Dive into the 9th Annual
Gabriola Theatre Festival! Not only has the Gabriola Theatre Festival made a name for itself in British Columbia’s theatre world, but it is also known as the place to come for quality emerging and professional theatre productions, appreciative audiences, its multi-disciplinary nature, fun family times, and its distinct Gulf Island vibe. We have so much more to share with you this year! Theatre that pushes boundaries, makes you laugh, makes you cry, and makes you question all you thought was real. And don’t miss the festival favourites this year! We’ve brought back the FREE Outdoor Stage to entertain you before, between, and after mainstage shows. Then there’s the Lions Pancake Breakfast, Street Art+Fair, a fun Kids’ Corner, a family puppet show, and the opening ceremony which will celebrate the generosity of local restaurant, Robert’s Place! The festival theme this year is UNDER THE SEA, celebrating all that surrounds us. You’re shore to have an exciting weekend on beautiful Gabriola! Alina Cerminara
Artistic Producer, Gabriola Arts Council
“ The ocean stirs the heart,
inspires the imagination, and brings eternal joy to the soul.” —Robert Wyland
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“ Put two ships in the open sea, without
wind or tide, and, at last, they will come together.”
— Jules Verne
Voyage to Gabriola Gabriola Island is a 25-minute ferry ride from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Float planes land in Nanaimo Harbour, just adjacent to the Gabriola ferry terminal. Or fly by float plane directly into Silva Bay. If you’re coming from off-island, why not make a weekend of it? Take time to explore all the treasures this island has to offer, including spectacular beaches, sublime forest trails, exciting artists’ studios, a bustling Farmers Market, and interesting shops (featuring locally made products and much more). Check out the Gabriola Island Chamber of Commerce for a listing of accommodation and restaurant options. www.gabriolaisland.org
Please support the businesses that support the festival!
All Folklife Village businesses are open during festival weekend. For every $25 you spend at a business in Folklife Village, you will receive one ticket for the prize raffle.
See page 10 for details.
Festival Location The Festival Hub is at the heart of Gabriola Island:
575 NORTH ROAD
Look for the big tent ... you can’t miss it! REMEMBER: All businesses in Folklife Village are open during festival weekend.
Parking Please: no parking in commercial parking lots during business hours! This includes Folklife Village, Madrona Marketplace, and the Professional Centre. Parking is available at the Gabriola Elementary School, in the overflow area at The Commons (barring unforeseen conditions), and on Lockinvar Lane between South Road and the rear entrance to Folklife Village. Please respect our business supporters and their patrons, and park in designated areas or along the road, not in the customer parking lots.
Tickets & Theatre Passes Tickets and passes are available online at www.artsgabriola.ca as of June 1st and from the Festival Ticket Kiosk in Folklife Village after July 1st Tickets, adult: Tickets, youth: 3-Show Pass: 5-Show Pass:
$20 $10 * under 16 years $50 * for any 3 shows — save $10! $80 * for any 5 shows — save $20!
Note: passes must be used for separate shows. Special pricing applies to 10+ ticket purchases. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Inclusivity Campaign The Gabriola Arts Council wants all Gabriolans to be able to attend the Gabriola Theatre Festival’s mainstage shows. Your contribution to our Inclusivity Campaign will help to ensure that every Islander has access to the ticketed events. The campaign is simple: just let us know how much you’d like to donate and we’ll use that money to make sure tickets get into the hands of people who would not otherwise be able to attend. Find out more at www.artsgabriola.ca
GTF Waste(less) The world is a stage and we aim to keep it clean. Got a can, tissue, or an old clown nose? We have the proper receptacle for you! Check out our Waste(less) Stations and discover how easy it is to be green!
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More Art on Gabriola 21st Annual Thanksgiving Studio Tour October 7–9, 2017 ... and Year-Round
Did you know that Gabriola Island has the sixth highest concentration of professional artists in Canada? Visit Gabriola at any time of year and be welcomed into more than 65 artists’ studios and galleries. The Tour brings art lovers from far and wide to this beautiful island. If you’ve been before, that doesn’t mean you’ve seen it all! The Tour features 16 new artists in 2017. Get ready to be entertained, inspired, and informed—these artists have something amazing to share with you! Check www.artsgabriola.ca for a map and a complete list of participating artists.
