Peter Jorgensen Photo: David Cooper
Photo: Emily Cooper
WELCOME TO THE 2018-2019 SEASON! I am so excited for this upcoming season at Gateway Theatre. We’re welcoming back some incredibly talented artists whose work you’ve loved in the past. Diane Brown, the director of the sold-out hit I Lost My Husband, is back to direct the celebrated Canadian play Les Belles-soeurs. Featuring a cast of 15 dynamic women, this Metro Vancouver premiere is sure to be a delight. And Meghan Gardiner, the star of I Lost My Husband and The Music Man, shows she’s equally talented as a writer with the world premiere of her play Gross Misconduct. Finally, Peter Jorgensen, who directed last year’s gem A Little Night Music, returns to direct his own musical adaptation of the iconic It’s a Wonderful Life. Along with these favourites, you’ll be introduced to some other extraordinary artists. Tetsuro Shigematsu, familiar to many as a CBC broadcaster, is bringing his acclaimed one-man show Empire of the Son to Gateway. This funny and touching piece has toured from Vancouver to St. John’s —you won’t want to miss it! Tracey Power, the gifted writer/ choreographer of the hit Chelsea Hotel, has a new play called GLORY, a celebration of pioneering women hockey players told through swing dance. Finally, I’m thrilled to be directing the Canadian premiere of Yoga Play, a hilarious satire by the brilliant playwright Dipika Guha. Born in India and raised in the UK, Dipika currently resides in the U.S. where she is acknowledged as a leading emerging writer. With Yoga Play, she’s created a hilarious piece that feels 100% Lower Mainland. This is a fantastic line-up that takes you from the West Coast of Canada to Quebec, through Ontario, and right to the village of Bedford Falls. Join us for the ride! JOVANNI SY Artistic Director
Melissa Oei, France Perras & Agnes Tong Photo: David Cooper
LES BELLES-SOEURS By Michel Tremblay Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco
SEPTEMBER 27 ‒ OCTOBER 6, 2018 MAINSTAGE THE HILARIOUS MISFORTUNES OF ONE WOMAN’S FORTUNE It’s 1960’s Montreal, and working-class housewife Germaine Lauzon has won one million customer loyalty stamps. She needs to place the stamps in booklets in order to redeem them, but who can she trust when her jealous family and neighbours come over for a stamp-sticking party? The women complain aggressively, overshare shamelessly, and fantasize freely while secretly coveting Germaine’s precious stamps. Raucous, reckless, and hysterically funny, this windfall of humour, dreams, and heart is sure to pay off!
Directed by Diane Brown Produced by Ruby Slippers Theatre
“…Tremblay’s most popular and widely translated play.
Almost 50 years later, the text still feels incendiary and its subject matter ground-breaking”
—The Georgia Straight
Tetsuro Shigematsu Photo: Raymond Shum
EMPIRE OF THE SON By Tetsuro Shigematsu NOVEMBER 8 ‒ 17, 2018 STUDIO B SEPARATED BY A GENERATION, CONNECTED BY BLOOD In this funny and poignant autobiographical one-man show, Tetsuro Shigematsu (former host of CBC Radio’s The Roundup) tells the inspiring tale of his emotionally distant father, Akira, whose legacy is felt beyond his lifetime. From the ashes of Hiroshima to swinging 1960’s London, Empire of the Son shows how Akira’s incredible personal history has influenced two generations. Though separated by language, culture and history, what truly keeps this father and son apart is their similarities.
Directed by Richard Wolfe Produced by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
“A powerful display of emotion… a riveting theatrical experience.”
Peter Jorgensen Photo: David Cooper
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
A New Musical Adaptation by Peter Jorgensen Arrangements & Orchestrations by Nico Rhodes DECEMBER 6 ‒ 31, 2018 MAINSTAGE A HEARTWARMING HOLIDAY MUSICAL FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Get into the holiday spirit with this timeless classic set to soaring songs from the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s. When misfortune befalls George Bailey on Christmas Eve, his guardian angel swoops in to help bring him back from despair and show him how he has truly touched all the people in his life. Travel with us to Bedford Falls for a joyous journey that will have you checking for Zuzu’s petals in your own pockets and make you believe that every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.
Based on the Frank Capra film and the original story by Philip Van Doren Stern With the support of Patrick Street Productions Directed by Peter Jorgensen
“If you like old-fashioned charm, the kind that makes you feel all warm and runny inside, this one’s for you.”
