Rumble’s 2019-2020 season, “High Seas/Low Seas”, was originally envisioned to explore the concept of Solidarity. That theme has taken on even more significance as we consider what’s happening in our world right now. So, to respond and re-envision the season, and re-conceptualize our approach to solidarity, we came to this necessary question as an arts and cultural organization: “Where are our front lines?”
And how willing are we to put artists on the front lines? Honestly, we aren’t. There’s nothing noble about risking further spread of this virus. But we can still create theatre even if we can’t gather together at this time. We can try a different approach. We have to. We think the best show of our solidarity with those on the front lines is to encourage you to stay home, but not necessarily to feel isolated. So, from our closets, bedrooms, and shared accommodations, and with the will of our Wi-Fi signals, we’d like to welcome you to Rumble’s (now digital) spring season. (more…)
Rumble Theatre is pleased to announce our current season, “High Seas / Low Seas”, which features a trio of exciting contemporary plays that explore the notion of solidarity: Take d Milk, Nah?, written and performed by Rumble’s own Artistic Director Jivesh Parasram; Good Morning, Viet Mom by Franco Nguyen; and the Canadian premiere of B by Guillermo Calderón.
(***Update: Good Morning, Viet Mom is no longer available to tour and has been replaced in our season with Sound of the Beast by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard.***)
“With this season’s programming we’re asking ourselves and audience members to consider what it means to stand together amidst ever-changing circumstances,” Parasram said. “How can we maintain solidarity when conditions aren’t so comfortable? Can we be a friend even when the distances between us seem infinite, or when our differences appear irreconcilable?” (more…)
Welcome to our virtual lobby for our online production of B by Guillermo Calderón.
To read more about the creative team, please check out our show program. You can read it online, or download to print a physical copy, here: B show program – Rumble Theatre
The B Creative Team
(Top, l – r): Carmen Aguirre – Jose Miguel, Christie Watson – Production Design, and Itai Erdal – Lighting Design.
(Middle, l – r): María Escolan – Marcela, Jivesh Parasram – Director, and Lili Robinson – Alejandra.
(Bottom, l – r): Lissa Neptuno – Carmen, Zoe Bellis – Stage Manager, and Shanae Sodhi – Assistant Director.
by the Good Things Collective
a Rumble Theatre presentation
April 16 – 18, 2020 – Previews
April 24 – 26, 2020
April 30 – May 2, 2020
May 9 & 10, 2020
Tickets $5 – Book yours now at Eventbrite
Blending live and recorded sound, a dreamy, solitary physical environment, and an unexpected use of technology, Good Things to Do invites participants to place themselves within a dreamscape in which they possess extraordinary powers. This wondrously immersive experience is a meditation on goodness, generosity, and the struggle to stay tender in a world that asks us to be hard.
Originally slated for development in 2021, the creative team felt called to reconfigure the show for online access now as a means to help folx feeling isolated during this COVID-19 pandemic.
The Good Things Collective is Christine Quintana (co-creator), Molly MacKinnon (co-creator and live sound), Sam MacKinnon (digital design), and Mishelle Cuttler (sound design and recorded music).
Written by Guillermo Calderón
translated by William Gregory
A Rumble Theatre production
Directed by Jivesh Parasram
Featuring Carmen Aguirre, Maria Escolan, Lissa Neptuno & Lili Robinson
May 21 – 24, 2020
Free; Registration will open soon – stay tuned for announcement
Rumble Theatre is pleased to present our Canadian premiere production of B by acclaimed Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón, with translation by William Gregory.
***COVID-19 update: Originally scheduled to take place May 12 – 23, 2020 at the Havana Theatre on East Vancouver’s Commercial Drive, we will now present an online production that will be available to view May 21 – 24.***
In B, Alejandra and Marcela are planting bombs in the middle of the night. They don’t want violence. They just want to be heard. Prison’s not much of a threat when most of your friends are inside. But José Miguel is from another generation, and he’s committed to change by any means possible.
A darkly comic dive into the absurdity of reality, B examines cross-generational tension in the mobilization of resistance and interrogates the role of violence in revolution. What does it mean to want to take up the struggle, when the struggle has silenced itself to you?
Of the piece, Rumble Artistic Director Jivesh Parasram said, “Calderón’s B is brilliant. It’s got a hilariously dark wit that strikes to the core of those of us who are children and grandchildren of revolutionary peoples—grown-up youths who still hold a burning desire to be part of the non-aligned movement, the moments of decolonization at the fall of Empire, and to participate in something to make sense of a world that has a long way to go.”