84 ARTISTS! 65 STUDIOS! 16 NEW ARTISTS!
Isle of the Arts Festival
Every April! Over 60 Artsy Workshops in 10 Days … Professional Development … Readings … Markets … Music … and MORE! You’ve seen what these artists can do—now learn how they do it! This Festival embodies the Gabriola Arts Council’s mission to ENGAGE, ENHANCE, and INSPIRE our community’s cultural vitality through collaboration, leadership, and service. Come learn, share, experiment, and invigorate the Isle of the Arts!
Gabriola Music Festival
September 2-3, 2017 ... Labour Day Weekend! Join hundreds of music and island lovers at this NEW music and arts festival. Engage with the arts in all forms while celebrating love, compassion, inclusivity, and mindfulness! Escape the city for the weekend and enjoy two dynamic musical stages, beautiful art, scrumptious food, fun family activities, and much more. Come be part of this new grassroots festival on the Isle of the Arts.
Kitty J. Heller
Healing Power of Art Program
Sessions Running Year-Round
In this innovative program, professional art and drama therapists work directly with community members to address a variety of health and wellness-related issues. The goal of this program is to help people to understand and cope with physical or mental health concerns through the healing powers of artistic expression. Gabriola Island—where ART is the heart of the community!
Seas the Day
... in the Hub!
And the Community Spirit Award Goes To… ! Every year at the Opening Ceremonies of the Gabriola Theatre Festival, we honour a community member, business, or organization that has made a significant contribution to the Gabriola Arts Council, the Theatre Festival, and the community at large. These contributions take many forms: enhancing the creative and cultural life on Gabriola; financial and/or in-kind support; volunteer time; and more. The first recipient of the Community Spirit Award was the inimitable Antony Holland, after whom the Theatre Festival’s main stage tent is named. The owners and staff of Village Food Market (2015) and Arbutus Home and Building Centre (2016) have also received the award. This year we celebrate Robert Stutzman, David Chapman, Paul Robinson and all the wonderful, positive staff at Robert’s Place who—year after year—offer their great food, fantastic service, and generous support to our festivals and events. From glorious plates of food to feed artists and art supporters, to sharing the meeting space, to friendly, generous service in the restaurant—the sky is truly the limit with Robert and his team! And the support doesn’t end with GAC. Robert goes out of his way to support all kinds of organizations on Gabriola—they’re great corporate citizens, an important community employer, and an essential stop for empty stomachs.
Thank you, Robert’s Place! Join community members, the Ken Capon Memorial Marching Band, and representatives of groups and organizations to publicly thank Robert’s Place for all they do. Then head into the Antony Holland Mainstage Tent for the first of eight mainstage shows! FRIDAY | 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm | AT THE FESTIVAL HUB | FREE!
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“ The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” — Jacques Cousteau
A Fashionable Tale! Join us for The GABE Shop’s third annual unconventional fashion show. You’ll be dazzled by spectacular attire and tickled by funny tales from the closet. The GABE Shop, a boutique thrift store owned by The Gabriola Auxiliary for Island Health Care, raises funds for island health care initiatives. Featured fashions will be available for sale at The GABE Shop following the show. FRIDAY | 5:00 pm | AT THE FESTIVAL HUB | FREE!
Shipwreck Wine Bar Disappear into the abandoned shipwreck, where spirits are poured and the living is easy! Enjoy refreshments before, between, and after mainstage shows. But beware! No drinks will be served during mainstage performances.
