• Kyra Zagorski, Vincent Tong, and Jemma Isaac rehearse Burning Up the Infield: The 1974 Frasers
  • Sean Allan, George Ryan, Damon Calderwood, and Dora Brooks in Stump City Stories
Friday, June 14, 7-9 pmjoin us at the Anvil Centre777 Columbia Street in New Westminster, half a block from New Westminster Skytrain, for "Sips 'n Scripts", featuring Mae West's witty, racy 1927 melodrama SEX.  Free!
Reservations strongly encouraged.
 Register here (or at https://anvilcentre.com/events/sips-n-scripts-2019/) or call 604 527 4640. Ages 16+ only.
Our 2019 Censored! Forbidden Classics of the Wicked Stage reading series will look at 3 banned classics spanning 2300 years of history, all addressing still-controversial themes of women's sexual and financial agency. Beer, wine, and a specialty-themed drink will be available for purchase. Sit back and enjoy--or get more engaged by reading supporting roles with City Stage New West's professional actors, adding sound effects, or taking part in intermission activities and post-reading discussions. Talk-backs with experts and artists will discuss the plays, their impact, and their censorship. A great night out!

About the plays: 

Mae West's SEX (Friday, June 14, 7-9 pm at the Anvil Centre). Directed by Matthew Davenport, with Nicola Whitey-Griffiths as "Margy Lamont", the role Mae West wrote for herself. melodramatic conflagration of lust and wit, SEX was a smash hit on Broadway but landed West in jail for obscenity and corruption, launching West's legendary, controversial career. An ad for the 1927 show warned, "If you cannot stand excitement, see your doctor before visiting Mae West." Free, but reservations suggested: Register here or call 604 527 4640. Ages 16 + only. 
Our comfy Sips 'n Scripts 'living room' setting at the Anvil Centre
George Bernard Shaw's MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION (Friday, October 11, 7-9 pm at the Anvil Centre). A daughter, learning that her estranged, wealthy mother funded her privileged education through prostitution, is thrown into crisis. Banned for 30 years, Shaw's sharp-witted indictment of capitalist Victorian society's moral hypocrisy remains remarkably fresh. A Shavian  Mama, Mia! Free, but due to limited seating, reservations are strongly encouraged: Register here or call 604 527 4640. Ages 16 + only. 

Actors Simon Webb, Morgan Montgomery, Howard Dai, Viktor Barkar, Michael McIntyre, Marc Anthony Williams lead the Greek men's chorus of audience members in LYSISTRATA, actor Jolene Bernardino far right.
Bailey Soleil Creed

Aristophanes'
LYSISTRATA  was performed Friday, April 26, 7-9 pm at the Anvil Centre)Lysistrata was too hot for the Greeks in 411 B.C.! In this script, Greek and Spartan women join forces to drive their warring men wild by enacting a universal sex strike to end the war. Banned in America until the 1930's, it inspired a world-wide anti-war protest in 2003, and, more recently, Spike Lee's film CHI-RAQ. This free event featured multi-talented actor Bailey Soleil Creed as "Lysistrata", along with some of Creed's original spoken-word poetry. The featured "sip" was Ouzo, a Greek liqueur.




The Censored! Forbidden Classics  reading series is made possible by a generous grant from the City of New Westminster.  


Join us December 12, 2018 at the Anvil Centre  for Sips ‘n Scripts -- free, festive, family-friendly fun!

Charles Dickens’ 
A Christmas Carol
December 12 at 7 pmAnvil Centre 
777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Call 604 527 4640 for more information. Free event--no ticket required.

Join us for an audience-participation reading lead by veteran actor-musician Dave Clothier as “Scrooge”. Read a part, throw a snowball, join the Christmas sing-along-- or just sit back and enjoy the fun.
Seasonal drinks available. Free and family friendly.






How He Lied to Her Husband, by George Bernard Shaw
Love Letters to Mrs. Patrick Campbell, from correspondence between Shaw & Beatrice Stella Campbell, edited and arranged by Renée Bucciarelli

These short, sharp, shaw-cking Shaw-related plays were performed in  2017 at historic Galbraith ManorDirected by Laura McLean, featuring Simon Webb, Luc Roderique, Renée Bucciarelli

Entertainment Vancouver: "Simon Webb, Luc Roderique and Renée Bucciarelli bring out all the wit and clever banter that is the best of Shaw...delicious fun...you are transported to another age...Humorous, insightful and great theatre." Full review here.

Audiences entered the Edwardian drawing room--and boxing ring--of George Bernard Shaw's How He Lied to Her Husband, brought sumptuously to life at exquisite Galbraith Manor. In this gem of a bedroom farce, when the gloves come off He, She, and Her Husband hilariously duke it out. The Shavian farce parodies some of Shaw's own real-life shenanigans, as Love Letters to Mrs. Patrick Campbell amply reveals.

George Bernard Shaw, the only Nobel Prize laureate to also win an Academy Award, was a literary giant of astonishing range whose "rare sense and inspired nonsense" shocked and delighted Victorian sensibilities. A devoted partner in a sexless marriage, he famously carried on an entertainingly passionate, creative, and conflicted love-affair-by-letters with Mrs. Patrick Campbell--one of the greatest theatrical stars of her time. Selections from 40 years of correspondence tease and tantalize: did they, or didn't they?


