(Community announcement by Gateway Theatre)
Gateway Theatre is thrilled to announce their 2018/2019 season programming today. Gateway’s four MainStage shows and two Studio productions are an eclectic and dazzling mix of the classic and the contemporary.
As Jovanni Sy, Gateway’s Artistic Director states, “I am so excited for this upcoming season. We’ve got an entertaining mix of comedy, drama, an iconic Canadian work, and even a hockey play (told through swing dance)! And, for our holiday musical, we’ve got the family favourite It’s a Wonderful Life, staged with classic tunes from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s and a 10-piece orchestra.”
Gateway is proud to offer the very best in professional Canadian theatre – from classics revisited and re-imagined to radical new work that challenges and enthrals. Join us for a season of riveting productions that deliver the cathartic and collective power of live performance, filled with emotion, empathy, and spirit.
Gateway Theatre’s 2018/2019 Season:
By Michel Tremblay
Translated by John Van Burek and Bill Glassco
Directed by Diane Brown
Produced by Ruby Slippers Theatre
September 27 – October 6, 2018 / MainStage
The hilarious misfortune of one woman’s fortune
It’s 1960’s Montreal, and working-class housewife Germaine Lauzon has won one million customer loyalty stamps. She needs to place the stamps in booklets in order to redeem them, but who can she trust when her jealous family and neighbours come over for a stamp-pasting party? The women complain aggressively, overshare shamelessly, and fantasize freely while secretly coveting Germaine’s precious stamps. Raucous, reckless, and hysterically funny, this windfall of humour, dreams, and heart, is sure to pay off!
Empire of the Son
By Tetsuro Shigematsu
Directed by Richard Wolfe
Produced by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
November 8 – 17, 2018 / Studio B
Separated by a generation, connected by blood
In this funny and poignant autobiographical one-man show, Tetsuro Shigematsu (former host of CBC Radio’s The Roundup) tells the inspiring tale of his emotionally distant father, Akira, whose legacy is felt beyond his lifetime. From the ashes of Hiroshima to swinging 1960’s London, Empire of the Son shows how Akira's incredible personal history has influenced two generations. Though separated by language, culture and history, what truly keeps this father and son apart is their similarities.
It’s a Wonderful Life
A new musical adaptation by Peter Jorgensen
Arrangements and orchestrations by Nico Rhodes
Based on the Frank Capra film, and original story by Philip Van Doren Stern
Produced in association with Patrick Street Productions
December 6 – 31, 2018 / MainStage
A heart-warming holiday musical for the whole family
Get into the holiday spirit with this timeless classic set to soaring songs from the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. When misfortune befalls George Bailey on Christmas Eve, his guardian angel swoops in to help bring him back from despair and show him how he has truly touched all the people in his life. Travel with us to Bedford Falls for a joyous journey that will have you checking for Zuzu’s petals in your own pockets and make you believe that every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.
By Dipika Guha
Directed by Jovanni Sy
February 7 – 16, 2019 / MainStage
Where commerce, spirituality, and comedy meet
Joan has been hired to stabilize Jojomon, a yoga apparel giant, after its CEO is brought down by a fat-shaming scandal. But just as she finds her footing, more trouble surfaces and the sales freefall. Jojomon needs an image makeover—and fast. Risking everything on a wild plan, Joan and her colleagues are willing to try anything to save face. This hilarious satire asks what it takes to find authenticity in a world determined to sell enlightenment.
By Meghan Gardiner
Directed by Kayvon Khoshkam
Produced by Speakeasy Theatre
March 14 – 23, 2019 / Studio B
When justice and morals collide, where is the line?
Now in his early fifties, Deke has been incarcerated in Millhaven Prison for the past twenty years. In all that time, he has been without a cellmate, until Corey, a twenty-something rich kid, joins him in his cell. A complicated bond slowly forms between the two, and tensions rise as they debate the nature of their crimes. When Corey begs his cellmate for protection, Deke is forced to confront his past.
By Tracey Power
Directed by James MacDonald
A Western Canada Theatre/Alberta Theatre Projects Production
April 4 – 13, 2019 / MainStage
A woman’s place is on home ice
Based on the incredible true story of the Preston Rivulettes women’s hockey team. In 1933, four friends set out to prove to Canada that hockey isn’t just a sport for men. As they fight through the Great Depression, prejudice, and personal upheaval, can they overcome the odds and forge their own path to glory? Featuring electrifying swing dance choreography, GLORY captures all the thrill, excitement, and tension of a great hockey game. Go Rivulettes!
All performance are at Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road Richmond, BC V7C 3V4
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