2018-2019 SEASON LES BELLES-SOEURS MON
THU 27 SEP PR
FRI 28 OP
SAT 29 8PM
2 OCT 3 4 5 6 TM 1PM 8PM AP 8PM TBT 8PM AP 8PM
SUN 30 2PM FM 2PM 8PM
EMPIRE OF THE SON MON
THU 8 NOV PR
FRI 9 OP
SAT 10 8PM
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE MON
THU 6 DEC
SUN 9 2PM 2PM PR 8PM OP 8PM 8PM 11 12 13 14 15 16 TM 1PM 2PM AP 8PM TBT 8PM AP 8PM 8PM 18 19 20 21 22 23 2PM 8PM 8PM 8PM 8PM 8PM 25 26 27 28 29 30 2PM 2PM 8PM 8PM 8PM
8PM LES BELLES-SOEURS: Melissa Oei, France Perras & Agnes Tong. EMPIRE OF THE SON: Tetsuro Shigematsu (Photo: Raymond Shum). IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Peter Jorgensen. YOGA PLAY: Melissa Oei. GROSS MISCONDUCT: Ian Butcher & Yoshié Bancroft. GLORY: Morgan Yamada & Arielle Rombough (Photo: Erin Wallace). Photos: David Cooper, unless otherwise stated.
6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond, BC, V7C 3V4 gatewaytheatre.com GatewayThtr YOGA PLAY MON
THU 7 FEB PR
FRI 8 OP
SAT 9 8PM
SUN 10 2PM FM 2PM 8PM
GROSS MISCONDUCT MON
THU 14 MAR PR
FRI 15 OP
SAT 16 8PM
THU 4 APR PR
FRI 5 OP
SAT 6 8PM
SUN 7 2PM FM 2PM 8PM
Special Events PR = Preview TBT = Talkback Thursday
OP = Opening Night FM = Forum @1pm
TM = Tea Matinee AP = Afterplay
• Talkback Thursday: Intimate conversation with the cast and/or creative team after the show • Forum @1pm: Pre-show exploration with a panel of experts on key themes or ideas of the play • Afterplay: Audience members share their thoughts in an informal discussion after the performance
Melissa Oei Photo: David Cooper
YOGA PLAY By Dipika Guha
FEBRUARY 7 ‒ 16, 2019 MAINSTAGE WHERE COMMERCE, SPIRITUALITY, AND COMEDY MEET Joan has been hired to stabilize Jojomon, a yoga apparel giant, after its CEO is brought down by a fat-shaming scandal. But just as she finds her footing, more trouble surfaces and the sales freefall. Jojomon needs an image makeover—and fast. Risking everything on a wild plan, Joan and her colleagues are willing to try anything to save face. This hilarious satire asks what it takes to find authenticity in a world determined to sell enlightenment.
Directed by Jovanni Sy
“At its heart, this is a play about
what it means to be yourself.”
Ian Butcher & YoshiĂŠ Bancroft Photo: David Cooper
GROSS MISCONDUCT By Meghan Gardiner MARCH 14 ‒ 23, 2019 STUDIO B WHEN JUSTICE AND MORALS COLLIDE, WHERE IS THE LINE? Now in his early fifties, Deke has been incarcerated in Millhaven Prison for the past twenty years. In all that time, he has been without a cellmate, until Corey, a twenty-something rich kid, joins him in his cell. A complicated bond slowly forms between the two, and tensions rise as they debate the nature of their crimes. When Corey begs his cellmate for protection, Deke is forced to confront his past.
Directed by Kayvon Khoshkam Produced by SpeakEasy Theatre
“As in her past works, Meghan Gardiner examines
the dark side of human nature with humour, compassion, and grace.” —Jovanni Sy, Artistic Director Gateway Theatre
Morgan Yamada & Arielle Rombough Photo: Erin Wallace
By Tracey Power APRIL 4 ‒ 13, 2019 MAINSTAGE A WOMAN’S PLACE IS ON HOME ICE Based on the incredible true story of the Preston Rivulettes women’s hockey team. In 1933, four friends set out to prove to Canada that hockey isn’t just a sport for men. As they fight through the Great Depression, prejudice, and personal upheaval, can they overcome the odds and forge their own path to glory? Featuring electrifying swing dance choreography, GLORY captures all the thrill, excitement, and tension of a great hockey game. Go Rivulettes!
Directed by James MacDonald A Western Canada Theatre/ Alberta Theatre Projects Production
“…laugh-out-loud moments and smart commentary…”
—Kamloops This Week
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Bridget Esler as Dorothy and the cast of The Wizard of Oz, 2015. Photo: David Cooper. Set Design: Lauchlin Johnston. Costume Design: Carmen Alatorre.
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All programming and artists subject to change. Models in photographs may not appear in production. FRONT & BACK COVERS: LES BELLES-SOEURS: France Perras. EMPIRE OF THE SON: Tetsuro Shigematsu (Photo: Raymond Shum). ITâ€™S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Peter Jorgensen. YOGA PLAY: Melissa Oei. GROSS MISCONDUCT: Ian Butcher. GLORY: Arielle Rombough (Photo: Erin Wallace). Photos: David Cooper, unless otherwise stated.
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