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Past Seasons

2015/2016

Advance Theatre: New Works by Women 
This is your Advance notice: women are taking back the stage.

Advance Theatre, New Works by Women
 
Ruby Slippers Theatre in partnership the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Equity in Theatre present Advance Theatre: New Works By Women, September 14-18 at 1:30pm
False Creek Gym (1318 Cartwright Street on Granville Island).
Admission by donation (suggested $5 - $10). 
 
Five new plays by female-identifying playwrights will receive public readings in an exciting collaboration between some of Vancouver’s finest theatre artists. According to a national study, women account for less than a third of artistic directors, working directors, and produced playwrights in professional Canadian theatre. That means that a lot of political, haunting, enraging, and hilarious voices haven’t yet been heard. 
 
Curated by Ruby Slippers Theatre with priority given to diversity, the plays include: Kitmat, Sept. 14, a documentary play on the effects of the pipeline referendum on an industry town, by esteemed BC playwright Elaine Avila and directed by Suzie Payne; 27 Voices by S.M. Hunter, Sept. 15, directed by Quelemia Sparrow, a poetic and intense play in honour of Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women and girls; Colleen Ann Fee’s After Love, Life, Sept. 16, a lyrical love song, directed by Tammy Bentz; Trialogue, Sept. 17, a complex and intellectual one-act by emerging playwright Carolyn Nakagawa directed by Marisa Smith; and Forget About Tomorrow, Sept. 18, a warm and witty tribute to the strength of family by Jill Daum directed by Vancouver theatre legend Pam Johnson, with songs by Jill’s husband, John Mann.

Click here for more information

 

You Will Remember Me


Photo Credit: Lisa Wu | Actors: Kevin McNulty and Sereana Milani

November 17-28, 2015 at The Cultch Historic Theatre
1895 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC
 
Sunday Nov 22 at 2 pm Sat Nov 28 at 2 pm (and 8:00pm) Tickets and information: thecultch.com
 
Written by François Archambault, translated by Bobby Theodore / Starring Kevin McNulty, Patti Allan, Sereana Malani, Marci T House, Craig Erickson / Directed by Diane Brown / Set and Props Design by Heidi Wilkinson / Costume Design by Jessica Oostergo / Lighting Design by John Webber / Video Design by Corwin Ferguson / Sound Design & Composition by Joelysa Pankanea / Stage Manager, Lois Dawson / Assistant Stage Manager, Melissa McCowell
 
A deeply personal and moving new play about a family and memory from one of Québec’s most compelling writers. When the aging patriarch of a modern family, a powerfully intellectual and political force in his community, suffers from dementia, the people who love him struggle to care for him.

From the people who brought you The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson…Ruby Slippers Theatre is back, and proud to present the Vancouver Premiere of You Will Remember Me as part of our Crucial New Voices From Quebec series, in partnership with and at The Vancouver East Cultural Centre. This eloquent drama by Francois Archambault and translated by Bobby Theodore is about family and memory, a deeply personal and moving new play from one of Quebec's most compelling writers.

When the aging patriarch of a modern family, a powerfully intellectual and political force in his community, suffers from dementia, the people who love him struggle to care for him. This project furthers our mission of producing provocative works from the vanguard of the French Canadian canon, as with last year’s critically acclaimed Après Moi & The List, and deepens our relationship with Francois Archambault with whom we have worked with many times (most notably, on our multi-award winning productions of The Winners and The Leisure Society.)

The draw: Local legends Kevin McNulty and Patti Allan star and Diane Brown directs.

The List


Photo Credt: Tim Matheson | Actor: France Perras 

March 10-19, 2016 at the Gateway Theatre
Studio B, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond, BC
Tickets and information: gatewaytheatre.com
 
Written by Jennifer Tremblay, Translated by Shelley Tepperman / Starring France Perras / Directed by Jack Paterson / Set and Lighting Design by John Webber / Costume Design by Drew Facey / Sound Design by Mishelle Cuttler / Stage Manager Lois Dawson 
 
In this moving translation of Jennifer Tremblay’s play La Liste, we experience one woman’s struggle as she fights through the memories leading to her friend’s death. A woman constantly making to-do lists so as not to forget anything, she overlooks one item that leads to a tragedy. This causes her to question: “Could I have done more?” 

5 @ 50

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Photo Credit: Tina Kulic

May 13 – 28, 2016 at PAL studio theatre
#300-581 Cardero Street, Vancouver, BC
Tickets: tickets.theatrewire.com

Written by Brad Fraser / Starring Veena Sood, Diane Brown,  Deborah Williams, Donna Yamamoto, and Beatrice Zeilinger / Directed by Cameron Mackenzie Deveau.
 
