Persephone Theatre Announces 2013/2014 Season
“Our next Season builds on a great tradition of variety and diversity in our programming. Political and romantic intrigue, comedy, heartbreak, hope, surprise and happiness, and even curling are all waiting in the wings for you, ready to take their place on stage when the new season begins.”
-- Del Surjik, Artistic Director
Persephone Theatre’s 2013/2014 BMO Mainstage Season is filled with surprises – a comedy set in Belarus, a musical powered by the songs of Leonard Cohen, a prairie comedy classic for Christmas, a smart romantic comedy, a taut political thriller featuring none other than history’s most famous playwright, and an antics-filled romp to wrap up the year. The Deep End Series features a world premiere from an award-winning playwright, a brilliant show from some of Canada’s foremost puppeteers, and a four-way co-production with Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company, Western Canada Theatre, and Gateway Theatre.
The 2013/2014 Main Stage Season opens in September with Aaron Bushkowsky’s My Chernobyl, a sharp, off-kilter comedy that radiates wit. Next up we’ll be presenting the Firehall Arts Centre’s Chelsea Hotel, a genre-defying musical tale of love, loss, desire and illusion bound together by the music of Leonard Cohen. Our Christmas season features the curling classic The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon by Saskatchewan’s own W.O. Mitchell, a Canadian treasure that’s perfect for all ages. Things will heat up on stage in the New Year with the romantic comedy Strawberries in January, a smart, seductive story about finding love where you don’t expect it. After that we’ve got Bill Cain’s gripping historical thriller Equivocation, featuring sumptuous period costumes and a story of political intrigues woven around the infamous Gunpowder Plot. Wrapping up the season is Leading Ladies, a door-slamming, quick-changing comedic delight.
We’re also proud to announce one of our most daring Deep End Series lineups in history –Next year begins with the world premiere of Donna Michelle St. Bernard’s A Man a Fish – an eco-conscious modern fable about love, betrayal, and environmental sabotage. After that we’ll be presenting the world-renowned Old Trout Puppet Theatre’s Ignorance – a darkly comic puppet documentary about the evolution of happiness. Tara Beagan’s resonant Dreary and Izzy wraps up our Deep End Season with one of our most audacious co-productions to date.
Persephone Theatre Youth will feature prominently again this season, with seven productions between the SaskTel Youth Tour, Youth Series and Kinsmen Young Company. The new Persephone School of Theatre has been wildly successful, seeing attendance numbers nearly double in its inaugural season our Youth Program Director Will Brooks has been hard at work creating new and exciting opportunities for community outreach for the 2013-2014 Season. This Season also marks the first time some of our Youth Series shows will be open to the public – with the Ovation Award-winning Aga-Boom (Created by veteran of Cirque Du Soleil Dimitri Bogatirev) and Théâtre Tout à Trac’s Alice in Wonderland.
The 2013/2014 season marks an important time in the history of Persephone Theatre. As we celebrate the records that we broke in ticket sales last season, we are committed to exceeding the high expectations we both have for our theatre. Join us for another unforgettable season!
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