The Lions Pancake Breakfast
Start your Festival day with a tasty Pancake Breakfast served by LIONS CLUB the Gabriola Lions Club. Enjoy it in the Festival Hub with friends and neighbours. Pancakes, sausages, eggs, orange juice, and coffee—all for just $7 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under! All proceeds support worthy programs on Gabriola. SATURDAY + SUNDAY | 9:00 am – 11:00 am | AT THE FESTIVAL HUB
Beachcombers Kids Corner! Splash and play in underwater flora and fauna as the fishes do! A variety of shells, driftwood, seaweed, and beautiful gifts from our local waters have washed ashore for your crafting pleasure! Make puppets, garden art, and mosaics! Get your face painted! Join in on all the fishy fun! SATURDAY + SUNDAY | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | AT THE FESTIVAL HUB
“ Just look at the world around you ... Right here on the
ocean floor ... Such wonderful things around you ... What more is you lookin' for? ” — Sebastion (from“ The Little Mermaid”)
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GROWLS Puppet Show Somewhere in the forests of Gabriola Island the animals are building a clubhouse where all wild creatures can come together. But when a turkey tries to help, the animals become divided instead. This children’s parable of friendship and belonging is suitable for all ages. SATURDAY | 2:00 pm | AT THE FESTIVAL HUB | FREE!
Miss Mara’s Performance Camp Troupe Gabriola Dance invites you to watch a variety of charming and beautiful dance pieces. Come support these young performers! Performance will only take place with enough registrants in August’s dance camp. To register contact Mara at email@example.com by July 1st. SATURDAY | 3:00 pm | AT THE FESTIVAL HUB | FREE!
Walk on the Wild Side Children’s Magic Show This magic show features storytelling, comedy, music, and tons of audience participation! Celebrating the wrap-up of this year’s Summer Reading Club at the Gabriola Library, this show will get kids excited about the world around them and inspire them to read books from their local library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Gabriola Library. Leif David’s international award-winning act, showcasing his specialty in close-up and stage magic, has been amazing audiences for over 23 years. He’s studied with some of the world’s greatest magicians, and last summer he performed at over 70 events across British Columbia. SUNDAY | 12:00 pm | AT THE FESTIVAL HUB | FREE! SPONSORED BY THE GABRIOLA ISLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY (VIRL)
Street Art + Street Fair! Art: See it! Love it! Take it home! Gabriola artists and artisans will delight your senses, tickle your fancies, and soothe your soul with their fantastic creations at this favourite summer art and craft event. More than 50 artists will be on hand at this lively artisan market, featuring an eclectic selection of quality one-of-a-kind treasures. On Sunday, meet all the fishes of Gabriola at Street Fair. Many artists will be back, alongside Gabriola community and nonprofit organizations. It’s as much fun as you’ll ever have on the street! SATURDAY + SUNDAY | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm AT LOCKINVAR LANE
Raffle Here’s your chance to win-win-win! That’s right: we’ve come up with some big prizes and even more ways to support the arts on Gabriola. There will be one draw before each evening mainstage show. Get your tickets early at the ticket booth or from our roving volunteers!
Support the businesses that support the festival! Spend $25 at a business in Folklife Village* on Theatre Festival weekend (August 17-20) and receive a ticket for our great prize raffle! Bring your receipt of purchase to the Festival ticket booth. The ticket seller will give you your raffle tickets! There’s a draw each evening during the Festival. You don’t have to be present to win a prize. *Real Estate purchases not included
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Coastal Community Credit Union
Enjoy a mix of Gabriola musicians on this year’s outdoor stage! Some of the best local music you’ll see on a FREE stage. For performer details and scheduling, check www.artsgabriola.ca.
