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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Invite: Theatre In the Raw Celebrates 13 Years!

Photo: Theatre In The Raw Artistic Director Jay Hamburger

The Drive's premiere community theatre company, Theatre in the Raw, is celebrating 13 years serving Commercial Drive and East Vancouver.

Recent Casts and Theatre Friends/Members are invited to Celebrate 13 years of Theatre In the Raw

Date: Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Time: 7:30pm – 11:30pm

Location: The Rhizome Café

Address: 317 East Broadway, Vancouver

Phone: Theatre In the Raw Office: 604-708-5448

Rhizome Café: 604-872-3166

Light Food & Music provided ~ buy your own drinks ~

Please RSVP to: theatreintheraw@telus.net


Theatre In the Raw started out of a storefront cafe called La Quena Cafe on the Drive, in 1994. They rehearsed and performed there for nearly three years, producing over 125 one-acts in over 43 nights of theatre within a period of time. While housed at La Quena they applied for and received a Canada Council Exploration grant, allowing the theatre to go on two tours along the Squamish corridor and Sunshine/Sechelt coasts. There was an outdoor theatre day of 16 performances at Grandview Park with the help of a Vancity Credit Union community grant. They raised a tent along with a wooden stage, and had over a thousand people come and see a full day free of Theatre in the Park. They have since performed in over 45 venues both in the southern/interior half of British Columbia and in Seattle, Washington for the 1998 Seattle Fringe Festival.

Since 1997, have moved toward mainstage performance work. Our mainstage plays usually consists of two to three acts with a show run of 2 to 4 consecutive weeks. TiTraw is also committed to organizing mini-tours, in and out of the Lower Mainland of BC for many of their dramas. This gives the actors, running crew, and administration members of the company greater experience with the nuts and bolts of running a semi-professional travelling theatre company. It allows for quality, risk-taking artistic works with substance. Theatre In The Raw have produced nine full-length mainstage plays. Five were revived classical plays and they have premiered four original Canadian playworks in Vancouver.

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