Advance Theatre: New Works By Diverse Women

at the Performance Works (1218 Cartwright Street)

Ruby Slippers Theatre, in partnership with Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Fringe, will be showcasing dramatic readings of five new plays by Indigenous women playwrights. According to a national study, women account for less than a third of artistic directors, working directors, and produced playwrights in professional Canadian theatre. Hence, Advance Theatre! Curated by Ruby Slippers Theatre with priority given to diversity, these five new plays by diverse Canadian women and directed by diverse Canadian women will be presented as matinees during the Festival.

The definition of women includes trans women, non-binary, and gender queer individuals on the femme spectrum. The definition of diversity includes cultural background, age, sexual orientation, and physical/mental ability.

Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 at the door, through Square (Tap Debit/Credit Card only). Face masks are required. All readings will be livestreamed to Ruby Slippers Theatre’s YouTube channel.





North Vancouver, Canada

Playwright: Yvonne Wallace
Director: Nyla Carpentier

Monday, September 9 at 1:30pm

A one-woman show about first language reconnection. Auntie Celia is at the end of her days. She has suffered from a heart attack and realizes that she has very little time left in this World. She makes a decision to have others accommodate her by refusing to speak English. Margaret, her niece, is about to discover that a lifelong path is about to unfold. Margaret is put to task to learn and think in her Ancestral first-language, Ucwalmicwts. Love will give her the strength she needs to let go as she realizes that the language is easy and it’s the life that was hard.

Intellectual / Tear-Jerker / Intense / 14+ / Multicultural

Sis Ne’ Bi-Yïz: Mother Bear Speaks
Instruments of Change
Burnaby, Canada

Playwright: Taninli Wright
Director: Julie McIsaac

Tuesday, September 10 at 1:30pm

Inspired by the true story of this Wet’suwet’en artist, who walked 1,600 km across British Columbia to empower First Nations children and other marginalized youth. Guided by the spirits of her Tsets (Grandfather) and Sis Ne’ (Mother Bear), this captivating emerging artist weaves personal and ancestral narratives that cut to the heart of racist systems and intergenerational traumas, as she triumphs to find her own voice.

Intense / Intimate / Shocking / 14+ / Violent Content / Sexual Content / Multicultural
Occupational Hazards
A Dog’s Chance Productions
Nanaimo, Canada

Playwight: Roneen Marcoux
Director: Tamara McCarthy

Wednesday, September 11 at 1:30pm

Annie just started working as a cocktail waitress in a country western bar. She’s worried her boss is going to fire her if she doesn’t pick up the pace. Luckily, Maggie, a 20-year veteran of the drink pushing business, takes Annie under her wing. However, what Annie learns about working in bar is more than she bargained for.

Funny / Shocking / Tear-Jerker / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / Violent Content

we the same
Vancouver, Canada

Playwright: Sangeeta Wylie
Director: Rachel Ditor

Thursday, September 12 at 1:30pm

This play is based on a true story about Vietnamese oceanic refugees. A multi-, inter-, and intra-cultural story over three countries, sharing art forms across borders. A story that mends the most precious of relationships: parent-child. A universal story of love and hope, and the strength we create when we stand together as one race to help one in need. See the other: king, prostitute, or one with a drug addiction. Now dissolve those words, and begin with “we” and “us.” We the same. Please join us for the journey.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Intense / Tear-Jerker / Poetic / Multicultural / 18+ / Violent Content / Sexual Content

Vancouver, Canada

Playwright: Melody Anderson
Director: Sarah Rodgers

Friday, September 13 at 1:30pm

Lynnie and Barb, two sisters in their 60s, arrive at their childhood home to sort through the belongings of their recently deceased mother. As details about their family history are peeled away, increasingly startling discoveries are made, and cracks in their relationship with each other become apparent. Is there still time for their father, who suffers from dementia, to help them get to the truth?

Intimate / Funny / LGBTQ+ / 14+