A Personal Growth (fundraising night)

12 08 2016



Join us for dinner at Zend Conscious Lounge as we present a reading of A Personal Growth. Written and performed by Alyssa Kostello and directed by Brent Hirose, A Personal Growth details Alyssa’s recent experience with being diagnosed with Stage Four Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 25.

“Despite the seriousness of the subject, fellow Sagittarian Ms Kostello manages to inject some humour into her litany….Sincerity, a pleasant disposition and a winning smile go a long way. This atypical show is highly recommended.” – Westmount Magazine

After a successful run at the 2016 Montreal Fringe Festival, we are excited to share this story in Vancouver. Entry is by donation and all proceeds go to Light the Night Walk, a fundraising campaign benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and their funding of research to find blood cancer cures. Zend Conscious Lounge is one of the healthiest restaurant and all their profits go to Charity!

What audiences are saying:

Real, charming, insightful. A true gift.

Wonderful, touching show. I laughed, I cried.

A Personal Growth will be on August 25th at the Zend Conscious Lounge, 1130 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC. Doors/Dinner at 6, show at 7pm, followed by a talkback. Entry is by donation.

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Patch at BC Buds Festival

5 05 2016

May 6/7 at the Firehall Arts Centre @ 7pm – By donation!


Nhi Do playing Debra in 2014 Production

Directed by Eleanor Felton
Written by Alyssa Kostello
Performed by
Erin Aberle-Palm
Tosh Sutherland
Keenan Marchand
Sound Design by James Coomber
Stage Managed by Julia Lank

BC Buds Festival presents different music, theatre, dance, interdisciplinary artists that take over the every conceivable nook and cranny of the Firehall, turning it into a giant arts factory for four days of inventive and innovative live site-specific performances from emerging and established BC artists. This year’s BC Buds explores the theme of Going Green.

Patch is a one act play about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the effects it’s having on sealife, ocean health and the albatross. It’s also a story of isolation and love.
Living on Gyres (the Great Pacific Garbage Patch), Debra and Little Drew lead a quiet life amongst the floating debris. That is until Alby (a flying fisherman) crashes into their home, changing their perspectives, altering their lives, and his, forever.

A Personal Growth

21 04 2016

NOW! Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of A Personal Growth at the 2016 Montreal Fringe Festival. Written and performed by Artistic Director Alyssa Kostello and directed by Fringe favourite Brent Hirose, A Personal Growth details Alyssa’s recent experience with being diagnosed with Stage Four Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 25. More than just the story of overcoming the struggles of cancer, the show details Alyssa’s journey into learning to say no, focus, and to listen to herself.

If you know anyone in Montreal that may be interested in seeing this show, please let them know!

A Personal Growth Online

Dark of Winter

11 04 2016

On February 13th on Valentines Day, we produced a one night only intimate site specific show at SmartyPantz

Vancouver Climate Change Theatre Action

28 10 2015
On November 22 from 2-4pm at Studio 1398, 13 Vancouver theatre companies (including NOW! Theatre) tackle 13 short plays on Climate Change by playwrights worldwide!

Vancouver actors will read short plays by Reneltta Arluk, Kendra Fanconi, Jordan Hall, Kevin Loring, David Geary, Elyne Quan, Elaine Avila and others, as a Vancouver response to the international CLIMATE CHANGE THEATRE ACTION (CCTA). CCTA is a global series readings and performances intended to foster discussion around climate change during this November and December, coinciding with the United Nations 2015 Paris Climate Conference.
The Vancouver action is open to the public and admission is free. The program will culminate in an opportunity to meet and discuss ways for theatre makers to react creatively, practically and locally to the climate change crisis.
Event organized by The Only Animal, with the assistance of Playwrights Theatre Centre, playwright Elaine Avila, and Event Coordinator Mark Vulliamy.
For more information on the international Climate Change Theatre Action, a joint venture between NoPassport, The Arctic Cycle and Theatre Without Borders please go to http://www.cbilodeau.com/climate-change-theatre-action/

The School for Scandal of Vancouver

5 06 2015

NOW! Theatre in association with Quimera Collective present:
The School for Scandal of Vancouver
By Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Adapted and Directed by Matthew Willis

Is Vancouver ready for a satire about itself? Do the citizens of Canada’s “most livable city” take themselves too seriously? Underneath the pretty veneer churns a society rife with scandal, treachery, debauchery, deception and, of course, sexy yoga classes. School for Scandal of Vancouver follows the convoluted relationships between a dozen Vancouverites from familiar neighbourhoods as they navigate their way through a world of gossip, slander, class-struggle, constantly ringing cellphones, computer hacking and sexy yoga. This updated 18th century farce is sure to scintillate, intrigue and, dare we say, scandalize!
And NOW! Theatre promises an environmentally mindful run!

June 28th- July 5th at CBC Studios @7.30pm
No Shows on Canada Day (July 1st)

Get your tickets here:  http://schoolforscandal.bpt.me/

Audition Notice

3 03 2015

NOW! Theatre and Quimera Collective

Vancouver’s School for Scandal
By Richard Sheridan
Directed and adapted by Matthew Willis
Shows dates: June 26-July 4
Show location: CBC Studio 700
Audition dates:  April 3 from 1-6 / April 4 from 6-9
Audition Location: Carousel Theatre (Studio B)

NOW! Theatre and the Quimera Collective are looking for 14 actors to be cast in this upcoming adaptation of Sheridan’s famous 18th century comedy-classic “School for Scandal”. The script has been adapted for a modern Vancouver audience and promises an exciting interpretation of modern gossip-mongering and a satire of Vancouver social culture.

Please prepare a 2-3 minute classical monologue in English. Comedic monologues from Restoration-era (approx.1650-1799) plays are preferred but not necessary, and English translations of non-English plays are welcome. Casting will be gender-blind and is open to all adult ages (18+), ethnicities and denominations. This is a non-equity production.

Actors who can dance, play musical instruments, sing, and possess any other special abilities are especially encouraged to audition and should prepare a 2 minute routine to demonstrate their particular skills.

Rehearsals will take place from April to June, averaging 3-4 hours each, 3 times a week (1 weekend and 2 weekdays).

To submit, email Matthew Willis at schoolforscandal15@gmail.com by March 21 with your headshot, resume and preferred audition time.