We have made the difficult decision to cancel our Mainstage production of Bad Parent by Ins Choi. The show was originally slated to run this Fall 2020, co-produced with Prairie Theatre Exchange.…

Bad Parent Update

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We have made the difficult decision to cancel our Mainstage production of Bad Parent by Ins Choi. The show was originally slated to run this Fall 2020, co-produced with Prairie Theatre Exchange. We were so excited to announce this production earlier this year, but with the effects of the COVID-19 continuing to evolve every day, audience and artist safety is our top priority, and we know this cannot be guaranteed this fall.

Plans are underway to schedule this show for next season. We don’t know when that might be, but one way or another, we will be bringing this show to you in the future! Development of this piece will continue.

We look forward to announcing the new dates when the conditions are safe and we are able to gather again.

Oh Sandra! by June Pang Art, Love and Other Reckless Pursuits. Turbulent, imaginative Frankie is irrepressibly drawn to curious but complicated Audrey. Art and politics infuse the language of love and lust in…

2020-21 MSG Lab 2 Public Reading

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Oh Sandra! by June Pang
Art, Love and Other Reckless Pursuits.
Turbulent, imaginative Frankie is irrepressibly drawn to curious but complicated Audrey. Art and politics infuse the language of love and lust in this play about making the best of bad timing, avoiding the obvious, and living life in the warm, comforting glow of cultural heroes.

Free Public Reading of Oh Sandra! by June Pang
June 16, 2020 at 7:00pm via Zoom, Reading starts at 7:15pm

To get the invite link, please RSVP to tickets@vact.ca

Meet our cast and creative team

Credits:

CREATIVE TEAM
June Pang – Playwright
June Fukumura – Dramaturg & Producer
Jamie King – Director

CAST
Diana Bang – Frankie
Melissa Oei – Sandra/Eileen
Adele Noronha – Audrey
Rae Takei – Gabriel

Bios:

June Pang
June Pang is grateful to VACT for the opportunity to further develop her first play, Oh Sandra! with an amazing group of talented individuals. She lives on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, with her partner and son.

June Fukumura
June Fukumura is a Japanese-Canadian inter-disciplinary theatre artist. June is the Co-Founder of New(to)Town Collective, a collective with a mandate to create experimental training workshops called Training Jams and the Co-Artistic Director of Popcorn Galaxies, an experimental theatre company interested in re-enchanting the everyday through site-responsive works. June is an actor, performer, director, producer, and dramaturg.

Jamie King
Jamie is an award-winning theatre director. Some recent favourite directing credits: Big Sister (The Cultch); Can We Fix It? (Studio 58); Burqa Boutique (Killjoy Theatre) co-directed with Gavan Cheema; The Wolves (With A Spoon/Rumble/Pacific Theatre); Vampires in Barcelona (Skinny Walrus Projects); PULL VI (Speakeasy Theatre); Bull (Rumble Theatre). She workshopped and assisted for Bard on The Beach, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre and Arts Club Theatre among others. Jamie is currently an associate artist with Electric Company Theatre and the associate artistic director for The Caravan Farm Theatre.

Diana Bang
Diana Bang got her start in performance with the Asian-Canadian sketch comedy group, Assaulted Fish, and continued her love of absurdist sketch comedy with The Lady Show, a comedy variety show.  A highlight has been performing the solo theatre show, Self-ish, for the Vancouver Fringe Festival in 2018.  She was also selected for VACT’s MSG new play development lab in 2018 with her play, Possessed. She looks forward to participating in her very first online play reading….most likely unshowered and in her pajamas.

Melissa Oei
Melissa is a Vancouver based theatre professional. Select acting credits include New Canadian Kid (Green Thumb), The Sea, Flare Path (Slamming Door Collective), Les Belles Soeurs, The Duchess (Ruby Slippers), The Open House (Sticks & Stones), Long Division (Pi Theatre), A Beautiful View (Naked Goddess), The Audience, Boeing Boeing, She Stoops to Conquer (Arts Club), Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Alley Theatre), Bug (Hardline).  As an emerging director, Melissa has worked with Studio 58, VACT, Pull Festival, Place des Arts, and Standing Room Only Theatre.  Melissa is a 2-time Jessie Richardson Award nominee and a graduate of Studio 58.

Adele Noronha
Adele loves lifting words off a page. She is humbled to get to enjoy June’s offerings. Adele has worked in various capacities on and off the stage with companies such Bard on the Beach (3 seasons), Gateway, South Asian Canadian Historical Association, Carousel, South Asian Arts, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Arts Club, Touchstone, Boca Del Lupo, Red Diva Productions, Delinquent, Upintheair, frank, Neworld and Pi. Adele is a graduate of Studio 58.

