Home Is a Beautiful Word

Persephone Theatre presents in association with Sum Theatre and the Broadway Theatre

A revival of the Belfry Theatre production

Collected and edited by Joel Bernbaum

Directed by Michael Shamata

April 12 to 21, 2018

The Broadway Theatre

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Local playwright/journalist Joel Bernbaum travelled to Victoria, B.C. and interviewed over 500 people to create a portrait of homelessness. We hear from the housed, the homeless, and those who are “one paycheque away” from the street.  Enlightening, funny, and moving, this documentary play provides a kaleidoscopic view of an
issue present in every Canadian city. Tickets: $28

Persephone Theatre » Stage & Events » Deep End » The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui (Staged Reading)

The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui (Staged Reading)

By Bertolt Brecht

in a translation by George Tabori

Revised by Alistair Beaton

Directed by Kevin Williamson

January 12-14, 2018

Rawlco Radio Hall

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Brecht wrote Arturo Ui in 1941 while waiting for a visa to enter the USA. It parodies the series of events by which Hitler was allowed to come to power. It sounds the alarm against the complacency of believing that the events of that era could never be repeated at another time in another place. 

In these strange days when we can hardly believe what we see happening south of our border, our very existence as artists makes a demand of us to frame a response. This will be Persephone’s. Tickets: $15 (3 Readings Only)

** Pre-Show Discussion and Post-Show Talkbacks will be scheduled during the run of this provocative staged reading.

Persephone Theatre » Stage & Events » Deep End » Fish Eyes

Fish Eyes

Written by and starring Anita Majumdar

Presented from Nightswimming Theatre, Toronto

November 1-12, 2017

The BackStage Stage

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Two audacious dance-plays (Fish Eyes and Let Me Borrow That Top) by celebrated theatre, television and film actress, Anita Majumdar tell the coming-of-age stories of two teenage girls of South Asian descent in small town Canada. This award-winning solo tour-de-force fuses exceptional Bollywood dance and Kathakali storytelling to create a truly unique theatrical experience.

Persephone Theatre » Stage & Events » Main Stage » Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

By Janet Munsil

Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen

Directed by Johnna Wright

May 2 to 16, 2018

Rawlco Radio Hall

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When Lizzie Bennet meets the wealthy and aloof Mr. Darcy, love at first sight quickly turns into a battle of wills. Relive the wit and charm of Jane Austen’s most beloved romantic comedy in this lavish and elegant stage adaptation directed by Johnna Wright (A Christmas Carol, The Importance of Being Earnest).

Persephone Theatre » Stage & Events » Main Stage » Onegin

Onegin

Book, Music & Lyrics by Veda Hille and Amiel Gladstone

Based on the poem by Pushkin and the opera by Tchaikovsky

Directed by Amiel Gladstone

NATIONAL TOUR presented from the Arts Club Theatre

March 21 to April 8, 2018

Rawlco Radio Hall

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When Evgeni Onegin visits the Larin family home, his romantic charms stir passions long forgotten by its residents. A hip and romantic new musical that will move and shake you with its sweeping score and leave you with the powerful question – “Look around, look around, look around, do you see someone worth dying for?”

Persephone Theatre » Stage & Events » Main Stage » Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show

Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show

World Premiere Co-presented with Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre (GTNT) and La Troupe du Jour

Written by Jean Marc Dalpé, David Granger, Laura Lussier, Alexis Martin, Andrea Ménard, Yvette Nolan, Gilles Poulin-Denis, Paula-Jean Prudat, Mansel Robinson and Kenneth T. Williams

Directed by Mani Soleymanlou

Partners: National Arts Centre French Theatre (Ottawa), Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental (Montreal), Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui (Montreal), Théâtre Cercle Molière (Winnipeg) and La Troupe du Jour (Saskatoon)

February 27 to March 4, 2018

Rawlco Radio Hall

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BONUS SHOW: During its time, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show was the most spectacular live event in the world. Saskatchewan’s Gabriel Dumont was one of his top acts, billed as “The Hero of the Half-Breed Rebellion.” Dumont experienced the power of the show and dreamed of creating his own version of the Wild West Show that would tell the story of the Métis in an equally spectacular way. 130 years later, that dream is now a reality.

Persephone Theatre » Stage & Events » Main Stage » Butcher

Butcher

By Nicolas Billon

Directed by Del Surjik

Featuring award-winning actor Chip Chuipka

January 31 to February 14, 2018

Rawlco Radio Hall

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An edge-of-your-seat thriller that twists and turns as it explores the murky waters between revenge and justice. An old man in a military uniform and a Santa hat is dumped at the police station. He doesn’t speak English, and a lawyer’s business card is baited on the meat hook that hangs on his neck. As a lawyer, a police officer and a translator struggle to unravel the truth, they uncover past crimes that won’t stay buried.

