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	May 2020 • Act 14 Scene 1

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      eNews: Thank you!

First and foremost, the faculty, staff and students of the Department of 
Theatre hope that you and yours are healthy and safe.

We all know that these are unprecedented times, and although the 
cancellation of our spring production of /The Children’s Hour/ due to 
the COVID-19 pandemic was heartbreaking for actors, designers, and 
audience members alike, we know it was prudent and the right decision to 
make for the safety and welfare of everyone involved.

We thank you kindly for your understanding, and we were overwhelmed with 
the gracious and heart-warming support by so many ticket holders that 
donated a total of $16,733 in ticket refunds back to the Phoenix Theatre.

THANK YOU so much! These funds helped to cover the costs of building 
sets and costumes for this beautiful show that so few were actual able 
to experience.

      2020-21 Season:

Initially, we had five wonderful and exciting plays lined up to offer 
you next season. However, with so much in flux, we are cautiously 
waiting to launch our new season. We are all aware that society will 
have to adapt to new customs to keep everyone safe, and theatre is no 

The Department of Theatre is working closely with the University of 
Victoria and the advice of public health officials to determine if we 
will be able to offer plays to the public next season and what that 
season may look like. It may require us to offer less plays, accommodate 
less audience members, or we may only be able to include audience 
members in our students’ educational experience in some online or 
virtual way this year.

We hope to learn more soon and will be contacting subscribers and 
regular attendees directly when we have further information. Hold tight 
and keep connected with us via social media until we can be together and 
share in our students’ youth, talent and energy on stage once again.

*Contact us:*
Please note that our campus Box Office is currently closed*, *however, 
our Audience Services Manager, Sandra Guerreiro, is working safely at 
home and can be reached by leaving a voice message at 250-721-8003 or 
emailing her at sguerrei at uvic.ca <mailto:sguerrei at uvic.ca>.

      Support our students:

Participating in the process of creating theatre is fundamental to our 
students’ education – whether or not our audience members are are able 
to witness the end result. Your support assists with the expenses of 
making theatre and helps us maintain this essential part of our 
curriculum for our students. Or, consider giving directly to the 
students who are struggling during this crisis.

  * Donate online to the Phoenix Theatre

  * Contribute to the student COVID-19 Emergency Bursary

      Check out our online archives:

While you can’t be with us at the Phoenix right now, you can look back 
on our past shows in our online 
<https://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/mainstage/archive/> archives 
<https://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/mainstage/archive/>. Pick a season and 
a show and scroll down to see the photo gallery... including the full 
gallery for our cancelled performance of */The Children's Hour 
March with gorgeous photos by Dean Kalyan. <https://deankalyan.com>


      Phoenix Phacts: Online Activities, Readings, Performances & More

With our theatres and theatres everywhere standing empty right now, 
artists across the world are still busy writing new material, 
workshopping new plays and live streaming performances. Their art is 
greatly needed in the world today and is helping to bring solace during 
troubling times.

Phoenix alumni are also creating, performing, and participating in 
online streaming activities. Here's a few places to watch so you can 
connect with these artists.

      *Fine Arts Connector <https://finearts.uvic.ca/research/stories/>*

The Fine Art's blog has transformed over the last month or so to become 
the go-to place for arts news, music performances, student book and play 
readings, and lectures on everything from art history to theatre. New 
issues of */The Fine Arts Connector/* are posted just in time for the 
weekend each week, so check back often. In the meantime, listen or watch 
these lectures from some of our past plays or guest artists in the Orion 
Series in Fine Arts.

Here are some theatre highlights from the past few issues:

  * *WEEK 6: *
    Placemaking: /
    A video of a panel lecture with Nathan Medd (Banff Centre for the
    Arts), Janet Munsil (Playwright and previous Artistic Producer of
    Intrepid Theatre and Victoria Fringe) and Kevin Kerr (UVic Writing
    Professor, playwright and Co-founder of Vancouver’s Electric
    Company), moderated by Ian Case. (scroll to very bottom of post)

  * *WEEK 5: *
    Drama of Working Across Difference*/
    with Marcus Youssef, playwright, writer and Artistic Director with
    introduction by Prof. Kevin Kerr (scroll to very bottom of post)

  * *WEEK 3: */*Seven Stories about 7 Stories */
    lecture by Theatre & Writing alumnus Mark Leiren-Young, playwright,
    journalist, author, filmmaker and podcast creator who discusses the
    significance, history and secret origins of Morris Panych's
    masterpiece "7 Stories" during the play's 30th anniversary. (scroll
    down to third to last story)

