Cirucs ProjectTHE CIRCUS PROJECT: working title”Le Cirque des Rêves” (research & development) created & devised by the ensemble

In the fall of 2017 for 3 weeks, Twenty Something Theatre began the research & development phase to create an original, devised physical theatre production featuring collaborators Raes Calvert, Julie Casselman, Lois Dawson, Jessica Hickman, Ming Hudson, Julie McIsaac, Joel Sturrock and Artistic Producer, Sabrina Evertt.

Coinciding with BC Culture Days, 2 open rehearsal days took place on September 30 & October 1st with a work-in-progress presentation taking place on October 8, 2017 at Renegade Studios.

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THE OUT VIGIL (World Premiere) by Julie McIsaac

Mere hours before the opening of the perilous king crab fishing season, Danny, a young Newfoundlander arrives in Alaska, desperate for a job. A local fisherman, Cal, grudgingly agrees to help him out, but past & present collide when Lizzie, a feisty young woman, shows up. A modern fable steeped in maritime lore, The Out Vigil questions our ability to accept the natural world for all that it is, both beautiful and terrifying. With live music throughout the performance The Out Vigil takes on a bold new form of poetic naturalism that allows for a harmonious marriage of elements – fact and folklore, music and magic, the modern and the mythical.

Presented by the Firehall Arts Centre, the World Premiere of The Out Vigil appeared on stage from March 16 – 26, 2016 featuring Matthew MacDonald-Bain, Stephanie Izsak, Zac Scott, Christina Cuglietta & Alison Jenkins. Directed by Sabrina Evertt.

Nominated for 5 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards including:

-Outstanding Production

-Outstanding Direction – Sabrina Evertt

-Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress – Stephanie Izsak

Winner of 2 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for:

-Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor – Matthew MacDonald-Bain

-Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition – Jay Clift & Julie McIsaac

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52 PICK-UP by TJ Dawe & Rita Bozi

52 scene titles are written on a deck of cards that are thrown into the air. As the performers pick up the cards they perform the scenes, one by one, revealing a hilarious and heartbreaking love story. No two performances are ever the same!

52 Pick-Up appeared on stage at Havana Theatre from November 8 – 29, 2015 featuring Sara Andrina Brown & Dan Willows. Directed by Brian Cochrane.

 

 

 

 

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TENDER NAPALM by Philip Ridley

Explosive and poetic, Tender Napalm weaves a compelling tapestry that re-examines and re-defines the language of love. Two people with an intense physical and emotional connection struggle to survive in the face of catastrophe and explore the process of grieving and healing without cliché or clumsy sentiment.

Tender Napalm appeared on stage at Havana Theatre from October 23 – November 8, 2015 featuring Sean Harris Oliver & Claire Hesselgrave. Directed by Sabrina Evertt.

Nominated for 3 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards including:

-Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress – Claire Hesselgrave

-Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition – Julie Casselman

Winner of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for:

-Significant Artistic Achievement, Outstanding Movement Direction & Choreography  – Joel Sturrock

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WIDE AWAKE HEARTS by Brendan Gall

Four friends – a writer, an actress, an editor, and an actor – stumble through the nightmarish landscape of love and infidelity while trying to make a movie in which art imitates life.

Wide Awake Hearts appeared on stage at Little Mountain Gallery, in a co-production with Hardline Productions, from December 3 – 21, 2014 featuring Sean Harris Oliver, Genevieve Fleming, Claire Hesselgrave & Robert Salvador. Directed by Brian Cochrane.

 

 

 

14266417177_29f013cfc4_zTHE BOMB-ITTY OF ERRORS (remount & tour) by Jordan Allen-Dutton, Jason Catalano, Gretogy Qaiyum & Erik Weiner

A fast-paced, musical “ad-rap-tation” of Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identities, this show infuses Elizabethan times with hip-hop flavour. The actors sing, rap, and rhyme catchy and laugh-out-loud songs that retain much of the Bard’s original text—all while a DJ spins original music onstage. The tale involves not one but two sets of twins who grow up unaware of his zygote-mate’s existence, but, fear not, their lives will indeed intersect in hilarious and madcap ways. Featuring Brian Cochrane, David Kaye, Niko Koupantisis & Jameson Parker. Directed by Catriona Leger.

Presented by the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver, BC for its 50th Anniversary Season running at the Revue Stage from April 10 – May 10, 2014.

Presented by the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, BC running from August 5 – 24, 2014

 

Out_Vigil_0059THE OUT VIGIL (workshop production) by Julie McIsaac

Mere hours before the opening of the perilous king crab fishing season, a young Newfoundlander arrives in Alaska, desperate for a job. A local fisherman grudgingly agrees to help him out, but past & present collide when a young woman shows up. A modern fable steeped in maritime lore, The Out Vigil questions our ability to accept the natural world for all that it is, both beautiful and terrifying.