THE KEN CAPON MEMORIAL MARCHING BAND ★ ★ TERRAZETTO ★ CHRIS RONALD ★ GARY BADKE ★ ★ CAROLYN BELL ★ ROGER CHRISTIE & MARTY STEELE ★ ★ DOUBLE ENTENDRE ★ GROWLS PUPPET SHOW ★ ★ MISS MARA’S DANCERS ★ KAT’S PAJAMAS ★ ★ BLUE MOON ★ MOONSISTER ★ ADENA BROADHEAD ★ ★ GRAHAM SHEEHAN & MICHAEL BEAN ★ ★ CAROL WEAVER & JACQUI PARKER-SNEDKER ★ MAGIC SHOW ★ ★ VOODOO DAVE WITH ESTHER MONCRIEFF ★
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18TH | 2:30 pm
Pride & Prejudice It is a truth universally acknowledged that an actor in possession of a woman’s
story must be in want of a wife to help him adapt it. Charles Ross, the One Man Star Wars, and visual artist Lisa Hebden tackle the greatest romantic comedy ever, with all the intrigue, dancing, proposals, and lace (did we mention the lace?). A&E’s Pride & Prejudice is being given the one man once over. We hope to leave you rolling in the aisles—but not Jane Austen rolling over in her grave. “ A new star is blazing … This show combines phenomenal skill—seamless transitions and masterful singing of incidental music—with the innocence of an eight-year-old at play. ” —Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight “ Impressive? You bet. Go early—the weekend lineups were huge. ” ★★★★★ —Adrian Chamberlain, Victoria Times Colonist “ Lord, we have a winner! ” ★★★★★—Edmonton Sun “ Condensing Tolkien’s 1,350-page masterpiece into a one-hour work of solo genius ” ★★★★★ —Bartley Kives, Winnipeg FreePress (One Man Lord of the Rings) Chicken for Supper Productions has produced One Man Star Wars, One Man Lord of the Rings, Sev, One Man 80’s Blank Tape, and One Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody over the last 15 years. Charles Ross is a BFA graduate of the University of Victoria, Lisa Hebden is an award-winning visual artist and writer, and Danette Boucher is a Jessie Award-nominated actor, playwright, director, historian, and artistic director of Histrionics Productions. www.onemanstarwars.com
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CHICKEN FOR SUPPER PRODUCTIONS DIRECTED BY DANETTE BOUCHER | WRITTEN BY LISA HEBDEN AND CHARLES ROSS | PERFORMED BY CHARLES ROSS RATED: G | LENGTH: 75 MINUTES (NO INTERMISSION)
“ Charles Ross is a theatrical genius! ” ★★★★★ —CBC Edmonton
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 TH | 7:00 pm
Horowitz & Mrs.Washington
“ The laughter on opening night roared through Broadway … at hurricane force. ” —Time Magazine
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BEMA PRODUCTIONS | DIRECTED BY ZELDA DEAN | WRITTEN BY HENRY DENKER | PERFORMED BY DAVID MACPHERSON, ROSEMARY JEFFERY, CHRISTINE UPRIGHT, ALF SMALL, COLE DEO, AND GRAHAM CROFT RATED: PG-13 | LENGTH: 90 MINUTES (NO INTERMISSION)
It’s the 70s and Mrs. Washington, a black caregiver, is hired to nurse
Sam Horowitz, a bigoted Jewish widower who has been mugged and is a stroke patient. She is a determined tyrant who puts up with his racist attitudes while bullying the insulting Horowitz through rehab and into a stormy but mutually beneficial relationship. When Sam’s daughter tries to move him from his home, the two of them must prevail. This play is a period piece reflecting the racial attitudes of the 1970s while exploring contemporary issues and addressing the struggle many seniors face in maintaining the right to make their own decisions. “ Once again, Bema Productions illuminates the power to be found in ‘ordinary’ lives. ” —Janis La Couvée (From Door to Door, Fringe 2016) “ … a smart, funny play. ”—Adrian Chamberlain, Victoria Times Colonist Born during Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue’s 2013 arts festival, Bema Productions is now in its fourth successful season. Winner of the Best Drama Award at Victoria’s 2016 Fringe Festival, Bema believes both in the power of theatre and in helping their community by supporting other nonprofit organizations. Bema offers free productions of its main stage play each year to Victoria charitable organizations in support of their fundraising efforts. www.facebook.com/bemaproductionsvic
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 TH | 9:30 pm
Mata Hari Movement, mystique, and sexuality collide in this innovative and compelling
