We are excited to offer four audio plays in our new series Listen to This. Each entertaining, thought-provoking work is created by a Western Canadian playwright who is affiliated with our Emerging Playwrights' Unit or Silver Commissions Project.

Buy the series for just $30 (save $10) and get all four audio plays in their entirety upon release, or buy each one for $10 (watch our how-to video here). To enjoy Listen to This for free, subscribe to Spotify and Apple Podcasts and receive short weekly episodes of each show.

UNEXPECTING

By Bronwyn Carradine
February 10–September 15

Married couple Annie and Josephine have been trying to start a family for the past five years. As their patience and pennies start to dry up, they begin to second-guess their choices, until another chance at a baby literally bursts through the front door. Unexpecting is a comedic exploration of marriage, friendship, and modern motherhood.

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Ghazal Azarbad (Pam)
For the Arts Club The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (debut); It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle
Other Theatre The Seagull, Wedding at Aulis, La Bête, Innocence Lost (Soulpepper); Shakespeare in Love, Taming of the Shrew (Bard on the Beach); Entrances and Exits: An Improvised Farce (Howland Company & Bad Dog Theatre)
Media Dear Konstantin (writer/performer); Divine Darkness (writer/performer)
Film & TV Charmed (CW); Kim’s Convenience (CBC)
Other Jessie nominee (2019); Joy Coghill Theatre Artist Award (2012); International College Improv Tournament (2013); National Hnatyshyn Foundation Acting Award (2014); UBC graduate (BFA, 2015); Soulpepper Academy graduate (2018); Best of Fringe

Elizabeth Barrett (Sawyer)
For the Arts Club Debut
Other Theatre A Christmas Carol (Western Canada Theatre); Law of the Land (Caravan Farm Theatre); The Refugee Hotel, 42nd Street, Angels in America (Studio 58); The East Van Panto (Theatre Replacement); The Code (Green Thumb Theatre)
Other Ovation Award winner for 42nd Street; nominated for a Jessie Award for The Code; Studio 58 graduate

Bronwyn Carradine
For the Arts Club Debut
Other Theatre as playwright: Numbers (Studio 58); blink (Green Thumb Theatre); Train Tracks (GDCI Players & the Livery Theatre); Honour (Zee Zee Theatre - NYET again); Polished (Intrepid Theatre - OUTStages)
Film & TV Currently writing an exciting TV show with fellow EPU alumni Scott Button
Other Writer-in-residence at Babelle Theatre; member of Arts Club's inaugural Emerging Playwrights' Unit; Studio 58 graduate. Love to NS, and all my chosen families along the way



Emma Slipp (Jo)
For the Arts Club Farewell, My Lovely; Noises Off
Other Theatre The Father (Search Party); Boeing-Boeing (Persephone); As You Like It, Macbeth (Bard on the Beach); Elbow Room Cafe (Zeezee); The Rivals (Blackbird); Moss Park (Green Thumb); Singing in the Rain (Chemainus); Three Sisters (Only Child); Very Hungry Caterpillar (Mermaid); Violet Hour (Belfry)
Other Five-time Jessie Award nominee; Studio 58 graduate



AJ Simmons (Annie)
For the Arts Club Debut
Other Theatre Anywhere But Here (Electric Company); Made in Canada (rice & beans theatre); The Spanish Tragedy (Bard on the Beach); Mother of the Maid (Pacific); Trials of a Noble House (Pleiades); Girlfriend, Scarberia (YPT)
Other Two Dora Award nominations; Factory Theatre Mechanicals graduate; dancer with Mozaico Flamenco; founding member of The Quarantettes

NIGHT PASSING

By Scott Button
March 17–October 27

Ottawa, 1958. A young man moves from a rural town to the big city, hoping to reckon with his emerging sexuality—and comes face to face with the horrific, oppressive acts against the queer population there. Night Passing is inspired by the true stories of LGBTQ+ Canadians who endured brutal harassment at the hands of their own government, and the vital resistance that followed.

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Scott Button
Scott Button (he/him) is a creator working in film, television and theatre. 
Playwriting Desiree AMA (e-Volver Fest, presented by Upintheair Theatre); Viva (Aenigma Theatre); The Hunger Room (Staircase Theatre); Desire(e) (Pull Festival)
Film Rock the Boat (short film series)
Other Theatre BC Playwriting Award winner; Jessie Award nominee; inaugural participant of the Arts Club's Emerging Playwrights' Unit; Austin Film Festival Second Rounder for Night Passing; Joy Coghill Award recipient. @buttonscott 



Jennifer Copping (Josephine)
For the Arts Club The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; The Day Before Christmas; Godspell; White Christmas
Other Theatre Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival); Les Misérables, The Who’s Tommy (Mirvish); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Drabinsky); Jersey Boys (Dancap); Indian Arm (Rumble); Detroit, Body Awareness (Mitch and Murray Productions); City of Angels (PIT Collective)
Film & TV Fargo; Riverdale; Debris
Other Jennifer is a multiple nominee and winner of awards for her work as an actress over her 30-plus year career. Her passion for performing began at a very young age and she has continued to study and hone her craft as an actor, director, teacher, mentor, and theatre creator