Ruby Slippers Theatre and Zee Zee Theatre present the North American premiere production of 5 @ 50 by Brad Fraser. When Olivia loses control at her fiftieth birthday party, her three best friends decide to intervene once and for all, much to the irritation of Olivia and her long-term partner Nora. But is she the only one battling a demon or does each of these women face an addiction of one kind or another? 5 @ 50 is a raw and darkly comedic portrayal of women in mid life. It is also a bold examination of addiction and intervention, and of the friendships we can’t live without. 

Thursday May 12th, 2016, 8 pm
Friday May 13th, 8 pm
Sat May 14th, 2 pm and 8 pm
Sunday May 15th, 2 pm

Tuesday May 17th, 8 pm
Wednesday May 18th, 1 pm and 8 pm
Thursday May 19th, 8 pm
Friday May 20th, 8 pm
Saturday May 21st, 2 and 8 pm
Sunday May 22nd, 2 pm

Tuesday May 24th, 8 pm
Wednesday May 25th, 1 and 8 pm
Thursday May 26th, 8 pm
Friday May 27th, 8 pm
Saturday May 28th, 2 and 8 pm

 

2014/2015

Ruby Slippers Theatre’s 2014/15 Season earned 8 Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Nominations and 3 awards. Bravo to all!

Celebrating the Outrageous Tenacious Human Spirit

Ruby Slippers Theatre is thrilled to present a season celebrating the courageous, outrageous, tenacious human spirit. For the past 26 years, Ruby Slippers Theatre has created, produced and presented provocative text-based theatre from the vanguard of the English and French Canadian canon, illuminating diverse perspectives and social issues. The 2014/15 season furthers this commitment, while reflecting our penchant for smart social satire that is infectiously entertaining.

 

CELEBRATE CRUCIAL NEW VOICES FROM QUEBEC IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION!
In association with BoucheWHACKED! Theatre Collective
January 27-February 1, 2015
Studio 16, 
1555 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
 

Après Moi
Written by Christian Bégin, Translated by Leanna Brodie | Featuring *Scott Bellis, *David Bloom, *Jennifer Lines, Chirag Naik and *Dawn Petten | Directed by *Diane Brown | Set and Lights by John Webber | Costumes by Drew Facey | Sound by Mishelle Cuttler

Après Moi is six versions of the same story, six ways of experiencing the same moment with increasing intimacy. It’s also a chance to see five of Vancouver's best actors deliver performances laced with sincerity and absolute precision. An examination of loneliness, this play explores our ever more distant connections to others, emphasizing the transformational power of human relationships, all with a strong dose of black humour.

To purchase tickets for Après Moi visit Brown Paper Tickets or call 1.800.838.3006.
 
 


 

The List
Written by Jennifer Tremblay, Translated by Shelley Tepperman | Featuring *France Perras | Directed by *Jack Paterson | Set and Lights by John Webber | Costumes by Drew Facey | Sound by Mishelle Cuttler

In The List, A woman invites us into her kitchen. Her neighbour is dead. Is she culpable for the death? The woman, who prides herself on never letting anything slip by, has overlooked an item on her list. A riveting tale of everyday to-do lists in which the essential and the ordinary are inextricably entwined.

To purchase tickets for The List visit Brown Paper Tickets or call 1.800.838.3006.
 
*Appearing with the permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association.
 

The Reviews are In!

 


 

The Duchess aka Wallis Simpson
April 7-18, 2015 at the Cultch Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC

Apr 7-12, 14-18: 8PM
Apr 11, 12, 18: 2PM
Lively post-show talkbacks: Apr 9, 14
Preview: Apr 7
Opening Night: Apr 8

Tickets and info: The Cultch | The Cultch Box Office, 604.251.1363 

Running time: 120 minutes with intermission

By Linda Griffiths | Featuring Eileen Barrett, Georgia Beaty, Diane Brown, Craig Erickson, Joel Garner, Raugi Yu, Melissa Oei, Kamyar Pazandeh, Matt Reznek, Xander Williams | Directed by Sarah Rodgers | Set by Michael Bock | Costumes by Mara Gottler | Lighting by John Webber | Sound by Scott Zechner | Choreography by Shelley Stewart Hunt | Photo Credit: Tim Matheson | Also featuring the sexy stylings of John Fluevog Shoes, one of our Season Sponsors!                   

