rEvolver Festival

MAY 25–JUN 05

The Changing Stage

rEvolver brings audiences the full range of contemporary theatrical practice, from script-based theatre to devised and site-specific works, staged readings of work-in-progress, digital and audio experiences, and in-depth discussions with artists.

Under the leadership of Daniel Martin and David Mott, Upintheair Theatre has been producing original and provocative theatre in Vancouver since 2000. Recent online presentations include rEvolver Festival (2021) as well as The Array: First Contact and eVolver Festival (2020). Past productions include Revelations (2021), The Array: The Shape of The Galaxy (2019), A Brief History of Human Extinction (2018), The City and The City (2017) co-produced with The Only Animal at PuSh Festival, The North Plan (2016) which won three Jessie Awards in the Small Theatre category, and Inside The Seed (2013) which won Jessie Awards for Outstanding Direction (Small Theatre) and Best New Script. The company presents rEvolver Festival each spring, showcasing contemporary performance work by emerging and early mid-career artists.


Website: www.upintheairtheatre.com

604-251-1363
boxoffice@thecultch.com

Hours:
Mon to Fri: 12PM-4PM
and 1 hour prior to all performances

revolver
mainstage shows

Couch Dwellers Productions
Created by: Connor Runnings

Built Different

JUN 02–05 | VANCITY CULTURE LAB

After the death of their childhood Behavior Consultant, four autistic young adults get together for a night of reconnecting, reflection, and hard truths. Led by a team of talented, emerging, neurodiverse artists, this dramatic comedy hones in on themes of love, loss, and solidarity, creating an unforgettable audience experience. 

Neworld Theatre, in association with Pacific Coast Stage Co.

JUN 2: 7:00 PM
JUN 3: 9:30 PM + Talkback
JUN 4: 3:15 PM – Relaxed Performance
JUN 5: 7:15 PM + Talkback

JUN 5: 7:15 PM

45 minutes

Vancity Culture Lab
1895 Venables St.
Vancouver, BC

Created by: Mily Mumford

Controller

JUN 01–05 | JIM GREEN HOUSE STUDIO

Killer robots. Deepfake scandals. Virtual worlds that feel a little too real. Controller explores how technology can be used for violence or simply be a neutral tool, depending on our choices. Four characters are entwined by ever-changing tech in the recent past and the near future- but their decisions are mediated by the audience. This directly affects the outcome of the play and the timelines the characters find themselves in. What will you choose for them when you hold the controller? 

JUN 1: 7:30 PM
JUN 2: 7:30 PM + Talkback
JUN 3: 7:30 PM
JUN 4: 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
JUN 5: 5:30 PM

JUN 2: 7:30 PM

90 minutes

Jim Green House Studio
1895 Venables St.
Vancouver, BC

Remote Viewing
Created by: Calvin Petersen

FR (Friendship Ritual)

FREE SHOW
NATIONAL SHOW (TORONTO, ON)


MAY 25– JUN 05 | ONLINE - ON DEMAND

How often do we look at our friendships in detail? How often do we let our friends know we love them? How often do we have time with our friends to just play? FR is an intimate, interactive audio experience for friends, lovers, or family. Two participants are guided through a playful exploration of friendship in the comfort of your own home. Featuring crafts, a dance party and some mindful reflection, FR offers space for us to honour the people in our lives that are there with us through it all; our friends! 

45–60 minutes

Tiny Bear Jaws
Created by: Elena Belyea and Syd Campbell

Gender? I Hardly Know Them

NATIONAL TOURING SHOW (EDMONTON, AB)

MAY 26–29 | VANCITY CULTURE LAB

A fast-paced, joyfully provocative queer sketch show straight from the heart of the God-fearing, gun-toting, beef-loving Alberta prairies. Created and performed by gay, short, and hot non-binary comedians Elena (or Eli) Belyea (they/she) and Syd Campbell (they/them), GENDER? I HARDLY KNOW THEM is out to queer the world, one denim punchline at a time.

MAY 26: 8:15 PM
MAY 27: 9:15 PM + Talkback
MAY 28: 7:15 PM + ASL Interpretation
MAY 29: 7:00 PM

MAY 27: 9:15 PM 

65 minutes

Vancity Culture Lab
1895 Venables St.
Vancouver, BC

Images of Whole Productions
Created by: Siobhan Barker

Harvesting Ancestral “Tea-chings"

May 26 | In Person Viewing at The Founders Lounge

May 26 | Zoom Viewing

May 26 - June 5 | ONLINE – On Demand

An interactive performance (part storytelling: part traditional cooking) is an invitation to remember and celebrate our connection with ancestral teachings. Attendees will share in a story of ancestral “tea**” (**hot news). This is a laugh-filled story of family, of exploring known and unknown mixed-racial identity and intersectionality in living with disability. As many colonised and displaced people, we of the Black/African Diaspora carry the land in our blood, bone, breath, and body. Come travel a path to reconnect with cultural roots through story, spirit, language, and gifts of remembrance from our ancestors.

