Today the Arts Club Theatre Company announced that it will reopen its venues for live, on-site theatrical productions this summer, starting in July. This special programming features two riveting solo shows, along with a powerful new audio play.
The Arts Club Re-Opens for Summer 2021
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran, who revealed the Art Club’s summer lineup, said, “Once the province announced the plans to lift restrictions, which included allowing limited indoor gatherings, we celebrated the news. Then we got busy doing what we do best—creating live theatre! And all this will be done in the most stable, safe way possible.”
Corcoran described the summer programming as “solo shows that are inspiring, potent testaments to the power of theatre. These plays will be helmed by Vancouver talents Marie Farsi, Bobby Garcia, and Sherry Yoon, respectively, each of whom will be making their Arts Club directorial debut.”
I, Claudia July 22–August 15, 2021
Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre
The summer will kick off with I, Claudia at the Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre starting Thursday, July 22. Lili Beaudoin will star in Kristen Thomson’s acclaimed play of a young girl coming into her own. Performed with costume masks to signal character change, this show’s uncommon form will offer audiences a surprising, engaging experience. I, Claudia, which was published by Playwrights Canada Press, has been adapted into a film that was featured on the CBC and at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story August 5–29, 2021
Granville Island Stage
The second in-person show, Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story, will start at the Granville Island Stage on Thursday, August 5. Beau Dixon’s work is a celebration of the real-life miner Maurice Ruddick’s hopefulness, joyful spirit, and strength. His positivity and courage, which will be embodied by actor and singer Jeremiah Sparks, were a lifeline for himself and his colleagues during the 1958 mining disaster. This piece, and the music that is so integral to it, invites audiences to experience what it would take to live through an unimaginable event and shines with the resiliency of the human spirit.
Mala Audio play available September 1–28, 2021
For the third offering of the summer, the Arts Club is thrilled to release an audio version of the award-winning Mala, by Melinda Lopez. Making this work available in an intimate manner through digital means ensures that a wide audience can experience Carmen Aguirre’s commanding, funny performance as a woman who faces competing demands on her time and emotional resources. The audio play will be available from Wednesday, September 1.
All shows will be staged and produced in adherence to safety guidelines established by the BC government, including a current indoor audience capacity of 50 people.