The Cultch announced its 45th anniversary season. Executive Director Heather Redfern has programmed an 18/19 season full of local premieres, international hits, and returning favourites. “The Cultch is a place that people come to for community: to have their minds stimulated, to be challenged, to laugh, to discover,” says Redfern. “The Cultch is for everyone.” The season will also include several 45th anniversary initiatives including a series of work to mark the 100 year anniversary of the armistice of WWI called the Ceasefire Series, and an expanded Femme Series
The 45th season, and Redfern’s 10th year of programming, reflects The Cultch’s continued commitment to building audiences for local companies and artists, while presenting cutting-edge national and international work. The 18/19 season includes ten local/BC productions —including four local world premieres: A Brief History of Human Extinction (Upintheair Theatre); The Ones We Leave Behind (VACT), a new play by Loretta Seto; Three Winters, written and directed by Amiel Gladstone; and Act of Faith, a new play from Janet Munsil (Realwheels Theatre). It also features four works by innovative Canadian companies, including Montreal’s Frédérick Gravel (This Duet That We’ve Already Done (so many times)), and L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres (New Cackle Sisters: Kitchen Chicken); and nine international works, including Mrs. Krishnan’s Party, a theatrical celebration from Indian Ink (NZ); Backbone, a new production (that will run at Vancouver Playhouse) by the company that produced A Simple Space, a piece about how we define masculinity called Testosterone, from Rhum and Clay (UK); and Nassim, a new play by the acclaimed playwright of White Rabbit Red Rabbit, Nassim Soleimanpour.
Once again, The Cultch makes it a priority to partner with local festivals like Diwali in BC and PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. A Vancouver Guldasta, a local production from SACHA (South Asian Canadian Histories Association), and The Believers Are But Brothers by Javaad Alipoor (UK) are the two South Asian pieces being presented with Diwali in BC this October. And in January 2019, The Cultch and PuSh International Performing Arts Festival will team up once again; this year to co-present This is the Point, an intimate look into the experience of four people whose lives have been changed by cerebral palsy.
Fans of The Cultch will be thrilled to see some familiar favourites back on the three Cultch stages. Children of God, Corey Payette’s hit musical about residential schools, returns after it successful national tour, and Australian patriarch-smashing hit Hot Brown Honey will once again decolonize and moisturize the York Theatre. Ronnie Burkett returns with his exclusive adults-only holiday hit Little Dickens., and joining the festive fun, favourite local holiday tradition, Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto, is back for a sixth year with Wizard of Oz. Panto favourites Veda Hille, Dawn Petten, Raugi Yu, and Andrew McNee return, with director Stephen Drover (director of East Van Panto: Hansel & Gretel) taking on a brand new script from celebrated playwright Marcus Youssef.
The Cultch’s 18/19 season will also see the renewal of the Femme Series (previously Femme February and Femme January) with three shows that celebrate the feminine experience: Dakh Daughters(Ukraine), Power Ballad (New Zealand), and Much Ado About Nothing — an all-female production from Classic Chic (Vancouver). Amazing work by female creators abounds in 18/19, from Kim Senklip Harvey’s high-energy matriarchal and indigenous story Kamloopa launching the season, to Cultchivating the Fringe winner Multiple Organism (Mind of a Snail).
In addition to the Femme Series, in November 2018 The Cultch will present the Ceasefire Series to mark the 100 year anniversary of the armistice of WWI. The Ceasefire Series will include three shows: a play about WWI (SmallWaR — the follow up to Big Mouth), a play about WWII (Amiel Gladstone’s Three Winters), and a production that explores current warfare and recruitment (The Believers Are But Brothers).
The Cultch’s 45th anniversary season— bursting with exciting local, national, and international performances —will make its three venues (Historic Theatre, York Theatre, and Vancity Culture Lab) the places to be this 2018/19. Subscriptions for the 18/19 season are on sale NOW. Single tickets go on sale July 16. Call The Cultch’s Box Office at 604-251-1363 or go online at tickets.thecultch.com.