Gateway Theatre's just-announced season hops from turn-of-the-last-century China to a remote Newfoundland cabin, with a roster that will be directed entirely by women.
Written and directed by Marjorie Chan, China Doll kicks off the main-stage season from October 17 to 26, with its story of footbinding and marriage in the last years of Imperial China. In it, the young Shanghai woman Su-Ling faces the crippling effects of having her feet bound by her grandmother. But then apro-revolutionary fabric merchant secretly teaches Su-Ling to read, passing her texts including Ibsen’s proto-feminist play A Doll’s House.
Next up is the Newfoundland-set The Double Axe Murders, a historical psychological thriller by Berni Stapleton that's directed by Tamara McCarthy, from November 14 to 23 at Gateway's Studio B. Produced by Rusticate Theatre, it's based on true events that happened one wintry night.
From December 12 to 31 on the main stage, Gateway mounts a 50th-anniversary presentation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with Barbara Tomasic, Gateway's interim producer, at the helm.
In the new year, ITSAZOO Productions stages the Canadian premiere of Straight White Men, Young Jean Lee's satirical comedy about three brothers who return home for the holidays. Chelsea Haberlin and Fay Nass direct the show, which runs from February 6 to 15, 2020 on the main stage.
Quelemia Sparrow's O'Wet, in which she explores her identity as a mixed-race Indigenous woman, hits Studio B from March 19 to 28. Kim Senklip Harvey directs the Savage Society production.
And Ruby Slippers Theatre wraps the season with Sébastien Harrisson's From Alaska, the tale of a troubled teenager and elderly woman who share feelings of love and loss, April 16 to 25 on the main stage. Diane Brown directs.
Former artistic director Jovanni Sy curated the season before leaving in February.
Season subscriptions are available now, with single tickets on sale July 1.