by Yasmine Shemesh and Leah Siegel
Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women is an annual showcase of dramatic readings from female-identifying Canadian playwrights. It’s a stage set for both diversity and equality. Studies have shown that women make up less than a third of directors and writers in professional Canadian theatre. This year’s productions are moving, nuanced pieces of work not to miss.
September 10 at 1:30 p.m.
Two young women navigate through love, pregnancy, and self-fulfillment. Written by Rébecca Déraspe and translated/directed by Leanna Brodie, this play delves deeply into the complexities of female friendship. (YS)
September 12 at 1:30pm.
Playwright Suvendrini Lena takes us to war-torn Gaza, where we see a portrait of family life amid daily violence. Inspired by the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish and Lena Khalaf. (LS)
While You Sleep
September 13 at 1:30 p.m.
Six individuals receive death threats online and struggle to cope in this play about facing one’s fears. Told in a combination of poetry, monologues, and scenes. (LS)
Speed Dating for Sperm Donors
September 14 at 1:30 p.m.
They got hitched and settled down in Calgary. Now all that’s left for Paige and Helen to do is find a suitable biological father for their future child. Simple, right? (LS)
The Ones We Leave Behind
September 11 at 1:30 p.m.
Abby Chung is assigned to find the next-of-kin for an elderly woman who has just passed. While she works, she also uncovers details about her own father’s disappearance. (LS)
New Works By Diverse Women takes place at the False Creek Gym. Tickets are pay-what-you-can and available at the door.