This month at The Cultch, Delinquent Theatre presents Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical, an indie-rock musical is about the moment when big dreams meet reality checks. The show follows six young employees of a floundering advertising company who struggle under the fluorescent lights of real life, where obligations and social niceties loom large. But in the world of daydreams, all things are possible.
Featuring a cast of talented actor-musicians and a score ranging from rap to anthemic indie rock, Stationary tackles post-recession existence with ukulele in hand. Sometimes life is disappointing; singing about it takes the edge off.
Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical first appeared at the Neanderthal Arts Festival in Vancouver in 2012. Due to popular demand and a successful Indiegogo campaign (which exceeded its target in just thirty hours), Delinquent Theatre recorded the soundtrack to the musical. The production returned in 2013 at Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver and then moved on to the Gabriola Island Theatre Festival that summer. Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical returns to The Cultch after a performance run in Ontario in early April at Talk is Free Theatre.
Playwright, actor and Artistic Producer, Christine Quintana says: “It’s grown along with us as we’ve discovered ourselves as artists. Every time we do the show it becomes faster, funnier and much darker – we’re pushing our work as musicians, actors and creators. Stationary isn’t just a think-piece about hopeless millennials, it asks the question – what happens now?”
Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical features book and lyrics by Christine Quintana (Selfie), composition by Mishelle Cuttler (Killer Joe, Après Moi) with rap lyrics by Brian Cochrane, associate direction by Chelsea Haberlin (Killer Joe, Gruesome Playground Injuries) and original direction by Laura McLean. Performers include Meaghan Chenosky (Killer Joe, Small Parts), Brian Cochrane (The Bomb-itty of Errors), Mishelle Cuttler (The Tragical Comedy of Punch & Judy), Claire Hesselgrave (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Speech and Debate), Anton Lipovetsky (Urinetown, Cymbeline) and Christine Quintana (Saint Joan) along with Alex Hauka (of indie bands Good for Grapes and Wooden Horsemen), Molly MacKinnon (of indie band The Ruffled Feathers) and Arlen Kristian Tom (playwright The Best, Man).
Show Dates, Times, Tickets
April 21st until May 2nd at The Historic Theatre at The Cultch (1895 Venables St, Vancouver). The opening performance is April 21st at 8:00pm with 8:00pm performances April 21-25, April 28-30, and May 1-2. 2:00pm performances will be April 25, April 26, and May 2. Performances on April 22, April 26 and April 28 will include a lively post-show Q&A.
Tickets start at $19 and are on sale now through The Cultch Box Office by phone at (604) 251-1363 or online.
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Update The winner is Irene!