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As Jovanni Sy prepares to helm his last season at as artistic director at Richmond’s Gateway Theatre, he looks forward to the plays he’s chosen for the year ahead.
Sy teases with what’s in store for Richmond audiences: “There’s a musical, some comedy, some drama. And, in Glory, lots of dance and spectacle – not to mention hockey!”
Sy offers more details about each of the six productions he picked for the upcoming season:
“We’ve got a terrific lineup. We launch with the Vancouver professional premiere of Michel Tremblay’s masterpiece Les Belles-soeurs. We follow that with a revival of Tetsuro Shigematsu’s popular one-man show Empire of the Son. Our holiday musical is a new look at a beloved classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. It features popular songs from the 40s and a 10-piece orchestra,” Sy says.
Back again this year, on the heels of last year’s directorial success with A Little Night Music, Peter Jorgensen will direct his version of It’s a Wonderful Life.
“I know people loved seeing a musical in December. So we’ve got a really great one with It’s a Wonderful Life,” Sy says.
Jorgenson might not be the only familiar face, “And I might happen to be on stage for that show too,” he says.
But, wait, that’s not all. Gateway’s season is only half over when the New Year comes in.
“Then, there’s the Canadian premiere of the hilarious comedy Yoga Play which pokes fun at Lululemon culture. There’s the world premiere of Meghan Gardiner’s hard-hitting drama Gross Misconduct. And finally, the Vancouver premiere of Glory which tells the story of a Depression-era women’s hockey team through swing dance choreography.”
Saying there are so many wonderful plays out there, Sy lists his criteria for the choices he makes: “I look for great stories that will resonate with Richmond audiences. I was looking for pieces that are entertaining and that have something relevant to say.”
And lastly, looking further into the future, as he leaves to concentrate more on his own projects, what about Jovanni Sy the writer? “I’m working on a piece about the great playwright Arthur Miller. It may show up at Gateway someday,” he says.
For more information on the upcoming Gateway season, click here.