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      eNews: Phoenix BackstagePASS

It's here! The Phoenix Theatre has announced its *2010-11 Season* and 
the brochures are hot off the press. Read on for details about the plays 
and amazing guest artists in our new season and to learn about some of 
the other fantastic theatre going on in town over the summer.

      Behind the Scenes: Phoenix presents world premiere of new MacIvor play

A world premiere by one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary 
playwrights is a highlight in the Phoenix Theatre's 2010/11 
season.Daniel MacIvor <http://www.danielmacivor.com/>

*Daniel MacIvor <http://www.danielmacivor.com/>,* (right) author of the 
award-winning plays /Marion Bridge/, /Never Swim Alone/,/ This Is A 
Play/, /You Are Here/, /See Bob Run/ -- to name just a few -- will 
produce his new drama, /*Inside,*/ with the Department of Theatre's 
student actors, running March 17 -- 26, 2011.

The play will be directed by UVic alumnus *David Ferry 
<http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Ferry,%20David>* (MFA '04). 
Featuring a group of twenty-somethings as they confront life in the 
modern world, the play will be well suited for the acting company of the 
Phoenix Theatre. Inside follows eleven characters -- ranging from new 
immigrants, orphaned children, born-again Christians to drug addicts and 
entrepreneurs -- who become interconnected over a single, life-changing day.

/"We were so pleased with the quality of preparation and talent that we 
saw and now have a fabulous cast that we are so looking forward to 
working with,"/ said David Ferry about the casting auditions that 
happened in early March.

/"I've wanted to work with David for years and I'm thrilled that UVic is 
giving me the opportunity to work with him and their talented young 
actors while I develop this new play,/" said Daniel MacIvor.

Death of A ClownThe Phoenix Theatre's 2010/11 season of four plays 
begins October 14-23, 2010 with our annual Spotlight on Alumni, 
featuring the Vancouver-based company *ITSAZOO* 
<http://www.itsazoo.org/> presenting/* Death of A Clown*/. Written by 
Sebastien Archibald (left, as "Roy" the clown) and originally performed 
as a SATCo production (Student Alternative Theatre Company) in 2004 here 
in the department of Theatre, the play has evolved through several 
workshop processes over the past 6 years into a full-scale multi-media 
production featuring a live band and original songs. Many of the actors, 
musicians and designers who comprise ITSAZOO are proud alumni of UVic's 
theatre department!

November 11-27, 2010, Department Chair *Warwick Dobson 
<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/faculty/bios/warwick_dobson.html>* will 
direct Federico García Lorca's "tragic poem"*/ Yerma/*. Set within the 
strict moral code of mid-20th century, rural Spain, /Yerma/ chronicles 
the passion, frustration and anguish of a young married woman. Yerma, 
meaning "barren" in Spanish, features a large cast of 23 actors and 
marks Dobson's directing debut at the Phoenix Theatre.

 From February 24-March 5, 2011, the department presents one of 
Shakespeare's most loved comedies, /*Twelfth Night*/, directed by 
professor *Linda Hardy 
(right). From its unforgettable opening line, to its deliriously comic 
conclusion, Twelfth Night tells the stories of Viola and her twin 
Sebastian, the Duke Orsino and his love for Olivia, and Olivia and her 
many, many suitors. Mayhem ensues as disguise, deception and desire play 
havoc with everyone's intentions.


This is the Phoenix Theatre's forty-fourth season of showcasing the 
youth, energy and talent of students in the Department of Theatre. 
Students participate in all areas of the productions -- on stage and 
backstage -- as a vital part of their academic curriculum in acting, 
design, stage management, set and costume construction, sound and 
lighting operation and front of house management.

Subscriptions for the 2010/11 season are now available for as little as 
$33 for 3 mainstage shows. Look for our new brochure (left) in your 
mailbox, find more season information on our website 
<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/season/>, download the subscription 
order form (PDF) 
<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/pdf/Season-Flyer2010-11.pdf> or call 
the Phoenix Box Office at 250-721-8000.



      Upcoming Events: Summer Theatre Around Town

*Until May 30, 2010: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 
Held over at The Belfry Theatre until May 30, this play is set to become 
the longest running show the Belfry has ever mounted. Six precocious and 
quirky children are competing in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling 
Bee. Overseen by former champ and returning moderator Rona Lisa Peretti 
and Vice Principal Douglas Panch, these neurotic children must face 
their fears and deliver the goods. Along the way these youngsters learn 
that winning isn't everything, and that losing doesn't necessarily make 
you a loser. Each evening, prior to the performance, four audience 
members are invited to compete in the spelling bee alongside our six 
young contestants. How well they spell depends entirely on them.

