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22/23 MAINSTAGE PLAYBILL

 

NETWORK

Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
Based on the Paddy Chayefsky film
Directed by Daryl Cloran
A co-production with the Citadel Theatre 

October 20 – November 12, 2022 (Preview October 19)

It’s big news when anchor Howard Beale goes off-script and rouses the American people during a live broadcast. In the TV business, such an insanely defiant act can only mean one thing: RATINGS. So instead of losing his job, Howard is hailed as the ‘prophet of the airwaves’. As Howard taps into the anxiety of contemporary society, his voice is joined by thousands. But is he a prophet or a puppet? Adapted from the visionary 1970s film, Network dazzles with big ideas, complex characters and brilliant stage innovation. Do not adjust your set.


THE THREE MUSKETEERS

Adapted by Catherine Bush
From the novel by Alexandre Dumas
Directed by Christopher Brauer

November 24 – December 17, 2022 (Preview November 23)

Adventure meets romance in this cheeky and classic story of friendship and valour. D’Artagnan arrives in Paris where he meets the famous trio: Athos, Porthos and Aramis. He dreams of join-ing the King’s Musketeers, but will he prove himself worthy to join their ranks and defend the King’s honour? D’Artagnan’s heroism is put to the test when he discovers a secret plot devised by the manipulative Cardinal Richelieu. An exciting and hilarious adventure, complete with swashbuckling sword fights, political intrigue and well-plumed hats, this action-packed tale will be all for one and one for all.


INTO THE WOODS

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Directed by Kelly Thornton

January 12 – February 4, 2023 (Previews January 10 & 11)

One of Stephen Sondheim’s most popular musicals, Into the Woods follows a mash-up of fairytale characters in pursuit of happy ever after. Their wishful thinking takes them deep into the woods where the wrong path can lead to very dark corners. Will their choices come back to haunt them? Featuring a beautifully complex and enchanting score, including the songs Children Will Listen, Stay With Me and No One is Alone, this Tony Award-winning musical from one of the giants of Broadway is a rare modern classic.


TROUBLE IN MIND

By Alice Childress
Directed by Audrey Dwyer
A co-production with the Citadel Theatre

February 16 – March 11, 2023 (Preview February 15)

At a Broadway theatre in 1957, rehearsals are underway for a new play. Behind the scenes, veteran Black actors are dispensing advice to their young counterpart. For them, playing a role is a way of life. Don’t be too smart or too outspoken, and don’t get too close. Meanwhile, the white director expects raves for showing enlightenment but his actions fall short. In the play-within-a-play, the Black sharecroppers look for the vote but find nothing but trouble. And the tension in the rehearsal room rises …

Alice Childress was deprived of being the first Black woman to have a play on Broadway when she refused to tone down her message. Now, 65 years later, the New York Times is calling her 1955 comedy-drama, “the play of the moment”.


THE SECRET TO GOOD TEA

By Rosanna Deerchild
Directed by Renae Morriseau 

March 23 – April 15, 2023 (Preview March 22)

So much happens over tea, Maggie says to her daughter Gwynn. At the kitchen table, they discuss Gwynn’s shaky marriage, Maggie’s lingering nightmares and a neighbour’s annoying streak at bingo. But they talk without saying much and old family hurts simmer. When Gwynn encourages her mother to return to the site of her residential school, frustration boils over. As a journalist, Gwynn wants her mom to share her story so the world will know what happened. But how can Maggie expose her trauma to a world that turned its back on her, when she can’t even talk to her own daughter?
 
Developed for the 2021 Pimootayowin Creators Circle, Rosanna Deerchild’s story of healing, forgiveness and hope has been a lifetime in the making.


BURNING MOM

Written and Directed by Mieko Ouchi
April 27 – May 20, 2023 (Preview April 26)

At 63, Dorothy expected to jump into the RV and take off with her husband at the wheel. Now facing life without her co-pilot, she makes a terrifying decision. She’s going to Burning Man. In the RV she’s never driven. To join thousands of revellers in the Nevada desert at the world’s largest art festival. Based on the playwright’s mother, Burning Mom follows one woman’s exploits as she sheds the pain and grief of the past so she may fully embrace the future. Told with bittersweet humour and hard-won courage, Dorothy’s story will have you rooting for her all the way. Burning Man or bust. Who’s coming along for the ride?

 

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