Schedule and ticket details will be announced soon.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Danielle Irvine
The Taming of the Shrew
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Andy Jones
By Megan Gail Coles
Notes from the artistic director - April 23, 2017
Humans have struggled with gender and expectation since time immemorial. Shakespeare was writing with Queen Elizabeth I on the throne. In a time of male dominance, she stood her ground.
“The Virgin Queen” was pressured on all sides to take a husband who would rule for her, but she retained her power — history carries her reputation for intelligence, fortitude, wit, and benevolence.
Since Shakespeare wrote many of his plays for her, I see him challenging traditional male and female roles and traditional views of power through many of his stories and characters.
It is this journey that I plan to explore this season.
The main stage shows will be Richard III and The Taming of the Shrew, two hot-bed shows that are both accessible and challenging.
I will be directing Richard III and exploring the story based on the man who would be king.
Richard is the youngest of three brothers and not as physically pleasing or strong, so he struggles against expectations that hold him back from manifesting his dreams.
His journey pulls us against our will into his machinations as the villain who hides his hate in love.
The Taming of the Shrew will be directed by long-time company member, Andy Jones, fresh off the road from working around the nation, including at the NAC.
He will be exploring the story of Kate, the woman fighting against all expectations and Petruchio, the man determined to make her, his.
They are the feuding, outrageously ill-behaved couple who hide their love in hate. This play raises questions and pushes buttons with a lot of laughter along the way.
We are also taking our next steps toward sustainability, adding a tiny but mighty third show to our season.
We are a classical company, but we do need to make sure that we offer well-rounded seasons to help grow and sustain our audiences, while remaining a unique part of the provincial theatre community.
A new series, 400 Years and Counting, will yearly feature a new classic by a local playwright, celebrating our culture and stories.
I have reached out to critically acclaimed, award-winning playwright Megan Gail Coles to launch the series: Our Eliza is a play that captured my heart instantly.
As Eliza struggles to find herself, her voice, and her way between the expectations of her father, her husband, and of the traditional woman’s role in the home, we can’t help but fall in love on one hand and want to fight for her with the other.
While I was not raised in a rural environment, I was raised by my grandfather and I recognized Eliza and Loomis’ struggle instantly. Love tangled with expectation of duty and loyalty makes for a powerful story filled with complicated, compelling characters you will not forget.
It is now April 23rd, 2017, and thanks to the support that you, our believers, have given us over the past few years by seeing our shows, spreading the word, and donations of your time, energy and money you have enabled Perchance to flourish!
To launch us on our 2017 season, with time, energy and word of mouth just reach out by email. I would love to hear from you! To send a gift of any size, please click here to make a donation at Canada Helps.
There are truly exciting plans afoot for this coming season, and, indeed, the coming three seasons. Plans that span not just this province, but the globe.
Shakespeare said, “There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.” With your help, we are catching this tide.
All my best,