Nov. 18 - 29, 2015 @ The InterUrban Gallery
(1 E. Hastings)
The classic Reginald Rose
drama based on 12 Angry Men revived by Theatre In the
October 29th - November 9th,
The third original
musical in the "Untold Stories of Vancouver" trilogy
based on a true story of community empowerment and non-violent
The Raymur Mothers is an iconic story, full of
colourful characters (real and imagined) drama, action, romance,
passions, ideals, humor and rousing songs. While the exploits
of the Raymur mothers have already become part of the folklore
of the Downtown Eastside, they have yet to be given the serious
wider attention they deserve.
Nine years ago, Theatre In the Raw
produced a version of The Raymur Mothers as a radio play and broadcast
it in its entirety over Vancouver Co-Op Radio CFRO-FM. Theatre
In the Raw also performed a live reading for a new generation
of students at the Admiral Seymour Elementary School in the Downtown
Eastside near where the historical events took place.
Our new expanded version, to be produced
in the fall of 2014, will be a full-scale, two-act play, with
original music and songs. It will be the third entry in our cycle
of Untold Stories of Vancouver - plays that recall significant
historical moments in the Downtown Eastside that have not always
been publicly recognized. We select these subjects of our plays
because they were community building moments for Vancouver.
As a snapshot of an era, the play
explores the experiences of people trying to cope with the discouraging
realities of poverty and the rising expectations of dignity at
all levels of society. The mothers in the Raymur Place social
housing project are active participants and non-violent demonstrators
in the public spectacles of the day. Their efforts to have an
overpass built over major railroad tracks in order for their children
to get safely to school is the main plot point to set the story
off. They characters are also trying to navigate their way within
relationships that are affected by contemporary social currents,
especially a newly cresting wave of feminism and an awakening
voice of people in poverty.
As part of the workshop process,
a free public reading was held at the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre
(920 East Hastings) - April 21st 2013 - 1:30 PM
As part of the 2012 Heart of the City Festival...
Talk Medicine - written
by Sheryl Melnyk and produced by Theatre In the Raw as a part
of the Heart of the City Festival
ARTS RATIONAL - Thursday November 1, 9pm
- 10pm Live Broadcast Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5FM
in the Raw presents an original live radio drama on Arts Rational,
a long lasting Co-op Radio program. Tonight's play is Talk
Medicine, an Honorable Mention in the recent 7th Biennial
One Act Playwriting Contest written by Alberta playwright Sherryl
Melnyk, current Ph.D. student in Fine Arts at the University of
Calgary. The monologue centres on a man reminiscing after suffering
a heart attack, and his need to talk to ease his stress. The play
focuses on the development of his moral character and the various
ethical 'forks in the road' that he has faced. Roger Howie, a
long time performer and writer with Theatre In the Raw, plays
Lester, and Jay Hamburger directs. This presentation is the twenty-third
original radio play that Theatre In the Raw has presented on Arts
Rational. For your listening pleasure. (Taken from the Heart of
the City Festival Program Guide)
Jay Hamburger, Roger Howie and
Olivia Poon working on a scene at Vancouver's Co-Op Radio earlier
this year (Photo by Jason Lang of The Vancouver Courier, June
an interesting Vancouver Courier Article on Radio Play work in
and around Vancouver... )
2011 Mainstage Musical Production:
2010 One-Act Festival:
Escape from Christmas to...
In the Raw's
International Mini-Fest of One Acts
you to everyone who came out to see the shows - we really appreciate
your wonderful support!
Download our show Program (pdf), click
the Little Mountain Gallery
195 east 26th Avenue - off Main Street
google map here >>
were proud to present 3 new original One Act plays:
A Girl on the Subway by Anthony Arnold
2. Affidavit by Matthew Heiti
3. The Private Life of Jesus Christ by David
artwork/linocuts by Atty Gell © 2010
Thanks for coming out - we so appreciate it!
you to everyone who came out to support our last mainstage show
which ran from Dec 9-20, 2009 at Studio 16 in Vancouver, BC - Vatzlav
by Slawomir Mrozek...
