***Hello friends and supporters of hapax theatre,
As you are all no doubt aware, the COVID-19 virus is causing an unprecedented disruption to the everyday lives of members of our community here in Victoria. Our colleagues at Intrepid Theatre are closing their space until April 2nd, which, as it overlaps with our load-in and tech dates, means we will be postponing the opening and run of our production of Castle on the Farm.
At this point, it is our plan to continue to work on the piece, and bring it to the stage later in the Spring. We are, however, keeping an eye on developments here in Victoria and are making contingency plans based on advisories from the Ministry of Health and how we can best ensure the health and safety of our patrons. The wellbeing of everyone who takes part in our productions, from artists to audience, is at the core of our decision making around this, and we will undertake no actions that might compromise that.
Because events are evolving rapidly, and arts organizing involves a lot of people working in a lot of different spaces, we will be sharing updates as the situation unfolds. Intrepid Theatre has committed to updating the community about their spaces on April 2nd, and once that information is available we’ll be able to update you all on our plans going forward. Should you have any questions of us, please do not hesitate to reach out.
We thank you for your understanding in this.
Heather Jarvie & Chad Laidlaw***
hapax theatre’s 2020 season begins with the world-premiere of Castle On The Farm. It’s the first year of high school and 14-year-old Layla planned to crush it in the best-friend and boyfriend department. But then her dad is arrested and charged with attempted murder, leaving Layla struggling with a tidal wave of emotions. At home, her older sister Amber Ray fights with her mom about everything. To find refuge, Layla holes up in her room with her most prized possessions: her Christine Sinclair poster, a Demi Lovato album, and the book, The Four Agreements. With these supports in her grip, Layla is able to explore her pain and maybe, just maybe, find healing in the process. Winner of Theatre BC’s best one act play of 2019.
Director: Heather Jarvie
Assistant Director: Keeley Teuber
Designer/Stage Manager: Chad Laidlaw
5 performances at the Intrepid Theatre Club 1609 Blanshard Street
April 3, 4, 10, 11 @ 8:00pm / Doors open @ 7:45
April 11 @ 2:00pm / Doors open @ 1:45
Tickets available to purchase at the door half an hour before performance begins (cash only)
Note: On Opening Night (April 3) 50% of the house will be held for PAY WHAT YOU CAN tickets. That means that there are 25 tickets that will only be available at the door at 7:30. Whatever your financial situation, whether you can afford a toonie or a twenty, come celebrate opening night with us.
Content Advisory: Coarse Language
hapax theatre respectfully acknowledges that we live, create, and perform on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen People, today known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.
This season features exclusively Canadian works with an emphasis on raising women’s voices and continuing our commitment to providing opportunities for emerging artists.
In addition to the exciting world-premiere of Castle On The Farm, we’re thrilled to present The Fighting Days by Wendy Lill, directed by Ingrid Moore. The Fighting Days is about the women’s suffrage movement in Manitoba, and features three well-known personalities: Nellie McClung, suffragist and politician; Lillian Beynon Thomas, author and journalist; and finally, Francis Beynon, women’s page editor of the Grain Growers’ Guide and the heroine of the play. A play about the polarities of public and private lives, and about issues of racism and pacifism within the women’s movement, The Fighting Days deals with timeless moral concerns.
The final mainstage show of the season is The December Man by Colleen Murphy. Using humour and the humdrum of everyday life, Murphy intuitively moves backwards in time to the fateful day when Jean, the only ray of hope in this working-class family, escaped the massacre at L’Ecole Polytechnique… or thought he did. This searing drama on courage, heroism, and despair explores the long private shadow that public violence casts.
And we are so proud to continue our commitment to emerging artist’s by presenting 2 new plays in development as part of a play-reading series in July. You Are Not A Ghost by Jessica Schacht and Sam Young is being workshopped and presented with choreography/movement development by local legend Dyana Sonik-Henderson of Broken Rhythms. Also being workshopped is Julia by Liam Monaghan, (the brilliant playwright behind the 2018 Fringe Favourite The Boy In The Chrysalis).