FIGHTING CHANCE PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES BIGGEST SEASON YET
2017-18 Season includes classic Broadway musicals Sweet Charity and Guys & Dolls, an intimate production of The Diary of Anne Frank, the Canadian premieres of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Posh and Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures as well as the BC Premiere of Buyer and Cellar.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Fighting Chance Productions, one of Vancouver’s most exciting independent theatre companies, recently announced its 11th season of entertainment for Lower Mainland audiences.
This season, its most ambitious yet, features a mixture of Canadian premieres, classic musicals seen through a new lens, and works never before seen in British Columbia.
“When we first started Fighting Chance Productions and were rehearsing in my living room I would never have guessed 11 years later we would still be here and presenting some of the most exciting theatre in Vancouver,” says Fighting Chance Artistic Director RYAN MOONEY. “From SWEENEY TODD to CATS I am so proud of the work we are able to do and share with Vancouver audiences thanks to the enthusiasm and support from the community. Our subscription numbers are the highest they have ever been, a testament to the work we have created and continue to bring to our audiences. This season we present a rock musical based on America’s first populist president, a one man show about working in Barbara Streisand’s world, two classic Broadway musicals, the timeless tale of one girl’s story hiding from the Nazis in World War II, a Stephen Sondheim musical about the US opening of Japan and more!”
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POSH | September 15 – 29, 2017 | PAL Studio Theatre, 581 Cardero Street | By LAURA WADE | Acclaimed playwright Laura Wade explores the lives of the young, wealthy, and privileged. In an oak-panelled room in Oxford, ten young bloods with cut-glass vowels and deep pockets are meeting, intent on restoring their right to rule. Members of an elite student dining society, the boys are bunkering down for a wild night of debauchery, decadence, and bloody good wine. But this isn’t the last huzzah: they’re planning a takeover. Welcome to the Riot Club. Directed by ALLYSON FOURNIER
BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON | October 27 – November 11 2017 | Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street | By ALEX TIMBERS and MICHAEL FRIEDMAN | Follows America’s seventh president from his early days as a child on the wild frontier to his controversial reign in the White House. With the country divided into rich and poor (and with continued skirmishes with the Native Americans upsetting pieces of the world), Jackson begins his steady climb from military strategist to populist rabble-rouser to President of the United States. Is wanting to have a beer with someone reason enough to elect him? What if he’s really, really hot? A raucous blend of outrageous comedy, anarchic theatricality and an infectious rock score. Directed by RYAN MOONEY
BUYER & CELLAR | February 6 – 10, 2018 | PAL Theatre, 581 Cardero Street | By JONATHAN TOLINS | Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., he takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? An outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs. Directed by CHRISTOPHER KING
and starring RYAN MOONEY
PACIFIC OVERTURES | February 16 – March 3, 2018 | PAL Theatre, 581 Cardero Street | By STEPHEN SONDHEIM and JOHN WEIDMAN | Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman mix elements of Kabuki theatre with the convention of the Broadway musical in Pacific Overtures, a highly original, inventive, powerful, educational and surprisingly humourous theatrical experience. Commodore Matthew Perry’s 1853 mission to open trade relations with isolationist Japan through gunboat diplomacy forges and unlikely friendship between the samurai Kayama and the Americanized fisherman Manjiro. Kayama and Mangiro – and all of Japanese society – must face the wave of Westernization that follows. Directed by RYAN MOONEY
SWEET CHARITY | April 13 – 28, 2018 | Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street | By NEIL SIMON, CY COLEMAN & DOROTHY FIELDS | Have you ever known a girl who wanted something so badly that she tried too hard to get it? Meet Sweet Charity, the girl who wants to be loved so much that she has lost sight of who she is. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through romances in the all too real world of Times Square. A bright and sophisticated show in every sense. Directed & Choreographed by ANNA KUMAN
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK | May 25 – June 23, 2018 | Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive | By FRANCES GOODRICH & ALBERT HACKETT, newly adapted by WENDY KESSELMAN | In this transcendently powerful new adaptation Anne Frank emerges as a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence – their fear, their hope, their laughter and their grief. Directed by RYAN MOONEY
GUYS & DOLLS | August 3 – 25, 2018 | Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street | By ABE BURROWS, JO SWERLING and FRANK LOESSER | Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls, set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City. Frank Loesser’s brassy, immortal score makes Guys and Dolls a crowd pleaser. Directed by JENNIFER SURATOS