It began with an absurd situation: we had an internationally acclaimed production, Betroffenheit, touring the Globe and earning Jonathon Young one of the most prestigious awards in the world: an Olivier. Jon was on the road a lot so I began taking up the Artistic Director reigns again. It was discouraging – funders were receiving literally thousands of applications for a handful of grants. Our new work in development, Riot, had been turned down. Talk about “the best of time and the worst of times.”
Experiencing crisis and critical success side-by-side brought amazing clarity to the question “if we couldn’t fulfill our larger vision for New Art Works did we want to continue?” It was like standing on a cliff staring over the edge.
Electric Company Theatre had to decide. Were we going to commit to the pursuit of ambitious and powerful productions on par or surpassing Betroffenheit, All the Way Home or Tear the Curtain? We had only our meager savings.
With this grant in hand, we’re going to jump. We need you to hold on and jump with us. It will be epic. We’re starting with “The Full Light of Day” which opens at the Vancouver Playhouse in January of 2019.
The Vancouver Playhouse is unlike any other stage in the lower mainland, or the province. Since the demise of the Vancouver Playhouse theatre company in 2012, the venue has been lacking consistent large scale theatrical culture, and the artistic community has lost their largest platform. The Playhouse is now rarely a place for Vancouver’s diverse, multifaceted theatrical visionaries.
Our desire is to bring large scale, innovative works back to the Vancouver Playhouse, restoring the venue to its status as a landmark for theatrical excellence, and providing a place for ambitious, original and sophisticated theatre in our city.
It will take continued support from the city and our community, to achieve this ambitious dream. Collaboration is central to the Electric Company Theatre’s core identity, and we need you to join us on this exciting journey.
Please add your support and commitment to this exciting opportunity for Vancouver artists and audiences. No donation is too small!
We now take a moment to acknowledge the thronging multitudes who are the foundation and base of Electric Company. If you have been there from the beginning, or connected with us on the journey along the way, in any capacity big or small, directly or indirectly, this wee poem is for you:
Plugger of Fuse,
Joiner of Wire,
Cranker of Juice,
Of Promethean Fire
Booster of Watts,
Donor of Power,
Beamer of Thoughts
From out Wardenclyffe Tower
Booster of Light
Checker of Leads
Family of Night
Whose bright Service succeeds:
Mille mercis et gros bisous!!
Electric Company Theatre
(On behalf of Jonathon Young, Kevin Kerr, David Hudgins, Jen Swan, Jamie King, Lucy McNulty and our wonderful Board of Directors.)