Cross-cultural Firehall Arts Centre season to span Africa to China to First Nations

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From Wen Wei Wang's Made in China to a comic exploration of Muslim and Jewish backgrounds and a look at the residential-school past, cultures mix and mash in the just-announced Firehall Arts Centre 2014-15 lineup of theatre and dance.

My Rabbi kicks off the season on October 7, with the Vancouver premiere Kayvon Kelly (Chelsea Hotel) and Joel Bernbaum's (Home is a beautiful Word) new play. 

It's followed by celebrated One Yellow Rabbit innovator Denise Clarke's new dance-theatre work Wag, and then the revival of one of the biggest hits ever to have played at the Firehall: Urinetown: the musical, running the month of November.

The Leonard Cohen tribute Chelsea Hotel returns for a limited Christmas run, followed by Jorden Hall's eco-minded Kayak and internet-inspired Post Secret, both in January 2014.

South African dance sensation Vincent Mantsoe brings his Ntu, Skwatta (visions of his country's destitute squatter camps) here from February 11 to 14, followed by the newest work by Vancouver's own international dance star, Wen Wei Wang.

Ribcage: This Wide Passage/Thorax features urban ink productions in a play about Esther Brandeau, a woman from Jewish French Basque country, who arrives in 1700s Quebec City under the guise of being a male labourer, while The Village is Tina Milo's one-woman show about her Serbian heritage, told through music, physical theatre, and film.

And wrapping up the season is the return of the Stephen Harper-inspired comedy Proud in April, followed by Drew Hayden Taylor's unflinching play about a First Nations woman's confrontation of her residential-school past in God and the Indian.

Early-bird season passes are on sale at firehallartscentre.ca or by calling 604-689-0926.

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