The world premiere of The Canadians, the latest work from award-winning playwright Adam Bock, opened to an enthusiastic First Night audience on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, on the Julianne Argyros Stage.
Bock's highly anticipated new work, commissioned by SCR, was workshopped and developed in the theatre's NewSCRipts series and at the 2019 Pacific Playwrights Festival. A fun-filled comedy where five actors play a ship-load of characters, The Canadians immediately captivated the crowd with impressive performances, quick-witted dialogue, an array of colorful costumes and eye-catching video projections.
Theatregoers showed their appreciation for The Canadians with generous applause, lots of laughter and an immediate standing ovation. Led by Jaime Castañeda’s expert direction, the entire ensemble created a memorable evening that transported First Night attendees from the cold, snowy landscape of Port Alison, Manitoba, to the tropical, warm waters of the Caribbean. When Gordy and his pal, Brendan, are gifted two all-expense paid tickets on a gay cruise, they have an incredible opportunity to experience life far from Canada. Led by Kyle T. Hester playing Gordy and Daniel Chung as Brendan, the talented cast also includes Corey Brill, Corey Dorris and Linda Gehringer—all playing multiple roles.
Following the show, guests attending the cast party were welcomed to an elegant, inviting space in the Grand Ballroom at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel, co-sponsor of the party. The beautiful floral décor, featuring centerpiece bouquets of white hydrangeas, along with striking, orange heliconia flowers on the buffet tables and scattered monstera leaves adding tropical greenery, helped to set the festive scene.
Partygoers also enjoyed the high-energy music, a combination of the music mentioned in the play (Cheap Trick, Whitney Houston and Kylie Minogue) and pop songs you might find on a Pride playlist by artists such as RuPaul, Madonna, Cher, George Michael, Gloria Gaynor and Lady Gaga, among others.
With a menu inspired by the play, guests enjoyed delectable tray-passed hors d’oeuvres including mini crab cakes with red pepper aioli and open-faced sandwiches with roasted yellow beets, ricotta and goat cheese. Taking a nod from the play's title and setting, the food featured classic Canadian dishes such as poutine, in addition to Kobe beef sliders, sweet and spicy “moose” wings (chicken wings) and mac and cheese topped with ketchup chips. A scrumptious assortment of mini-cookies and mini-Nanaimo bars provided a sweet finish.
From the bar, the play’s cruise-inspired signature cocktail was dubbed “Romance at Sea”—a delicious rum punch comprised of Malibu Rum, Cruzan Mango Rum, cranberry juice, orange juice and pineapple juice.
First Night theatregoers were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet the director, playwright and the entire cast during the party. As guests mingled with fellow theatregoers, kudos continued for the cast and creative team of The Canadians, Adam Bock’s humorous, heartwarming comedy about how small chances might lead to big changes if one is willing to step out of their comfort zone.
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