Seasons' greetings! No, that apostrophe's in the correct place as both the Vancouver Playhouse and Edmonton's Citadel Theatre announced their 2011-2012 seasons on Wednesday, while the Manitoba Theatre Centre revealed a extra tantalizing detail about theirs.
Let's go West to East, shall we?
The Vancouver Playhouse's season opener sounds intriguing, a movement and theatre piece co-produced with Theatre Calgary and San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater (ACT). Created by ACT artistic director Carey Perloff and dance Val Caniparoli, the show "brings internationally acclaimed artists from San Francisco Ballet, including prima ballerina Sabina Allemann, together with a cast of renowned actors, including Peter Anderson of The Overcoat."
Also on the Playhouse's main stage in 2011 - 2012 are recently revived Broadway musical La Cage Aux Folles; John Logan's recent Tony winner Red (in co-pro with Canadian Stage and The Citadel Theatre, not to get ahead of ourselves); Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage in co-production with the Manitoba Theatre Centre; and Catalyst Theatre's Hunchback, which is currently on in Edmonton and which critic Liz Nicholls has called "the richest work yet from this treasure of a company."
For the Playhouse's full season, do visit their website.
Over one province to the right (unless you're looking down from the Yukon), The Citadel Theatre will be staging the Broadway hit comedy God of Carnage as well, but their production will be directed by James MacDonald and star Fiona Reid. Either the rest of the cast will be announced at a later date, or she's playing all four roles.
Citadel artistic director Bob Baker will direct Tom Wood as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman in September; Wood, in turn, will direct A Midsummer Night's Dream starring participants of the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program in April. (There are no plans for the Banff Centre participants to complete the loop by directing Bob Baker in anything as of yet.)
What else in Edmonton? There's the aforementioned co-production of John Logan's Red, a new production of The Sound of Music directed by Bob Baker and starring Réjean Cournoyer, presumably not as Maria, and, as previously revealed on this very blog, The Rocky Horror Show.
There's plenty more in the Rice Alternative Series - Ronnie Burkett's Penny Plain, Daniel MacIvor & Daniel Brooks' This is What Happens Next and Rebecca Northan's Blind Date - and I imagine that details of all that will eventually surface on the Citadel's website.
Skipping over Saskatchewan - sorry, Saskatchewan; you can leave your news in the comments - we arrive in Winnipeg, where the newly Queen-approved Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre announced an exciting bit of casting today: The Stratford Shakespeare Festival's Martha Henry will star as mother-from-hell Violet in their production of Tracy Letts' August: Osage County in March. Now, there's a sizable role for the illustrious actress to be bite into after a few seasons of nibbling on hors d'oeuvres at Stratford.