work of physical theatre that examines the life of Margaretha Geertruida Zelle MacLeod, otherwise known as the iconic Mata Hari. Mata Hari—a Dutch burlesque dancer during World War I—was accused of being a spy and executed by firing squad. Her sealed trial documents are scheduled to be declassified by the French Army in 2017, exactly 100 years after her execution. This show investigates Mata Hari’s controversial life using both movement and text, and explores how identity, sexuality, and performance intertwine. The performance includes Indonesian dance theatre and text, much of it Mata Hari’s own words, in French with English subtitles. “ This story is sexy, it’s compelling, it’s courageous ...” —Darren Wiesner, Hollywood North Magazine “ The mystique of Mata Hari ... has endured through generations. As a woman who named herself, openly discussed her sexual desire, and played by her own—and not society’s—rules, she’s been often hailed as a femme fatale and even a mother of modern feminism. ” —Yasmine Shemesh, Vancity Buzz
Single Line Theatre is an independent, forward-thinking arts organization who found its niche at the intersection of theatre and film. The company’s mission is to create thought-provoking work that deeply examines the human condition in its complexities with the goal to better understand our individual and collective selves. Their work is built on values of collaboration, diversity, and artistic excellence. www.singlelinetheatre.com
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SINGLE LINE THEATRE | DIRECTED BY RACHEL PEAKE | WRITTEN BY RACHEL PEAKE AND SINZIANA COROZEL | PERFORMED BY SINZIANA COROZEL, SCOTT AUGUSTINE, SHANE SNOW, AND MARK HANEY RATED: PG | LENGTH: 70 MINUTES (NO INTERMISSION)
“ Mata Hari is a chamber piece: small, beautiful, intimate, and musical …” —Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 TH | 12:30 pm
The Jupiter Rebellion: a zach zultana adventure
“ A hilarious space opera of the highest quality ” ★★★★★ —Onstage Ottawa 18
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ACTIVE SALAD PRODUCTIONS DIRECTED BY JIM LEARD | WRITTEN BY RON FROMSTEIN AND JEFF LEARD PERFORMED BY JEFF LEARD RATED: PG | LENGTH: 65 MINUTES (NO INTERMISSION)
Jeff Leard’s award-winning original sci-fi solo comedy has everything you’d
expect from a big budget silver screen spectacular: Action…romance…socialist undertones…cool special effects…a stool. Zach Zultana works on a lonely mining colony orbiting Jupiter. He spends his days refining ore transported in from the asteroid belt and sleeps in a 12'x12' room, but all of that changes after a chance encounter with a mysterious woman. Before long Zach becomes the face of a revolution as the miners rise up against their oppressive boss. “ The best one man show at the Fringe ” ★★★★★ —Edmonton Sun “ A veritable comic dervish ” ★★★★ —Edmonton Journal “ Reminiscent of a young Robin Williams ” ★★★★ —London Free Press “ Spaceballs meets Erin Brockovich ” ★★★★ —CBC Manitoba Jeff Leard is a writer and performer based out of Vancouver. Jeff has created several original solo and duo comedies and toured them across the Fringe festival circuit. His work has earned him numerous awards including: Outstanding Performance (Toronto Fringe), Critic’s Pick (Ottawa & Calgary Fringe), and Best Solo Show (Victoria Fringe).
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 TH | 7:00 pm
The 25 th Annual
Putnam County Spelling Bee Winner of the TONY and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual
Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences with its effortless wit and humour. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of potentially made-up words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. “ The fun comes from the ridiculous nature of the words the kids have to spell, their unique styles of approaching the spelling, their inner turmoil and especially the interactions—mostly hostile—among them. It’s always fun to try to guess who’s going to win. Four audience members are also chosen to participate, and that wild card can be the most fun of all. ” —Jerry Wasserman, Vancouver Sun “ … some days you just need a good laugh. There is currently no better antidote for your … anxiety than the Fighting Chance Productions presentation of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. ” —Mark Robins, VancouverPresents.com Fighting Chance Productions arrived on the Vancouver stages in January 2007. Founded by Artistic Director Ryan Mooney, Fighting Chance started as an opportunity for young theatre artists to present their skills on a stage where their age or experience did not limit them, but ultimately helped them gain on-the-job experience. Since that time, Fighting Chance Productions has grown to be one of the leaders among young independent theatre companies in Vancouver www.fightingchanceproductions.ca