A workshop production of The Out Vigil appeared on stage at the Havana Theatre from May 28 – 31, 2014 featuring Raes Calvert, Matthew MacDonald-Bain & Gili Roskies. Directed by Sabrina Evertt.

 

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A fiercely funny dark comedy that tells the story of three teenage misfits brought together by a sex scandal in Salem, Oregon. In the blurry world between adolescence and adulthood, secrets become currency, blogs are belted, and the truth can imprison you just as easily as it can set you free.

Speech & Debate appeared on stage at Studio 1398 on Granville Island from October 2 – 12, 2013 featuring Scott Button, Claire Hesselgrave, Alex Rose & Jennifer Suratos. Directed by Brian Cochrane.

Nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role – Claire Hesselgrave.

Ray Michal Prize Recipient for Most Promising New Director – Brian Cochrane

 

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From the playwright who brought you Prodigals comes a brand new play about a young couple whose hunger for home ownership and meaningful careers threatens to destroy their relationship.

The World Premiere of Us & Everything We Own appeared on stage at PAL Studio Theatre from April 4 – 13, 2013 featuring Adam Lolacher, Julie McIsaac, Genevieve Fleming & Jason Clift. Directed by Sabrina Evertt.

 

 

 

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A fast-paced, energetic, musical “ad-rap-tation” of William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Elizabethan times are pumped up with live hip-hop flavour, as the actors sing, rap and rhyme fun, catchy and laugh-out-loud songs that retain much of the Bard’s original text – all with original music and a live DJ on stage.

The Bomb-itty of Errors appeared on stage at Studio 16, in a co-production with Temporary Thing, from April 4 – 22, 2012 featuring Brian Cochrane, David Kaye, Niko Koupantsis & Jameson Parker. Directed by Catriona Leger.

Nominated for 4 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards including:

-Outstanding Production

-Outstanding Direction – Catriona Leger

Winner of 2 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for:

-Outstanding Costume Design – Vanessa Imeson

-Significant Artistic Achievement, Outstanding Ensemble Performance with Music & Live DJ – Brian Cochrane, David Kaye, Niko Koupantsis, Jameson Parker & DJ Oker Chen

TOUGH! by George F. Walker

Bobby and Tina are nineteen. Bobby gets caught cheating. Tina finds out she’s pregnant. Jill, Tina’s best friend, hates Bobby and welcomes the opportunity to kick his ass. Sometimes life is tough. First written in 1993 this dark comedy by George F. Walker is a wrenchingly funny, painful, and honest depiction of the conflicting desires and troubled relationships that continue to epitomize young people today.

Tough! appeared on stage at Granville Island’s Studio 1398 (formerly PTC Studio) from August 24th – September 3, 2011 featuring Timothy Johnston, Marlene Ginader & Katherine Gauthier. Directed by Tamara McCarthy.

 

 

PRODIGALS (World Premiere) by Sean Minogue

After a sold-out & critically acclaimed workshop production, also named one of the Ten Best Theatre Productions for 2010, Prodigals returned for its official World Premiere. Set in a small bar in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, six young underachievers await the results of a murder trial that’s hit close to home. Their world of drinking, sarcasm and missed opportunities is flipped upside down when a former friend returns from Toronto to testify in the trial, reopening old wounds and creating some new ones as well.

The World Premiere of Prodigals, appeared on stage at Studio T, Goldcorp Centre for the Performing Arts, in collaboration with SFU Woodwards, from May 3rd – May 14th, 2011 featuring Tara Pratt, Timothy Johnston, Aslam Husain, Kirsten Kilburn, Brandyn Eddy & Jameson Parker. Directed by Peter Boychuk.

 

NOCTURNE by Adam Rapp

Adam Rapp’s highly acclaimed play Nocturne begins as a former piano prodigy recounts the tragic events that tore his family apart. At only 17 years old the young man leaves home and sets out for New York City where he seeks an uneasy refuge in books and he reinvents himself as a writer. Throughout the next decade and a half he tries to cope with the ramifications of his own anguish and estrangement while making a desperate search for redemption. With a keen eye for human relationships and a deft ear for language, Rapp explores the aftershock of an unimaginable event.

Nocturne appeared on stage at the Havana Theatre from February 22nd – 27th, 2011 featuring Troy Anthony Young. Directed by Sabrina Evertt.

 

 

BLUE SURGE by Rebecca Gilman

Blue Surge tells the story of Curt, a small-town cop, and Sandy, the 18-year old prostitute he meets in a raid on a massage parlour. Curt finds an unlikely kindred spirit in Sandy and begins a relationship with her that puts everything he’s worked for – his career, his friendships, and his engagement to his fiancee – at risk. But Curt sees a future with Sandy, an escape from his difficult past. As the two of them chase their dreams, they must learn a skill that is foreign to them both: they must learn to hope.

Blue Surge appeared on stage at Studio 16 from August 24th – September 4th, 2010 featuring Jeremy Leroux, Megan McGeough, Chris Rosamond, Tara Pratt & Claire Lindsay. Directed by Sabrina Evertt.

