Soulpepper announces its 2012—and 15th anniversary—season

Soulpepper announces its 2012—and 15th anniversary—season

Ins Choi (Image: Leon Aureus) 

Today Soulpepper announced the 12 plays that will make up its 2012 season—which happens to mark the company’s 15th anniversary—including 10 new productions, two remounts and a revisit. Opening the season on January 12 is Soulpepper’s first original full-length play, Kim’s Convenience, written by Ins Choi and directed by Weyni Mengesha, both Soulpepper Academy alumni. “One of the great discoveries of these last few years is the fascination our young artists have had with the city in which they live,” said Albert Schultz, Soulpepper’s artistic director, in a statement. “This very funny, insightful and touching play…marks an astonishing debut for this multi-talented Canadian artist.” The play is set in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood and follows a family that must deal with its past and confront its future. Check out the rest of Soulpepper’s 2012 season after the jump.

High Life
Four morphine addicts gather in a Toronto apartment to discuss a dangerous robbery. Written by Lee MacDougall and directed by Stuart Hughes, this black comedy debuts February 13.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Diana Leblanc, founding member of Soulpepper, revisits Eugene O’Neill’s play about a day in the life of his own tortured families. Debuts February 14.

You Can’t Take It With You
George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart won a Pulitzer Prize in 1937 for this comedic play. Directed by Joseph Ziegler, the play follows the Sycamore family as their daughter Alice brings a romantic interest and his conservative parents for dinner.

Soulpepper describes David Storey’s masterpiece as exploring “the fragility of human interaction.” The play looks at the pretensions and delusions of society. Directed by Albert Schultz, the play opens May 8.

Written by David Mamet, this scathing comedy looks into the immoral world of producing Hollywood blockbusters. Directed by David Storch, the play opens July 5.

The Sunshine Boys
Neil Simon’s comedy about the reunion of a vaudeville duo that—not-so-secretly—hate each other is sure to have the crowd in stitches. Directed by Ted Dykstra, the play opens July 14.

The Royal Comedians and The Crucible
Soulpepper presents these two 20th-century plays that address urgent political situations through historical allegory: Mikhail Bulgakov’s Comedians explores the life of Molière in 18th-century France, while Arthur Miller’s Crucible takes on the 1692 Salem witch trials. The plays open July 25 and September 5, respectively.

Death of a Salesman
Joseph Zieglers portrayal of Willy Loman earned him the Best Actor Dora for 2010. We’ll make sure not to miss one of Arthur Miller’s finest plays as it returns for a limited engagement on September 5.

This is the official revisit of the season, since director Daniel Brooks staged a production of Samuel Beckett’s play in 1999. Brooks returns the play this year with a new design and new cast, debuting October 26.

A Christmas Carol
It’s hard to believe, but Soulpepper has planned its next Christmas season already. Joseph Ziegler plays Scrooge in Michael Shamata’s beloved holiday classic.