Persephone Theatre Excited To Announce 2023/24 Season
Saskatoon, SK – Persephone Theatre is excited to announce its 49th season of theatre in Saskatoon.
There will be five Main Stage plays, three Youth Series, and the return of many other exciting programs, including the Incubator Program and the 48-Hour Queermunity Theatre Race.
“This season we celebrate love. Love of family, of parent and child, of country and culture, of language and music, self-love, and of course, romantic love,” Artistic Director Heather Cant said. “And, we are celebrating your love of theatre with an incredible line up of plays that we are certain will make you fall in love with theatre all over again.”
The Main Stage season will start with Bright Half Life by Tanya Barfield, running September 13 to October 1, 2023. This Sapphic love story has our main characters pause, rewind and fast-forward through their love story – from finding each other, falling in love, to marriage, children, skydiving and the infinite moments which make a life together.
Next up will be The First Métis Man of Odesa by Métis playwright Matthew Mackenzie and Ukrainian artist Mariya Khumutova, which captures the budding romance that took them from the beaches of the Black Sea to the riverbanks of the North Saskatchewan, through the onset of a global pandemic and the eruption of a brutal war, plus many moments of joy through it all including marriage and the birth of their son. This Punctuate! Theatre (Edmonton, Alta.) production plays on the Main Stage October 11-29, 2023.
The first show of the Youth Series will be Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish by Joseph A. Dandurand
This presentation from Axis Theatre (Vancouver, B.C.) is a Kwantlen First Nations tale featuring traditional Coast Salish and Sto:lo music and masks. It will play in the Backstage November 15-19, 2023, before heading out on tour to schools throughout the province.
Persephone Theatre will be celebrating the holiday season with Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, which transports us to Christmas in Regency-era England with this sparkling and modern sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, running on the Main Stage November 29 to December 21, 2023.
To kick off the rest of the Main Stage season in the new year will be This Is How We Got Here by Keith Barker, onstage January 31 to February 18, 2024. This powerful story about a close-knit family healing the grief of a devastating loss is a stunning and hopeful look at navigating the deep grief that can only come from the deepest love.
Songs My Mother Never Sung Me with music & lyrics by Dave Clarke is the second show in the Youth Series. This heartfelt opera for families from Concrete Theatre (Edmonton, Alta.) is about the relationship between a Deaf mother and her hearing son, performed in sung English and American Sign Language playing in the Backstage February 10-15, 2024.
Next up, in the Youth Series, is It’s Okay To Be Different – Stories by Todd Parr coming to us from the world-renowned Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Especially created for the very young, this production uses puppetry, black light, and theatre magic to animate three popular children’s books by NY Times best-selling author Todd Parr and will be on the Main Stage February 29 to March 3, 2024.
The season will close with Disney’s The Little Mermaid, a splashy musical for the whole family, on the Main Stage April 10 to May 5, 2024. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the much beloved Disney film with incredible music by Alan Menken, you will not want to miss this spectacular journey under the sea!
All of the Main Stage shows will see the continuation of our accessible programming, with dates for ASL and Audio Described performances, as well as Relaxed Performances and Pay What You Choose.
The third annual 48-Hour Queermunity Theatre Race will take place May 30 to June 2, 2024 to kick off Pride. This event is open to the entire 2SLGBTQIA+ community and their allies. During it, teams are challenged to create a Queer-centric performance in just 48 hours. Applications for teams will open in the spring of 2024.
Season renewals for current subscribers will begin on Thursday, March 2, 2023. Subscription sales for new subscribers will begin March 27, 2023, with single ticket sales opening on May 1, 2023.
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