Untold Wants Theatre presents
Gruesome Playground Injuries
by Rajiv Joseph
Preview- February 5th 2020 (1/2 price)
Opening- February 6th 2020 February 5th to 16th 2020
8pm Evenings Wednesday-Saturday 2pm Matinees Sunday Feb 9th, 16th
At The Cultch- Contemporary arts theatre in a historic church building.
Address: 1895 Venables St, Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6
Show Length: 90min, no intermission
Feb 5th 8:00pm – Preview
Feb 6th 8:00pm – Opening
Feb 7th & 8th – 8:00pm
Feb 9th – 2:00pm
Feb 12th – 14th – 8:00pm
Feb 15th – 2:00pm
Preview: $15.00 + service charges (sc)
Adult: Starting at $25.00 + sc
Student/Senior: $20.00 + sc
Doug and Kayleen find each other again at pivotal moments of injury, over the course of thirty years. But each time they meet with new wounds, they are overwhelmed by the gravity of their relationship, and the societal pressures that threaten their capacity to stay together.
The original production premiered at the Alley Theatre in Houston in 2009, then off-Broadway in 2011.
The piece embodies love from a new and relevant perspective. Our audiences will be able to experience both the reasons for the characters’ pull toward each other, and the simultaneous walls they put up to protect themselves. The fluidity of what defines a relationship in this play shows that love can exist outside the traditional rules of engagement: whatever two people define it to be. The play will be put up during the both romantic and equally commercialized Valentine’s day season!
We have surrounded ourselves with young yet seasoned professionals to make up the cast and crew. The people involved are enthusiastic about the project and are helping us make our third production in Vancouver a reality.
The company of performers and crew includes:
Éanna O’Dowd (Doug/ Co-Producer), India Shaw-Smith (Kayleen), Jessica Aquila Cymerman (Director/Co-Producer), Phil Miguel (Lighting Design), Jamie Amadruto (Sound Design), Bailey Kay (Set Design), and Damon Bradley Jang (Publicity)
“After a brilliant company debut in Vancouver last year – and I mean brilliant in that it was challenging, invigorating, and helped us learn a lot – with the North American premiere of The Human Ear by Alexandra Wood, and a wonderful run of Cock by Mike Bartlett this past December, it made sense to continue producing with our theatre company here, especially in such a thriving and supportive entertainment community. We believe that theatre is where people can go to experience universal truths, and come out the other side with perhaps a different view of their environments and relationships.
Traversing culture is important to us, so bringing a company to Canada, that started in Ireland, with theatremakers who were trained all over the world, offers a unique perspective to the Vancouver scene. The human experience is the human experience, and communicating that is our objective.” -Jessica Aquila Cymerman:
About Untold Wants Theatre
Originally from Los Angeles and Galway, Ireland, respectively, Untold Wants Theatre founders Jessica Aquila Cymerman and Éanna O’Dowd met while studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. They established Untold Wants Theatre to bring classic and contemporary voices to a wide range of audiences. The company has just come off a successful run of Cock by Mike Bartlett, and the North American premiere of The Human Ear by Alexandra Wood in Vancouver, and the Irish premiere of Reasons to be Pretty by Neil LaBute in Dublin. Gruesome Playground Injuries is their fourth production, and second in Vancouver.