THE BOOK OF EVERYTHING
November 30 – December 12, 2015
THE BOOK OF EVERYTHING, set in 1951, is a story about being brave and making friends. It focuses on Thomas, a young 9 (almost 10!) year-old boy in Amsterdam. Thomas has a very active imagination. He sees things others don’t see; a hailstorm in summer, tropical fish in the canals, a plague of green frogs, and even Jesus. In his diary, The Book of Everything, he writes his hope for the future, “When I grow up, I’m going to be happy.” Thomas’s father is severe and sometimes violent, trying to insulate his family from the world outside. Thomas’ odd imagination is his way of dealing with his secret misery. He finds strength through his down-to-earth chats with Jesus, his love for Eliza, the girl with the leather leg, the support of rebellious bike-riding Auntie Pie, and the neighbourhood “witch” Mrs. Van Amersfoort who shows Thomas the power of music and books through which he learns that happiness begins with no longer being afraid.
AGE APPROPRIATENESS CAUTION: Due to the play’s central anti-violence theme, the play is suitable for ages 9 and up. However, this issue is dealt with delicately and sensitively in a stylized manner, both in the writing and the staging.
DREARY & IZZY
January 25 – February 6, 2016
When sisters Deirdre and Isabelle Monoghan lose their parents in a car accident, Deirdre becomes the sole caregiver to her adopted older sister Isabelle, who is severely affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Just as Deirdre prepares to begin university and experience independence for the first time, she must decide how much of her own freedom she is willing to sacrifice for the love of her sister. DREARY & IZZY is a thought-provoking exploration of family dynamics, sexuality and cultural roots and is guaranteed to prompt discussion.
VENUS IN FUR
February 29 – March 12, 2016
This play-within-a-play, an adaptation of the 1870 novel Venus in Furs, challenges gender roles and sexual conventions. Thomas Novachek, a playwright/director, has been auditioning young women for the lead female role without much success when Wanda Jordan arrives late and uninvited. The audition rapidly escalates into a seductive power play with hints of the erotic. VENUS IN FUR will soon have you wondering – who is really in control?
THE LADIES FOURSOME
April 4 – 16, 2016
In THE LADIES FOURSOME, three friends meet for a round of golf to celebrate the passing of their recently departed playing partner. Before long they are surprised by a mysterious fourth woman who also claims to be an old friend of the deceased. A fun-filled, fast paced, joyful celebration of friendship between four utterly unique women. During a round of golf they discuss life, love, men, sex, children, careers… everything but golf!