THE DUCHESS a.k.a. Wallis Simpson is the fabulous, epic and true tale of Wallis Simpson, the notorious, convention-smashing American divorcee for whom Edward VIII gave up the throne in 1936. The play follows her through her tumultuous adult life and features such historical figures as Noel Coward, King George V, Queen Mary, Hitler and, of course, Wallis Simpson. 

The Reviews are in!

THE SUN 
"She eats Craig Erickson's boyist Edward VIII alive, and stands toe-to-toe with Hitler himself"
 
"Brown's pitch perfect Simpson makes it all absolutely worth it. Tall and sassy, at once scandalously immoral and beguilingly naive, she sashays through history seducing men and destroying just about everything she touches."

 
THE STRAIGHT
Playful, sexy, irreverent—The Duchess is a lively ride through the life of 20th-century icon.
 
“You can’t just get rid of women like me—we stick,” says Simpson at one point. With portrayals as memorable as this, she’s likely to stick around for a long while yet.

 
REVIEW VANCOUVER
"Diane Brown and Craig Erickson front wonderful chemistry as Wallis and Edward. There is palpable affection and clear contrition between them."

VANCOUVER PRESENTS!
Diane Brown is absolutely breathtaking as Simpson. ...Brown is so effective in the role that we actually root for her. 
 
As the man who-would-not-be-king, Craig Erickson finds a sobering melancholy among the chaos that was the couple’s life together.
 
Stand-outs among the ensemble include Beaty who does a very funny job in a caricature of Queen Mary, and Eileen Barrett finds depth as the bitter sister-in-law Elizabeth. Reznek reprises his role of Hitler with great results.
 
Ultimately, any production of The Duchess a.k.a Wallis Simpson is only as good as the actor in the title role. Diane Brown’s stunning performance makes this production a 
success. 

 

The Great Raymond-A Play in Development
FREE CULTURE DAYS EVENT
September 26, 1-4pm
Mount Pleasant Community Centre, Multi-Purpose Room 2
Directed by Diane Brown 
Featuring Meghan Gardiner, Dawn Petten, Monice Peter, Barbara Pollard, Leslie Dos Remedios, Donna Soares, Colleen Wheeler

The Great Raymond, by award-winning writer Timothy Taylor, is based on the astonishing true story of police corruption and outrageous scandal in 1950s Vancouver. Ruby Slippers Theatre is presenting an open workshop on September 26, 2014 featuring an all-female cast; women playing hard-boiled journalists, detectives, bookies and cops in this gritty Femme Noir drama.

 

2013/2014

Ruby Slippers Theatre celebrates it’s 25th Anniversary with productions of four outstanding Canadian plays:
 

Communion

Communion, Ruby Slippers Theatre

A crisis brings three women crashing together, exposing what they truly do, and do not, believe in. Smart, dark, hilarious. MacIvor at his best.

Written by Daniel MacIvor | Featuring Diane Brown, Kerry Sandomirsky & Marcie Nestman | Directed by Roy Surette

 
Pacific Theatre
Oct . 24 – Nov. 9, 2013
A Ruby Slippers Theatre production presented by Pacific Theatre

Buy Tickets online, email tickets@pacifictheatre.org or call 604.731.5518 for tickets

 
 
 
 

THE REVIEWS ARE IN!

"Stunning Production Gets Under Your Skin" - The Charlebois Post | Saturday, October 26, 2013.
"Vancouver Theatre: Communion" - Re[View] From the House | October 25, 2013
 
 

Hotel Bethlehem

Hotel Bethlehem, Ruby Slippers
 
By Drew McCreadie
Directed by Diane Brown 
 
The Nativity Story meets Fawlty Towers. A Ruby Slippers Theatre original, and the funniest Christmas show ever, is back again by popular demand.
 
By Drew McCreadie | Directed by Diane Brown and boasts 11 of Vancouver's finest actors including veterans John Murphy, Scott Bellis, Alex Diakun and Alvin Sanders- and includes the design talents of set designer David Roberts, sound designer Jordan Watkins, lighting designer Jonathan Ryder and costume designer Drew Facey.
 
Presented by The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and the Firehall Arts Centre
 
December 4–7: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby | Buy tickets Online, email at boxoffice@burnaby.ca or call 604-205-3000 for tickets
December 10–22: Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver | Buy tickets online, email firehall@firehallartscentre.ca or call 604.689.0926

 

 
 

It'll Never Last

Ruby Slippers Theatre is commissioning the English language translation of a caustic comedy about couples and conformity from one of Quebec’s hottest young writers, Rébecca Déraspe.
 
