Plays tackle serious subjects

Geordie Theatre’s 39th season continues the company’s tradition of tackling serious subjects through engaging stories that appeal to young audiences

Geordie Theatre's 2019-2020 season

Geordie theatre is featuring five plays in 2019-2020 season

In the upcoming season, the five productions will address the importance of water and care for natural resources, education around sexual consent, how to manage overwhelming emotions, as well as reminding theatre-goers that even when the future seems bleak, every person can make a difference in someone else’s life.

From Nov. 15 to 24, the issue of consent is brought centre stage in Persephone Bound, a contemporary adaptation of Greek myth. It is Geordie’s first collaboration with Montreal’s Imago Theatre and Screaming Goats Collective. The play also features poetry, percussion and aerial circus work, and is recommended for audiences over the age of 13.

On Dec. 6 and 7, Geordie will present a special fundraiser production of the classic holiday play It’s a Wonderful Life. George Bailey finds himself on the brink of financial ruin on Christmas Eve, and is so despondent he considers ending his life, but is saved by the intervention of a bumbling but goodhearted angel. The timeless story is a reminder that every life is valuable. The production will come to life with the help of a large ensemble cast featuring some of Montreal’s most celebrated business, legal and media personalities.

In Virginia Wolf, held May 1-10 next year, Virginia is in a wolfish mood, a funk so fierce the whole house is affected. With the help of her patient and artistic sister, Virginia learns how to cope with her strong emotions. The play is targeted for children over the age of 5.

All three plays will be staged at Montreal’s D.B. Clarke Theatre, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. Tickets range from $15 to $24, with discounts for children, teens, students and seniors.

Geordie’s #2Play tour will perform to more than 40,000 students throughout Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes. This year’s productions are The Water Chronicles and Fear of Missing Out.

Set in the near future, The Water Chronicles tells the story of a troupe of young people who go on a quest to find a new source of water for their community, and discover how much they didn’t know about this vital resource along the way. The play is recommended for age 5 and up.

More mature audiences will appreciate Fear of Missing Out, aimed for those 13 and up, which tells the story of three teens who find their voice as they come of age, solving a series of mysterious crimes along the way.

Montrealers can see these plays when they are featured during the Geordie Theatre Fest, Feb. 5-9, at MAI, 3680 Jeanne-Mance St., Montreal. Tickets for these plays range from $15-$22.

For more information, visit geordie.ca.

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