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FIGHTING CHANCE PRODUCTIONS SOCIETY | DIRECTED BY RYAN MOONEY WRITTEN BY WILLIAM FINN, RACHEL SHEINKIN, REBECCA FELDMAN, AND JAY REISS MUSIC DIRECTOR: ANDREW COHEN | CHOREOGRAPHER: ERIN MICHELL PERFORMED BY IAN CROWE, CHARLIE DEAGNON, ASHLEE KIM, THOMAS KING, RYAN LINO, MARY LITTLEJOHN, JAMES MELCHER, KELLI OGMUNDSON, AND JENNIFER SURATOS RATED: PG | LENGTH: 105 MINUTES (INCLUDES INTERMISSION)
“ There’s a lot of meanness loose in the world these days. Give yourself a break. Go see this show. ” —Colin Thomas, ColinThomas.ca artsgabriola.ca
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 TH | 9:30 pm
Marrow “ An intelligent and complex investigation of female power and personhood. ” —Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight
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RESOUNDING SCREAM THEATRE IN ASSOCIATION WITH ALLEY THEATRE DIRECTED BY MARISA EMMA SMITH | ASSISTANT DIRECTED BY STEPHANIE HENDERSON WRITTEN BY VERONIQUE WEST | PERFORMED BY ALEXANDRA LAINFIESTA RATED: PG | LENGTH: 60 MINUTES (NO INTERMISSION)
Casting circles are used to conjure dangerous and unpredictable forces. In Marrow,
two estranged sisters—a bulimia survivor and a grad student researching witchcraft trials—cast a circle. As they delve into their conflicted past, they expose each other’s fault-lines. Marrow is an imaginative and emotionally charged drama inspired by playwright Veronique West’s personal survival from anorexia and fascination with witchcraft. It subverts eating disorder stereotypes with playfulness, power and compassion. “ A play that does more than entertain, it challenges the audience to think … Anybody who goes to see Marrow is in for a thought-provoking treat. ” —SAD Magazine “ Marrow explores eating disorders with honesty and nuance. There are no easy answers here, no easy definitions of feminism, and no easy ideas as to what it means to be a victim, what it means to be a survivor. ” —Room Magazine “ Two sisters explore their tensions, traumas, and failures in an atmospheric and heart-wrenching performance … Marrow spoke to me deeply. ” —Plank Magazine Resounding Scream Theatre challenges audiences and inspires conversation by producing theatre that questions how our society has been shaped. Past projects include Listen to Me (Undercurrents Festival), Back Away Slowly (with Theatre Replacement), Hive: The New Bees, and Plunge (emerging artists festival).
Alley Theatre stages socially-conscious stories that are seldom told in an accessible, empowering, and surprising context. The company has received five Jessie Richardson Award nominations and is a winner of The Cultchivating Award.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 TH | 2:30 pm
One Good Marriage Steph and Stewart are celebrating their first anniversary. She’s an English teacher;
he’s a high-school librarian. At the heart of the occasion, though, is a terrible sorrow. You see, Steph and Stewart arrived home from their blissful honeymoon to find that something terrible had happened. Darkly hilarious and deeply moving, this drama moves from pathos to humour and back again as a tragic story is revealed. A vivid portrait of two ordinary people to whom an extraordinary event has occurred, One Good Marriage speaks to our need for community. One Good Marriage won the NOW Magazine award for Outstanding New Play at the 2002 Summerworks Festival. “ A dazzling and daring piece of writing. ” —Toronto Star “ Mesmerizing, cathartic, powerful … an absurdly funny yet moving look at our oh-so-human need for community. ” —NOW Magazine “ Ese Atawo will make you laugh and she will break your heart. ” —Georgia Straight “ This show is an absolute must see. ” —Mooney on Theatre Fork In The Road Theatre was founded in 2005 by director Mike Mackenzie as a way to showcase Canadian plays that speak of the human experience. The company previously produced the World Premiere of MUSE, written and directed by Mike Mackenzie, at the Tarragon Theatre Extra Space. One Good Marriage marked the first production by the company in Vancouver, and was part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival’s Dramatic Works Series at the Cultch’s Culture Lab.
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FORK IN THE ROAD THEATRE | DIRECTED AND DESIGNED BY MIKE MACKENZIE | WRITTEN BY SEAN REYCRAFT | PERFORMED BY DAN WILLOWS AND ESE ATAWO RATED: PG | LENGTH: 60 MINUTES (NO INTERMISSION)
“ This wonderfully dark comedy is fringe-style theatre at its finest. ” —Winnipeg Free Press artsgabriola.ca
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 TH | 7:00 pm
Gutenberg! The Musical!
