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The Arts Club Anthology: 50 Years of Canadian Theatre in Vancouver

The Arts Club Anthology: 50 Years of Canadian Theatre in Vancouver
Your Price: $25.00 CDN
Edited by: Rachel Ditor
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 400
Pub. Date: 2015
ISBN-10: 1770912185
ISBN-13: 9781770912182

About the Play:

The Arts Club Anthology: 50 Years of Canadian Theatre in Vancouver is an anthology edited by director and dramaturg Rachel Ditor. In time for the Arts Club Theatre Company's fiftieth anniversary, this anthology collects six of the most cherished and popular plays that have captivated audiences for the past five decades.

As the largest theatre in Western Canada, the Arts Club Theatre Company has attracted millions of people to celebrate artistic talent during its impressive fifty-year history. An integral part of Vancouver's theatre scene and Canadian theatre history, the company helped launch the careers of many Canadian talents and introduced the city to tremendous playwrights such as Carol Bolt and Michel Tremblay. The Arts Club Theatre Company has also developed and premiered over 90 new Canadian plays in 50 years. That’s an average of almost two per season. The full list is in the back of The Arts Club Anthology, which celebrates that history by collecting six of the most unique and cherished plays that have premiered at the Arts Club Theatre over the past five decades.

The Arts Club Anthology includes:

Talking Dirty is a standout comedy by Sherman Snukal about dishonesty in intimate relationships. It burst onto the stage in 1981 and set a record for the longest-running Canadian play to that date. (Cast: 3 women, 2 men)

The Matka King is a drama by Anosh Irani that reveals a landscape of betrayal and redemption come to life in the red-light district of Bombay, India. His first play, it premiered to rave reviews in 2003. (Cast: 2 women, 3 men)

The Dishwashers is a drama by Morris Panych that walks a razor's edge between comedy and tragedy chronicling the plight of men working in the lower depths of a high end restaurant. First produced in 2005, the play was selected to kick off the Americas Off Broadway festival in 2008. (Cast: 3 men)

Unless adapted by Carol Shields and Sara Cassidy from the Carol Shields’ popular and critically acclaimed novel. The story of Reta, a mother forced to re-evaluate her life after her daughter is discovered on a Toronto street corner, mute and bearing a sign that says “Goodness”. A beautiful, heart-wrenching tale of pain, enlightenment and reconnection by one of Canada’s best-loved writers. Premiered in 2005 in a co-production with the Toronto's Canadian Stage Compay. (Cast: 3 women, 5 men)

Mom's the Word Remixed: For Crying Out Loud by Jill Daum, Linda A. Carson, Alison Kelly, Barbara Pollard, Robin Nichol, and Deborah Williams From the terrible twos to the terrifying teens, experience the frustrations, embarrassments and dizzying joys of parenthood. Audiences around the world have roared with laughter and tears at these outrageously funny, poignant and true vignettes of motherhood. This revised version of Mom's the Word premiered in 2009. (Cast: 6 women)

Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata by Veda Hille, Bill Richardson, and Amiel Gladstone is a contemporary exploration of humanity through the lens of Craigslist – an online classified site with over 50 million ads posted each month. Premiered in 2012 in a co-production with the PuSh Festival.

About the Editor:

Rachel Ditor is a freelance director and the current Literary Manager of the Arts Club Theatre, where she acts as dramaturg on new plays written for the company. She is an adjunct professor at UBC, teaching dramaturgy; a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas; and the editor of The Arts Club Anthology: 50 years of Canadian Theatre in Vancouver. She makes her home in Vancouver.