Festival of Mythical Plays and Winning One-Acts
In the Raw Took a Trio of Brand New One-Act Plays on the Road in
what do ya call a small swarm of buzzin’ bees that “tell”… a misplaced
forearm gone awry… and a winged Jack Benny with an assignment?
was our “Festival of Mythical Plays and Winning One-Acts”...
We hit the road for a lower mainland mini-tour of original one-act
plays in June and early July:
Nuclear Fall-In by Ed Ballou - an original winning
One-Act Play – A nuclear family is living/working too close to
a leaky nuclear plant. (no pun intended) Mutation of living creatures
is on the rise. This play has a number of way out
surprises and something “loaded” to say.
don't want to believe what we already know."
Jack Benny & The Angels by Jason Logan - an original
One-Act Myth Radio Play – Jack is back but as an angel with an
important job to do! Visiting earth, he interviews a whole slew
of wacky characters who happen to reside in BC believe it or not.
Is humanity worth saving is the question?
show has a hilarious cast! - Not to be missed! ...You'll be on
the floor in laughter..." plus... "A historical piece
of Vancouver I never knew!..."
Telling Of The Bees by Jesse Matthew Cooper - an
original One-Act Myth Play – Can bees help a troubled soul to
tell the truth? A concerned father, an expectant wife, a farm
to be sold all rest in the hands of someone with a secret that
the bees want told. Note:
Playwright Jesse Matthew Cooper was in attendance at the Sunday
June 28, 2009 show in Vancouver.
very moving scene between a father and son and a mother-to-be..."
by our own Jay Hamburger, artistic director of Theatre In
Below... Some Promo Shots of
the One-Acts We Presented...
Raw ITINERARY and where we went...
Fri, JUNE 12 and Sat, JUNE 13, 2009
- Abbotsford, BC @ F.A.C.E. - Festival of Artistic & Creative Expression
VENUE: Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser
Way, Abbotsford, BC
Thurs, JUNE 18 and Fri, JUNE 19, 2009
- Chilliwack, BC
VENUE: Studio Theatre - at the University of the Fraser Valley,
45635 Yale Road, Chilliwack, BC
Sat, June 20, 2009
VENUE: Special Event Hall at National Nikkei Museum & Heritage
Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby BC
June 25, 26, 27 & 28, 2009 (Thurs – Sun)
VENUE: Little Mountain Studios, 195 East 26th Avenue (just
west off Main Street)
- All four nights were sold out - Thank
Afternoon OUTDOOR FREE EVENT: Sun, July 5, 2009
VENUE: Cedar Cottage Community Garden – Under the Sky Train
at the big red “A” at Victoria Drive
Above drawings by Atty Gell © 2009 All rights reserved
Mythical Voices for Our Time & Winning
Part of Our Early Summer Mini-Tour 2009...
In the Raw has been producing and presenting Mythical Voices
for Our Time Festival. We chose this project because we want
to bring together writers from various, social, economic and ethnic
backgrounds. The playwrights have been asked to write a one-act
play or radio-play based on and related to their culture's myths.
To take it a step further, the writers have been asked to personalize
their myth and if possible modernize it in some way.
The Festival of Mythical Plays and Winning One-Acts supports
Theatre In the Raw's mission to develop playwrights and new playworks.
We are presently developing/dramaturging these one-acts with three
to four experienced theatre consultants who are helping to get the
plays ready to be produced. Some of the plays are coming from the
Mythical… project and some from the recent winning
plays with our 2007 Biennial One-Act Playwriting Contest.
