The Arts Club Theatre Company Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran has announced the company’s upcoming theatrical projects, in the form of four world premiere audio plays from Western Canadian playwrights.
The Arts Club Audio Plays
The Arts Club will release four audio plays, forming a series titled Listen to This, written by artists affiliated with the company’s Emerging Playwrights’ Unit and Silver Commissions Project. The plays will be directed by Ashlie Corcoran. Each full play can be purchased individually or as part of a series on the Arts Club website.
Listen to This
By Bronwyn Carradine, member of the Arts Club’s 2019 Emerging Playwrights’ Unit
Release date: February 10, 2021
Married couple Annie and Josephine have been trying to start a family for the past five years. As their patience and pennies start to dry up, they begin to second-guess their choices, until another chance at a baby literally bursts through the front door. Unexpecting is a comedic exploration of marriage, friendship, and modern motherhood.
By Scott Button, member of the Arts Club’s 2019 Emerging Playwrights’ Unit
Release date: March 17, 2021
Ottawa, 1958. A young man moves from a rural town to the big city, hoping to reckon with his emerging sexuality—and comes face to face with the horrific, oppressive acts against the queer population there. Night Passing is inspired by the true stories of LGBTQ+ Canadians who endured brutal harassment at the hands of their own government, and the vital resistance that followed.
Someone Like You
By Christine Quintana, a 2020–2021 Silver Commissions Playwright
Release date: May 19, 2021
A boyfriend from hell. A nightmare apartment. A botched Tinder date. Isabelle and Kristen have been through a lot together. But the arrival of Kristen’s new romantic interest leaves Isabelle wondering how long she can stay in a supporting role. This new comedy launches Cyrano de Bergerac into the 21st century: mistaken identities, millennial manifestos, and the quest for self-love. Who might be waiting in the wings?
My Father Is the Greatest Man in the World
By Tai Amy Grauman, a 2020–2021 Silver Commissions Playwright
Release date: July 14, 2021
Rose grew up on a farm in small-town Alberta with her Métis family. Now a country singer in Nashville and pregnant with her first baby, Rose returns home with questions for her father, John. Once a trapper on the land, John has worked in the oil field since Rose was born. What from his past can help unlock her child’s future?
Unexpecting and Night Passing, developed in the Arts Club’s 2019–2020 Emerging Playwrights’ Unit, were originally written for the stage and later adapted to an audio format. Someone Like You and My Father Is the Greatest Man in the World, developed as Silver Commission projects, were originally commissioned as stage plays, but were modified to an audio format prior to being written.
Subscribe to the whole series for $30 or purchase access to an individual audio play for $10. To enjoy Listen to This for free, subscribe to Spotify and Apple Podcasts and receive 15-minute weekly instalments of each show.