Warning: mature themes and scenes of extreme violence.

Persephone Theatre » Stage & Events » Main Stage » Treasure Island

Treasure Island

By Ken Ludwig

Adapted from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson

November 22 to December 6, 2017

Rawlco Radio Hall

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Adventure, treasure and a mysterious island beckon! Set sail with young Jim Hawkins, the larger-than-life Long John Silver and a crew of swashbuckling pirates, as Treasure Island regales thrill-seekers of all ages with a coming of age story that is epic and intimate, hilarious and harrowing. A glorious adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel and a perfect holiday entertainment.

Persephone Theatre » Stage & Events » Main Stage » Quick Bright Things

Quick Bright Things

By Christopher Cook

Directed by Del Surjik

October 18 to November 1, 2017

Rawlco Radio Hall

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Nick travels home to his family with his adopted teenage son Gerome to meet Gerome’s birth mother. No one quite knows how to handle Gerome’s recent schizophrenia diagnosis, but they don’t let that stop them from trying.  This touching, hilarious, and honest play gives a deeply authentic picture of mental illness, at the same time reveling in the ‘ordinary craziness’ and intimacy of family.

Persephone Theatre » Stage & Events » Main Stage » ‘Art’

‘Art’

By Yasmina Reza

Translated by Christopher Hampton

September 13 to 27, 2017

Rawlco Radio Hall

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Modern Art meets Modern Friendship. Marc’s best friend Serge has bought an outrageously expensive modern painting:  all white, with white lines.  Serge loves his new piece of Art.  Marc is horrified. Is Serge’s painting ‘Art’, or is it a meaningless white square?  A witty, incisive dialogue on ‘the meaning of Art’ and the true nature of friendship.

Persephone Theatre » Stage & Events » Main Stage » BOOM

BOOM

Presented by KDOONS and WYRD Productions

Written, directed and performed by Rick Miller

August 8 to 20, 2017

Rawlco Radio Hall

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BONUS SHOW: From the creative team behind MacHomer comes an explosive solo performance that documents the music, culture and politics that shaped the Baby Boom generation (1945-1969). BOOM takes us through 25 turbulent years, and gives voice to over 100 influential figures and musicians. With cutting-edge multimedia, unforgettable characters and tour-de-force storytelling this stunningly staged production is a mind-blowing experience for audiences of all generations.

Persephone Theatre » Stage & Events » Main Stage » 2017-2018 Season

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Persephone Theatre » Stage & Events » Family & Young Adult » Baobab

Baobab

Presented by Théâtre Motus (Longueuil QC) and the SÔ Company (Mali)

Written and directed by Hélène Ducharme

April 8: 2:00pm 2017

Rawlco Radio Hall

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In this story inspired by West African legends, an ancient baobab tree stands tall amidst a persistent drought. One day the tree brings forth an egg and from the egg is born a little boy. The villagers discover that he is the only one who can free the source of water. A beautiful show in which African percussions turn into animals while masks and puppets become genies and witches!

Persephone Theatre » Stage & Events » Family & Young Adult » The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh

The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh

By Chris Craddock

Saturday, March 25

11:00am and 3:00pm

The BackStage Stage

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Jamie and Max are best friends – she’s a trouble magnet who thinks her ADHD is some kind of amazing super speed and he’s the smartest kid in his grade. When Jamie tries to help Max against a bully, she just ends up creating more trouble. Jamie needs to slow down and listen, but how do you turn off a super power?

Persephone Theatre » Stage & Events » Main Stage » Shear Madness

Shear Madness

by Paul Portner

April 26 - May 10, 2017

Rawlco Radio Hall

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Madness erupts at your not-so-typical hair salon when the famous pianist upstairs is mysteriously murdered and any number of colorful characters is suspect. Now it’s up to you, the audience, to outwit the suspects and catch the killer in this wildly popular comedy that has entertained millions worldwide.

Persephone Theatre » Stage & Events » Main Stage » Playing With Fire: The Theo Fleury Story

Playing With Fire: The Theo Fleury Story

By Kirstie McLellan Day

Based on the book Playing With Fire by Theo Fleury & Kirstie McLellan Day

Presented by PotashCorp

March 22 - 26, 2017

Rawlco Radio Hall

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Playing With Fire: The Theo Fleury Story

Last year's high-scoring hit returns! This award winning play, developed with Fleury himself, tells the inspiring and honest story of how a 5’6” Metis kid from Manitoba beat all challenges to become an NHL star. Playing in over 1,000 games and scoring over 1,000 points, Fleury won a Stanley Cup in his rookie year and an Olympic gold medal with Team Canada. Performed entirely on hockey skates and synthetic ice, Playing with Fire is a triumph of one man’s spirit.  Starring Shaun Smyth as Theo Fleury.

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