PROJECTS CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT
THE VINYL CAFÉ
BASED ON THE VINYL CAFÉ STORIES BY STUART MCLEAN
WITH SONGS BY COLLEEN DAUNCEY & AKIVA ROMER-SEGAL
ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE GEORGINA ESCOBAR
The Citadel is thrilled to announce we have commissioned a musical adaptation of The Vinyl Café by Stuart Mclean. Envisioned as a large-scale holiday musical for the whole family, featuring Dave and Morley and many of Stuart McLean’s beloved characters. The musical will include McLean’s most popular holiday stories, such as: “Dave Cooks the Turkey” and “Rashida, Amir and the Great Gift-Giving”. The musical adaptation is written by Georgina Escobar, with music and lyrics by Colleen Dauncey and Akiva Romer-Segal. Developed in partnership with Jess Milton, producer of The Vinyl Café radio show.
JUST LIKE PARIS
BY MARCIA JOHNSON
The Citadel is pleased to have commissioned playwright Marcia Johnson on her new play Just Like Paris. Set in 1943, two stories intertwine and connect. Gwendolyn is a Jamaican nurse who, as a loyal British subject, answers the call for help during the war. She lands in Lethbridge, Alberta where the largest German Prisoner of War camp in Canada is located. Can she find the strength to look after people who believe that she belongs to an inferior race? Also in Lethbridge, as part of the government ordered Internment of Japanese Canadians 100 miles inland from the coast, Byron and Sakura try to make the best of life while expecting their first child.
BY ANDREA SCOTT
Commissioned by the Citadel this past year, Truthfully, Jackie is a fantastic new play by Andrea Scott that explores an icon that exists in a myth-like bubble: JACKIE ROBINSON. In her own words: “I want to pop that bubble. I’m not American, but what I bring to Truthfully, Jackie, about the first Black man to break the colour line in America, is that I’m not a white male fan. I’m a Black woman who can bring authenticity to his story in the face of racism, while looking at the mythology around a hero who was also just a man.”