Rumble Relaunches Season with New Digital Programming

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…)

Good Things to Do

Good Things to Do.

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

Online performances

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).

For more on our presentation of Good Things to Do, click here.

B

Rumble presents B by Guillermo Calderon. Design: Truong Nguyen.

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.”

For more on our production of B, click here.

Artists-in-Residence Showings at the Havana

February 27 – 29, 2020
Performances at 7:30pm
Havana Theatre at 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Check out the Facebook event here

Tickets: Pay-What-You-Decide online or at the door. All proceeds go to the Unist’ot’en legal fund in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en land defenders.


Join us at the Havana Theatre for a weekend of exciting work-in-progress showings. Come out and see what some of our Artists-in-Residence have been up to lately. (more…)

Sound of the Beast

Written and Performed by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

A Theatre Passe Muraille production, presented by Rumble Theatre

February 19 – 23, 2020
Wed. to Sat. evenings at 7:30pm
Sun. matinee at 2:00pm
PL1422 at 1422 William Street, Vancouver

Tickets: $20 (incl. taxes & fees) – Click here to buy now at Theatre Wire!


Rumble Theatre is pleased to present Theatre Passe Muraille’s production of Sound of the Beast by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard. The show runs February 19 to 23 at PL1422.

In Sound of the Beast, Toronto emcee Belladonna the Blest (Governor General’s Award Nominee & Dora Award-winning playwright St. Bernard) shares stories of coming up in Toronto’s hip-hop scene, the intersections between conscious rap and political activism, and the sacrifices we make for the things we believe in. Part concert/part theatre the show blends the personal and the political, with a bold and brutally honest take about policing in Black communities.

Of the piece, Rumble Artistic Director Jivesh Parasram said, “Sound of The Beast—a project criticizing the impact of seemingly benign practices in policing and speaking to the challenge of fatigue in resisting systemic oppression—has become increasingly timely as we see escalating confrontation between police and grassroots defense on unceded territory. It is a piece that wrestles with empathy and dehumanization, presenting a truthful reflection that can illuminate for those in the mainstream why it is so many of us caught in the gaze of the police seem so ‘angry’. And for the rest of us, it brings some moving and joyful validation.”

For more on our presentation of Sound of the Beast, click here.