2014/2015 Season:

 

September 2014

 

My Rabbi

Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe:
Puente Theatre presents the Canadian Premiere of
Sum Theatre's My Rabbi


From September 16th to 28th at the Belfry Theatre's Studio A

 

        

A Jew and a Muslim walk into a bar...

My Rabbi is a comedic drama about two Canadian best friends who go on spiritual journeys that change thier lives forever --

a challenging story about the line between faith and friendship.

Created by Kayvon Kelly and Joel Bernbaum
Directed by Julie McIsaac
Dramaturgy by Michael Shamata

When:  September 16th to 28th @ 8 pm; no show September 18th,
Matinées Saturdays and Sundays @ 2 pm

Where: The BELFRY ARTS CENTRE, Studio A, 1291 Gladstone Ave. Victoria, BC.

Tickets: My Rabbi Tickets

 


November 2014

 

3rd Annual Day of the Dead Fiesta!

 

        

 

Saturday, November 1st
Doors open @ 9 pm
Open Space

510 Fort St. #2

Tickets $15 @ the door

Costumes encouraged


February & March 2015

 

WORLDPLAY 2015

 

        

February 8th @ 8pm: Love Letters to Stalin by Juan Mayorga

Translated by María E. Padilla
Directed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét

February 15th @ 8pm: Oxygen by Ivan Vyrypaev

Translated by Sasha Dugdale
Directed by Emma Zabloski


February 22nd @ 8 pm: Yerma by Federico García Lorca
Translated by Ursula Rani Sarma
Directed by Kathleen Greenfield


March 1st @ 8 pm: Lieutenant Nun by Elaine Avila

Directed by Kathleen Greenfield & Mercedes Bátiz-Benét

Where: The BELFRY ARTS CENTRE, Studio A, 1291 Gladstone Ave. Victoria, BC.
Entrance by donation

For more information please visit:  WORLDPLAY


May 2015

 

The Umbrella
@ The Family Theatre Festival!
May 2nd & 3rd

 

                                                                               Photo by Sara Hembree

Based on the book written and illustrated by Judd Palmer (which was shortlisted for Canada's Governor-General's Award for Children's Literature), The Umbrella is a love story about a man and his umbrella; but one storm-struck day a certain sinister crow threatens their happiness together. The set is a theatrical-storm contraption, complete with thunder sheet, wind machine, and rainspout; the puppet stage is a huge bucket. Through a storm both metaphorical and actual, our heroes emerge scarred -- but love prevails.

                           "Let thrum your heart to thunder". The Crow

The show is a small-scale piece for families, created and performed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét and Judd Palmer, with music composed by Julia Knight. The Umbrella is a co-production between Puente Theatre and The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, with music performed by Bučan Bučan, Victoria's beloved Balkan brass marching band.

For more information about the festival, please visit: Kaleidoscope Theatre
For tickets please visti:  The Umbrella @ Ticket Rocket


August & September 2015

 

SKAM Remixed Presents
a Puente Theatre & SNAFU Theatre Co-production:

 

LIEUTENANT NUN
by Elaine Avila
@ The Victoria International Fringe Festival!
August 27th to September 6th


An outdoor roaming musical extravaganza, set in the old ruins at
Macaulay Point Park in Esquimalt.

 

      

       THE TRUE STRANGE STORY OF A 17th CENTURY NUN WHO

                    BECAME AN INFAMOUS CONQUISTADOR


      “There is no name for what I am. You would have to make a new word.”

It’s the 17th Century; the armies of Spain are slaughtering their way across the New World, and one renowned conquistador, Antonio de Erauso, is famed for his ferocity – until, on trial for murdering his own brother, facing execution, Antonio pleads for clemency – by revealing that he’s actually an escaped nun. Imprisoned and enchained, haunted by the ghosts of the slain, the Lieutenant Nun confesses the story that has been kept secret for so long….

LIEUTENANT NUN
by Elaine Avila

Directed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét & Kathleen Greenfield

Music Direction by John Han
Musical Coaching by Sarah Jane Pelzer
Costume Desig by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét
Mask Design by Ingrid Hansen, Mercedes Bátiz-Benét & Kathleen Greenfield
Puppet Design by Ingrid Hansen

Original Music by John Han and Judd Palmer
Mask & Puppet Construction by Ingrid Hansen & Andrew Barrett
Assistant Stage Management by Delaney Tesch

STARRING:
Catalina/Antonio de Erauso.........Christina Patterson
Mother Isabel.........................Naomi Simpson
Friar Carvajal/Chorus................Julian Cervello
Captain Guerrero/Chorus............Judd Palmer
María/Chorus.........................Alexandra Lainfiesta
Miguel/Chorus........................John Han
Inca/Chorus...........................Keshia Palm
Madre/Chorus.........................Kelly Hudson
Chorus.................................Jesse Deutscher


105 minutes ~ All Ages ~ Outdoor Roaming Musical ~ All Tickets $11

WHEN: August 27th to September 6th at 6PM; no show August 31st
WHERE: Site A ~ Macaulay Point Park (Corner of Lampson & Munro in Esquimalt)
Free Parking ~ 6 minutes drive from Fringe Headquarters
Public transit from downtown: take the #15X Esquimalt bus
Not wheelchair accessible

www.skam.ca

www.puentetheatre.ca

www.snafudance.com

www.intrepidtheatre.com

TICKETS: Online at www.victoriafringe.com or www.ticketrocket.co; in person at Ticket Rocket: #2-1609 Blanshard Street; by phone at 250-590-6291 ~ Remember your Fringe button. You can't see the show without it.


