By Anusree Roy
November 17-27, 2016
Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch
As part of Diwali Fest
Rekha arrives in Calcutta thinking she has come to work in a light-bulb factory. In actuality she has been sold to a pimp by her own brother-in-law. In this impossible situation Rekha manages to shape her own destiny and find inner liberty. Winner of the 2011 Dora Award for Outstanding New Play and a finalist for the 2012 GG Awards, Brothel #9 features Touchstone favourite Laara Sadiq, rising star Adele Noronha and noted actors David Adams and Shaker Paleja. The Western Canadian Premiere of a deeply moving work that promises to be a highlight of the fall theatre season.
Written by Jordan Tannahill, Directed by Erin Brubacher with Cara Spooner
January 25-29, 2017 Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
Presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, and Surrey Civic Theatres
Concord Floral is a million square foot abandoned greenhouse and a hangout for neighbourhood kids. Something has happened there. Something nobody wants to talk about. Ten local teenagers perform this piece about beauty, cruelty, mercy and being human. Written by Jordan Tannahill (Late Company) and directed & produced by Erin Brubacher, Greater Vancouver hosts this production through a unique multi-city collaboration, with performances at the Roundhouse in late January as part of the 2017 PuSh Festival.
June 8-18 2017
Various Granville Island Venues and The Post at 750
As Canadian musicals start to gain national and international attention, In Tune remains the place to see sneak peeks before they go on to world premieres. The only event of its kind in Canada, In Tune features a range of showcases, masterclasses, panel discussions, and workshops. Now in its fourth incarnation, this biennial event takes place in various venues in June.
To return to Touchstone is a huge gift. I have immense respect for this dynamic and audacious company and the vital role it plays in Vancouver and the nation’s theatre ecology, and I love the myriad of ways Touchstone has evolved, matured and focused during Katrina Dunn’s impressive tenure. I adore the resilient and hugely talented West Coast artistic community and its collaborative spirit. I am very excited to begin interacting with Touchstone’s excellent staff, board and audience and to immerse myself into an innovative theatre scene that is dear to my heart. I am looking forward to this new adventure and returning to BC.
Touchstone’s 41st season of theatre in Vancouver is a doorway to a new chapter in our history. This year we bring you two red-hot dramas and the return of In Tune. In the coming months we will be paving the way for an exciting new vision to animate our all-Canadian mandate for years to come. Step through the door with us into theatrical experiences you will never forget.
From the Touchstone Blog
It is with great sadness that we announce today the heartbreaking news of the death of our dear friend and colleague, Louise Bentall. Louise passed away suddenly on Saturday March 25, 2017. We are stunned and devastated by this significant loss, and our thoughts are with Louise’s family and friends. Louise was a fixture at […] more
We are so excited to be announcing two new additions to the Touchstone team! Amiel Gladstone joins us as Interim Artistic Director, and will remain in his role until the start of Roy Surette’s tenure in July of next year. Amiel’s long history with Touchstone and his breadth of experience make him a welcome addition […] more