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“Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women”, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Vancouver Fringe Festival

September 14 @ 12:00 am - September 18 @ 12:00 am EDT

In 2015, Ruby Slippers Theatre approached Playwrights Guild of Canada and The Vancouver Fringe Festival with the idea to showcase dramatic readings of five new plays written and directed by diverse female-identifying theatre artists. Thus, Advance Theatre was born. RST’s radically inclusive vision is a world where diversity is celebrated through a deeper understanding of each other. So our Advance Theatre Festival is part of our larger, ongoing efforts that reflect our vision and mission to champion and celebrate diversity in the playwrights, directors, and actors we work with.

Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 at the door, through Square (Tap Debit/Credit Card only). Face masks are required. All readings will be live-streamed to Ruby Slippers Theatre’s YouTube channel.

Our definition of female includes trans women, non-binary, two spirit and gender queer individuals. Our definition of diversity includes cultural background, age, sexual orientation, and physical/mental ability.


Monday, Sept. 14, 1:30 pm ūtszan by Yvonne Wallace

Co-directed by Yvonne Wallace and Marisa Emma Smith.

Aunt Celia, in her final days, refuses to speak English, forcing her niece Margaret to become fluent in Uewalmiewts. The Residential School system forcibly took Aunt Celia’s language; now she courageously reintroduces it to her family fabric. Intense, poetic, intimate. 18+

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1:30 pm The In-Between Place by Nyla Carpentier

Directed by Nyla Carpentier

There’s been an accident and Amanda, a mixed Indigenous woman, wakes up in a place between the living and the dead. In this strange place, her ancestors come to her, though they are not as she expected. Funny, weird, poetic. Racialized content. 14+

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1:30 pm Women of Papiyek by Quelemia Sparrow

Directed by Quelemia Sparrow

Generations of European and Indigenous mixed race families lived in Papiyek (now called Brockton Point in Stanley Park) before being evicted from their homes and forced to re-locate. This is the story of three Indigenous women who lived in Papiyek at the turn of the 20th century. Intense, intimate, poetic. Warning: racialized content, violent content, and challenging content. 18+

Thursday, Sept. 17, 1:30 pm Turtle’s Island by Brenda Prince

Directed by Renae Morriseau

Turtle’s Island is a one-act comedy telling the Anishinabe Creation Story of North America AKA Turtle Island. Challenging content, racialized content. 18+

Friday, Sept. 18, 1:30 pm The Seventh Fire by Lisa C. Ravensbergen

Directed by Lisa C. Ravensbergen, PGC Member Christine Quintana, Laura McLean

This play tells the story of an Ojibwe woman who returns to the Ojibwe community she believes has rejected her. She discovers her destiny is tied to prophesy when she becomes pivotal to the community’s survival. Poetic, intellectual, intimate. All ages.


September 14 @ 12:00 am EDT
September 18 @ 12:00 am EDT
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