Sliding Scale: $5/ $10 / $15 / $20 / $25
Upintheair and Siobhan Barker invite audiences from the Black/African diaspora, Indigenous, and BIPOC living with disabilities communities to select a ticket price of their choice from the suggested scale. 
Please note for tickets purchased for the In Person viewing, masks will be mandatory. 

Online —On Demand: MAY 26 – June 5 

In-Person Viewing at The Founders’ Lounge at The Cultch: MAY 26, 7PM 

Zoom Viewing Event: MAY 26, 7PM 

45–60 minutes

Created and performed by: Jarin Schexnider

Holy Moly

MAY 25–29 | JIM GREEN HOUSE STUDIO

In this fun and interactive choose your own adventure performance, Holy Moly offers multiple truths, allowing everyone to walk away with a slightly different experience. Based on choices you make as an audience member, you will receive one of multiple collaged audio tracks on personal cassette tapes. Through these multiple tracks we will together use beanie babies, jazzercise, cooking shows, and Schexnider’s own childhood field recordings to recover a feeling of holiness. It’s a ritualistic grab bag of the sacred in the everyday in a search for connection and wholeness. Please bring a pair of corded headphones. 

MAY 25: 6:45 PM
MAY 26: 6:45 PM
MAY 27: 7:00 PM + Talkback
MAY 28: 3:15 PM & 6:30 PM
MAY 29: 3:00 PM & 6:30 PM

MAY 27: 7:00 PM

50 minutes

Jim Green House Studio
1895 Venables St.
Vancouver, BC

Coffeehouse Theatre Society
Created by: Shelby Satterthwaite

Light Rapid Transit

MAY 26–29 | HISTORIC THEATRE

Six friends and strangers navigate being in transit, physically and emotionally. Taking place entirely on the Vancouver Expo Line, their lives intertwine and are changed irreversibly by one another through acts as simple as choosing a seat.

MAY 26: 6:30 PM
MAY 27: 6:30 PM
MAY 28: 2:30 PM + Talkback
MAY 29: 8:15 PM

MAY 28: 2:30 PM

90 minutes

Historic Theatre
1895 Venables St.
Vancouver, BC

Written by Emily Schoen
Directed by Bailey Bates & Shea Heatherington

Losing It at the End of the World

MAY 25– JUN 04 | VANCITY CULTURE LAB

Losing your life? Losing the planet? Losing your virginity?! Which is really the bigger deal here? Losing It at the End of the World comedically highlights the ever-growing disaster our world faces when it comes to climate change and asks “Is life worth living if everything smells like shit?!” This play demonstrates that every person deserves a chance to experience the full breadth of the human experience, no matter how horny they are. Losing It speaks to the essence of life and all its terror, innocence, and love.

MAY 25 8:15 PM
MAY 27 7:15 PM
MAY 28 9:15 PM
JUN 1 9:30 PM
JUN 4: 9:00 PM + Talkback

JUN 4: 9:00 PM

50 minutes

Jim Green House Studio
1895 Venables St.
Vancouver, BC

barlizo productions
Created by: Marie Barlizo

LUCKY

NATIONAL TOURING SHOW (MONTREAL, QC)

JUN 01–04 | VANCITY CULTURE LAB

Nina, a Filipina, can’t meet her parents’ expectations. An encounter with Sylvain, a former skinhead, sparks a thrilling plan that could change both their lives, but he soon realizes she may not be who she claims to be. Inspired by the real-life tragedy of Jennifer Pan, Markham’s “golden child” who ordered a hit on her immigrant parents, LUCKY is a raw and gripping examination of the Asian “model minority” stereotype. 

JUN 1: 7:00 PM
JUN 2: 9:30 PM
JUN 3: 6:30 PM + Talkback
JUN 4: 6:45 PM

JUN 3: 6:30 PM

60 minutes

Vancity Culture Lab
1895 Venables St.
Vancouver, BC

The Library Performance Collective
Written by: Arthi Chandra, Howard Dai, Isabella Halladay, Hannah Meyers, Montserrat Videla, Thule van dan Dam

Passenger Seat

MAY 25–28 | HISTORIC THEATRE

Passenger Seat is a show about love. Falling, flailing, in and out and around love. Using pop-rock music, Arthi Chandra, Howard Dai, Isabella Halladay, Hannah Meyers, Montserrat Videla, and Thule van den Dam are a band. Come to party! Wear something nice. 

