The Frank Theatre Company, Vancouver’s only professional LGBTQ theatre company, officially launched its 2014/2015 season at the end of July with its annual Clean Sheets play reading series, but the season continues with three more productions through 2015.
In The Masks of Oscar Wilde, set to play the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival, a modern day Wilde tells the story of his life as it intertwines lecture, storytelling and drama to reveal several masks he wore in his life and highlights some of his most notable works. This co-production with Matchmaker Productions is best described as a lecture-in-play that director Amanda Lockitch says will appeal to those who want to know about both the man and the author while being exposed to some of his works.
In spring 2015 the company explores religion, spirituality and queer identity with a reading series, The Aspect of Eternity featuring two Canadian plays. Leanna Brodie’s The Book of Esther explores the urban/rural divide as conservative Christian farmers are thrown together with loud and proud urban queers. Loosely based on playwright Jonathan Brower’s experience growing up as a gay man in the evangelical Christian church, Oblivion is the fictionalized story of Tim, a man who seeks a solution to his struggles through a controversial life changing vaccine.
In April 2015 the company presents a sneak preview of Buffalo Girls by Nicola Harwood, one of the plays featured as part of Clean Sheets. Buffalo Girls is an absurdist comedy and cabaret in which three mannish women perform in a circus on the plains and plot their escape.
“Our 2014/2015 programming reflects both the breadth of our interests and the depth of our artistic practice,” says The Frank Theatre Company Artistic Producer, Chris Gatchalian. “Our work this season will speak to the manifold interests and concerns of our extraordinarily diverse community, written by and featuring some of our finest theatre artists.”
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