  * *WEEK 3: *
    Potential, sci-fi and speculative fiction*/
    a lecture by UVic Sociology adjunct professor Dr. Edwin Hodge about
    the importance of sci-fi and other speculative fiction in exploring
    the human condition. (scroll down to second to last story)

      *UVic: The Great Indoors

Looking for some inspiration? Maybe physical break to keep healthy, or 
maybe a mental break from your day in your new at-home office. Check out 
the University of Victoria's *The Great Indoors*, a place to experience 
the vibrancy of UVic’s active academic community several different 
categories with lots of fun stories:

  * thought provoking knowledge in the Brain Box

  * quick doses of joy in Buckets of Sunshine

  * opportunities to take a virtual Community Coffee Break

  * links to concerts, performances and other artistic endeavours in the
    Culture Club

  * activities for families to do at home during a Digital Recess

  * and resources to help you nurture both Heart & Soul

With so many inspiring stories, The Great Indoors hopes to help you and 
your family flourish during these times of self-isolation.

      National Arts Centre #CanadaPerforms

The National Arts Centre in Ottawa is collaborating with sponsors to 
support artists during the pandemic and bring their incredible talents 
to the screens of the nation. With $700,000 of short-term funding going 
directly to participating artists through a $1000 grant, artists are 
presenting their plays, music, book and poem readings, children's 
entertainment and workshops by live streaming on their own Facebook 
pages and through the NAC's social media. Several Phoenix artists are 
coming up in May. Watch for:

  * *Still/Falling <https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/26420>*
    presented by Green Thumb Theatre (by Rachel Aberle) with video
    design by alumnus Cameron Fraser, on Thursday, May 7.

  * *Destiny, USA <https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/26489>*
    by almuna Laura Anne Harris (shown right) on Wednesday May 13 at
    11:30pm (PST) (Note that this show was presented at the Belfry's
    Spark Fest briefly this spring.)

  * *Epidermis Circus <https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/26493>*
    by SNAFU Society of Unexpected Spectacles, featuring alumna Ingrid
    Hansen and Kathleen Greenfield, on Thursday, May 14 at 7pm (PST)

      The Canadian Play Thing

The brain child of Phoenix alumna and playwright Janet Munsil, *The 
Canadian Play Thing* is an incredible initiative that shares live 
readings of new and under-produced Canadian plays online, helping the 
theatre community across Canada to connect and celebrate our 
playwrights. New or new-ish works can be submitted to be read (a crucial 
element in new play development) and audiences can join in and 
watch/listen along. Plays by several alumni are coming up, but many of 
the actors/readers and stage management team are also students or alumni 
so there will definitely be faces you might recognize!

  * *Spin the Bottle <https://www.facebook.com/events/238994000639265/>*
    by recent grad Ciaran Volke on Saturday, May 9 at 7:30pm (PST)

  * *Chrysothemis <https://www.facebook.com/events/555126035142377/>*
    by almuna Meg Braem on Sunday, May 10 at 2pm (PST)

      Phoenix Theatre Facebook Page

And don't forgot to join us and like and follow on *Facebook* 
<https://www.facebook.com/UVicPhoenixTheatre/> – or *Twitter 
<https://twitter.com/UVicPhoenix>* or *Instagram* 
<https://www.instagram.com/phoenixtheatreuvic/>** – for more Phoenix, 
alumni and theatre-based stories.


      Sponsor Kudos:<https://productioncanada.com>

An amazingly huge THANK YOU to the Phoenix Theatre's many individual 
donors <http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/donations/> and corporate 
sponsors for their support of our programs and talented students!

A SUPER special thank you to this season's /Production Resource Partner,
/*Production Canada <https://productioncanada.com>* whose support this 
year has helped our designer's visions be realized on stage.

A REALLY BIG thank you also goes out to our long-time supporters and 
neighbours in the *Cadboro Bay Village* 
<http://www.cadborobayvillage.com> including: *For Good Measure 
<http://www.forgoodmeasure.ca/>, Pepper's Foods 
<http://peppers-foods.com/>, Smugglers' Cove Pub, 
<http://www.smugglerscovepub.com/> Caddy Bay Liquor Store 
<http://www.caddybayliquor.com>, and* *Heart Pharmacy 

Find out how your company can reach our 10,000 audience members and UVic 
community of over 25,000.Contact us <mailto:aholierh at uvic.ca> to discuss 
a customized sponsorship package to meet your goals.


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