To date, we have produced and performed two original myth one-acts
at three different venues in Vancouver, BC, 2006-2007. Those plays
Bonsai Friend by Petronella van Oyen
The Toe Cutter by Bill Pollett ~ both One-acts produced
as Radio Shows
Part 2 of the project we've produced two more One-Act Mythical
Benny and The Angels by Jason Logan, produced as a radio
of the Bees by Jesse Matthew Cooper
as a stage production
there are about 13 writers whose work we have either already produced
or looking into producing the remaining plays submitted for The
Festival of Mythical Plays and Winning One-Acts. (Please
project is both fascinating and very rewarding and we look forward
to presenting the final stage of this project.
During the early Summer 2009 we presented a Mini-Tour around the
lower mainland (including Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Burnaby, Vancouver)
- See the final plays and venues chosen from Part Two of our One-Act
Festival work above.
you to our sponsors & supporters of this project:
Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House Small Grants, The City of Vancouver
- Office of Cultural Affairs, The BC Gaming Commission, The Vancouver
Foundation, The McLean Foundation, The
Hamber Foundation, Joanne Mackinnon - CCEC Credit
Union, Theatre In the Raw Society, Vancouver Co-op Radio 102.7 FM
- Arts Rational Show and Canadian Actor's Equity.
Bruce - The Musical by Bob Sarti...
a sweet experience."
Birnie, The Vancouver Sun
show was a roaring success on opening night..."
Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier
heart is in the right place..."
"...the music by Bill Sample and Earle Peach is excellent..."
Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight
thrilled that our recent mainstage show, "Bruce - The Musical"...
that ran from November 6 - 16, 2008 at the Russian Hall was a roaring
success. We appreciate all the wonderful feedback and response we
received so far... and we welcome your continued feedback - as it
will be helpful for future projects. We
welcome you to send us an email >>
- The Musical" (formerly named "The Tipping Point")
told the story (in music and song) of legendary Vancouver Downtown
Eastside activist Bruce Eriksen - including Libby Davies, Jean Swanson
and even a few dancing cockroaches to boot. Written by Bob Sarti,
lyrics by Sarti... Music by composer Bill Sample (recipient of the
BC Entertainment Hall of Fame)... and Earle Peach and Directed by
Jay Hamburger of Theatre In the Raw.
Our 2008 Four-Province Summer Tour of One-Acts
Rolling Stock Prairie Theatre Tour
went on the road and...
we had a blast!
We snatched the creative muse by the nose and
went for it!!!
Theatre In the Raw embarked on one of its
most ambitious projects to date. Presenting three original Canadian
One-Acts, the troupe toured and played some of the most interesting
venues in four western provinces. Besides three short plays, we
also offered play-writing workshops in Winnipeg, Saskatoon and
We wish to offer one great big thanks to all who
came out to the shows supporting us and grassroots live theatre.
To further support us, we always welcome $5 memberships
and donations to help us continue producing great Canadian live
theatre... Click here
to find out how you can support us on our Membership page >>
Click here to go to our Tour Blog
for photos, videos, links, and other goodies
The Rolling Stock Prairie Theatre
Tour... in the News >>
Original Canadian One-Acts we presented...
Are What You Eat, by Patrick Foley (Vancouver, BC) One man's
table in a local cafeteria is another man's established territory.
Two bachelors - one young, one young at heart - compete for the
attention of the pretty waitress and the right to sit at the table
of their choice. Feathers are ruffled as these two Toms battle
the Queen, by Larry Trask (Nipawin, SK) Two elderly gentlemen
meet in the park for their regular chess game - the last of the
fall season. As they play and philosophize through chess, they're
told to move on by a park worker and by the police. The demands
of an out-door hockey rink conflict with the old gaffers' chess
game. Who will prevail?
Hot Box, by Jay Hamburger (Vancouver, BC) A real live, genuine,
arrested, tree-hugger is putting the final touches on an art exhibit
in her gallery. However, her work is interrupted by some unexpected
knocking at her door. She doesn't want to answer - after all,
anything could be behind a knock - but the knocks keep knocking...