“New words must be freshly made, on the spot, for a creature you have never seen, a fruit you have never tasted. It’s the New World!”


2013/2014 Season:

 

September 2013

 

Culture Days!

 

Join us and the Belfry Theatre on September 28th for a full day of free and fun activities for all ages.

                            

Puppets in the Square


Saturday, September 28 (10 am - 2 pm) @ the Fernwood Square

Come to Fernwood Square and interact with "Amor de Cosmos" & "China Gate" from our H2L (History to Life) characters. Designed by Catherine Hahn and created in partnership with Merlin's Sun Theatre, these larger than life puppets will astound.

 

                                            

For more information please visit: H2L @ Culture Days

LED Shadow Puppetry Workshop with Tim Gosley


Saturday, September 28 (12 pm - 1 pm) @ the Befry's Studio A


Join master puppeteer Tim Gosley in a one-hour workshop that will expand your mind and help you create a wonderful world with light and shadow.

In this gonzo-styled workshop you will discover how with cheap props & lights you can create a magical world of shadows. Unlike traditional 2D shadow puppetry, LED (and halogen light) Shadows create a 3D filmic effect. The light source can be moved the same as a camera creating close-ups, mid and distance shots. Special effects are easily created with lenses and mirrored mylar. Puppets and props can be hand crafted, found (often toys), or adapted from found objects. It is a fun and effective technique.

For more information please visit:Shadow Puppetry Workshop @ Culture Days


All activities will be held at the Belfry Theatre, located on 1291 Gladstone Avenue.


November 2013

2nd Annual Day of the Dead Fiesta!

 

        

 

November 2nd
Doors open @ 8 pm
1501 Douglas St.

Tickets $15 @ the door

Costumes encouraged


February & March 2014

 

The Umbrella

 

          

 

Presented by Puente Theatre, The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, and Bučan Bučan, this is the night to chase away your winter woes. Bringing together Victoria's Music, Theatre, and Literary Scenes in an exciting evening of food, drinks, dancing, and yes... puppets!


Sit back, sheltered from the rain, and enjoy the premiere performance of Mercedes Bátiz-Benét & Judd Palmer's puppet show, The Umbrella, followed by a night of dancing and debauchery with Victoria's #1 Balkan Party Band, Bučan Bučan!

February 28th @ The White Eagle Hall - 90 Dock St.
8 pm
19+
Advance Tickets $20

Available at Phillips Brewery and Larsen School of Music


WORLDPLAY 2014

 

        


February 9th @ 8pm: Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss

                               Translated by Geoffrey Skelton with lyric adaptation by Adrian Mitchell
                               Directed by Julian Cervello

February 16th @ 8pm: The Container by Clare Bayley

                               Directed by Justin Carter

February 23rd @ 8 pm: Così by Louis Nowra

 

                               Directed by Graham McDonald

 

March 2nd @ 8 pm: Way to Heaven by Juan Mayorga

                               Translated by David Johnston
                               Directed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét

Where: The BELFRY ARTS CENTRE, Studio A, 1291 Gladstone Ave. Victoria, BC.
Entrance by donation

For more information please visitWORLDPLAY


April & May 2014

 

Cruel Tears / Lágrimas Crueles

 

- A Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre & Puente Theatre Co-production:

 

        

 

Beautifully reworked by Puente's artistic director, Mercedes Bátiz-Benét, Cruel Tears / Lágrimas Crueles will keep you in it’s grip!


April 29th to May 18th @ The Roxy Theatre

          


June 2014

 

The Umbrella

@ Les Nuits de Fourvière Festival in Lyon, France!

June 18th to 21st

 

              

 

We're going on tour to Lyon, France with our show The Umbrella in June!

Based on the book written and illustrated by Judd Palmer (which was shortlisted for Canada's Governor-General's Award for Children's Literature), The Umbrella is a love story about a man and his umbrella; but one storm-struck day a certain sinister crow threatens their happiness together. The set is a theatrical-storm contraption, complete with thunder sheet, wind machine, and rainspout; the puppet stage is a huge bucket. Through a storm both metaphorical and actual, our heroes emerge scarred -- but love prevails.

                                        "Let thrum your heart to thunder". The Crow

The show is a small-scale piece for families, created and performed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét and Judd Palmer, with music composed by Julia Wakal. The Umbrella is a co-production between Puente Theatre and The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, with music by Bučan Bučan, Victoria's beloved Balkan brass marching band.


August 2014

 

El Jinete rides to the SummerWorks Festival!

 

Theatre Passe Muraille

August 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, & 16th:

 

        

Featuring Mariachi Los Dorados, El Jinete is a tale of love, vengeance and the supernatural, told through classics of the Mariachi repertoire. Inspired by the Golden Era of Mexican cinema, the show uses multi-layered projections to make it a black and white film come to life. The Rider is a cursed mariachi with a bullet wound in his heart; like a Mexican Orpheus, he crosses the border into El Norte to avenge the kidnapping of his bride. On the other side of the Rio Grande, he finds a strange and modern world, from which he may never return…

 

El Jinete, a Mariachi Opera
SummerWorks Performance Festival
Mainstage Series

Venue: Theatre Passe Muraille (Mainspace)

Friday, August 8th: 7 pm
Saturday, August 9th: 10 pm
Sunday, August 10th: 12 pm
Tuesday, August 12th: 7 pm
Wednesday, August 13th: 4:30 pm
Thursday, August 14th: 9:30 pm
Saturday, August 16th: 5 pm


For more information and to buy tickets please visit:

El Jinete @ SummerWorks 2014

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