Listen to This Audio

The Arts Club Theatre Company will release four audio plays this year, forming a series titled Listen to This, written by artists affiliated with the company’s Emerging Playwrights’ Unit and Silver Commissions Project.

Directed by Ashlie Corcoran, the plays may be purchased individually or as part of a series at artsclub.com. Shortened episodes of each play will be released weekly on both Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Listen to This

Unexpecting
By Bronwyn Carradine, member of the Arts Club’s 2019 Emerging Playwrights’ Unit
Release date: February 10
Married couple Annie and Josephine have been trying to start a family for the past five years. As their patience and pennies begin to dissipate, the two start to second-guess their choices, until another chance at a baby literally bursts through the front door. Unexpecting is a comedic exploration of marriage, friendship and modern motherhood.

Listen to This

Night Passing
By Scott Button, member of the Arts Club’s 2019 Emerging Playwrights’ Unit

Release date: March 17

Ottawa, 1958. A young man moves from a rural town to the big city, hoping to reckon with his emerging sexuality — and comes face to face with horrific, oppressive acts against the queer population there. Night Passing is inspired by true stories of LGBTQ+ Canadians who endured brutal harassment at the hands of their own government, and the vital resistance that followed.

Listen to This

Someone Like You
By Christine Quintana, a 2020–2021 Silver Commissions Playwright

Release date: May 19

A boyfriend from hell. A nightmare apartment. A botched Tinder date. Isabelle and Kristen have been through a lot together. But the arrival of Kristen’s new romantic interest leaves Isabelle wondering how long she can stay in a supporting role. This new comedy launches Cyrano de Bergerac into the 21st century: mistaken identities, millennial manifestos and the quest for self-love. Who might be waiting in the wings?

Listen to This

My Father Is the Greatest Man in the World
By Tai Amy Grauman, a 2020–2021 Silver Commissions Playwright
Release date: July 14
Rose grew up on a farm in small-town Alberta with her Métis family. Now a country singer in Nashville and pregnant with her first baby, Rose returns home with questions for her father, John. Once a trapper on the land, John has worked in the oil fields since Rose’s birth. What part of his past will help unlock her child’s future?

The Arts Club extends its gratitude to the donors who have made this initiative possible, including ITC Construction Group, TD, Roberta Beiser, The Alan and Gwendoline Pyatt Foundation, The River Foundation, and the Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, City of Vancouver.

Special thanks are also extended to Stan and Kathy Hamilton, supporters of the Silver Commissions Project, and Bonnie Mah, supporter of the Emerging Playwrights’ Unit.

All productions have been planned, rehearsed and recorded in adherence to safety guidelines established by the B.C. government. The Arts Club continues to take precautions in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as well as to protect the health and welfare of patrons, artists, staff and volunteers.

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