! The Fringe revels in its identity as part theatre, part party. Every night of the Festival, there’s free live music and performances at the Fringe Bar. The Fringe is a cultural experience unlike any other!





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