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Advance Theatre: New Works By Women Comes to the Vancouver Fringe Festival

Advance Theatre: New Works By Women

at the False Creek Gym (1318 Cartwright Street)

Ruby Slippers Theatre and Equity in Theatre have partnered with the Fringe to showcase dramatic readings of five new plays by Canadian women playwrights. According to a national study, women account for less than a third of artistic directors, working directors, and produced playwrights in professional Canadian theatre. Hence, Advance Theatre! Curated by Ruby Slippers Theatre with priority given to diversity, these five new plays by diverse Canadian women and directed by diverse Canadian women will be presented as matinees during the Festival.

Tickets are available at the door only and are pay-what-you-can with a suggested price of $5 to $10.


Rubby SlippersEquity theatre
Vancouver FoundationC-WestJohn Fluevog



Playwright: Janet Hinton
Directed by Laura McLean

Monday, September 12, 1:30pm

At a pain clinic, a new and uncooperative patient clashes with her exercise therapist. Faced with crises of physical and emotional pain, together they discover the possibility of love.

75 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Mature Content / Sexual Content


Playwright: Frances Koncan
Directed by Christine Quintana

Tuesday, September 13, 1:30pm

In the not-so-distant postcolonial future, a young Anishinaabe woman embarks upon a journey through time and space to rediscover the truth about love, living her best life, and growing up as fabulously as possible amidst the intergenerational trauma of cultural genocide.

Weird / Intellectual / Multicultural / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language


Playwright: Jenn Griffin
Directed by Heidi Taylor

Wednesday, September 14, 1:30pm

The Long Call is a multimedia tale of Holly, a former exotic dancer and mature recent university grad, whose life dream is to free captive orangutans into the wild. A silent promise to a certain orangutan named Popi seems finally within reach until Holly’s estranged underworld ex-boyfriend Jack, shows up at 3:00am to settle an ancient score.

Funny / Poetic / Intimate / 90 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / Violent Content / Gunshots / Strobe Lights

Photo by: Adrian Cook


Playwright: Carmen Aguirre
Directed by Anita Rochon

Thursday, September 15, 1:30pm

A darkly comic, magic realist play that centres around the quest for home. A family of four Chilean refugees drive a mint condition, hot pink 1950s convertible through the Arizona desert, en route to Chile, which, according to the father, is paradise.

Multicultural / 120 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Mature Content
Photo by Adrian Cook.


Full Circle: First Nations Performance
Playwright: Quelemia Sparrow
Directed by Kim Harvey

Friday, September 16 1:30pm

Generations of European and Indigenous mixed race families lived in Papiyek (now called Brockton Point in Stanley Park) before being evicted from their homes and forced to re-locate. This is the story of three Indigenous women who lived in Papiyek at the turn of the 20th century.

60 minutes / 14+