Canadian Comedy • Metro Vancouver Premiere
The hilarious misfortune of one woman's fortune
By Michel Tremblay
Translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco
Directed by Diane Brown
Produced by Ruby Slippers Theatre
September 27 - October 6, 2018 • MainStage
Fifteen Women. One Raucous Romp.
It’s 1960’s Montreal, and working-class housewife Germaine Lauzon has won one million customer loyalty stamps. She needs to place the stamps in booklets in order to redeem them, but who can she trust when she invites her jealous family members and neighbours to come over for a stamp-pasting party?
Within seconds, chaos ensues – the 15 women air old grievances aggressively, overshare shamelessly, and fantasize freely while secretly coveting Germaine’s precious stamps. Raucous, reckless, and hysterically funny, this windfall of humour, dreams, and heart, is sure to pay off!
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of the Canadian classic Les Belles-soeurs. And Gateway is delighted to have Ruby Slippers Theatre back with the Metro Vancouver professional premiere of Michel Tremblay’s iconic play (English-language version).
"...Tremblay's most popular and widely translated play. Almost 50 years later, the text still feels incendiary and its subject matter ground-breaking" - The Georgia Straight
Audience considerations: Minor profanity. Mature subject matter. Recommended age: 9+
SPECIAL PERFORMANCES & EVENTS
All events are free with ticket, unless otherwise noted.
Opening Night | September 28, 2018 - Post-show
Celebrate the opening Les Belles-soeurs with the artists after the show along with refreshments and cake!
Gateway Forum | September 30, 2018 - 1:00 pm | Free and open to the public
Join us for a discussion before the Sunday Matinee with a panel of experts as we discuss some of the themes and ideas related to our MainStage productions.
Tea Matinee | October 2, 2018 - 12:00 pm
Enjoy complimentary tea, coffee, and cake before the show generously provided by Gilmore Gardens & Courtyard Gardens, and Anna's Cake House.
Afterplay | October 3 & 5, 2018 - Post-show
What did you think of the show? We want to hear what you have to say so come join us for an informal discussion after the show to share your thoughts with us and others!
Talkback Thursday | October 4, 2018 - Post-show
After the performance, join us for an intimate Q & A conversation with some of the actors. This Talkback is your chance to ask questions and gain insight into the play you've just seen.