the frank is excited to announce our biggest, most daring season yet! With four mainstage productions, a presentation and the continuation of Telling it Bent, the 2015/16 season promises work that will be some of the edgiest, most diverse, and most transformative theatre in the city.
“It’s truly a ‘breakthrough’ season for us,” says Artistic Producer Chris Gatchalian. “On one level, it reflects how much our little company has grown in a relatively short period of time. But more than that, it’s a call to action for our audiences: to engage with us this season, break through your underlying assumptions and boundaries, and prepare to be transformed.”
All of this while holding on to the important elements that the frank holds dear: diverse casting, accessibility, and a vision of a world where sexual and gender diversity are embraced and accepted everywhere. Join the frank as we embark on this season of innovation, transformation and growth.
the frank theatre company Presents our Breakthrough 2015/16 Season:
Sister Mary’s a Dyke?! is a whimsical, riotous romp that follows Catholic schoolgirl Abby as she is sent on a thrilling mission that sends her beyond the walls of her all-girls school to St. Peter’s Square. TICKETS HERE.
Directed by Jan Derbyshire | Featuring Kim Villagante
Completely historically inaccurate, satirically biting and gratuitously crude, Unsex’d returns to a time when men played all the roles in theatre and tells the madcap story of two boy-players who fight it out for the role of Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s newest play.
Directed by Richie Wilcox | Featuring Adam Beauchesne and Jay Whitehead
Innovative, interdisciplinary and gritty, Miss Understood is a theatrical distillation of the poetry and life of local trans* spoken-word artist Antonette Rea. Miss Understood is a brutal and sometimes hilarious story of oppression and transformation through the frank and funny poems of one of life’s shining survivors.
Directed by James Fagan Tait | Choreography by Noam Gagnon | Featuring Austin Eckert, Antonette Rea & Starlise Waschuk
Ga Ting (Family), the frank’s groundbreaking 2014 hit, will be back with a freshly developed script. Ga Ting weaves a powerful and emotionally charged story about an immigrant Chinese couple trying to come to terms with the death of their son Kevin. When they invite Kevin’s Caucasian boyfriend for dinner after the funeral, the evening devolves into a fiery cultural and generational clash.
Directed by Rick Tae | Featuring Michael Antonakos, BC Lee & Alannah Ong
Based on the critically acclaimed novel of the same name by George Fetherling, this wonderfully imagined telling of Walt Whitman’s final years sees the famed poet haunted by a past love, a political secret, and the vestiges of his own towering genius. As it turns out, Walt Whitman’s secret isn’t his homosexuality, but another one entirely.
Directed by Jack Paterson | Cast includes Adele Noronha & Kamyar Pazandeh
PRESS RELEASE HERE: 2015-16 Season Press Release