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20/21 MAINSTAGE PLAYBILL

 
Canadian Premiere
NETWORK
Adapted for the Stage by Lee Hall
Based on the Paddy Chayefsky film
Directed by Daryl Cloran
In partnership with the Arts Club Theatre Company and the Citadel Theatre
October 15 – November 7, 2020 (Preview October 14)
 
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 anger and 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 SOUND OF MUSIC
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp
Directed by Kelly Thornton
In association with the Citadel Theatre 
November 26 – December 19, 2020 (Previews November 24 & 25)
 
As we head into the holiday season, the prairies will be alive with the sound of music. One of the most beloved musicals of all time, The Sound of Music spoils us with favourite things: songs we know by heart, the unsolvable Maria, her singing Sisters, the spunky von Trapp children and the imperious Captain who resists the rise of nationalism but not his growing affection for the sweet-hearted governess. With infectious spirit and boundless joy, Maria brings music and laughter into the lives of the von Trapp family. Showcasing signature songs like Do-Re-Mi, My Favorite Things, So Long, Farewell and Climb Ev’ry Mountain, this cherished musical will do the same for you.


THE THREE MUSKETEERS
Adapted by Catherine Bush from the novel by Alexandre Dumas
Directed by Christopher Brauer
January 7 – 30, 2021 (Previews January 5 & 6)
 
Adventure meets romance in this cheeky and classic story of friendship and valour. D’Artagnan has arrived in Paris dreaming of joining the King’s Musketeers. He meets the famous trio: Athos, Porthos and Aramis, but will he prove himself worthy to join their ranks and fight to 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 one for all, and all for one.


CHILDREN OF GOD
A Musical by Corey Payette
Directed by Corey Payette
February 18 – March 13, 2021 (Previews February 16 & 17)
 
In this powerful, profound musical, the children of an Oji-Cree family are taken away to a residential school in Northern Ontario and their world is turned upside down. A moving story of redemption for a mother who was never let past the school’s gate, and her kids, who never knew she came; Children of God offers a thrilling blend of ancient traditions and contemporary realities, celebrating resilience and the power of the Indigenous cultural spirit. Winner of three Ovation! Awards for its world premiere production, and nominated for Jessie Richardson Awards, Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards and Capital Critics’ Circle Awards.


CALPURNIA
By Audrey Dwyer
Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley
A co-production with Canada’s National Arts Centre
March 25 – April 17, 2021 (Preview March 24)
 
A hilarious and provocative look at class, race and family dynamics in a wealthy Jamaican-Canadian home. While Julie, a screenwriter, seeks to redress To Kill a Mockingbird through the perspective of Calpurnia – the Finch family maid – her father is consumed by plans for an important dinner, where he hopes to land his son in a prestigious law firm. As Precy, their long-time Filipina housekeeper, busily prepares for the occasion, ideas and opinions collide and are met with outrageous results. A brave, insightful play about privilege with lots of laughs along the way.


World Premiere
BURNING MOM
By Mieko Ouchi
Directed by Mieko Ouchi
April 29 – May 22, 2021 (Preview April 28)
 
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. 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?