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The Café

Showing on Jan 25-Feb 5

Playing at Kafka’s Coffee

ITSAZOO Productions and Aphotic Theatre (Canada)

Shortening the gap between audience and performance, this collection of plays is an invitation to eavesdrop, to observe, to indulge your inner voyeur. Audiences sit in a cozy coffee shop while a series of dramas plays out at various tables. A married couple works through racial tension in their relationship, a young journalist has her notions of “queerness” challenged by a Polish expat, an Indigenous woman counsels her autistic brother—these scenarios and more unfold before your guiltlessly watchful eyes. The stories are interconnected—sometimes subtly, sometimes overtly—and each one is repeated up to three times. 

This intricately orchestrated affair has the semblance of real life: café staff sell food and beverages, and audiences are free to wander from table to table, play to play. The artists work carefully to evoke a familiar phenomenon: that tantalizing feeling of having overheard something fascinating in public. From those provocative snatches of speech that we catch in bars, on buses, in cafés, nine different playwrights have conjured life stories; watching them unfold at this proximity is a delight.

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Artist Bio

ITSAZOO PRODUCTIONS and APHOTIC THEATRE

ITSAZOO Productions creates immersive, innovative theatre events; its aim is to bring audiences into fully realized worlds, and its core values are community and intimacy. Aphotic Theatre Society is dedicated to producing new plays by non-binary, queer, racialized, trans, and woman writers. Its mission is to decolonize and de-tokenize diversity. 

Venue

Kafka’s Coffee

120-577 Great Northern Way Vancouver, BC V5T 1E1

Showtimes

  • January 25 at 6:00
  • January 26 at 6:00
  • January 27 at 6:00
  • January 28 at 6:00, 8:00
  • January 29 at 6:00
  • January 30 at 8:00
  • January 31 at 6:00
  • February 1 at 6:00
  • February 2 at 6:00
  • February 3 at 6:00
  • February 4 at 6:00, 8:00
  • February 5 at 6:00, 8:00

Tickets

Single Tickets: $25

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Access

This show is Extra Live, every performance is a Relaxed Performance, visual story below

Low Vision Friendly, sighted guide is recommended, introduction available

The venue includes a space only reachable by stairs, scenes will be rotated so anyone can enjoy all scenes without going up the stairs

Sighted guides: If you bring a sighted guide, you can request a complimentary companion ticket, volunteer sighted guides are also available upon request by emailing access@pushfestival.ca

The visual story will be available in January. You will be able to download it right here.

Credits

PRODUCERS: ITSAZOO Productions & Aphotic Theatre DIRECTORS: Fay Nass & Chelsea Haberlin DRAMATURGES: Sebastien Archibald & Fay Nass PLAYWRIGHTS: Amy Lee Lavoie, Omari Newton, Fay Nass, Diana Garcia, Sebastien Archibald, Anais West, Kelsey Kanatan Wavey, Manami Hara, Derek Chan STAGE MANAGMENT: Heather Barr COSTUME DESIGN: Melicia Zaini PERFORMERS: Joey Lesperance, Mike Gill, Alexandra Lainfiesta, Jaqueline Korb, Genevieve Fleming, Yumi Ogawa, Raes Calvert, Chelsea Rose, Melissa Oei, Khattie Q, Meghan Hemingway, Andrew Creightney, Julia Siedlanowsaka, Claire Love Wilson.

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