AnnounCing OUr 2018/2019 Season!
Here we go! Another season of murder, mystery and mayhem! We start with the world Premiere of THE THIN MAN. Dashiell Hammett's noir masterpiece adapted by Canadian Playwright Lucia Frangione. Next is the North American Premiere of DRACULA: THE BLOODY TRUTH! ; a hilarious retelling of Bram Stoker's Dracula done in the style of THE 39 STEPS. The third show of our season is Ira Levine's classic thriller DEATHTRAP, which is sure to have you jumping out of your seats, followed by MIGHT AS WELL BE DEAD, which brings iconic American detective Nero Wolfe to the stage for the first time. We close our season with the World Premiere of the spy-noir musical AGENTS OF INFLUENCE from Edmonton's Catalyst Theatre, (creator's of the hit show NEVERMORE). As if that wasn't enough, Vertigo will once again team up with The Shakespeare Company to bring you HAUNTING HAMLET, a terrifying new take on the Bard's most famous play. Now what are you waiting for? It is imperative that you book your tickets right this instant! It's a matter of life and death!
Craig Hall, Vertigo Theatre Artistic Director
Dashiell Hammett's THE THIN MAN
Adapted by Lucia Frangione Directed by Courtenay Dobbie World Premiere September 15 - October 14, 2018
Retired detective Nick Charles had the perfect Christmas planned with his heiress wife Nora, their pet Schnauzer Asta, and a case of good Scotch. But a missing inventor and a bullet-riddled secretary jump-start Nick and Nora's quiet holiday into a madcap mystery filled with intrigue, outrageous characters and murder. Lucia Frangione's adaptation of THE THIN MAN, offers up a new take on Dashiell Hammett's most famous characters in this unabashedly romantic romp.
Dracula: The Bloody Truth
By Le Navet Bete & John Nicholson Directed by Craig Hall North American Premiere November 10 - December 9, 2018
Professor Abraham Van Helsing leaps off the pages of Dracula and onto the stage to tell you, dear theatre-goer: Bram Stoker's novel had it all wrong! At last, Van Helsing hopes to set the record straight and bring the 'truth' of the legendary vampire and his terrifying story to light...even if he only has three amateur actor's to help him do it! Van Helsing and his troupe leap into 40 different characters on a breakneck journey from the Transylvanian mountains to the seaside town of Whitby. This North American Premiere will be a farcical side-splitter for family audiences and vampire lovers alike.
By Ira Levin Directed by Jamie Dunsdon January 26 - February 24, 2019
Sidney Bruhl is languishing in his Connecticut home, struggling to overcome a bout of writer's block that has seen his Broadway success turn to near bankruptcy. But the answer may have just arrived when Sidney receives a fantastic script written by his former student, Clifford Anderson. Anderson just wants his mentor's opinion but Sidney will do whatever it takes to get back on Broadway. The DEATHTRAP has been set...but who will come out on top in this spine-chilling thriller?
Might As well Be Dead: A Nero Wolfe Mystery
Adapted by Joseph Goodrich, from the novel by Rex Stout Directed by Haysam Kadri Canadian Premiere March 16 - April 14, 2019
Eleven years ago, wealthy businesswoman Mrs. Herrold tossed her only son Paul out onto the streets to fend for himself. Now, realizing the error of her way's she has come looking for a chance to make amends...only to find her son has been accused of murder! Mrs. Herrold needs help, the kind that only detective Nero Wolfe and his stalwart assistant, Archie Goodwin can provide. But the deeper Wolfe and Archie go, the more tangled the web gets.
Catalyst Theatre's Agents of Influence
Written and composed by Jonathan Christenson Directed by Jonathan Christenson World Premiere May 11- June 9, 2019
Europe, 1939. Adolf Hitler's armies are conquering nation after nation, and in the face of the Nazi threat, Canadian millionaire William Stephenson convinces Churchill and Roosevelt to combine forces in a joint covert effort. Stephenson assembles an elite team of spies, including the unlikeliest of agents: six irrepressible young women. AGENTS OF INFLUENCE is their story, a "spy noir musical" that seeks to answer: just who were these bold women and why would they sacrifice their very lives for a war that refused to accept them or recognize them? Catalyst Theatre, creators of the hit musical NEVERMORE, brings another dazzling world premiere to Vertigo Theatre.
SPECIAL PRESENTATION Vertigo Theatre presents The Shakespeare Company and Hit & Myth's production of
By William Shakespeare Adapted by Anna Cummer Directed by Craig Hall
March 20 - April 13, 2019
Rediscover the spirit of Shakespeare's most famous play, HAMLET, as the titular prince of Denmark seeks vengeance for the murder of his father at the hands of his Uncle Claudius. Prince Hamlet's suspicious mind and haunted nights will hold deep resonance for audiences of Vertigo Theatre. This tale is a ghost story, detective story and revenge story all rolled into one classic plot. Following the smash hit success of MACBETH, we once again present The Shakespeare Company for another macabre re-imagining of the one of the Bard's greatest works.