City Stage New West engages under the terms of the INDIE 2.2, professional Artists who are members of Canadian Actors' Equity Association

"The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post." -- George Bernard Shaw

Click here to read Vancouver Sun article

Click here to hear CiTR radio interview about SHAW SHORTS!

Vancouver Presents pick-of-the-week show!

Click here to read the Royal City Record article.

Left to Right:
Luc Roderique, Renée Bucciarelli, and Simon Webb
in HOW HE LIED TO HER HUSBAND
(Damon Calderwood photo)

This production was supported by a grant from the City of New Westminster.
The original cast recording of STUMP CITY STORIES is completed! Here's a preview of the CD jacket, designed by Kaitlyn Hunter. For a preview of all related CD artwork, visit our Kickstarter page and check out the Updates on the top menu bar, or click here. For a list of all composer George Ryan's lyrics from the show, click here. 

Thanks again to all the wonderful supporters (listed in an entry below), talent, and worker-bees on this project.  Stay tuned for more updates as we work toward formalizing our gift to the City of New Westminster.

City Stage New West was proud to support FREUD'S LAST SESSION in January 2014. Click here for glowing Review Vancouver article.

Left to right: Richard Newman as Freud, Damon Calderwood as C.S. Lewis


We're making a professional cast recording of STUMP CITY STORIES—the Ovation-nominated musical based on the history of New Westminster, by award-winning composer George Ryan. Visit KICKSTARTER to find out more about this superbly entertaining and educational project that will continue to benefit and bring joy to so many.

Cast rehearsing "On the Frozen Fraser" in 2010 (Damon Calderwood, Sean Allan, Jeremy Lowe, Dora Brooks). City Stage New West photo.

With Kickstarter we raised $3,000 of the approximately $15,000 needed to produce a professional cast recording CD of STUMP CITY STORIES. We've also received generous grants from the City of New Westminster, a BC Multicultural Grant, and some awesome private donations (thank you "Chung Koh" Project Partners Dennis and Christine Magrega, and "Jim Walker" Partners Peter Julian MP, Chuck Puchmayr, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Accurate Lock Safe & Alarm Co., 5th Avenue Therapeutic Massage & Acupuncture Clinic, G & F Financial Group, Team Dave Vallee, Adam Goldberg, Patricia Curtis, Henry Chen, Raymond Burr Performing Arts Society), Anonymous, and approximately 70 individual donors from British Columbia and other Pacific North West locations, as well as from places as far away as New York, Hong Kong, and Alabama!

Chorus members Scott Grimsey and Gower Roberts with principal Jeremy Lowe, in the recording studio at Mix Media.

STUMP CITY STORIES' 18 songs tell the history of New Westminster and British Columbia in humorous, poignant, toe-tapping style, from the Quayquayt First Nations and the arrival of the British through more recent times--celebrating British Columbia’s original Chinatown (Yi Fao) and diverse populations, the dramas of the Great Freeze, the Great Fire, the Great Bank Robbery, the controversial moving of the Capitol, the blissful nostalgia of the Interurban Line, CKNW radio’s success, and the advent of more recent heroes including film-and-tv star Raymond Burr, astronaut Robert Thirsk, and professional athletes Justin Morneau and Billy Ranford.

(History buffs and project fans: Click here for the 'uncut' video which includes even more praise and info than the short version on Kickstarter. Special thanks to the New Westminster Museum and Archives for use of historic photos.)

George Ryan conducts chorus members Jackie Block and Karen Crew, with sound engineer Steve Bulat of Mix Media.

This is the third leg of City Stage New West’s ongoing cultural legacy project: to produce a lasting record of this superbly entertaining and informative musical. (Commissioned by City Stage in 2009, the musical was brought to 1500 New Westminster Secondary Students free of charge in 2010.) Once done, the CD will be donated for use to the City of New Westminster, the Fraser River Centre, the Museum and Archives, the Anvil Arts Centre, Library, and School District for future civic events or educational purposes. Many of the songs from this musical are paeans to our City and British Columbia, perfect for use at civic events and in educational settings.

Kickstarter made a splash in the news this August when it was first launched in Canada. It is a unique online crowd-source fundraising platform for creative projects only, and has a very successful international track record. Our campaign was the first Kickstarter project in New Westminster, and is featured in an article in Douglas College's paper, The Other.

UPCOMING:

STUMP CITY STORIES CAST RECORDING -- A GIFT TO OUR CITY!

City Stage New West is engaging in a fundraising drive to produce a professional cast recording of STUMP CITY STORIES, by George Ryan--the original Ovation Award-nominated musical based on the history of New Westminster which we commissioned in 2009, and brought to 1500 New Westminster Secondary Students free of charge in 2010.

If we achieve our fundraising goals, we will donate the use of the music to the City, Library, and School District for future civic and educational purposes, and donate hard copies of the cd’s to the new Anvil Centre (http://www.anvilcentre.ca ) for sale at its gift shop.

Contact us for more information on the drive and how to become a supporter or ‘co-producer’ of this exciting community service project!

Read about Stump City Stories in Sing Tao Daily,
http://news.singtao.ca/vancouver/2010-09-23/headline1285237176d2748276.html

More about George Ryan
http://www.burnabynow.com/entertainment/Celebrating+lifetime+making+music/5468781/story.html