The Firehall Arts Centre Kicks Off Its 33rd Season!
“You can choose your friends but you sho’ can’t choose your family…”
-Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird
With performances that will tickle your funny bone and stimulate the odd tear or two, the Firehall’s 33rd season is full of theatre and dance performances resonating with Harper Lee’s statement. You might even recognize a family member or a friend you haven’t seen for awhile, in the characters on stage.
With its latest season, the Firehall continues the tradition of supporting new works by talented up-and-coming playwrights with four premieres of works by Canadian writers: Meghan Gardiner’s new musical Love Bomb, Julie McIsaac’s modern maritime fable The Out Vigil, Tricia Cooper’s comedy of conscience Social Studies (Western Canadian Premiere), and Jordan Hall’s romantic comedy How to Survive an Apocalypse. Half of the theatre shows featured in the upcoming season are written by female playwrights (which include Alley Theatre’s production of Hannah Moscovitch’s Little One and Tracey Power’s Chelsea Hotel.)
Other season highlights are The Other Guys Theatre Company’s solo show about Pete Seeger The Incompleat Folksinger, Cliff Cardinal’s biting and humorous huff, and George F. Walker’s dark comedy about an Afghanistan veteran Dead Metaphor (Western Canadian Premiere).
There are two dance works from Canada featured in the season – Serge Bennathan’s Just Words, a poetic dance piece and a series of solos by Montreal iconoclast Daniel Léveillé.
2015-2016 SEASON SHOWS
LOVE BOMB (Shameless Hussey Productions, Vancouver)
September 26th-October 10th
A concert of emotion rips through Justine’s first performance in years, and all because of one uninvited guest her music takes on a life of its own. A World Premiere musical by Meghan Gardiner.
SOLITITUDES SOLO (Daniel Léveillé Danse, Montreal)
A series of impossible and sublime solos choreographed by iconoclast Daniel Léveillé. Five dancers explore solitude as virgin territory that reveals the depths of being.
“Daniel Léveillé at the height of his powers and a choreography that is as finely chiseled as a diamond necklace.”-Fabienne Cabado for Festival TransAmériques
THE INCOMPLEAT FOLKSINGER (The Other Guys Theatre Company, Victoria)
Folk singer, political activist, and key figure in the American folk music revival, Pete Seeger sang in defense of the poor, the oppressed, and the exploited. Through Seeger’s words and music, Mark Hellman portrays Seeger, sharing his stories, his battles, and his favourite songs.
“…beautiful tunes, accomplished storytelling and an immense heart.” REVIEW, Janis Lacouvée, Victoria
SOCIAL STUDIES (Firehall Arts Centre production)
November 21st-December 5th
A new Canadian play by Trish Cooper about a South Sudanese “Lost Boy” adopted by a well-intentioned Winnipeg family. A hilarious and heartbreaking comedy of cultural differences and Canadian values.
“A socially-conscious comedy about refugee issues and the aftermath of genocide? How very Canadian.”- Joff Schmidt, CBC
CHELSEA HOTEL The Songs of Leonard Cohen (Firehall Arts Centre production)
December 15th-January 9th
The national smash hit returns! Leonard Cohen’s powerful music is the heartbeat of Chelsea Hotel, as six performers play seventeen different instruments in a rollicking tribute to the remarkable writer. Conceived and Directed by Tracey Power.
THE MOTHERFUCKER WITH THE HAT (Firehall Arts Centre production in association with Haberdashery Theatre)
Jackie, out on parole and newly sober, is determined to start anew with his childhood sweetheart and unrelenting coke addict Veronica. This explosively funny Broadway smash hit is “a high-octane verbal cage match about love, fidelity and misplaced haberdashery.” Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Directed by Brian Markinson.
huff (A Cardinal Production, Toronto)
The wrenching, yet darkly comic tale of Wind and his brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and struggling to cope with the death of their mother. Wind’s fantastic dream world bleeds into his haunting reality. With his signature biting humour and raw, vivid imagery, Cliff Cardinal expertly portrays over a dozen characters in his captivating solo performance.
LITTLE ONE (Alley Theatre, Vancouver)
Award-winning playwright Hannah Moscovitch’s brilliant psychological thriller weaves childhood fear and teenage humiliation into a twisted, wryly funny, suburban horror story. A sold-out Vancouver and New York Fringe hit!
“Little One delivers huge… a great story, two fantastic performances and admirable tale of human flailing.”- What’s On Off Broadway, New York
POSTSECRET: THE SHOW (Firehall Arts Centre production)
February 17th-March 5th
Back by popular demand! A powerful, immersive experience based on the stories behind some of the most sexual, sad, funny and controversial secrets from the viral phenomenon PostSecret.com. Created by Frank Warren, TJ Dawe, Kahlil Ashanti, and Justin Sudds.
THE OUT VIGIL (Twenty Something Theatre Company, Vancouver)
Mere hours before the opening of the perilous king crab fishing season, a young Newfoundlander arrives in Alaska, desperate for a job. A modern fable steeped in maritime lore with live music throughout, The Out Vigil questions our ability to accept the natural world for all that it is, both beautiful and terrifying. Written by Julie McIsaac.
DEAD METAPHOR (Firehall Arts Centre production)
George F. Walker’s darkly comic Dead Metaphor introduces us to a former sniper in Afghanistan who returns to Canada to find that the job market at home does not have a lot of practical use for his particular skill set. With aging parents and a pregnant wife, he finally gets a job working for a contemptuous politician seeking election and that is when all of the craziness begins! Directed by Chelsea Haberlin.
JUST WORDS (Les Productions Figlio / Serge Bennathan, Vancouver)
Inhabiting a space between poetic tale and personal reflection, Just Words is a choreographic journal sketching a portrait of both the profound and happy characteristics of an artistic life. Told through movement and poetry, Just Words invites you into the life journey of an artist – a tale that weaves a colourful quilt of vitality, tears and laughter. Text and choreography by Serge Bennathan.
HOW TO SURVIVE AN APOCALYPSE (Touchstone Theatre/Playwrights Theatre Centre/Firehall Arts Centre)
A young and successful urban couple becomes convinced that their lifestyle is coming to an end. They become ‘preppers’, hoarding supplies and learning to hunt but their obsession takes its toll, and they are both forced to imagine the apocalypse without the love of their life. Part of the Flying Start 2016 Program. Written by Jordan Hall.