Soulpepper artistic director Albert Schultz announced a 2013 season on Tuesday that includes a cross-country tour of Ins Choi’s hit play Kim’s Convenience.
The Toronto-based theatre company is also planning two ambitious theatre marathons for its coming season: Tony Kushner’s Angels in America and Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests.
Born from a workshop event for Toronto's fu-GEN Theatre and subsequently a hit at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Kim’s Convenience was also a success on the Soulpepper stage during the company's 2011-2012 season -- so much so it is returning for 2013.
The story of a Korean family running a corner store in Toronto's Regent Park, Kim's Convenience depicts the generational clash in immigrant families.
After its repeat Soulpepper run, Kim's Convenience will take to the road in the company's first tour of its 15-year history. Choi's debut play will travel across Canada, with dates confirmed in Calgary, London and Port Hope, Ont., for 2013 and several more cities planned for 2014.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning 1993 epic Angels in America — which explores religion, sexuality and the AIDS epidemic — will be staged in two parts: Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika. It is only the second time the mammoth work has been seen in a Toronto theatre.
British playwright Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests, about the misadventures of the lovable philanderer Norman, will unfold as a trilogy: Table Manners, Living Together and Round and Round the Garden. First performed in the 1970s, the comedy had a revival in 2008 and 2009 at London’s Old Vic and on Broadway.
There will be marathon, single-day performances of both Angels in America and The Normal Conquests, along with opportunities to see the plays on consecutive nights.
Also on Soulpepper's 2013 playbill:
- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, by Tom Stoppard.
- True West, by Sam Shepard.
- La Ronde, by Arthur Schnitzler, in a new adaptation by Jason Sherman.
- The Barber of Seville, adapted from Rossini's opera by Michael O’Brien and John Millard.
- Entertaining Mr. Sloane, by Joe Orton.
- Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, adapted by Michael Shamata.
- Farther West, by John Murrell.
- Alligator Pie, based on the poems of Dennis Lee, created by Ins Choi, Raquel Duffy, Ken Mackenzie, Gregory Prest and Mike Ross.
- Parfumerie by Miklos Laszlo, adapted by Adam Pettle and Brenda Robins.