MAY 25: 9:30 PM
MAY 27: 9:30 PM + Talkback
MAY 28: 9:30 PM

MAY 27: 9:30 PM

60 minutes

Historic Theatre
1895 Venables St.
Vancouver, BC

Created and produced by: Zoë Wessler

SEETHERED

MAY 25–29 | HISTORIC THEATRE

Our frustrations are more than hormones. Our bodies are meant for more than childbirth. Our pain will not be dismissed with a Midol. Our voices will not be silenced by laws. With feet planted firmly in the stirrups, four women examine the ways in which their autonomy has been compromised by the medical system. Exploring everything from wandering wombs, to period sex, to female sterilization, SEETHERED is an unapologetically bloody and beautiful battlecry for the acknowledgment of women’s pain. This play celebrates the choices we are given, mourns the choices we were forbidden, and rallies for the choices we deserve. 

MAY 25: 7:00 PM
MAY 26: 9:30 PM
MAY 28: 7:00 PM
MAY 29: 5:00 PM + Talkback

MAY 29: 5:00 PM

75 minutes

Historic Theatre 
1895 Venables St.
Vancouver, BC

Upintheair Theatre with Community Partner Gateway Theatre

revolver
real talks

FREE SHOW

MAY 29 | 2:30PM
VANCITY CULTURE LAB

Facilitators: Kayleigh Sandomirsky, Jasmine Chen, Lili Robinson. Speakers: Makambe K. Simamba, Pedro Chamale and Derek Chan

A Real Talk with Pedro Chamale, Derek Chan, and Makambe K. Simamba on social and political art making, and best practices around ethical storytelling. Reflecting on recent works and their relationships with the communities that fuel them, these dynamite creators will unpack the nuances of creating work that is accountable to more than just an audience, but to the people to whom a play’s stories belong. Real Talks aims to be a space for audiences and artists to uncover new topics, learn, connect, and have a good laugh. The presentation will be hosted LIVE at the Cultch, as well as streamed digitally.

Updrafts Reading Series

All readings are Free (by donation)
Community Partner: Playwrights Theatre Centre

Playwright: Chloe Payne

Roughhousing

JUN 05 | 4PM | VANCITY CULTURE LAB

Roughhousing is a coming-of-age story about a girl who loses her father and finds her world turned upside down when her mother marries a man who is evil incarnate. Can her dad help her from beyond the grave? A drama about memory, resilience and flipping off the patriarchy. Based on a true story, Roughhousing is told through text, shadow play and a heavy dose of 90s nostalgia.

Runtime: 90 minutes

Playwright: Kijo Eunice Gatama

A Hyena’s Trail

NATIONAL READING

JUN 05 | 5PM | ZOOM LINK

A Hyena’s Trail is a take on African Folklore and magic . Our shadows creep and follow the darkest stretches of our minds. How much truth lives in the lies we tell ourselves? Nya, a young woman who has returned home from studying abroad. A stranger now in her old home, whispering “go back, go back let us go” something is burning in the air, is it love, hate, or hunger? 

Runtime: 60 minutes

Playwright: Francis Dowlatabadi

An Empty Home

MAY 28 | 3PM | VANCITY CULTURE LAB

The story of two unhoused people of colour trying to survive in a society that views them as non-entities. Mal and Geoff rely on each other, but the world they inhabit has twisted even that relationship into a web of gaslighting, co-dependance, and true love. They each dream of what life might be beyond the empty house they find themselves in, but will they ever reach it or the lives they used to have?

Runtime: 75 minutes

Playwright: seeley quest

Modeling

NATIONAL READING

MAY 28 | 4PM | ZOOM LINK

Professional art model Marlo meets new client photographer Sandy: while shooting Sandy pushes boundaries bringing unexpected sexual energy. Sandy interrogates Marlo about relationship to body, disability, sexuality, exposure and control. Marlo is seduced and challenged, also questions and unsettles Sandy. Sexual tension and sparring increases; tempted toward breaking the professional agreement and having sex, they’re also jarred by how pressures regarding disability and power drive each of them. For now it’s ambiguous if they’ll engage carnally, find some safety with each other, or not trust what pulls them together, though it leans toward the relief of trusting enough to try.

Runtime: 60 minutes