Performance History

2014: City Stage New West & Couch Trip Collective present 
FREUD'S LAST SESSION by Mark St. Germain
directed by Chris Robson, with Richard Newman and Damon Calderwood
at New Westminster's historic Galbraith Manor

2012: Enduring Age, Enduring Youth: KING--and QUEEN-- LEAR!

April 22, 2012 - King Lear

A concert reading of Shakespeare’s profound and timeless play, directed by Renee Bucciarelli, featuring Richard Newman as Lear, with Russell Roberts as Gloucester. Original sound design by
Gordon Roberts. Swords, drums, and a supporting cast of emerging young artists:
Afshin Haidari, Luke McAndless-Davis, Frances Kitson, Keegan Flick-Parker, Kenn McLeod, Leslie Dos Remedios, Lilli Clark, Marc Anthony Williams, Munish Sharma, Adam Weidl, Anais West, Veronique West, John Voth, and Jacob Gold.

at Holy Trinity Cathedral, New Westminster

Review of King Lear in Plank

More praise for KING LEAR--scroll to 7th paragraph in this GVPTA article

Click here to see photos and an article about our recent special audience-participation theatre programming for Century House and Moody Park Youth Centre members, exploring senior and youth themes in Queen Lear and King Lear with Richard Newman, Judith Berlin, Renee Bucciarelli, Lilli Clark, and Tsion Mulatu.

March 18, 2012 - QUEEN LEAR by Eugene Stickland

A concert reading of the contemporary Canadian comedy.

Directed by Colleen Winton, featuring Marilyn Norry, Rachel Harrison, and music by cellist Peggy Lee, reprising her original Jessie Award-winning sound design from a previous mounting of this play at Presentation House Theatre.

An aging actress cast in an all-female production of Shakespeare's King Lear hires a teen to help her memorize her lines, and the two begin an extraordinary relationship.

Special World Theatre Day Talk Back: PLAYING LEAR with Simon Webb and Richard Newman.
Two highly acclaimed actors and long-time friends--Simon Webb and Richard Newman discussed climbing the "Mount Everest" of Shakespearean roles.

Post-event comment: Webb, recently acclaimed for his work in Blackbird Theatre's Waiting for Godot, had just finished playing the title role of 'King Lear' in the Honest Fishmonger's innovative hit production directed by Kevin Bennett. Newman, recently Bard on the Beach's acclaimed 'Shylock' in their Merchant of Venice, was rehearsing the role for City Stage New West's performance when this encounter took place. Differing opinions and approaches to tackling this mega-character made for a lively discussion!

All Queen Lear programming took place at Holy Trinity Cathedral, New Westminster

June 12, 2011

by Rod Drown, Renee Bucciarelli, Ken McIntosh
  • Based on the book The New Westminster Frasers by Ken McIntosh and Rod Drown.
  • Directed by Renee Bucciarelli, with musical accompaniment by George Ryan.
  • Featuring Blu Mankuma, with Vincent Tong, Neil Minor, Chris Robson, Kyra Zagorsky, Jemma Isaac, Jeremy Lowe, Mike Antonakos, and Marc Anthony Williams.
This wonderfully human and often hilarious story of the young semi-pro baseball team that briefly launched New Westminster sports into international fame was performed Sunday, June 12, 2011, at 2 Douglas College's Laura C. Muir Theatre in New Westminster, and was followed by a talk-back with special guests that included baseball artist Jennifer Ettinger (of Nat Bailey Stadium fame), featured actor Blu Mankuma, and baseball documentary co-authors Ken McIntosh and Rod Drown. Audiences were also treated to a lobby showing of of artwork by Jennifer Ettinger and a silent auction of items that included a Justin Mourner-signed baseball.

Read about the project in The Province article.

March 27, 2011

Page to the Stage
New Westminster Public Library
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September 23, 2010
Stump City Stories for Youth
Massey Theatre

Read about Stump City Stories in Sing Tao Daily,

More about George Ryan

Check out Jeremy Lowe's interview with Omni TV about Stump City Stories.

October 17 & 18, 2009
Stump City Stories
Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, Douglas College, New Westminster
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City Stage New West is thrilled to announce the commissioning of a hilarious, irreverent, and moving new musical by award-winning composer George Ryan. STUMP CITY STORIES celebrates intertwining lives and unexpected events from New Westminster's rich and culturally diverse history.

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May 9, 2009
SPRING GALA - Victorian Tea with Emily Dickinson: The Belle of Amherst
Renee Bucciarelli as Emily Dickinson
and special talk-back guest Paterson Prize-winning poet Indran Amirthanayagam
Galbraith Manor, New Westminster
Read more about this production of The Belle of Amherst

December 29, 2008
T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver
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November 30, 2008
Billy Bishop Goes to War, at Holy Trinity Cathedral in New Westminster
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June 3, 2008
Favourite Positions of the West Coast by Ronin Wong
A cold reading of a new Canadian play at the Massey Theatre's Plaskett Gallery

April 6, 2008
T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral at Holy Trinity Cathedral in New Westminster
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May 30, 2007
City Stage Evening at the Improv
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June 27, 2007
City Stage Evenings presents African Theatre