Zee Zee Theatre invites you to help us proudly present the return of the Jessie award-nominated play
MY FUNNY VALENTINE by Dave DeveauDirected by Cameron Mackenzie
Starring Anton Lipovetsky (2012 Sam Payne Award for Most Promising Newcomer)
February 19-March 2, 2013
WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE PRODUCTION:
The play explores the tragic murder of gay, 15-year old Lawrence King and takes the audience along for an artistic, rigorous conversation to find the humanity in the midst of this terrible hate crime.
“My Funny Valentine is a superb piece of theatre. The script is brilliant. This is the first play I’ve see by Dave Deveau, but it certainly won’t be the last.” – Meghan Leigh, HUSH Magazine
“Anton Lipovetsky is a compelling performer who embodies the idiocyncracies and contradictions of each character with energy and compassion… this is a near-perfect performance from one of Vancouver’s most talented young actors.”
"The success of the play relies heavily on a tour de force performance by solo actor Anton Lipovetsky... My Funny Valentine is serious, yet at times humorous, it's disturbing and yet serene. Anton Lipovetsky offers a nuanced performance that won't be easy to forget." -Review Vancouver
“Lipovetsky’s delivery was so true on opening night that I had to swallow sobs.” – Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight
“The characters in My Funny Valentine were compelling and nuanced. Their distances from the action allowed what could have been a straightforward real-life horror story to unfold like a murder mystery, a whydunit where the answer will never make any sense” -Mark Leiren-Young, Vancouver Sun
“The play transports the audience through gales of laughter, moments of clarity, fits of rage, and places of aching, compassionate sorrow…. We are left questioning what can possibly be done to stop this from continuing to happen – a heartbreaking and relevant question in recent months.” - Brian Patterson, Laura Murray PR
“Lipovetsky is a bright-eyed, eager, engaging young actor who embraces each of the characters with a thoughtful sensitivity to their idiosyncrasies. “ -Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier
A death goes far beyond its immediate surroundings: it echoes through a community. On February 11, 2008, in California, 15-year-old Lawrence King asked his classmate Brandon McInerney to be his valentine. The next day, McInerney shot King twice in the head. After being declared brain-dead, King passed away on February 14, 2008–Valentine’s Day.
The critically acclaimed, Jessie-nominated My Funny Valentine examines the fracturing of opinion within a community in the face of this horrendous act and enters the minds of seven people on the fringes of a murder that will forever affect them. The play invites the audience to search through the confusing and chaotic implications of this death to find their own humanity.
"(I am) challenged to become an 11-year-old girl, a middle aged woman, a disgruntled father, (…) with each character presenting a complex and varied viewpoint of a heartbreaking true story. A timely piece and an absolute gift to an actor--I feel tremendously lucky." - Anton Lipovetsky, actor
Tuesday-Friday, 8 pm
Saturday, 5 pm & 9 pm
Matinees: Wednesday 1 pm (Pay What You Can), Sunday 2 pm
Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street
Tickets are available at 604.689.0926 or www.firehallartscentre.ca
When MY FUNNY VALENTINE premiered in 2011 it was nominated for three Jessie Richardson Awards (Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Set Design, Outstanding Lighting Design) and won the Sydney Risk Prize for Outstanding Play by an Emerging Playwright.
The play went on to have a second production at the DUBLIN GAY THEATRE FESTIVAL where it was nominated for Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Directing and won Outstanding Performance (Male). It is slated for a third production in Johannesberg, South Africa this fall.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Despite the new cast and updated script, most government bodies see this as a remount, thus making us ineligible for our usual public funding. So we are turning to you to help in this process and ensure that we're able to keep this show going.
We are happy to have Firehall Arts Centre on board co-presenting the work, but we are still responsible for sizeable production costs, which is where your contributions will assist us!
Production costs include paying our performer, stage manager, our design team, as well as venue costs like FOH staff, Box Office staff, marketing costs, and our graphic designer.
In addition to helping support vital cultural programming here in Vancouver, there are of course perks attached to helping us out, including access to Zee Zee Nightlife Events like HUSTLA: HOMO HIP HOP, SHINDIG: SISSY SOCK HOP and APOCALYPSTICK: EAST VAN'S DRAG SHOW and even a special invitation for the first Annual ZEE ZEE TEA TIME at La Petite Cuillere.
ABOUT ZEE ZEE THEATRE:
Zee Zee Theatre (founded in 2008 by Cameron Mackenzie and Dave Deveau) is a company devoted to telling small stories in the lives of the marginalized. Through signature productions like My Funny Valentine, the company has established itself as having unique and provocative conversations with diverse audiences, offering recognizable situations with poignancy and building a connection with our surrounding community in order to inspire unity in shared human experience.
Over the past five seasons Zee Zee Theatre has helped carve our spaces and voices for marginalized communities and we hope that you will help us continue on that path. We're not asking for you to empty your wallets (though if you're in a place to do so, we would gratefully accept!), but more to throw a couple coins into the hat as it goes around to ensure that our community-based efforts continue.
Playwright / Associate Producer