“ Inspired, flawlessly calibrated and smart. A thoroughly winning, dead-on musical comedy. ” —New York Sun 26
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CHRIS ADAMS PRESENTS | DIRECTED BY CHRIS MCGREGOR MUSICALLY DIRECTED BY JENNY ANDERSEN | WRITTEN BY ANTHONY KING AND SCOTT BROWN | CHOREOGRAPHED BY LYNDSEY BRITTEN | PERFORMED BY CHRIS ADAMS AND ERIK GOW RATED: PG | LENGTH: 90 MINUTES (INCLUDES INTERMISSION)
In this whirlwind musical comedy and two-man spoof, Chris Adams and Erik Gow
play over 30 characters. A pair of aspiring playwrights perform a backers’ audition for their new project—a splashy musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. With an unending supply of enthusiasm, Bud and Doug sing all the songs and play all the parts in their crass not-entirely historically accurate epic musical, in hope that one of the producers in attendance will take them to Broadway—fulfilling their ill-advised dreams. “ Hysterically funny! Writers Anthony King and Scott Brown produced an uproarious script—funnier than The Drowsy Chaperone ” —Associated Press “ It seems that Monty Python’s whole troupe has taken possession of two New York naïfs, aspiring musical-theatre writers Bud and Doug, in this goofy and inspired parody of Broadway bombast. ” —The New Yorker
Chris Adams, a UVIC grad, has performed in some of the greatest theatres across Canada including The Globe in Regina, The Centaur in Montreal, and Vertigo in Calgary, and has produced over 10 musicals over the last 5 years. Gutenberg! The Muscial! marks the 11th musical Chris Adams has produced over the past 5 years. Erik Gow, a Studio 58 grad, and a performer/teacher/multi-instrumentalist, has worked with such companies as The Arts Club, Gateway Theatre, TUTS, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Axis Theatre, and many more. This professional dynamic duo has come together under the guidance of Axis Theatre’s Chris McGregor to present Bud and Doug’s ode to Broadway. A master in physical comedy, McGregor brings years of experience and has directed over 100 shows across Canada.
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Thank you to all the businesses at Folklife Village for their continued support of the Gabriola Arts Council and our programs. And thanks to all the Gabriola businesses and organizations that support this festival and put up with our mid-summer hijinks. GABRIOLA LIONS CLUB
Festival Coordinator: Alina Cerminara Brochure Design: Tim Gambrill Festival Photography: Bill Pope
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Festival at a Glance
Friday, August 18 1:00 pm 2:30 pm 5:00 pm 5:45 pm 7:00 pm 8:45 pm 9:30 pm
Opening Ceremonies One Man Pride & Prejudice A Fashionable Tale Fashion Show TerraZetto Washington & Mrs. Horowitz Chris Ronald Mata Hari
Festival Hub Antony Holland Mainstage Festival Hub Outdoor Stage Antony Holland Mainstage Outdoor Stage Antony Holland Mainstage
Saturday, August 19 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:30 am 10:00 am 10:00 am 10:00 am 10:30 am 12:30 pm 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 5:45 pm 7:00 pm 8:45 pm 9:30 pm
Lions Pancake Breakfast Gary Badke Carolyn Bell Roger Christie & Marty Steele Kids Corner Street Art Opens! Double Entendre Jupiter Rebellion GROWLS Puppet Show Miss Mara’s Dancers The Kat’s Pajamas The 25th Annual ... Spelling Bee Blue Moon Marrow
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Sunday, August 20 9:00 am 9:00 am 9:30 am 10:00 am 10:00 am 10:00 am 10:30 am 12:00 pm 1:45 pm 2:30 pm 5:45 pm 7:00 pm
Lions Pancake Breakfast Moonsister Adena Broadhead Graham Sheehan & Michael Bean Kids Corner Street Fair Opens! carol weaver & Jacqui Parker-Snedker Children’s Magic Show Double Entendre One Good Marriage Voodoo Dave with Esther Moncrieff Gutenberg! The Musical!
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“ Be not afeard . The isle is full of noises. Sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not.” —William Shakespeare, “The Tempest ”