As with most of the world’s artists, those in the University of Victoria’s theatre department had their resilience tested when theatres closed last year. Forced to get inventive, faculty began teaching new skills to present professional-quality, live-streamed plays. Students benefited with the addition of camera, lighting and directing for broadcast skills added to the strong theatre program at the UVic program.
Live-streaming returns to the Phoenix Theatre’s in-person plays this year under the health protocols outlined by UVic and by BC’s Public Health Office.
“While nothing can compare with sharing the magic of theatre with a live audience,” says Dr. Anthony Vickery, theatre chair, “It’s important for both our audiences and students that we continue to share our plays online and teach live-stream technology.”
The 2021-22 season kicks off with Dead Man’s Cell Phone (November 11-27), a wildly imaginative comedy by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl, directed by professor Fran Gebhard. The play follows Jean’s loopy odyssey after picking up a ringing phone, and reminds us of the importance of connection in a world isolated by technology.
In February, professor Conrad Alexandrowicz marks the 100th anniversary of T.S. Eliot’s modernist poem The Waste Land (February 17-26, 2022) with a new staged adaptation. The poem bears witness to the aftermath of the First World War, while offering hope for society’s redemption.
The season concludes with Shakespeare’s Women (March 17-26, 2022) by Libby Appel, a playful revisiting of The Bard’s most beloved stories, told through the eyes of his most memorable female characters. Guest director Dean Gabourie brings his Stratford Festival experience and passion for addressing social issues to present Shakespeare’s heroines anew.
A three-show package of Phoenix plays is only $45—a savings of up to 50 per cent off single shows. Subscriptions have free exchanges, livestream alternatives and refund options—offering a peace-of-mind guarantee when you book tickets to live theatre again.
More info at phoenixtheatres.ca or 250-721-8000.