This November, Vile Passéist Theatre presents John Lyly’s joyful and daring comedy, Gallathea. Come spend a jubilant evening in a forest filled with gods, monsters, and lovers, where anything is possible, and love may strike when you least expect it!
WHEN: The production runs November 19-23 at 8pm from Wednesday-Saturday, plus 2pm Saturday and 4pm Sunday (note there is no Sunday evening show)
WHERE: Bus Stop Theatre 2203 Gottingen Street, Halifax
WHAT: Inspiring later plays by Shakespeare such as Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lyly treads where the Bard never dared in this surprisingly modern and transformative play from 1588.
“We are overjoyed to be bringing this play to the Halifax stage,” says director Colleen MacIsaac. “Gallathea is transgressive, it’s jubilant, and it’s a fun romp through the woods – it’s the kind of play that leaves you feeling hopeful about love and life.”
This joyous celebration of love will be the first VPT show helmed by our executive director, Colleen MacIsaac, with design by the critically-lauded, award-winning lighting and set designer, Matthew Downey, costume design by Jordyn F. Bochon, and stage management by Tessa Pekeles, and premieres new music composed and performed by Jenny Trites (2014 Merritt Award Nominee, Outstanding Original Score).
Gallathea features newcomer Shanlon Gilbert, with Sarah-Jean Begin (previously seen in VPT’s Doctor Faustus as well as on tour with Mermaid Theatre), Jesse Robb (a VPT veteran, he has appeared in eight of the company’s shows, most notably as Barabas in The Jew of Malta), Jessica Barry (a member of Once Upon a Theatre Company, she has also been seen in Plutonium Playhouse’s Fat Pig and Once More With Feeling and Fault Lines at the Atlantic Fringe), Jozel Bennet (recently seen with VPT in In the Telling and Doctor Faustus), James MacLean (a National Theatre School graduate, he has recently been seen with Shakespeare by the Sea and Halifax Theatre for Young People), Melanie Patten (a frequent performer with Lions Den Theatre, most recently seen in Wake Up, Rosie!), and Dan Bray (VPT’s Artistic Director, last onstage in Lions Den’s Rosencrantz + Guildenstern are Dead and Us Vs Them’s The Insomniac’s Handbook).
See you there!
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