 

 

PRODIGALS (workshop production) by Sean Minogue

Set in a small bar in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, six young underachievers await the results of a murder trial that’s hit close to home. Their world of drinking, sarcasm and missed opportunities is flipped upside down when a former friend returns from Toronto to testify in the trial, reopening old wounds and creating some new ones as well.

A workshop production of Prodigals appeared on stage at the Havana Theatre from April 27th – May 2nd, 2010 featuring Tara Pratt, Timothy Johnston, Aslam Husain, Abby Renee Creek, Brandyn Eddy & Jameson Parker. Directed by Peter Boychuk.

 

 

 

UNIDENTIFIED HUMAN REMAINS AND THE TRUE NATURE OF LOVE by Brad Fraser

David McMillan is a former actor, current waiter on the verge of turning thirty. Together with his book-reviewing roommate, Candy, and his best friend, Bernie, David encounters a number of seductive strangers in his search for love and sex. However, the games turn ugly when it appears a serial killer lurks among them. A compelling study of young adults groping for meaning in a senseless world.

Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love appeared on stage at Granville Island’s PTC Studio from August 25th – September 6, 2009 featuring Rob Monk, Kirsten Kilburn, Joel Sturrock, Sebastian Kroon, Emilie Leclerc, Tara Pratt & Kevan Kase. Directed by Sabrina Evertt.

 

ANNE FRANK IS IN MY DREAMS by Lee Cookson

Pete is a young man, working for a publishing company, who is a good employee and a serious worker but is he happy? Everyday Pete goes to work where he starts and finishes his day by writing the perfect fifty-word book synopsis. The repetition of his life has made him restless and jaded until a feisty new intern, Anna, begins working at his office. As Pete sits down to write the synopsis for the newest edition of “The Diary of Anne Frank” the lines between reality and dream become blurred. Anna becomes Anne and together they teach Pete how to dream again.

Anne Frank Is In My Dreams appeared on stage at the Havana Theatre from March 2 – March 8, 2009 featuring Peter Carlone & Fernanda Fukamati. Directed by Fay Nass.

 

 

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SUBURBIA by Eric Bogosian

One night a group of suburban twenty-year olds gather outside their local convenience store to welcome home an old friend who is returning after a successful national tour with his rock band. His arrival in a limousine with entourage in tow precipitates an all night whirlwind of drinking, sex & violence. As morning arrives tragedy and comedy have laced through the lives of these young people and changed them forever.

SubUrbia appeared on stage at Granville Island’s PTC Studio from August 19th – August 31st, 2008 featuring Ian Harmon, Shaun Aquiline, Deneh Thompson, Rachel Aberle, Abby Renee Creek, Genevieve Fleming, Rhys Finnick, David Villegas & Odessa Cadieux-Rey. Directed by Sabrina Evertt.

 

THE FEVER by Wallace ShawnThe fever

The narrator of this blistering monologue lies ill and alone in a dreary hotel room in a poverty-stricken country. A political execution is about to take place beneath her window. Far from the glib comforts of her own life, she struggles with memories and her own conscience, which are challenged by the misery and poverty she sees. As the narrator reminisces and agonizes over her own responsibility for the downtrodden, she reaches the inevitable conclusion that the politically correct are guilty themselves unless they take action. At the play’s conclusion, the narrator has succeeded in defining her own guilt, but is uncertain whether or not she has the personal courage to join the struggle.

The Fever appeared on stage at The Beaumont Studios from January 29th – February 3, 2008 featuring Kirsten Kilburn. Directed by Sabrina Evertt.

 

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THE SHAPE OF THINGS by Neil Labute

How far would you go for love? What concessions would you make? What price would you be willing to pay? Such are the painful questions explored by Neil Labute in his play The Shape of Things – a modern-day telling of the fall of man. After a chance meeting in a museum, Evelyn, a sexy, aggressive artist, and Adam, a shy, insecure student, become embroiled in an intense affair that soon veers into the kind of dangerous, seductive territory that Labute does best. Only in the final and shocking exhibition, which challenges our most deeply entrenched ideas about art and love, does Evelyn reveal her true intentions.

The Shape of Things appeared on stage at Granville Island’s Waterfront Theatre from August 22 – September 1, 2007 featuring Julie McIsaac, Joel Sturrock, Lisa Aasebo & Jon Lachlan Stewart. Directed by Sabrina Evertt.

 

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THIS IS OUR YOUTH by Kenneth Lonergan

In meticulous, hilarious, and agonizing detail, This Is Our Youth follows forty-eight hours of three lost young souls in the big city at the dawn of the Reagan Era. It’s 1982, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where the wealthy, articulate hippie teenagers who were small children in the ’60s have emerged as young adults in a country that has just resoundingly rejected everything in which they were brought up to believe.

This Is Our Youth appeared on stage at North Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre from August 16 – September 2, 2006 featuring Timothy Johnston, Graham Wardle & Kirsten Kilburn. Directed by Sabrina Evertt.