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EAST VAN’S CULTURAL CORNERSTONE—ON THREE STAGES

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR HEATHER REDFERN

The Cultch presents an exciting 20-show season for 2016–17, which includes five world premieres by local companies and six Canadian premieres of international hits.

Two world premiere musicals will take to the York stage in 2017 with Zee Zee Theatre’s Elbow Room: The Musical, a candid look inside Vancouver’s most iconic eatery, and Urban Ink’s Children of God, the powerful story of two Oji-Cree children taken from their family and sent to a residential school in northern Ontario. Two dance pieces from celebrated local artists will also premiere as part of the season: am a from Mindy Parfitt and Amber Funk Barton and How To Be, the newest work from Tara Cheyenne Performance. The local premieres are rounded out by the return of Theatre Replacement’s wildly successful East Van Panto. This year the writing/directing team of Mark Chavez and Anita Rochon will bring us their wacky, wonderful take on Little Red Riding Hood, with Veda Hille returning for a fourth year as musical director!

The six Canadian premieres include Piya Behrupiya, a Hindi version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; Fight Night from Belgium, a wickedly fun take on elections and voting systems; the American Helen & Edgar from the team behind The Moth; family friendly The Pianist and romantic thriller The Elephant Wrestler, both from New Zealand; and the shocking La Merda from Italy.

The season is rounded out with the return of local successes Motherload, VACT’s Empire of the Son, and Cultchivating the Fringe winner The Fighting Season, along with national works from Toronto and Montreal (All Hell is Breaking Loose, Honey; Mouthpiece; NeoIndigenA; The Daisy Theatre; Vertical Influences; and Mump & Smoot).

With 20 explosively entertaining productions, the season will keep The Cultch’s venues—the Historic Theatre, the Vancity Culture Lab, and the York Theatre—buzzing with live performance!

 

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HELEN & EDGAR
September 29–October 8, 2016
Edgar Oliver (US)

MOTHERLOAD
October 4–15, 2016
The Motherload Collective (Vancouver)

PIYA BEHRUPIYA (TWELFTH NIGHT)
October 11–22, 2016
The Company Theatre (India)

FIGHT NIGHT
October 18–29, 2016
Ontroerend Goed (Belgium), Border Project Australia, Richard Jordan (UK)

THE PIANIST: A CONCERT CATASTROPHE
October 25–November 6, 2016
Thomas Monckton (New Zealand)/Circo Aereo (Finland)

THE ELEPHANT WRESTLER
November 1–5, 2016
Indian Ink Theatre Company (New Zealand)

EMPIRE OF THE SON
November 1–13, 2016
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver)

ALL HELL IS BREAKING LOOSE, HONEY
November 8–12, 2016
Frédérick Gravel/Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup (Montreal)

EAST VAN PANTO: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
November 23– December 31, 2016
Theatre Replacement (Vancouver)

THE FIGHTING SEASON
January 10–21, 2017
Bleeding Heart Theatre (Vancouver)

MOUTHPIECE
January 31–February 5, 2017
Quote UnQuote Collective (Toronto)

NEOINDIGENA
February 15–19, 2017
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (Toronto)

AM A
February 21–March 4, 2017
Amber Funk Barton and Mindy Parfitt (Vancouver)

ELBOW ROOM CAFE: THE MUSICAL
March 1–12, 2017
Zee Zee Theatre (Vancouver)

THE DAISY THEATRE
March 21–April 9, 2017
Ronnie Burkett (Toronto)

HOW TO BE
April 12–15, 2017
Tara Cheyenne Performance (Vancouver)

VERTICAL INFLUENCES
April 18–30, 2017
Le Patin Libre (Montreal)

MUMP & SMOOT IN ANYTHING
April 25–May 6, 2017
Mump & Smoot (Toronto)

LA MERDA
May 2–13, 2017
Frida Kahlo Production (Italy), Richard Jordan Productions (UK)

CHILDREN OF GOD
May 17–June 3, 2017
The Cultch, NAC (Ottawa), Raven Theatre, Urban Ink (Vancouver)

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