Sharon Crandall (Gladys, and others)
For the Arts Club In the Heights (debut); The Twelve Dates of Christmas (recorded vocal performance); Matilda the Musical (co-pro with RMTC/Citadel)
Other Theatre As You Like It (Bard on the Beach & RMTC/Citadel Theatre); Lysistrata (Bard on the Beach); satellite(s) (Solo Collective); Shit, The Enemy (Firehall Arts Centre)
Film & TV The Kid Detective; The Christmas Doctor, Aurora Teagarden Mysteries (Hallmark); The Package, A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix); Shall We Play?; Christmas on Holly Lane; Til Ex Do Us Part; When We Rise (ABC); The Marine 5: Battleground
Other So thankful for this opportunity to play on stage again! Proud mom of two teenage boys. Thank you to Melissa and Shannon at daCosta for all you do, to AM for all your insights and encouragement, and to AW for all your love. @sharoncrandall



Chris Lam (Elliot)
For the Arts Club Debut
Other Theatre A Prayer for Owen Meany (Ensemble Theatre Company); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Carousel Theatre); The Music Man (Gateway Theatre); Urinetown (Firehall Arts Centre); It's a Wonderful Life Radio Play, 100 Saints You Should Know (Pacific Theatre)
Other Two-time Jessie Award acting nominee and recipient of the Ray Michal Award for Emerging Director; founder and artistic producer of West Moon Theatre



Andrew McIlroy (Dad)
For the Arts Club As director: Henry & Alice: Into the Wild; Poster Boys; Sexy Laundry
Other Theatre Bug (Reality Curve Theatre). As director: On the Edge (Belfry Theatre); A Christmas Carol, Sexy Laundry (Western Canada Theatre)
Film & TV Deadpool 2; Star Trek Beyond; Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales; Chilling Adventures of Sabrina; The 100; Another Life; When We Rise; Strange Empire; Remedy; The Flash; Arrow; Emily Owens, M.D.; Shameless. Best Directing nominee for an episode of web comedy series Single & Dating at the 2015 Indie Series Awards in Los Angeles
Other Graduate of National Theatre School of Canada; artistic director of McIlroy & Associates; faculty member with Canadian College of Performing Arts; instructor at Vancouver Film School and the Union of BC Performers. mcilroyandassociates.com



Jason Sakaki (Alessandro)
For the Arts Club The Sound of Music; The Matchmaker
Other Theatre Shakespeare in Love, The Taming of the Shrew (Bard on the Beach); Bah Humbug! (2017-2018 Remount, SFUW/Vancouver Moving Theatre); The King and I (Gateway Theatre)
Film & TV Mech-X4; iZombie; Spontaneous
Other Jason is a Japanese-Canadian actor, photographer, and future real estate agent. Thanks to Ashlie and Scott. Keep supporting our theatres! @jasonsakaki



Marco Soriano (Jim)
For the Arts Club Shear Madness; Griffin and Sabine; Cyrano de Bergerac; Don Quixote
Other Theatre Fresco (BellaLuna); Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Western Canada Theatre); BIOBOXES (Theatre Replacement); Angels in America, Corpus Christi (Hoarse Raven Theatre); Cabaret (DSR Productions)
Film & TV Legends of Tomorrow; A Million Little Things; Arrow; Lucifer; Rogue
Other marcoasoriano.com

SOMEONE LIKE YOU

By Christine Quintana
May 19–January 19

A boyfriend from hell. A nightmare apartment. A botched Tinder date. Isabelle and Kristen have been through a lot together. But the arrival of Kristen’s new romantic interest leaves Isabelle wondering how long she can stay in a supporting role. This new comedy launches Cyrano de Bergerac into the 21st century: mistaken identities, millennial manifestos, and the quest for self-love. Who might be waiting in the wings?

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Christine Quintana
For the Arts Club She Stoops to Conquer (debut, 2012), Saint Joan (2014); LEAP Program Assistant, 2015–2018
Other Theatre (as playwright) Selfie, Young People's Theatre (Toronto); Never the Last (Delinquent Theatre); Clean (upcoming, Neworld Theatre) 
Other Siminovitch Protégé Prize Winner for Playwriting; Dora Mavor Moore Award Outstanding New TYA Play (Selfie); Sidney Risk Award for Outstanding Play by an Emerging Playwright (Selfie); Tom Hendry Award; Urjo Kareda Residency (Tarragon Theatre). Proud founding member of the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition

MY FATHER IS THE GREATEST MAN IN THE WORLD

By Tai Amy Grauman
July 14–March 11

Rose grew up on a farm in small-town Alberta with her Métis family. Now a country singer in Nashville and pregnant with her first baby, Rose returns home with questions for her father, John. Once a trapper on the land, John has worked in the oil field since Rose was born. What from his past can help unlock her child's future?

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Tai Amy Grauman
For the Arts Club Thanks for Giving (debut, 2017)
Other Theatre Mary's Wedding: A Métis Love Story (Citadel Theatre); Honour Beat (The Grand Theatre)
Other Associate artist at Citadel Theatre; artistic associate at Savage Society. Currently working on commissions for Nightswimming, Axis Theatre, and the Arts Club. Recently named the Métis Nation of Alberta's outstanding youth of 2020

Artistic Team, Listen to This: Audio Play Series

Ashlie Corcoran, Director
Murray Price, Original Music & Sound Design
Stephen Drover and Rachel Peake, Dramaturgy
Ace Martens, Technical Director
Kevin Gault, Recording Engineer

We thank the following donors for their generous support:

  • ITC Construction Group
  • TD
  • Roberta Beiser
  • The Alan and Gwendoline Pyatt Foundation
  • The River Foundation
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • British Columbia Arts Council
  • City of Vancouver

Produced with the co-operation of the Union of B.C. Performers

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