Max Reimer, Artistic Managing Director, announced the plays of the 2009/2010 Playhouse Theatre Company season, his first since taking over in June, 2008.
“Since joining the Playhouse, I have been taking a close look at the position that the Playhouse holds within our community,” said Reimer. “I‘m hoping to write another rich chapter in the Playhouse novel,” he said. “The 2009/2010 season is my interpretation of our past traditions and reflects the direction that I want to take the company. I have removed the restriction of only producing plays from 1950 on and am committed to our tradition of quality productions. I want to re-assert our position as Vancouver’s premier regional theatre,” Reimer said.
“It’s important to remember that the Playhouse Theatre Company was conceived as Vancouver’s Regional Professional Theatre and now it is one of just 14 regional theatres in the country. It is up to the regional theatre to search the world for exciting plays and ensure the voices of our most talented artists are heard from our stages,” he said.
Named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people of the 20th century, Helen Keller’s compelling story as told by William Gibson in The Miracle Worker opens the 47th Playhouse season (October 10-31, 2009). “Our production of The Miracle Worker will open almost 50 years to the day after it premiered on Broadway. This gripping story of two pioneers, Keller and Annie Sullivan, her governess and teacher, has moved audiences for half a century,” said Reimer.
Following the overwhelming success of The Drowsy Chaperone, the Playhouse will present Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (November 21-December 27, 2009) – Book by Jeffrey Lane, music and lyrics by David Yazbek, based on the film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels written by Dale Launer & Stanley Shapiro & Paul Henning. “I want the Playhouse to be known for bringing the latest Broadway hit musicals to the stage as Vancouver audiences celebrate the holidays,” said Reimer. “This hilariously clever take on the ultimate con will leave audiences in hysterics.”
At the start of Vancouver’s Olympic year, the Playhouse and Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad will present the world premiere of Beyond Eden by Bruce Ruddell (January 16-February 6, 2010), a co-production with Theatre Calgary. Inspired by the 1957 expedition by Wilson Duff and Bill Reid to recover totem poles from Haida Gwaii, this BC story is intimate and personal as well as historical and epic. “I’m excited to be able to bring this true and important BC story to our stage,” said Reimer.
Remember the old saying about being careful what you wish for? Well, you’ll be wishing for more than Olympic Gold during Norm Foster’s cheeky and sexy The Love List (March 6-April 10, 2010). “A hilarious and thought-provoking play by Canada’s most prolific writer is definitely Foster at his best,” Reimer said.
The Playhouse heralds its return to the era of modern classics, closing its season with J.B. Priestley’s Dangerous Corner (May 1-22, 2010). The events in Dangerous Corner lead us through a series of devastating revelations and then back again as if nothing happened. “It’s fitting that we end our season with Priestley’s ‘time play’,” said Reimer.
“I have chosen these plays for their warmth, heart and humour. The mix of shows may be new,” he said, “but the tradition of high quality productions that engages our audiences in a social and personal experience is not.”
Seasons tickets to The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company’s 2009/2010 season are now on sale. For more information visit http://vancouverplayhouse.com.