Hannah Moscovitch, one of Canada’s hottest playwrights, has been commissioned to create a brand new play for the University of Alberta’s BFA class of 2016. Studio Theatre patrons will be the first audiences to witness The Kaufman Kabaret (March 24 – April 2, 2016), the story of A.R. Kaufman, the first entrepreneur to introduce birth control devices to married working-class women in Canada.
The Kaufman Kabaret thrusts a lesser-known piece of Canada’s sexual history into a 1930s cabaret spotlight with imagination, humour and a vaudeville-circus style.
“I’m drawn to Kaufman as a subject for a play because I like to tell stories that subvert simple black-and-white notions of truth,” says Moscovitch. “I try to create texts that persuade audiences to change their opinions and their allegiances a couple of times over the course of a play.” (photos of Hannah Moscovitch provided as attachments)
The commission of The Kaufman Kabaret was made possible by a donation from University of Alberta alumnus Mr. William Campbell (‘65 BA) and his Campbell Foundation. An Edmonton native, Mr. Campbell is now based in New York as a senior advisor for JPMorgan Chase & Co. and an operating partner of Vedanta. He has long been impressed by the U of A’s Department of Drama and is proud to support his love of the arts by investing in the creation of a new theatrical work at his alma mater so that it may continue to attract top talent.
Studio Theatre’s 2015-16 season mixes innovative new work with literary masterworks
The season kicks off with Christopher Durang’s outrageous 1980s comedy Beyond Therapy (October 15 – 24, 2015), directed by Glenda Stirling (’97 BA). Faculty member David Kennedy is at the directing helm of Iphigenia At Aulis – Euripides – translation by Don Taylor (November 26 – December 5, 2015).
Much sought-after veteran director, Marti Maraden, directs A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (February 4 – 13, 2016).
The final two plays in the Studio Theatre season are both world premieres: The Kaufman Kabaret by Hannah Moscovitch, directed by Kathleen Weiss (March 24 – April 2, 2016) and Or The Whale, an adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, by Chris Bullough with Michael Peng and wishbone theatre (May 12 – 21, 2016). Or The Whale is Chris Bullough’s MFA directing thesis project.
The 2015-16 season subscriptions ($55 student, $80 senior, $100 adult) are on sale now. All performances take place at the Timms Centre for the Arts (87 Avenue & 112 Street) on the University of Alberta North campus in Edmonton. See www.ualberta.ca/artshows for subscription, flex pass and single ticket purchase details. The Studio Theatre box office phone number is 780-492-2495.
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