The 2011/2012 Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company season is definitely diverse. The new season, recently announced by Playhouse Artistic Managing Director Max Reimer, includes everything from the musical comedy classic La Cage Aux Folles to a production from Edmonton’s Catalyst Theatre adapted from Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.
The season will start with a production of The Tosca Cafe by Carey Perloff and Val Caniparol in a co-production with Theatre Calgary and American Conservatory Theater. “This radically original fusion of movement and theatre conjures a world in which love, betrayal, and hope emerge from the shadows and disappear with the clink of a glass”.
Next up is the “naughty and nice musical alternative for the holidays” with La Cage Aux Folles. Perhaps better known from its non-musical roots and the film production of The Birdcage starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, this new version received Best Musical Revival accolades at the 2010 Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, Drama League Awards, Outer Circle Critics Awards and the 2009 Olivier and London Circle Awards.
First up in 2012 the Playhouse works with Canadian Stage and The Citadel Theatre in a co-production of Red, the story of Mark Rothko, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century whose struggle to accept his growing riches and praise became his ultimate undoing.
February sees the return of Edmonton’s Catalyst Theatre to Vancouver with its latest production, Hunchback, billed as a darkly romantic musical adapted from Hugo’s novel. Catalyst was last seen in Vancouver with the critically acclaimed Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe.
The mainstage season ends with another Tony Award Winner, God of Carnage. When two young boys get into a fight, their parents meet to discuss the incident in a civilized manner. But what begins as a calm and rational debate between grown-ups, soon degenerates into a hysterical evening of name-calling, tantrums and tears before bedtime. Sounds like bullies aren’t just on the playground.
Along with the five mainstage productions, the Playhouse will feature three plays in its Recital Hall Series and in partnerships for four other productions that will include 125 Short Plays About Vancouver as part of the City of Vancouver’s 125th birthday celebration and The Webster/Herzog Project with Ruby Slippers Theatre.
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