By Rébecca Déraspe
Translated by Leanne Brodie
Directed by Diane Brown
It'll Never Last is a sharp comedy about couples and conformity within the 20 something set, written by cutting edge Quebecois playwright Rebecca Deraspe, and translated by Leanna Brodie. Ruby Slippers Theatre's English language premiere reading at The Cultch is at 3 pm Sunday May 18, 2014 directed by Diane Brown and featuring Melissa Oei, Sean Harris Oliver, and Evelyn Chew. Fresh, smart, funny.
 
Presented by Ruby Slippers Theatre, in association with BoucheWHACKED! Theatre Collective at rEvolver festival’s Ta Gueule Staged Reading Series. 
 
May 18th: The Vancouver East Cultural Centre at 3 pm as part of the rEvolver Theatre Festival  | Tickets can be purchased by calling 604.251.1363.
 

A PLACE FOR LIVE THEATRE CANADA

 
 
 

The Great Raymond

In Development
By Timothy Taylor
 
From the actual journals and writings of B.C.’s most revered investigative reporter Jack Webster,
see Vancouver as you’ve never seen it – police corruption, drug dealing, blackmail and murder.
And it’s all true.

 

 

 

Be sure to grab the September 2013 copy of Playboard Magazine! Ruby Slippers Theatre's celebration of 25 years in theatre is on the cover with a great story on the company and Diane Brown. Check it out...

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2012/2013

A Beautiful View

The intangibles of love are explored in our nationally acclaimed production of A Beautiful View presented at SFU Woodwards in the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre. Written and directed by Governor Generals Award-winner Daniel Maclvor. A Beautiful View is a both clever and compassionate story of two women who meet and mistake each other for a lesbian. A Beautiful View will be presented at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre at SFU Woodwards September 26th-29th. You can find tickets here.

 

The Great Raymond

The Great RaymondThe Great Raymond is a portrait of Vancouver in the 1950s,inspired by the investigations of reporters Jack Webster and Ray Munro into police corruption. A collaboration between the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, Ruby Slippers Theatre, and award-winning local writer Timothy Taylor, author of Stanley Park, the project will culminate in a world premiere production at the Vancouver Playhouse in 2013. You can catch it on Saturday October 20th at the Vancouver International Writers Festival. You can find tickets here.

 

 

 

Hotel Bethlehem

Hotel Bethlehem, by award-winning Vancouver playwright Drew McCreadie, dares to deconstruct the Nativity Story through satire and insightful humanity. It's back this Christmas! It is probably the one and only existential Christmas comedy that will have you belly-laughing for two hours.  Please join us at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby December 12 - 15 and the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver December 18 - 22. You can find tickets for The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts here and for the Firehall Arts Centre, here.

 For more ticketing information, please visit our "Buy Tickets" section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011/2012

Diane Brown, Artistic Director

Provocative Canadian Voices
Courageous Canadian Theatre

In partnership with our good friends at The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, urban ink, and The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts,we have a Season that rocks. We hope you join us as we deepen our long-standing commitment to theatre that illuminates and furthers dissenting Canadian voices through provocative entertainment for critical thinkers.

Ruby Slippers Theatre was co-founded in 1989 by a collective of women artists from various disciplines who wanted to change the world. Our legacy includes over 70 projects, 3 national tours, and 8 full-length original works. Over the last seven years alone, Ruby Slippers Theatre has garnered 31 Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominations including twice for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production, and 13 Awards.

Ruby Slippers Theatre's distinctiveness lies in our commitment to dissenting, courageous Canadian voices that dig below the surface to reveal controversial truths about ourselves and our community. This illumination allows diversity of perspectives to emerge, and thus true independent critical thought and dialogue inspired.

Diane Brown,
Artistic Director

2011 / 2012 Productions

Hotel Bethlehem Image Credit: John Murphy by Tim Matheson

Hotel Bethlehem
World Premiere Production by Drew McCreadie

December 7 - 10, 2011 | Studio 16, 1545 West 7th Avenue
December 14 - 18, 2011 | Shadbolt Centre for the Arts

This holiday season it's time to consider that the history we know may not be the real story. In Ruby Slippers Theatre's Hotel Bethlehem, we playfully invite the audience to consider another interpretation of what happened that fateful night. Farce meets satire meets holiday fare in this world premiere.

