Listen to This Audio Series

We're excited to offer four brand-new audio plays in our 2021–2022 Listen to This: Audio Play Series. Each entertaining, thought-provoking work is created by a Western Canadian playwright who is affiliated with our Emerging Playwrights' Unit or Silver Commissions Project.

Subscribe for just $30 (reg. $40) and get all four audio plays in their entirety upon release, or buy each one for $10. To enjoy Listen to This for free, subscribe to Spotify and Apple Podcasts and receive short weekly episodes of each show.

The Cull


By Michele Riml & Michael St. John Smith
A Biting New Drama

Streaming November 4, 2021–July 4, 2022

Emily and Lewis are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with their best friends. While a forest fire rages out of control in the local mountains, the conversation around the dinner table turns many corners: catching up on family events, reminiscing about their teenage years, and debating about what it means to be a "good person." But when an unexpected gift turns the seemingly civil conversation about the local wolf cull into a fierce personal argument, a secret is revealed that threatens the stability of the “pack," turning this particular dinner party into a night of eat or be eaten.



Jasmine Chen

Jasmine Chen (Lynne)
For the Arts Club Someone Like You, The Wedding Party
Other Jasmine is a recipient of the Gina Wilkinson Prize, the Jean Gascon Award, a Toronto Harold Award, and is a Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee. Jasmine is the Artistic and Community Producer at Gateway Theatre.

Meghan Gardiner

Meghan Gardiner (Nicole)
For the Arts Club The Sound of Music, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Christmas Story: The Musical, Blood Brothers, Paradise Garden, Evita
Other Theatre The Boy in the Moon (Neworld Theatre); Dead Metaphor, Urinetown (Firehall Arts Centre); I Lost My Husband, The Music Man (Gateway Theatre); The Last Five Years (Western Canada Theatre); Office Hours (Drayton Theatre Festival); My Fair Lady (Chemainus Theatre Festival)
Other Meghan has been nominated for three Jessie Awards, three Leo Awards, and the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. She was the recipient of the Sydney Risk Award for Emerging Playwright at the 2012 Jessie Awards. Meghan is very grateful to be delving deep into a rich and complex script with such incredible artists, and thanks the Arts Club for the opportunity.

Stephen Lobo

Stephen Lobo (Lewis)
For the Arts Club Debut
Other Stephen has received multiple awards and nominations for his work in TV and film. Selected screen credits include Snowpiercer (TBS), Travelers (Showcase), Continuum (SyFy), Arctic Air (CBC), Little Mosque (CBC), Godiva’s (CityTV). He is now appearing on Nancy Drew (CW). Stephen is a graduate of Drama Centre London.

Andrew McNee

Andrew McNee (Paul)
For the Arts Club Buffoon, Mustard, Noises Off, Misery, One Man, Two Guvnors, Boeing-Boeing
Other Theatre Bard on the Beach, Solo Collective, Theatre Replacement, Electric Company, NeWorld, The Belfry, The Vancouver Playhouse, Theatre Calgary
Other You may recognize Andrew as that guy who was murdered and blown up in all sorts of locally filmed shows and movies. Your kids may have heard him as some pony, robot, or alien in one of their cartoons. Andrew is a graduate of Studio 58 and lives with his wonderful wife, Karen, and his rascal kids, Finn and Thomas.

Dawn Petten

Dawn Petten (Emily)
For the Arts Club Tear the Curtain!, The Birds and the Bees, The Penelopiad, A Flea in Her Ear, Shear Madness, Our Turquoise Years, A Christmas Story, All My Sons (debut)
Other Theatre Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Comedy of Errors (Bard on the Beach); five seasons of East Van Panto (Theatre Replacement); Every Brilliant Thing (Belfry Theatre); Hedda Gabler, The Pavilion, Our Town (Osimous Theatre, a company that Dawn co-founded and co-ran); Studies in Motion (Electric Company Theatre); A Doll’s House (Chemainus Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Caravan Farm Theatre)
Other Multiple Jessie Award nominee and winner; graduate of UBC BFA. Upcoming: East Van Panto this holiday season. Dawn is holding her breath for the time we can gather onstage in person to do this amazing play, with you alive in the audience across from us—that longed-for and much-missed "wholly communion" of theatre.

Michele Riml

Michele Riml (playwright)
For the Arts Club Under the Influence, Poster Boys, Sexy Laundry, and Henry and Alice: Into the Wild (Silver Commission)
Other Theatre souvenirs, RAGE, The Skinny Lie, The Invisible Girl, Tree Boy, The Amaryllis, The Cull
Other Various commissions from Canadian theatres, Sydney Risk Prize (for RAGE), nominated for the Siminovitch Prize

Michael St. John Smith

Michael St. John Smith (John / playwright)
For the Arts Club Debut
Other Theatre Written and co-written five produced stage plays, including Jessie-nominated Best Original Play, Slaying Dragons, The Bridge, a radio play produced by Pi Theatre and aired on CBC, and Misadventure at the Lighthouse, a Zoom play for kids produced by Green Thumb Theatre for the BC Library system in August
Other Co-wrote an original sci-fi feature with best-selling author William Gibson, adapted as a five-part graphic novel and currently in development with Copperheart Entertainment. He graduated from Harvard University with honors in English literature.

Mindy Parfitt Director
Stephen Drover Dramaturg
Owen Belton Original music and sound design
“Animal Spirits” written and performed by David Ford
Dan Paterson Technical Director
Kevin Gault Sound Engineer

Redbone Coonhound


By Amy Lee Lavoie & Omari Newton
A Hard-Hitting New Comedy

Streaming January 27–September 27, 2022



The Wrong Bashir


By Zahida Rahemtulla
A Hilarious Story of Mistaken Identity

Streaming March 24–November 24, 2022



A New Play


By Quelemia Sparrow
A New Audio Experience About This Land

Streaming June 2, 2022–February 2, 2023


Also Streaming

These audio plays are available for free on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Someone Like You


By Christine Quintana
May 19, 2021–January 19, 2022


Jasmine Chen Kristen
Praneet Akilla Harjit
Steffanie Davis Isabelle


Ashlie Corcoran Director
Mary Jane Coomber Original Music & Sound Design
Stephen Drover and Rachel Peake Dramaturgy
Ace Martens Technical Director
Kevin Gault Recording Engineer

My Father the Greatest Man in the World


By Tai Amy Grauman
September 15, 2021–May 15, 2022


Sam Bob, Traditional name: Tulkweemult (Snaw-Naw-us First Nation, Vancouver Island) Dad
Raes Calvert John
Genevieve Fleming Brooke
Andrea Menard Mom / Elisabeth
Kelsey Kanatan Wavey Rose


Rachel Peake Director & Dramaturg
Mary Jane Coomber Original Music & Sound Design
Dan Paterson Technical Director
Kevin Gault Recording Engineer
Original song by Kelsey Kanatan Wavey

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

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