Rae Takei
Rae Takei (they/them) is a QTPOC multidisciplinary artist born and raised on Unceded Coast Salish Territory. In late 2019/early 2020, Rae had the pleasure of reading the role of the Tomato in VACT’s workshop of Rick Tae’s My Little Tomato. Rae is also known as non-binary drag performer Rose Butch (@rose.butch), whose style and sensibility follows the pursuit of gender euphoria. Their drag theatre collective, The Darlings, have produced 2 full-length quarantine-friendly broadcast shows which challenge the boundaries of conventional drag, and can be seen at vimeo.com/thedarlings. Rae is a graduate of Studio 58.

 

 

vAct is now taking submissions for the Emerging Dramaturg position for their MSG new play development program, in association with Playwrights Theatre Centre, PTC. This paid position will be a hands-on learning…

MSG Emerging Dramaturg Submissions

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vAct is now taking submissions for the Emerging Dramaturg position for their MSG new play development program, in association with Playwrights Theatre Centre, PTC. This paid position will be a hands-on learning experience propelling the individual from emerging to professional dramaturgy. The Emerging Dramaturg will be learning from and working with PTC Dramaturgs during the Block V Summer workshop of 2020 and MSG Play Development workshops Winter 2020-2021. The Emerging Dramaturg will receive a $1500 stipend for their work.

Representation matters in all roles of art making. vAct is dedicated to inclusive practices by increasing the number of under-represented individuals in every role involved in play making, which includes: producers, directors and dramaturgs. Diversity and various perspectives in our community enriches the artistic process and expands our understanding of the ever changing world. By increasing the number of diverse voices in our community, we can better support our playwrights. Artists living with disabilities, LGBTQ+, and/or POC identifying artists that can support an Asian Canadian perspectives are encouraged to apply.  

Time commitment and responsibilities: 

  • Must be available in April 2020 to be part of MSG play selection committee.
  • Must be available for Block V workshops, in-person meetings and phone calls during the Summer of 2020.
  • Must be available for in-person dramaturgical meetings and workshops with playwrights and Dramaturgs during Dec 2020 and Jan 2021. 

How to Submit: 

Please submit to playsubmission@vact.ca with the subject title EMERGING DRAMATURG. In one PDF file, please have the following: 

  • An Artist Bio (750 words max), describing your work as an artist so far, and your intentions in being part of the MSG new play development program as the Emerging Dramaturg.
  • Curriculum Vitae, CV (1 page max).

Deadline for submissions will be on March 1 2020.

Please send any questions to playsubmission@vact.ca 

Free admission Location: Progress Lab Studio, 1422 William St RSVP at: tickets@vact.ca My Little Tomato by Rick Tae When: January 15th, 8pm-10pm A Chinese-Canadian kindergarten teacher inherits an organic farm from his deceased…

Save the date for our MSG Lab readings

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Free admission
Location: Progress Lab Studio, 1422 William St

My Little Tomato by Rick Tae
When: January 15th, 8pm-10pm
A Chinese-Canadian kindergarten teacher inherits an organic farm from his deceased parents and vows to continue the business to honor his family name. As Keaton Chu learns to grow, nurture and pour his heart out into every single fruit and vegetable, he obsesses over finding a home for each, believing that every life has a purpose whether deformed, rotten or misjudged. Meanwhile, a young Japanese-Irish wholesaler, Joe McKinley, has fallen in crush over this avant garde supplier — helping to guide Keaton towards true love of the ‘conventional’ kind, supporting his unique eccentricities and yet showing that relationships are ultimately possible even when tomatoes have to come in between them.

Oh Sandra! by June Pang
When: January 16th, 8pm-10pm
Turbulent, imaginative Frankie is irrepressibly drawn to curious but complicated Audrey. Art and politics infuse the language of love and lust in this play about making the best of bad timing, avoiding the obvious, and living life in the warm, comforting glow of cultural heroes.

Himmat by Gavan Cheema
When: January 19th, 8pm-10pm
Himmat by Gavan Cheema is a gripping and hilarious narrative that uses both Punjabi and English to delve into the world of a father and daughter born generations and miles apart. It is a story about redemption and love. A story that humanizes a working-class immigrant father in an attempt to shed light on many topics Punjabi families keep in the dark. Told through flashbacks and set in Surrey Memorial Hospital, Himmat takes it’s audience on a journey to explore the complexity of family history and the impending doom of human mortality.

July 19, 2019, 4pm (Doors Open at 3:30pm)

Congratulations Alannah Ong! Jessie Richardson Awards

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July 15th 2019.

We are proud to announce during the 37th Annual Jessie Richardson Awards, Alannah Ong won a Jessie for Best Supporting Actress in a Small Theatre for her role in The Ones We Leave Behind by Loretta Seto. It is a well-deserved win! She brought humor and pathos to her character that was beloved by audiences and critics alike. This is her second nomination and first win with VACT; her first nomination was for her role in Ga Ting by Minh Ly.

We also wanted to give a shoutout to Heather Redfern and the Cultch for receiving the Vancouver Now Representation and Inclusion Award. We couldn’t think of a more deserving recipient!

Finally, we want to congratulate everyone who was nominated in our vAct family. You are all still winners in our hearts!