*Until June 5, 2010: The Sunshine Boys
Theatre presents this Neil Simon classic directed by Nicola Cavendish. 
The Odd Couple meets Abbott and Costello in this hilarious comedy. 
Willie and Al were in vaudeville together, now frustration keeps them 
apart. CBS wants them back for a History of Comedy special and the 
laughs begin to fly as the two reunite.* <http://unofest.wordpress.com/>*

*May 20 -- 30, 2010: **UNO Fest
* <http://unofest.wordpress.com/>Uno Fest is North America's 
longest-running solo performance festival, featuring great one-person 
shows from across Canada and beyond. Uno Fest is produced in Victoria BC 
by Intrepid Theatre, producers of the annual Victoria Fringe Theatre 
Festival. This year, 13 solo performers from around Canada and the US 
will take to the stage at two downtown venues: the Intrepid Theatre Club 
and Metro Studio. The 2010 Uno Fest also features a great range of 
theatre workshops for professionals and emerging artists, and fun 
special events including Uno's cabaret and costume party, /Bring Out 
Your Dead 3/ and Intrepid's famous monologue slam, /Monobrow/.

 > See below to learn how you can win tickets to UNO Fest! <#Perks>

*May 27, 2010 at 7pm*:*The Art of Re-Gifting* 
at Crystal Gardens
This gala celebration showcasing Victoria's diverse arts community is 
"an evening to inspire support of the arts." Four First Nations visual 
artists have created specially commissioned works including a Salish 
woven blanket and a carved mask, and in the First Nations tradition of 
generosity will gift the art to five local arts organizations -- The 
Belfry Theatre, Ballet Victoria, Intrepid Theatre, ProArt and The Other 
Guys Theatre Company. They will in turn 'Pay It Forward', each staging a 
live performance as a gift in return. The visual art pieces will be 
auctioned off and all proceeds from the evening will go to the arts 
organizations. This fundraiser in support of the arts in Victoria is 
organized by Leadership Victoria in collaboration with artists. **

*June 8 - 20, 2010:* *Loot! <http://www.bluebridgetheatre.ca/loot>*
Blue Bridge Theatre offers Joe Orton's hilarious farce which follows the 
mad antics of two young men who have robbed a bank but have nowhere to 
hide the money. Relentlessly anarchic and wildly funny, Loot will have 
fans of absurdist comedy rolling in the aisles with laughter. (Image left)

*June 10 - 26, 2010: Perfect Wedding 
Langham Court Theatre presents their final of their season, /Perfect 
Wedding/. On his wedding day, the groom-to-be wakes to a frenzy of 
disasters, any of which could sabotage his hopes of marital bliss ... 
he's sleeping in the wrong bed, the bride is beyond irate, the inlaws 
are from hell, the best man is ready to quit ... Oh, happy day!

*June 17 to September 11, 2010: Guys and Dolls 
Chemainus Theatre presents this musical fable of Broadway over the 
summer. Ten Tonys, seven Laurence Olivier and six Drama Desk Awards make 
this show an undeniable hit! Enjoy Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat, 
Luck Be A Lady and Take Back Your Mink along with the unforgettable Sky 
Masterson, Sarah Brown and Miss Adelaide - it's a show that has been 
described as the perfect musical comedy. Gangsters, card sharks, night 
club headliners and the Salvation Army fall in, and out, and back in 
love again, in this high octane New York fable.

*July 6 - 18, 2010:* *A Streetcar Named Desire 
*Blue Bridge Theatre's second offering this summer is the American 
classic by Tennessee Williams. Brimming with the steamy sexuality of New 
Orleans, this landmark drama has continued to move audiences since its 
premiere in New York in 1947.

*July 20 - August 14, 2010: Billy Bishop Goes to War 
The Belfry brings us an acclaimed new production of this Canadian 
masterpiece, written and composed by John Gray with Eric Peterson. 
/Billy Bishop Goes to War/ follows a born loser from Owen Sound as he 
becomes the greatest of all World War I flying aces. With its charming 
songs and delicious wit, Billy Bishop has delighted audiences around the 
world, and won the Governor General's Award, the Chalmers Award and the 
Los Angeles Drama Critics Award. **

*August 3 - 15, 2010:* *Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave 
*Blue Bridge Theatre's final summer play is Maynard Collins' hugely 
popular Canadian musical which has wowed audiences throughout North 
America. Imagine what thoughts ran through the mind of legendary country 
and western singer Hank Williams Sr., as he lay in the backseat of his 
Cadillac before a concert in Ohio on December 31, 1952. You'll hear and 
see classic Hank Williams hits performed -- Jambalaya, I Can't Help It 
(If I'm Still In Love With You) and Hey Good Lookin'. And you'll 
experience the McPherson Playhouse as a toe-stompin' 1950s music hall 
alive with the genius of a cowboy-poet Leonard Cohen placed, "100 floors 
above me in the Tower of Song."

