University of Victoria Phoenix Theatre 2018-2019 season

Media release

From a one-person show to an over-the-top musical, a Greek tragedy to a contemporary comedy, the Phoenix Theatre’s 2018/19 season creates a wide assortment of learning opportunities for theatre students as well as a tremendously entertaining season for audiences!

Mamahood: Bursting into Light Written & Performed by Nicolle Nattrass (BFA ’91)
Directed by TJ Dawe (BFA ’97)
Uvic Phoenix Theatre
OCTOBER 10 – 20, 2018

Jessie Award-nominated playwright and actress – and mother – Nicolle Nattrass, courageously shares her ode to motherhood in this witty and profoundly moving one-woman play.

In turns both hilarious and heart-breaking, she chronicles her journey of becoming a new mother at the age of 40.

From initial idyllic dreams of motherhood and the pressure to choose a stylish diaper bag, to her real struggle to become the“perfect mom,” her years of sleep deprivation, and her own postpartum experience, Nicolle uses humour (and ’80s music) to present important realities that are rarely discussed.

“Nattrass is a big-hearted and fearlessly vulnerable performer” that will entertain everyone who has a mother – but Mamahood is especially “a gift” for “mothers who’ve believed themselves to be alone in falling short of ideals.” (Georgia Straight)

*The Spotlight on Alumni program invites our graduates to present their current work at the Phoenix Theatre.

The Drowsy Chaperone, by Lisa Lambert, Don McKellar, Bob Martin & Greg Morrison
guest director Jacques Lemay
UVic Phoenix
November R 8 – 24, 2018

Winner of five Tony Awards, this original Canadian play is a fun-loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song-and-dance number after another!

The play gently pokes fun at a myriad of musical theatre tropes, brought to us through the droll narration of a theatre fan who spends the evening alone, curled up in a chair in a one-bedroom apartment, playing the original cast recording of the 1928 musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. As the vinyl spins, colourful and chaotic characters spring to life, filling the living room with everyone from pastry chef gangsters to glamorous movie starlets. A parody wrapped in a love letter, this is a must-see for all musical fans.

The Drowsy Chaperone is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Trojan Women by Euripides, translation by Alan Shapiro, directed by Jan Wood
UVic Phoenix Theatre
February 14 – 23, 2019

This Greek tragedy is the first play written about the brutal aftermath of war. Set against the background of the epic tale of the Trojan War, Euripides shifts our focus away from the conquering heroes. Instead, he tells the story from the perspective of the wives, mothers and daughters of the defeated Trojan warriors.

These vanquished women have lost their families, their dignity and their sense of place in the world. They struggle with their grief and uncertainty as the victors decide their fate.

This powerful and timeless play reminds us that the casualties of war are not abstract concepts but living, breathing, suffering people. Although written in 415 BCE, this play’s message continues to resonate today.

7 Stories by Morris Panych, directed by Fran Gebhard
UVic Phoenix Theatre
MARCH 14 – 23, 2019

Fast-paced and full of eccentric characters, this sophisticated satire takes place on the window ledge of a seven-storey building where a man is contemplating suicide.

Endlessly interrupted by a variety of quirky building residents, he becomes drawn into the absurdity of their daily lives. So self-absorbed are his neighbours, that no one even bothers to ask why he’s out there! This quick-witted, dark comedy will have you philosophizing about life and death, right up to its existential conclusion.

Written by the award-winning Canadian playwright Morris Panych, 7 Stories is the winner of six Jessie Awards, including Outstanding Original Play.

Season’s Tickets
$54 four plays
$40.50 three plays

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