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Welcome to our 2016/2017 Season. We are experiencing many changes in the Departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology.
In some traditions of theatre training, a departure taken refers to making a move or following an impulse away from a known quantity or source. A departure not taken refers to impulses that are recognized but not acted upon. Any examination of departures is an examination of disruption.
It's a good time to think about disruptors and disruptions and acknowledge their value. There is a lot of disruption going on around us right now, both in domestic and international politics, in climate change, and if we pay attention, in the comings and goings of our day-to-day lives. Disruption can lead to revolutionary thought . . . “for better or for worse.” Dictators continue to make the censorship of artists, performers, and writers one of their top priorities because they know that where there is disruption in our daily thought, there is the possibility of change and revolution.
The theatre is a natural incubator of disruption—of departures taken. So it is not surprising that in these times of global chaos, our productions for the 2016/2017 Season are exemplars of disruption, both personal and social. Disruption abounds in the non-linear, choose-your-own-adventure structure of Caryl Churchill's Love and Information; in Davey Anderson’s tale of a boy’s life interrupted, Blackout; in Claire Fogal's “collage” adaptation of Vinegar Tom and the Genesis Girls, tracking the fallout humanity has experienced since our departure from the Garden of Eden; and certainly in the artful chaos of young, lustful bodies lost in the forest of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Society often assumes that we best protect our youth by shoring up stability and guarding against disruption. If we go too far in that direction, however, we deprive future generations of the ability to think critically, adapt, and acknowledge that the discomfort of disruption is vital to our growth and engagement in the world.
Normally this would be the point where you’re asked to “sit back and enjoy the show.” Instead, we invite you to lean in, breathe about it, think about it, and depart with the sheen of possibility that defines our shared human experience.
On behalf of the Departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology,
The Departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present four productions each year in our Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre and our Studio Theatre, two in November and two in March. Students work on stage and behind the scenes under the guidance of professional directors and designers.
Unless otherwise posted, performances are 7:30pm nightly with no show on Sunday or Monday evenings. Saturday matinees are 2pm, weekday matinees are typically Monday afternoons at 12pm.
The Departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology are proud to present our Winter 2017 productions running March 10-24.
Out of the Garden
A Short History of Sexuality
Selections from plays by Caryl Churchill and Don Nigro
Directed by Claire Fogal
March 10-17, 2017
Douglas College Studio Theatre
A short history of sex since Eve bit the apple, Out of the Garden tells the story of Eve in four different eras, tracking our journey out of the Garden of Eden and the evolution of sexuality in Western Civilization.
Is Eve guilty? Could Alice be a witch? Will Elizabeth get horizontal with David? And when will Meredith love a real man more than she loves Frankenstein? Enter the tarot reading of Madame Blavatsky and you may get more than you came for.
Please be advised: This play contains mature subject matter and some stylized physical violence. Recommended for audiences aged 13+
Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including intermission)
Advance tickets: outofthegarden.bpt.me
Showtimes for Out of the Garden:
7:30pm + Talkback
A Midsummer Night's Dream
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Thrasso Petras
March 17-24, 2017
Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
Shakespeare's most popular comedy-of-errors is brought to life in a gutsy production that pits lover against lover, lost in the darkest of woods, where every misstep can bring an actor to the point of making an ass of himself.
Please be advised: This play contains mature subject matter and some stylized physical violence. A fog and haze machine is also used.
Running time: 2 hours (including intermission)
Advance tickets: midsummeratdouglas.bpt.me
Showtimes for A Midsummer Night's Dream:
To purchase tickets online, please visit brownpapertickets.com and select the production, date and showtime:
Your ticket(s) will be added to the will-call list at our on-site box office under your name. Tickets purchased through brownpapertickets.com must be picked up from the Douglas College box office within the hour before showtime. Note: online ticket sales will end four hours before curtain time.
Tickets may also be purchased at the door, but are subject to availability and are cash-only.
*Please note, all performances will be held at the New Westminster campus.
For more information about our productions, or for class and other group bookings, please contact Krista Eide, Arts Events Officer: email@example.com
Please visit the website for more information on the Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology programs.
The Departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology are proud to present our Fall 2016 productions running November 3-18.
Love and Information
By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Cheryl Swan
November 3-10, 2016
Douglas College Studio Theatre
Someone can't get a signal. Someone's not ready to talk. Someone's her sister's mother. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic lights. Someone never felt like this before.
Caryl Churchill's play is a theatrical collage which explores the relationship between our emotions and our intellect, our free will and our DNA, our interconnected world and our isolated selves, and love and information.
Extremely complex and highly interpretable, this fast-moving kaleidoscope is comprised of over 40 scenes and 80 characters played by 10 actors.
Churchill scrapes the paint off our daily lives and invites us to look closely at what lies beneath.
By Davey Anderson
Directed by Deborah Neville
November 10-18, 2016
Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
This is the true story of a 15-year-old boy charged with attempted murder who tries to piece together his life's events that have brought him to a secure care unit, and threaten to keep him there.
This is also the Canadian premiere of this play by Scottish playwright Davey Anderson!
Ceramics by Laura Wee Lay Laq and paintings and sculpture by Marcus Bowcott
March 2-April 21, 2017
Part of the 7th Triennial Canadian Clay Symposium
Opening reception: Thursday, March 2, 4:30pm-7:30pm
Refreshments, no-host bar and live music
Artist's talk: Saturday, March 4, 3:30pm in the gallery