Factory Theatre has announced the six directors who will be working on their upcoming 2017–18 season.
1. Brian Quirt will direct The Fish Eyes Trilogy, written by Anita Majumdar
Following its acclaimed run at Young People’s Theatre last year, Brian Quirt once again steps into the director’s seat on Anita Majumdar’s The Fish Eyes Trilogy. Made up of the dance-plays Fish Eyes, Boys with Cars, and Let Me Borrow That Top, the show tells the coming-of-age stories of three teenage girls with all the joy and awkwardness of youth while slyly tackling colonialism and cultural identity through dance, bullying and teenage heartache.
2. Nina Lee Aquino will direct trace, written by Jeff Ho
Factory’s artistic director is directing the world premiere of trace, a one-man-two-piano play for which Ho also composed original music. A convergence of theatrical and symphonic storytelling, it takes on the structure of a piano sonata to tell a very personal story of family and genealogy.
3. Kat Sandler will direct BANG BANG, which she also wrote
BANG BANG, another world premiere, was commissioned by Factory. Sandler’s play is about a white man writing a film based on his hit play inspired by the shooting of an unarmed Black youth. The play adds an extra dimension to meta-theatre in this satirical dramedy that traces the impact of what it means to be inspired by true events.
4. Bryce Hodgson will direct After Wrestling, which he co-wrote with Charlie Kerr
Bryce Hodgson of Vancouver’s indie company Blood Pact Theatre directs this cynical comedy suicide mystery that veers from a traditional slacker comedy to a drug-fuelled magic realism debate on love, life and what happens after death.
5. Jani Lauzon will direct The Monument, written by Colleen Wagner
Jani Lauzon takes the help of Colleen Wagner’s war drama The Monument, the winner of the 1996 Governor-General’s Award for drama. The play is a timely exploration of morality, justice, the inhumanity of war, and the potential for reconciliation—the same questions Canada as a country is grappling with today.
6. Sue Miner will direct Prairie Nurse, written by Marie Beath Badian
Marie Beath Badian’s comedy about two Filipino nurses working at a rural Saskatchewan hospital will be directed by Sue Miner. Prairie Nurse, with its focus on curious locals, sweet romance, and mistaken identity, was inspired by the playwright’s mother and the legacy she and others with similar experiences contributed to the fabric of Canada.
For more information about Factory’s season, click here