Recap: The 32nd Annual Jessie Awards!

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The 32nd Jessie Award Nominees!

The Commodore Ballroom was filled with theatre folk on Monday, June 23 to celebrate the end of another fantastic Vancouver theatre season at this year’s Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. The room was loaded with beautiful people, great speeches, and drinks!

A huge congratulations goes out to all the winners and nominees. Some of these people may seem like familiar faces from our 13/14 season! Here’s a quick recap.

The photos are provided by @JessieAwards and @UITATheatre

LARGE THEATRE

Floyd Collins by Patrick Street Production
Jeff Harrison – Outstanding Lighting Design (This is also the first Jessie received by a show at our York Theatre)

SMALL THEATRE

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James Sanders receiving the award on behalf of his dear friend Bob Frazer!

Whose Life Is It Anyway? by Realwheels Theatre
Bob Frazer – Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role
Adrian Muir – Outstanding Lighting Design

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Drew Facey giving his speech after receiving an award

Penelope by Rumble Theatre
Drew Facey – Outstanding Set Design

Uncle Vanya by Blackbird Theatre
Marti Wright – Outstanding Costume Design

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Patrick Sabongui accepting the award on behalf of his Jason Rothery

Inside The Seed by Upintheair Theatre
Richard Wolfe – Outstanding Direction
Jason Patrick Rothery – Outstanding Original Script

Philip Birkby (one of our fantastic on-call electricians!) – Significant Artistic Achievement

THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

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The outstanding design team from Jack and the Bean

Jack and the Bean by Presentation House Theatre
Graham Ockley (one of our regular on-call electricians) – Outstanding Design

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The fantastic Brian Cochrane receiving his award

One of our box office staff members Brian Cochrane received the Ray Michal Prize for Most Promising New Director!

Our Executive Director, Heather Redfern, gathered with other members from the arts community attending the Magnetic North Festival in Halifax to cheer for The Jessies

Our Executive Director, Heather Redfern gathered with other members from the arts community attending the Magnetic North Festival in Halifax to cheer for the Jessies

Nominations for the 32nd annual Jessie Richardson Awards

It’s that time of  year again – Jessie Award season! The nominations for the 32nd annual Jessie Richardson Awards were announced this week, and four productions from our 13/14 season have been nominated! The Jessie Awards celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements of the Vancouver professional theatre community. Congratulations to all the nominees, we can’t wait to hear the results! The shows from our 13/14 season that got nominated are listed below in their respective categories.

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Whose Life Is It Anyway? – Realwheels Theatre

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role – Small Theatre
Bob Frazer, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Realwheels Theatre

Outstanding Performance by and Actress in a Supporting Role – Small Theatre
Jennifer Lines, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Realwheels Theatre

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Small Theatre
Kyle Jesperson, Penelope, Rumble Theatre

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Uncle Vanya – Blackbird Theatre

Outstanding Lighting Design – Small Theatre
Adrian Muir, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Realwheels Theatre
Alan Brodie, Uncle Vanya, Blackbird Theatre

Outstanding Set Design – Small Theatre
Drew Facey, Penelope, Rumble Theatre
Jergus Oprsal, Inside The Seed, Up in the Air Theatre
Pam Johnson, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Realwheels Theatre

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Penelope – Rumble Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design – Small Theatre
Marti Wright, Uncle Vanya, Blackbird Theatre
Drew Facey, Penelope, Rumble Theatre

Outstanding Direction – Small Theatre
John Cooper, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Realwheels Theatre
Richard Wolfe, Inside The Seed, Up in the Air Theatre

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Inside The Seed – Up in the Air Theatre

Outstanding Production – Small Theatre
Inside The Seed, Up in the Air Theatre
Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Realwheels Theatre

Significant Artistic Achievement – Small Theatre
Inside The Seed, Up in the Air Theatre

Outstanding Original Script
Jason Rothery, Inside The Seed, Up in the Air Theatre

To see a full list of the nominations, visit the Jessies website. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, June 23 at the Commodore Ballroom. For tickets, click here.

Beckett + Greek mythology + The Bachelorette?

In just two weeks, our 40th anniversary season kicks off with the Canadian premiere of Penelope, Enda Walsh’s critically acclaimed take on Homer’s The Odyssey. Brought to you by Rumble Theatre, the team behind The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, this show promises to be the first hit of the 13/14 season! We asked Stephen Drover, the show’s director and Rumble’s Artistic Director, to tell us a little bit about this extravagantly imaginative tale:

“In 2010, the Oberhausen Theatre in Germany was interested in exploring Homer’s The Odyssey and commissioned five playwrights to create new plays based on the epic poem. One of those five, Enda Walsh, was not very keen on the heroic journeys of the superhuman Odysseus nor his intrepid son Telemachus. Instead he was drawn to the degenerate bunch of suitors camping out at Odysseus’ home, trying to win the love of his hapless wife, Penelope. The result is a play that connects an ancient story with a contemporary sensibility and explores the surprising complexity of the story’s minor characters. For me, the play is an exciting intersection of the work of Samuel Beckett, the narratives of Greek mythology, and reality TV tropes like The Bachelorette and Big Brother. Its rich language and brutish male posturing form an odd marriage of the beautiful and brutal. The characters have realized that they are somewhat inconsequential – that the gods have forgotten about them – and they have constructed a complex and deluded game to give their lives meaning. From a certain perspective, I cannot help but sympathize.”

Stephen Drover is the Artistic Director of Rumble Theatre. As founding Artistic Director for Pound of Flesh Theatre, he adapted and/or directed The Bond, Macbeth, DenmarK (adapted from Hamlet), co-directed Everyone (at the Caravan Farm Theatre), and most recently directed The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at The Cultch. Other directing credits include: Romeo & Juliet, Leaving Home and Of the Fields, Lately (Theatre Newfoundland Labrador), PolitoKo (Ghost River Theatre), Boston Marriage (Guild Theatre, Whitehorse), The Pillowman (Wild Geese Co-op), The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (Carousel Theatre), and Skydive (Realwheels – for which he shares a Jessie Award for Outstanding Direction with Roy Surette). He lives in East Van with his wife, Sasa Brown, and their son, Jack.

Penelope runs from Sept 25 to October 13 at The Cultch’s Historic Theatre. Get your tickets before it’s too late!

Tickets start at $18 and can be purchased at tickets.thecultch.com, by phone at 604.251.1363, or in person at The Cultch Box Office, 1895 Venables St.