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eNews: Welcome back to the Theatre Season

Welcome to the Fall, otherwise known as Theatre Season! If you haven't received your Phoenix Theatre brochure for the 2011-12 Season, read on for details! See the PERKS section to find out how you can two tickets toour first play, Love Kills.

In Victoria, every theatre season starts off with the Victoria Fringe Festival. See events below for a list of plays that our awesome past and current students are involved in.

See you at the Phoenix soon. Until then, enjoy the Fringe!

Behind the Scenes: Phoenix 2011-12 Season Rethinks Classic genres

A musical, a farce, a Greek myth and a Shakespearean masterpiece…This year the University of Victoria’s Phoenix Theatre is rethinking the classics genres with their fun season of four plays at the Phoenix Theatre.

Unlike the sing-along musicals of the 50s, Love Kills (October 13-22, 2011) is an intriguing psychological thriller built into a contemporary rock musical. Based on the saga surrounding a real life shooting spree in 1958, Love Kills examines the arrest and emotional aftermath of two teenage lovers, a small town sheriff and his wife. Written by acclaimed playwright Kyle Jarrow, the show is produced locally by Theatre Inconnu, directed by Clayton Jevne (UVic alumni BFA '85, MFA '87 and PhD '03) and presented this fall as the Phoenix’s Spotlight on Alumni program which invites graduates of the department to return to present their current work. It also features other alumni Cam Culham (MFA '03) and Marina Lagacé (BFA '10), previous student Brendan Baily as well as Donna Williams and a three-piece band. Critics raved about this “compelling and entertaining production” (Times Colonist) which was nominated as Victoria’s Best Musical.

November’s production of the classic farce Rookery Nook (even the play's name seems farcical!) harkens back before the sex romps of the 60s to a more genteel age where the worst thing a man could do is be seen with a woman in wet pyjamas! Set on the Somerset seaside, two fun-loving young friends, Clive and Gerald, get tangled in a web of silly white lies and flirtatious innuendos – oh my! Fast-paced and full of witty repartee, this stylish British farce is comparable to the comedies of playwright Ben Travers’ contemporary, Noel Coward. Directed by Theatre Manager Bindon Kinghorn, you won't want to miss this 1920s original, November 3-19.

Weird and wonderful, devastatingly lovely,” (New York Times) perfectly describes New York playwright Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice (February 16-25, 2012), a contemporary retelling of the classic Greek myth of Orpheus and the Underworld. This time, the story is presented through the eyes of its quirky heroine, Eurydice, but the underworld she enters is more akin to Alice in Wonderland than Olympus! Here she encounters raining elevators, singing stones and one really creepy under lord on a bicycle! While reuniting with her long-lost father, she struggles to regain memories of her life as a daughter and Orpheus’s bride. Heartfelt and magical this inventive production, directed by our MFA directing candidate Jeffrey Pufahl, boldly reimagines the Greek classic.

Even Shakespeare gets shaken up this year at the Phoenix Theatre as esteemed playwright, director and critic, Charles Marowitz directs his “mash-up” of Hamlet, retitled The Marowitz Hamlet (March 15-24, 2012). The words belong to Shakespeare’s masterpiece, only cut up and pieced back together to tell the story anew, bringing humour and insight to the character’s speeches and motives. With more strategically (and comically) placed foreshadowing and corpses popping to life to utter one more comment, this is one Hamlet you won’t forget!

Rethink the classics this year and support the talented students at the Department of Theatre. Season tickets save you up to 50% off regular prices with four shows for only $48 or 3 shows for $36. Contact the Phoenix Box Office at 250-721-8000 or fill out this easy subscription form.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, September 8 @ 4:30pm
Julie Salverston Play Reading

Phoenix Theatre
Playwright and Queen’s University professor will read from her manuscript “Atomic Elegy: Finding Community in Haunted Places", her opera libretto “Shelter” (a clown opera about the atomic bomb) and her play BOOM (commissioned by the Red Cross).

October 13 – 22, 2011:
Love Kills
By Kyle Jarrow | Produced by Theatre Inconnu

Evening Performances @ 8pm
Matinee October 22 @ 2pm
$7 Previews: Oct. 11 & 12

"… a compelling and entertaining production. Jarrow forces us to consider that spree killers are people too…he merely advocates for humaneness and open-mindedness. And that's never a bad thing."
Times Colonist

"Love Kills… and it rocks too!" "Go see it; you may not come out humming, but you certainly won't be disappointed."
Monday Magazine (Top Pick, Nominated for M Award for Best Musical)

Check out other events at the UVic Fine Arts Faculty.

Phoenix Phacts: UVic students and alumni rock the Victoria Fringe

Our students and alumni are at it again! This year more students than ever are involved in around 20 productions in the 25th annual Victoria Fringe Festival.

Aladdin, The Secret Voyage
By James Leard
Including Jeff Leard, Samantha Richard, Kate Dion Richard, and David MacPherson

An Inconvenient Truthiness
Directed by Laura Anne Harris

BFA: The Musical
Directed by Andrew Wade,
Including Robin Gadsby, Alex Frankson,
Hayley McCurdy, Graham Miles, Kale Penn,
and Chris Ho

The Disinhibition Effect
Including Brian Wrigley, Graham Roebuck,
Simon Walter and Jesse Cooper

Fortunate Son
Directed by Fran Gebhard

Grim & Fischer
By Kate Braidwood

Little Orange Man
By Ingrid Hansen

The Magic Stone
By James Leard
Including Jeff Leard, Samantha Richard,
Kate Dion Richard, and David MacPherson

Out of My Head
By James Leard
Including Jeff Leard, Samantha Richard, Kate Dion Richard, and David MacPherson

Peter 'n Chris and the Mystery of the Hungry Heart Motel
By Chris Wilson and Peter Carlone

The Pink Shoelaces
Directed by Chris Ho
Including Carly MacKay, Christie Stewart, Simon Basch, Angie Lopez, Shaan Rahman, Melissa Taylor and Caitlinn O'Leary

The Service
Including Jesse Cowell, Sam Young

The Smell of the Kill
Directed by Wendy Merk

Sonnets for an Old Century
Including Shaan Rahman and Andrew Wade

Directed by Darcy Stoop
Including Cat Haywood, Liam Volke, Jesse Cowell, Chelsea Bunyan, Randi Edmundson, Lucas Hall, Christie Stewart, Phillip Van de Ruyt, Hayley McCurdy and Julia Janicki

Tara Firm and the Lunar War Chronicles
Including Charles Ross

Tirades of Love
Directed by Andrew Barrett and Emily Piggford
Including Emily Piggford, Kieran Wilson, Sarah Johnson, Carol Adamson, Hayley Feigs, Jethro Herring, Angie Lopez, Veronique Piercy, Bryan Kenney and Sarah Watson

William vs. the World
One-man show by Andrew Wade

Directed by Laura Anne Harris

Check out past Phoenix Phacts on our website.


Email Perks & Interesting Links:

Win tickets to Phoenix Theatre's first play of the season!
Love Kills, October 13-22

Other than Love Kills, name plays that have been featured in our "Spotlight on Alumni" over the years? (Hint - check out our past productions on our website.)

Correct answers will be entered into a draw for one of 3 pairs of tickets. Email your answer before September 15.

Sponsor Kudos:

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