By Jessica Brodeur
presented by Realwheels Theatre
June 13 & 14, Roundhouse Performance Centre
The concept for Super Voices came from conversations among the disabled community wanting a spotlight to share their identities, thoughts and experiences. In what abilities these artists lack, these people and their characters make up for in other traits – their own super powers of sorts. Through acting coaching, hard work and dedication, the cast not only gained artistic mentors but a medium in which to share their triumphs against more obstacles than imaginable.
Wit, written by Margaret Edson
presented by Pacific Theatre
May 20 – June 11
Going through cancer treatment changes people, and watching that development in one sitting can hit with impact. Wit follows Professor Vivian Bearing transform from head to heart as she faces this terrifying and uncertain path to recovery.
Lascivious Something, written by Sheila Callaghan
Firehall Arts Centre
June 24 – 27
This play explores outcomes of decisions and impulses in metaphors of sex and wine. Set in the 1980s, an American ex-pat living in Greece finds dramatic, sensual twists to his simple life when an ex-girlfriend appears on the island where he and his wife were peacefully living and making wine. A story of dodging societal and political problems becomes a tale of personal problems, but who knows where it will go from there.
Comfort Cottages, written by Jane Clayton and Judy Ginn Walchuk
PAL Theatre, Western Gold Theatre
June 19 – 21
The reality of retirement isn’t always pension funds and sorted out lives. Comfort Cottages follows four single women who are less than prepared to take this step, until one of them inherits an old motel from a black sheep aunt that might get them through this. But that doesn’t mean it’s not without a catch…
In Tune Conference & Festival
Presented by Touchstone Theatre
Granville Island & Downtown Vancouver
June 12 – 21
In Tune is a scattering of performances, workshops, networking and experimentation from Canada’s theatre and musical-theatre regulars. Performances range from 19th-century epic Onegin (by the creator’s of Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata) to political comedy Best Laid Plans, to 30-somethings on a classic road trip in Route 66: The Musical. Whether you’re looking to pitch your next big script, or soak up a variety of dramas, visit http://www.touchstonetheatre.com/ to find what you’re looking for in musical theatre.
SHIFT 1-act Festival
Presented by Shift Theatre
Vancity Cultcure Lab @ The Cultch Theatre, June 17 – 20
Celebrate local indie theatre with one-act plays, chosen by Shift Theatre’s own jury. With a heavy dose of B.C. flavour and dramatic elements out in full force, these four one-act plays will help you catch up with your theatre diversity all in one night (and for just $20!). Catch Athena Morritt’s “Run,” CR Packer’s “Another Shot,” Pippa Mackie’s “Deer Harper,” and Petro Chamale’s “Mis Papàs” at the historic theatre.BC, British Columbia, Comfort Cottages, Firehall Arts Centre, In Tune Conference & Festival, Lascivious Something, Pacific Theatre, PAL Theatre, Roundhouse Performance Centre, SHIFT 1-act Festival, Shift Theatre, Super Voices, Western Gold Theatre, Wit