Roger Howie, Maria Lakes, zi paris, and Serge Saika in various
roles, as well as vocalist and composer Michelle A. Richard, who
will be presenting Blues Dans La Nuit - a beautiful selection
of traditional French-Canadian, jazz, and original songs, in both
French and English.
four provinces... Here's where we went...
VANCOUVER - May 21,22, 23, 24 - .PAL
REGINA - May 27 - Templeton Studio Cabaret
WINNIPEG - May 29, 30, 31
- Colin Jackson Studio (Prairie Theatre Exchange)
and The Ragpickers
SASKATOON - June 2 - Saskatchewan Native
EDMONTON - June 4, 5, 6 - The Third Space
(Northern Light Theatre)
CALGARY - June 7, 8 - Motel (One Yellow
You Are What Your Eat by Patrick Foley
Starring Roger Howie, Serge Saika and Maria Lakes
Directed by Jay Hamburger • Video by Steve Duncan &
In the Raw is packing a cargo of issue-driven
one-act comedies and taking to the road…"
Regina Leader Post
Stock Prairie Theatre Tour quite the venture for a theatre company."
Blinov, Edmonton's Vue Weekly
for producing thought-provoking one-act plays…
[Theatre In the Raw] is the opportunity to help other people…"
Freeman, The Vancouver Jewish Independent
In the Raw's timing couldn't be better...
relevant...got people thinking..."
The Globe and Mail
Playwright Bob Sarti
Tipping Point (renamed BruceThe Musical) by Bob
Sarti became a main stage production November 6-16th, 2008 at
the Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Avenue during the wonderful Heart
of the City Festival in the DTES of Vancouver.
"Bruce" tells the story of legendary Bruce Eriksen
who was instrumental in saving the Carnegie Centre at Main &
Hastings in the core of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The script
received a staged reading at the Ukrainian Hall in 2005.
In the Raw put together a cabaret of all the songs in the show
along with narrative presented at Carnegie Theatre in 2006.
Moving on, we had an intensive workshop with invited professionals
at the Firehall Arts Centre in 2007. This has been an important
piece about Vancouver's Downtown Eastside that has been in development
for three years.
Musical here >>
Our Other Past Theatrical Mainstage Productions include...
Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekov
- Ernest Hekkanen
- Samuel Beckett
New World Order
- Herschel Hardin
- Caryl Churchill
- W. Ruth Kozak
Glace Bay Miners' Museum
- Wendy Lill
- LaVerne Adams
- Nikolai Gogol
Bruce - The Musical - Bob Sarti
Vatzlav - Slawomir
Original One-Acts & Radio Plays...
In the Raw is constantly on the lookout for new original and unique
short-plays to be staged at our Festival of Original One-Acts
performed at local venues. To date we have produced 160 Orignal
have also produced 13 Original Radio Plays. The Radio Plays were
created in the Carnegie Theatre Workshop, in celebration of the
100th Anniversary of the Carnegie Community Centre. The 13 Original
Radio Plays whose authors or subject matter come from the Downtown
Eastside of Vancouver, BC, have also been aired on Co-Op Radio,
102.7 FM. Our next radio project is Mythical Voices for Our
Time. For more information, please contact us at 604-708-5448.
Over 600 actors, performers and directors have worked on our stages.
Over 100 technicians, stage managers, outreach coordinators
and administrators have logged time with us.
100 writers have had their work produced.
We have performed at over 50 different venues in the Lower
Mainland and beyond.
Our indoor/outdoor venues generate revenue for important
local neighbourhood businesses.
Theatre In the Raw has been in operation for over 14 years.
In the Raw's timing couldn't be better...
relevant...got people thinking..."
The Globe and Mail
Some of Our Past Production Photos
talented cast… deserve a standing ovation for… their roles…"
Karen Kinna, The Langley Times
so genuine that there is a real sense of sadness
mixed with the laughs." The