Vancouver’s 2011/2012 theatre season is shaping up to be quite inclusive of the LGBTQ community. One of Vancouver’s more cutting-edge arts organizations is The Cultch who continue to push the envelope in theatre and the arts. In its upcoming season The Cultch will present Brad Fraser’s newest play True Love Lies, see the return of gay puppeteer Ronnie Burkett and present The Silicon Diaries, the story of Nina Arsenault’s transformation from an awkward man into a 36D-26-40 bombshell.
Following its first ever “summer blockbuster” Kunst Rock (Art Rock) in August, The Cultch teams up with Vancouver’s Touchstone Theatre with gay playwright Brad Fraser’s new comedy, True Love Lies in which a man finds his marriage and his life turned upside down when his daughter uncovers a secret from his sexual past.
Cultch favourite, gay puppeteer Ronnie Burkett returns in November with Penny Plain the story of “the end of civilization according to Burkett”. Penny Plain is blind, but she hears plenty about the state of mankind. When her companion dog Geoffrey leaves to live as a man, Penny sits waiting for the world to end. But her vigil is interrupted by survivalists, a serial killer, a cross-dressing banker, talking dogs and mysterious strangers seeking sanctuary as mother earth reclaims her ground.
After its successful collaboration with Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre earlier this year with Agokwe, The Cultch brings Nina Arsenault’s The Silicone Diaries to Vancouver in February 2012. Transsexual Nina Arsenault may be perceived as “fake”, but the sixty cosmetic surgeries that transformed her from an awkward man into a 36D-26-40 bombshell are anything but.
Other highlights in the season of 17 shows include Wicked Shorts, winner of the 2010 “Cultchivating the Fringe Award”, a return of The Christmas Carol Project in December and a new production of Waiting From Godot from the critically acclaimed Blackbird Theatre.
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