Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Thank You Whet & Cats Social House!

Twenty Something Theatre & Staircase XI are very excited about The Double Play Party happening this Saturday, August.31! If you haven't heard, The Double Play Party is a celebration for The Double Play Pass - an early bird ticket (only on-sale until August.31) that allows you to see Twenty Something's "Speech & Debate" by Stephen Karam and Staircase XI's "Cocktails at Pam's" by Stewart Lemoine for only $25! (Available here...http://doubleplaypass.bpt.me)

The Double Play Party is going to be an AWESOME PARTY with 90's dance music, along with super cheap beer! BUT not only that, there will be some amazing silent auction prizes that we have put together over these past few months! Among the silent auction prizes, there will be two Theatre & Restaurant packages! The packages include a series of tickets to some of Vancouver's upcoming theatre productions along with a gift card from either Cats Social House or Whet, which are both located in Granville Island!

This is how I feel about that...

Twenty Something Theatre & Staircase XI would like to say THANK YOU to Whet and Cats Social House for their generous silent auction donations!

Make sure you check their websites out!

www.catssocialhouse.com          www.whet.ca

AND REMEMBER, this Saturday, August.31 at 8pm is the Double Play Party! Where you ask? It is going to be located at Little Mountain Gallery, 195 E 26th Ave. There will be a $5 cover charge and drinks are $4 each or $15 for all-you-can-drink!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Jess Van Elk
-Producing Assistant

Friday, August 23, 2013

Coffee Talk with Meaghan Doupe

Welcome to our Coffee Talk series where we will be getting to know the members of the production team and cast for "Speech & Debate"! First off, meet Meaghan Doupe, our stage manager for the production! We are excited to have her with us as this is her Twenty Something debut!

What was your first theatre experience?

My very first theatre experience was when I was very young and my elementary school did a performance of H.M.S Pinafore. I played a part in the chorus and I got to sing and dance with all the other children in my grade. 

What inspired you to go into stage management?

Growing up near Stratford Ontario was probably how I became interested in the theatre. Being a fairly regular patron of the Stratford Festival through the years I was always amazed at the grand quality of the shows and the many interpretations of the Shakespeare classics. The complexity of the shows grabbed my interest; I always wanted to know how it all came together and what better way to discover that then by entering the theatre world itself.

 What is your dream project?

I would love to work with a travelling show that allowed for sight seeing! It would be a great way to combine two of my favourite activities: theatre and travel.

If you won the lottery, what would you do?

If I won the lottery I would love to spend the winnings travelling to places I have never been before. I would love to visit old friends who now live afar and if I could buy time with the lottery winnings I would live in different cities across the globe temporarily to get a taste of lifestyles different from my own.


Why should people come out to see "Speech & Debate"? 

It's a dark comedy with context that may challenge comfort level but addresses important societal issues. It's very active and visual and will be a blast to watch.

Thats right! "Speech & Debate" will be a blast! Make sure you get The Double Play Pass (before August.31) - an early bird ticket for $25 dollars for both "Speech & Debate" by Stephen Karam and "Cocktails at Pam's" by Stewart Lemoine (Staircase XI)! Buy it at the link below! 

-Jess Van Elk
Producing Assistant 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Directing, Zombie Shakespeare, Blank Verse, and the Double Play Party

The work of a director can be summed up in two very simple words. Why and How. – Peter Brook

I spent the bulk of the weekend directng a few scenes for a new web series called Blank Verse. Claire Hesselgrave, who will play Diwata in Speech & Debate this October, performs in the show too. It  features the design work of Carolyn Rapanos, who did great scenic painting for The Bomb-itty of Errors in 2012. Check out the trailer here.

Rehearsals are in sight for Speech & Debate. I suppose it’s no surprise that a director should enjoy rehearsing, but it really does excite me every time I start work on a new project. We’ve elected to rehearse part-time overt he course of four weeks, a process I prefer to working full-time for two weeks.


Remember to join us at the Double Play Party at Little Moutain Gallery on August 31. We’re going to get you sauced up on our cheap bar, then unleash you on a dance floor that will time warp consistently to the 1990s. 



Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Double Play Pass is LIVE

"Happiness does not await us all. One needn't be a prophet to say that there will be more grief and pain than serenity and money. That is why we must hang on to one another." -Anton Chekhov

 Speech & Debate scribe Stephen Karam quotes this in the intro to his 2012 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Sons of the Prophet.

In the spirit of having little money and hanging on to one another, we’ve banded up with our pals at Staircase XI Theatre to launch the Double Play Pass – an early bird ticket that lets you see both Speech & Debate (Oct. 2-12) and their production of Cocktails At Pam’s by Stewart Lemoine (Nov 13-30) for just $25. It’s live now and is available until August 31. Buy it here.

But wait, there’s more! We’re throwing a Double Play Party to celebrate things like “back to school”, “the end of summer”, “the beginning of fall”, “friends”, “theatre”, and the Double Play Pass. It’s going to have cheap admission, cheap drinks, and ridiculously under-priced silent auction items. In the spirit of the Double Play Pass, we’ll be auctioning off an abundance of great theatre tickets. Just FYI. Read all about it.

Lots of exciting news for our friends and collaborators:

 Sabrina is in Africa.

 Delinquent Theatre are prepping a one-off of Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical (I wrote two of the songs and perform in it) for the Gabriola Island Theatre Festival on August 18. If you’re in the area…Also, listen to the soundtrack album.

 Mack Gordon (he helped out on the dramaturgical tip for Us & Everything We Own) wrote this great piece about Dominique Fricot (he played at our Bomb-itty of Errors fundraiser waaaaaaaaaaay back in 2012) that you should read.

 I saw Despot at The Biltmore Cabaret last week with Killer Mike & El-P and he commanded the stage in a way that very few people can. Performers should all watch him do a show and take notes. Peep this song. He’s doing an album with Ratatat and if it ever drops the world might never be the same.

In summation: Buy a Double Play Pass. We’ll try not to be annoying about it, but seriously. Buy one.