This raucous new play, produced in association with The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, will feature 11 of Vancouver's finest performers! As you remember, the incorrigible Drew McCreadie also penned Ruby Slippers Theatre's landmark production of The Cat Who Ate Her Husband which went on to be nominated for a record-setting 10 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards including Outstanding Production!

Have you ever wondered why The Inn was full? Who would turn away a VERY pregnant woman? What kind of characters and shenanigans were they up to that this could happen? Surprisingly, no one has asked these questions UNTIL NOW. Award winning playwright Drew McCreadie takes an inside look at what was going on at the inn that infamous silent night.

From the shepherds who first saw the star, Sam (Scott Bellis) and Ezekial (Alex Diakun), to the Inns owner, Joshua (John Murphy), confusion abounds when the three Kings - Melchior (Dustin Freeland), Caspar (Stephen Beaver) and Balthazar (Noah Rosenbaum) - try to hide their true selves from the Roman soldiers Lewdious (Byron Noble) and Hepion (Sean McQuillan). Adding to the confusion are the blind census-taker Addius Miopicus (Bernard Cuffling) and the Inn's staff, Mary (Jennifer Mawhinney), not to be confused with THE Mary who is in the stables waiting for Joseph (Kris Novak) to give her birthing guidance.

Hotel Bethlehem is directed by Ruby Slippers Theatre's Artistic Director Diane Brown with set design by David Roberts, sound design by Jordan Watkins, lighting design by Jonathan Ryder and costume design by Drew Facey. Stage Manager Allison Spearin is joined by Apprentice Stage Manager Stephanie Elgersma.

 

 

 

2010/2011

Trudeau Stories

Our Femmes Fatales Series featured Brooke Johnson in Trudeau Stories (a co-presentation with Presentation House) from November 9-13, 2010.

For seven years, Ruby Slippers Theatre's Femmes Fatales Series has showcased women theatre makers who create and perform their own work. These courageous heroines deftly transcend sexual stereotypes and theatrical expectations with their tour de force performance work. Past Fatales have included the incomparable Marie Brassard, Karen Hines, Denise Clark, Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and Tracey Powers.

The enigma of Pierre Elliott Trudeau is a bug Canadians will never fully get out of our system. His presence redefined a somewhat dowdy country in the eyes of the world, leaving us with a collective anxiety about whether we quite measured up. Brooke Johnson has captured this strange ambivalence in a beautiful one-woman show about her friendship with the just-retired PM when she was only 23.

A Beautiful View: National Showcase!

Ruby Slippers Theatre was also thrilled to be taking our critically acclaimed production of A Beautiful View to the national stage!

A Beautiful View ran from Tuesday April 5 to April 9, 2011.

All local performances took place at Presentation House Theatre, in North Vancouver.

Also the show played at The Centaur Theatre in Montreal, one of Canada's foremost English speaking theatres, from April 19 - May 22, 2011.

A Beautiful View is a seriocomic trek across the intangibles of love, and about our affinity for re-writing history in its name. Two women, both camping aficionados, meet while shopping for tents. Their connection informs their choices for the next two decades, culminating in a quiet note of tragicomedy.

A Beautiful View - Reviews

The reason that I go to the theatre is that I hope to have experiences like the one I had at A Beautiful View.
- Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

This stellar presentation is one of exhilaration; as live theatre so often proves, this is the stuff that dreams are made of.
- Peter Birnie, The Vancouver Sun

This is another witty, honest exploration of what it is to be human wrapped up in innovative metatheatrics.
-  Jo Ledingham, The Vancouver Courier

Making a Scene Theatre Conference!

Ruby Slippers was at the GVPTA's annual Making a Scene Theatre Conference!

  • WHAT: Two days in which YOU design the programme and set the discussion topics which matter to you.
  • WHERE: W2 Storyeum, 151 W. Cordova St, Vancouver BC (the old Storyeum space)
  • WHEN: Friday November 26 & Saturday November 27 2011
  • WHO: For anyone who cares about theatre! Whatever your connection to theatre; on stage, back stage, off stage, on a board, in the audience - you were invited. All sectors and genres; Fringe, Regional, Indy, Commercial, Large, Small, Community, Touring, TYA, etc. You are ALL invited.

Mission Statement

Multi-award winning Ruby Slippers Theatre produces provocative text-based theatre from the vanguard of the English and French Canadian canon. We are the only company in Vancouver mandated to producing the contemporary Quebecois canon in English, and have been doing so since 1990. Our work illuminates diverse perspectives and social issues, inspiring independent critical thought, communion, and diversity.

 

Thank you to our season sponsors John Fluevog Shoes and CWest Solutions