FourPlay: New Work by Excited Writers (March 14 - 25, 2018), Canada, Wednesday, 14. March 2018


by Kelsey Wavey
Directed by Deneh'Cho Thompson
Featuring Joel Montgrand as Edwin

by Heather Barr and Lili Robinson
Directed by Chris Gatchalian


Freedom 56
by Matthias Falvai
Directed by Fay Nass

AIN'T: THE MUSICAL by Erik Gow and David Johnston
Director and Choreographer - Kayla Dunbar

Dramaturgy – Aaron Bushkowsky
Set Design – Shizuka Kai
Costume Design Melissa McCowell
Lighting Design Keagan Elrick


This year marks the 12th mounting of this popular festival of one-­‐act plays, featuring 4 new scripts by current students, once again under the tutelage of award-­‐winning playwright Aaron Bushkowsky. In two exciting programs, directed by four of BC’s best directors, the playwrights delve into contemporary themes with a sharp eye and fresh voice.

“This year's FourPlay offers us four diverse and challenging plays: a harrowing story of Soviet occupation of Hungary, a funny musical about the word "ain't", a play about a First Nations family coping with prejudice and disconnection, and a modern-day story about gender identity and sexual awakening with fries on the side. These pieces have something for everybody and show great potential. Congratulations to our first-time playwrights. Have fun and play!” – Aaron Bushkowsky


by Kesley Kanatan Wavey | Directed by Deneh`Cho Thompson | Featuring Joel Montgrand as Edwin

Institutionalized is a play about the isolation of the institutions that we live in including marriage, education, foster care, health care, and the systemic racism towards indigenous people that occurs within them. When the black sheep of the family is in a bad accident, he is forced to make decisions that can reconnect him and the whole family. But first, he must **** long histories of mistrust between the system, within the family, and his own personal demons.

by Heather Barr & Lili Robinson | Directed by C.E. Gatchalian

Set in a fast food restaurant at two in the morning, this hyper-current dark comedy explores the candid conversations of six characters from a variety of backgrounds, genders, and worldviews. As the night goes on, these characters are forced to **** their fears and grapple with closely held beliefs. In a society where we are all taught to fit into boxes, Chimera drops us into the minds and hearts of six people living in the in-between, scrambling to find human connection, and forge their identities in today’s world.


by Matthias Falvai | Directed by Fay Nass

Set in Soviet-occupied Hungary at the dawn of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Freedom ‘56 follows the story of a family and their struggle for identity: a freedom fighting father, a proud mother, a wayward son, and a whimsical god-daughter searching for freedom in a suppressive world. Inspired by true family stories, Freedom ’56 engages its audience with poetic writing evoking the desperate times in this war-torn country.

by David Johnston & Erik Gow | Directed & Choreographed by Kayla Dunbar

Massachusetts, 1961. The literary world is about to be rocked to its core by the largest scandal in dictionary history. On the eve of their most ambitious publication to date, the men and women of Merriam-Webster **** an unexpected impasse that will literally redefine the course of linguistics in the English-speaking world... forever! This bubbly musical comedy with catchy tunes will get your footnotes tapping and turn the page on the way you think about language... and them that use it.

Wednesday, 14. March 2018, Canada, FourPlay: New Work by Excited Writers (March 14 - 25, 2018)

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