Merely Players

Theatre of the Week: August 27 – September 2

Nomadic Tempest by Caravan Stage Company

Nomadic Tempest is a mythical saga of a band of monarch butterflies; forced to migrate due to climate-change. The butterflies, embodied by four talented aerial artists, serve as a metaphor for today’s Climate Refugees. The Monarchs are from four global regions: Salish Sea, Syria, China and Mexico, each with their own tongue: Hunqeminem, Arabic, Mandarin and Spanish. Their song is sung in each of the above languages, and the original English lyrics are projected as subtitles during the show. Kanandra, the narrator/singer, can foresee the future, but is cursed by the SwallowWarts, the evil oil industry, so that no one believes her prophecies. She can understand and speak the tongue of all species on the Planet & finds herself last on Earth with the butterflies. Together, they combat the SwallowWarts, in order to protect and ultimately save the planet.

The show is an immersive experience on a tall ship, moored in False Creek. It features original music, arieal dancing, and beautiful performances.

Tickets: Free | Location: Tall Ship, moored at the base of the Cambie St bridge in False Creek | Website

A Chorus Line by Fighting Chance Productions

A Chorus Line continues to thrill audiences across the world with its story of Broadway performers auditioning to be in the chorus of a Broadway musical. The audition process is not what they are expecting, though, and they end up sharing their personal stories and thoughts.

Read our review here.

Tickets: $35 – $40 | Location: Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island | Website

The Merchant of Venice at Bard on the Beach

A deeply fascinating study in contrasts, Shakespeare’s timeless drama, set this season in modern-day Venice, exposes the consequences of how we treat outsiders in our midst. Portia and Bassanio discover true love but the merchant Antonio and the moneylender Shylock are driven by prejudice and the craving for revenge, as they move ever closer to a devastating judgement day.

Bard on the Beach is a summer must in Vancouver, providing high quality Shakespeare plays to the Lower Mainland.

Tickets: $21 – $59 | Location: Vanier Park | Website