All shows are at 8pm, unless otherwise indicated
SEASON 2013 - 2014
July 7 - August 16
Three plays in repertory

THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN
by Martin McDonoagh
directed by Matthew Bissett
This dark comedy is set in a small island community off the coast of Ireland in 1934. Young "Cripple Billy" Claven is desperate to escape the poverty and boredom of Inishmaan, and when a Hollywood film crew arrives on a neighbouring island to film the documentary "Man of Aran", he may have his chance.


THE NORMAL HEART
by Larry Kramer
directed by Tariq Leslie
Fighting an apathetic government and a conflicted community, author and gay activist Ned Weeks struggles to spread awareness of an unknown and terrifying disease killing hundreds of gay men, in this largely autobiographical account of the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York in the early 1980's.

THE DUCHESS OF MALFI
by John Webster
directed by Tariq Leslie

This classic Jacobean tragedy features jealousy, madness, murder and a lot of blood. Against the wishes of her two brothers, the widowed young Duchess secretly marries her steward, Antonio. When the brothers' spy, Bosola, discovers her secret, they enact a terrible and macabre revenge.

THE ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY

SEASON 2014 - 2015


2014
September 5 - 28
Preview: September 4 ($10.00) Opening: September 5
Talkback: September 11

Matinées: September 14 & 28 at 2pm (no evening performance)


THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL
by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Director: Matthew Bissett
Longtime bachelor Sir Peter Teazle has married the woman he adores. Unfortunately, she may adore his fortune more! While the husband and wife navigate the tangles of married life, gossip and intrigue are the order of the day. A biting satire characterised by its attacks on hypocrisy, sexually promiscuous themes, and witty dialogue.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER

October 8 - 25
Preview: October 7 Opening: October 8
Matinée: October 18 at 2pm

CARRIE: THE MUSICAL
Music by Michael Gore, Lyrics by Dean Pitchford, Book b Lawrence D. Cohen
Based on the novel by Stephen King

From the company that brought you Sweeney Todd, Little Shop of Horrors and The Rocky Horror Show. Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she's an outcast who's bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she's at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie's just discovered she's got a special power, and if pushed too far, she's not afraid to use it.

FIGHTING CHANCE PRODUCTIONS


November 7 - 30
Preview: November 6 ($10.00) Opening: November 7
Talkback: November 13
Matinées: November 16 & 30 at 2pm (no evening performance)

FACTS
by Arthur Milner
Director: Adam Henderson
An intense psychological drama, a meticulous police procedural, a history lesson, and a debate encompassing key aspects of the Israel-Palestine conundrum – Canadian playwright Arthur Milner fits all these into a high energy and sensitive play. Aside from the fact that the play’s drama reflects an ongoing debate over the lack of objectivity in the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian conflict, it is still a chilling and taut political-crime thriller that is an exciting piece of drama on its own merits.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER
December 5 - 23
Preview: December 4 Opening: December 5
Matinées: Sundays at 2pm

THE GLASS MENAGERIE
by Tennessee Williams
Director: Shawn MacDonald

A fresh and poignant take on Tennessee Williams' classic. Directed by esteemed Vancouver theatre artist Shawn MacDonald, this production brings together established and emerging artists to give Williams' beloved memory a sharp contemporary spin.


2015
January 23 - February 15
Preview: January 22 ($10.00) Opening: January 23
Talkback: January 29
Matinées: February 1 & 15 at 2pm (no evening performance)

PRIVATE LIVES
by Noël Coward
Director: Keven Bennett
A previously divorced couple, Elyot and Sybil, are honeymooning in a hotel in France and life is bliss. They are sharing their terrace with the adjacent suite at the hotel where Amanda and Victor are also in the midst of their own honeymoon bliss. But Elyot and Amanda were once married and when the two couples meet the atmosphere starts to crackle. Coward at his best.... sparklingly witty and deliciously wicked.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER

March 27 - April 19
Preview: March 26 ($10.00) Opening: March 27
Talkback: April 2
Matinées: April 5 & 19 at 2pm (no evening performance)

WELCOME TO THEBES

by Moira Buffini
Director: Brian Parkinson
Thebes: an impoverished population, a shattered infrastructure, a volatile army, and ruled by a woman, the first democratic president. Eurydice promises peace but without the aid of Theseus, the leader of a vastly wealthy state, she doesn’t stand a chance. A swaggering opposition circles, impatient for insurrection. Inspired by ancient myth, but set in the present day. A passionate exploration of a clash between the world’s richest and the world’s poorest countries in the aftermath of a brutal war.

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER

May 18 - 24
Opening: Monday, May 18
Mon - Sat at 8pm
Matinée: Sunday, May 24 at 2pm

JAMES & JAMESY in HIGH TEA

LIFE & DEPTH PRODUCTIONS

June 5 - 28
Preview: June 4 ($10.00) Opening: June 5
Talkback: June 11
Matinées: June 14 & 28 at 2pm (no evening performance)

THE IMAGINARY INVALID
by Molière
Director: Michael Fera

An aging hypochondriac with a miserly streak, Argan decides that he can get all the medical attention he craves, at no cost, by marrying off his daughter to a doctor. Unfortunately for him, his gold-digging wife, his insolent maid and his rebellious young daughter have other ideas. Classic Molière!

UNITED PLAYERS OF VANCOUVER