BD&P Mystery Theatre Series
From Craig Hall, Artistic Director:
It boggles my mind that I have been with Vertigo for only a year and a half and yet I have programmed three seasons of work.
In my short time with the company I have read hundreds of plays, met and collaborated with hundreds of artists and signed hundreds of opening night cards. I have also spoken with hundreds of patrons who have shared, with great passion, their kudos and critiques. The lineup for the 2014/2015 BD&P Mystery Theatre Series feels like a distillation of all of this; a perfect marriage of Vertigo’s past and future. We start with a new vision of a noir classic. Aaron Bushkowsky’s excellent adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s Farewell, My Lovely was originally commissioned by Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre and we are partnering with them on the world premiere of this new Canadian play. We follow Chandler’s most acclaimed work with an Edgar Award winning comedy by one of the most accomplished American writers working in the mystery genre. I have been describing Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot as Arthur Conan Doyle meets Agatha Christie with a little Noel Coward thrown in for good measure. It is a a smart comedic romp that is perfect for the holiday season. In January it is our pleasure to present the North American premier of Douglas Post’s Bloodshot. This play from the UK’s SAS Productions has been wowing audiences on London’s West End and features a tour de force performance by renowned British stage actor Simon Slater. Next up we take a spooky trip back to 1865 with Hugh Janes’ The Haunting. The Haunting introduces us to another side of the work of Charles Dickens and will have us jumping out of our seats at the same time. We wrap up the season with an old audience favorite. It has been twelve years since Vertigo produced Dial “M” For Murder and with one of Calgary’s most talented young directors at the helm, this is sure to be a stylish new take on a classic thriller. Speaking of audience favourites, as an added bonus we will cap the 2014/2015 season with the return of the show that every subscriber mentions without fail whenever I ask them about their most memorable Vertigo experiences. In the years since Vertigo first presented Shear Madness the play has become a worldwide phenomenon. Vertigo will tap some of Calgary’s finest comedic talents for this new production. The faces will be different but the hilarity will remain.
An open heart and a detective’s brain is all you will need to enjoy the 2014/2015 BD&P Mystery Theatre Series. We will do the rest!
Y Stage Theatre Series
This family focused series attracts over 10,000 eager young people with family performances on weekends and school performances on weekdays. Y Stage productions are highly entertaining while also being socially relevant and thought provoking, providing a springboard for discussion on the themes and topics of the shows…
About Vertigo Theatre
Vertigo Theatre has entertained audiences for over 30 years with high quality programming, evolving into a truly unique organization. Vertigo Theatre is located at the base of the Calgary Tower in the heart of downtown Calgary, and is home to the organization, its two performance venues and its two performance series, BD&P Mystery Theatre and Y Stage Theatre Series…