*August 26 - September 5, 2010: Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival
<http://intrepidtheatre.wordpress.com/victoria-fringe/>*Intrepid Theatre 
presents the annual ten day explosion of theatre, dance, comedy, music, 
and performance art at 14 different downtown Victoria venues, the 
Victoria Fringe is Vancouver Island's biggest theatre event. The 24th 
annual Fringe includes free public events like FringeKids in Market 
Square, the Fringe Block Party Concert on Broad St and nightly 
performances at the Fringe Club.* *


      Phoenix Phacts:
      News on Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Students

*Kaitlin Williams* (BFA '09) has been busy with the Pacific Theatre in 
Vancouver, starring in their production of /Godspell 
(May 28- July 3, 2010). Last March she was also in their production of 
/I Was Meant for the Stage./

Blue Bridge Theatre's <http://www.bluebridgetheatre.ca/> summer line up 
(see above) includes a host of UVic alumni including performances by 
*Kholby Wardell* (BFA ' 08), *Celine Stubel *(BFA '02) *Celine Richmond* 
(BFA '08) and set and/or costume designs by *Nathan Brown* (BFA '09), 
*Patrick du Wors* (BFA '02) and current student *Patricia Reilly*. Other 
current undergraduate students include *Alex Plouffe* (/Wreckage/) and 
*Patricia Trihn* (/Romeo & Juliet/, /Medea/).

/Eva Markvoort. Photo by Cyrus McEachern.


*Eva Markvoort* (BFA '10)
a 25-year-old graduate from the Department of Theatre succumbed to a 
life-long battle with cystic fibrosis on March 27. A native of New 
Westminster, Eva's indomitable spirit and energy were inspiring to 
everyone who learned of her struggles. Her blog, /65_RedRoses/ 
<http://www.65redroses.com/>, chronicled her experiences with the 
disease and advocated support for cystic fibrosis and the importance of 
organ donation. As an acting student at UVic, Eva performed in four 
mainstage productions at the Phoenix Theatre: /Taming of the Shrew 
/Listen to the Wind 
/Tyrants/ <http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/season/2005-2006/Tyrants/> 
and /Guys and Dolls 
<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/season/2004-2005/guys_n_dolls/>/. Her 
professors remember her as a talented actor and a person who fearlessly 
embraced every opportunity. In 2007, Eva became too ill to continue her 
education. Later that year, she received a double lung transplant, which 
went into chronic rejection last summer. This past February, although 
short two credits, UVic fast-tracked her degree, which was delivered to 
her hospital room in Vancouver.  Eva's story gained an international 
presence through a documentary film, also named /65_RedRoses/ which won 
awards at the 2009 Hot Docs festival in Toronto and the Vancouver 
International Film Festival. In 2010, the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis 
Foundation recognized her commitment and advocacy work with the 
prestigious Summerhayes Award. Eva leaves an inspirational legacy -- not 
only her tireless efforts for the causes that that impassioned her -- 
but also one of strength, love, courage, dignity and hope that has 
motivated thousands around the world. Donations can be made in 
Markvoort's name to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 
<http://www.cfvancouver.ca/> or learn more information about Project 
Give Life. <http://www.transplant.bc.ca/index.asp>

A memorial will be held in the afternoon (Time TBA) at the Department of 
Theatre on *September 26, 2010* with a viewing of the documentary 
/65_RedRoses/. More information about this event will be posted on the 
department's website in September.

Check out past Phoenix Phacts <http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/alumni/> 
on our website.


      Email Perks & Interesting Links:

*Win tickets to UNO Fest, May 20-30, 2010*

You can win a double pass to any opening night Uno Fest show by 
answering this skill testing question: */How many years has Uno Fest 
been running in Victoria?/* (Hint - you might want to look here 

The first *two* people to email an answer to 
_sammieg at intrepidtheatre.com <mailto:sammieg at intrepidtheatre.com>_ will 
win a double pass!


      Sponsor Kudos:

The Phoenix Theatre would like to thank our individual donors 
<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/donations/> and community sponsors for 
their support of our programs and talented students! Thank you!

* Season Community Partner: Cadboro Bay Village 
<http://www.cadborobayvillage.com/> *
Cadboro Bay Village Merchants <http://www.cadborobayvillage.com>
Cadboro Bay Book Company, Cadboro Bay Village Service & Auto Repair, 
For Good Measure <http://www.forgoodmeasure.ca>, People's Compounding 
Pharmacy, Pepper's Foods, <http://www.peppers-foods.com>Smugglers Cove 
<http://www.smugglerscovepub.com> and Vision 2000 Blaney's Travel 

Contact Adrienne Holierhoek <mailto:aholierh at finearts.uvic.ca> for 
information about how your company can support emerging theatre artists 
at UVic.


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