“I want to tell the truth. I just don’t want to get caught at it.” – William Shagspeare in Equivocation
“…it zooms along with all the hip humor of a writers’ meeting for Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show”.…enormously smart, witty, multilayered, political-personal, centuries-crossing, theater-teasing, Shakespeare-embracing play…” Chicago Sun Times
Victoria, British Columbia…From April 22 – May 25, 2014 the Belfry Theatre will present Equivocation by American playwright and Jesuit priest Bill Cain. Directed by Michael Shamata, Equivocation stars Anousha Alamian, Rachel Cairns, Bob Frazer, Anton Lipovetsky, Shawn MacDonald, and Gerry Mackay.
Equivocation is a co-production with Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach, and following its run in Victoria, the show will transfer there and run from July 2 – September 19. This will be Bard on the Beach’s first ever co-production.
Palace intrigue and backstage comedy converge to create this entertaining ode to art, politics, and the perils of negotiating both! It’s a dangerous time for Catholics when King James’ henchman Sir Robert Cecil charges William Shagspeare (yes, him) with writing the “true history” of Guy Fawkes and the thwarted Gunpowder Plot. The famous playwright attempts to discover where the fiction stops and where the facts lead – without losing his head in the process!
Equivocation premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2009 and subsequently transferred to Seattle. The play has been produced throughout the US.
The creative team for Equivocation includes Set Designer Kevin McAllister, Costume Designer Nancy Bryant, Lighting Designer Alan Brodie, Composer / Sound Designer Tobin Stokes and Fight Director Nick Harrison. Jennifer Swan is the Stage Manager and Ben Cheung is the Assistant Stage Manager.
Prior to and throughout the run of Equivocation, the Belfry is producing a number of audience engagement events designed to enhance and extend the experience of the play.
B4Play – Saturday, April 19 at 11 am
CBC Radio’s Gregor Craigie will host a live talk show featuring artists fromEquivocation and some very special community guests. This free event is at the Belfry Theatre.
Afterplay (April 29 – May 3 / May 13 – 17)
Following selected performances of Equivocation, we’ll host Afterplay – a facilitated discussion where patrons can share their thoughts with fellow audience members. It’s a chance to “debrief” after the show and hear how other audience members experienced the play.
In collaboration with the Greater Victoria Public Library we’ll be hosting Belfry at the Library where we delve into the themes of the show and give people a behind the scenes look at the making of Equivocation.
We’ll be at the Bruce Hutchinson Branch (4636 Elk Lake Drive, Saanich Commonwealth Place) on Friday, May 2 from 10:30 am to 11:15 am and at the Central Branch (735 Broughton Street) Friday, May 16 from 10:30 am to 11:15 am.
ASL Performance – May 11 at 2pm
An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted performance for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Certified interpreters, standing to the left side of the stage, interpret the script and language used by the actors at the same time it is being performed.
VocalEye Performance – May 18 at 2 pm
Audio describers provide descriptions of the visual elements of the show, allowing people with low vision to enjoy the theatrical experience without missing any of the details. Following the performance there is a touch tour of the set.
Ticket Information and Performance Schedule
Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8 pm
Wednesday Matinees (April 30 & May 7) at 1 pm
Saturday Matinees at 4 pm
Sunday Matinees at 2 pm
Single tickets for the show range from $25 to $40 (plus GST) and can be booked by calling 250-385-6815, or online at www.belfry.bc.ca. Students discounts are available.
Equivocation contains some graphic and violent content.