CREEPS is “…ferociously funny”
Winner of the Chalmers Award and the New York Drama Desk Award, David Freeman’s savage wit and uncompromising dialogue will hold you spellbound!
What 1971 play is recognized among theatre insiders to have changed Canadian theatre forever? If you guessed David Freeman’s CREEPS, you’re right!
Realwheels Theatre, the company that brought you the Jessie Award-winning production of “Whose Life is it Anyway?” (The Cultch 2014 season), and winner of the City of Vancouver’s 2015 Award of Excellence, returns to the Cultch Historic Stage with this outstanding new production of CREEPS.
Running Dec 1- 10, 2016, CREEPS tells the story of four disabled men hiding out in the toilet of a ‘sheltered workshop for cerebral palsy victims’. There to dodge their condescending supervisor, the men escape the mundane activities (folding boxes, sanding blocks), designed to ‘occupy their idle hours’, and vent their disdain for their institutionalized environment and the charities that support it.
While sheltered workshops were a progressive idea at the time, with the intention to rotate people through as they increased skill levels, many participants – like the characters in CREEPS – ended up spending most of their adult lives in the programs.
Freeman was one of the first writers to put his own voice – a Canadian voice – on the stage in the early 70’s. Freeman lived with cerebral palsy and wrote CREEPS on a typewriter that he operated with a mouth-held stylus.
Reviews of the play were unanimously electrifying:
“...Freeman treats his people as people, showing how in their world there is humour in abundance, and things can be hugely comic.”
“…Freeman handles his material triumphantly.”
“May all playwrights be as talented as Freeman.”
For the first time in the play’s history, CREEPS is being performed by an integrated cast. Of the seven professional actors, three are actors who live with disability. Realwheels’ production of CREEPS will give audiences a rare glimpse into the lived experience of disability, filtered through a 1970’s lens. Don’t miss it!
Creeps runs from Nov 30– Dec 10, 2016 in the Historic Theatre. Two-for-One special ticket price for International Day of Disability on Sat. Dec 3 at 8 pm. Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363
*Please call box office to book if seating accommodation is needed (Wheelchair, PCA, ASL, audio description)