early associate of Origins Theatre Projects, Sara Graefe was
pleased to have her play given its first workshop production.
As a result of that workshop, Yellow On Thursdays went on
to become a hit at the Spring Thaw Festival in the Yukon in
early 2002. It then toured extensively up north, produced
by Nakai Theatre.
to r) Nicole Leroux as "Katie"
and Marjorie Malpass as "Rebecca"
Joe as "Mike"
Photos by Janet Baxter
fully produced the play in Vancouver at Performance Works
as part of our 2003 season, March 21 to March 30th.
to all the artists involved for all presentations.
FLASH: Yellow On Thursdays could be made available for touring.
Please send us an email expressing your interest, and we will
return you additional details. ORIGINS@vcn.bc.ca
FILLED HIGH SCHOOL YEARS REVISTED WITH HUMOUR AND SENSITIVITY…Sexually
awakened Rebecca is perpetually horny, and Katie (her best
friend) dreams nightly of her female french teacher, and
Mike the new kid from Montreal is just trying to look cool,
“Don’t let them see you sweat.”…
...affecting and funny…A really fine vehicle for sparking
discussion with young people. This is a show that should
tour high-schools, and hopefully the funds will be found
to do just that.” Vancouver Courier
so much for the opportunity to see such a fantastic show.
The feedback from the youth has been overwhelmingly positive,
and I personally enjoyed it. The passion and the precision
the actors brought to the work was a real joy to watch.”
Romi Chandra, The Centre, Vancouver Youth Worker
Excerpts from the Media Release:
THEATRE PROJECTS PRESENTS YELLOW ON THURSDAYS ,
A Comedy By Award Winning Playwright Sara Graefe
Directed By Donnard Mackenzie
Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
March 21-30, 2003
your first crush; falling in love for the first time? Yellow
on Thursdays is a coming-of-age story about the wonders of
friendship and sexual awakening. Rebecca and Katie are best
friends. After one summer apart “all the rules have
changed.” Rebecca is obsessed with boys and sex. Enter
the hot new guy Mike who has his own secret to hide. Meanwhile,
Katie is discovering, to her surprise, a completely different
attraction. See Yellow On Thursdays where everyday life is
an event, and the French teachers are gorgeous.
Sara Graefe writes, “My work on Yellow on Thursdays
was spurred by North American statistics which estimate that
30% of teen suicides are related to confusion over sexual
orientiation. Plus high school is a hard time for everybody—all
teens are struggiling with their own personal concerns over
sex, body image, and identity coupled with intense pressures
to fit in. The play is ultimately a celebration of that struggle
to become who you really are.”
production once again features an excellent cast of top notch
professionals: Nicole Leroux (Mary’s Wedding, Vancouver
Playhouse); Marjorie Malpass (Number 14, Vancouver TheatreSports);
and Adam Joe, (various mainstage Canadian companies).
production design team include George Scott (Set/ PM); Billy
Moysey (Sound); Andrew McCaw (Lights); Margaret McKea (Costumes);
Sheena Ross, (Associate Designer); and Michael Brooks, (Stage
Workshop Production: Vancouver Youth Week, 1999
Directed by Kim Seary
ONE SHOW ONLY! FIREHALL ARTS CENTRE, 280 EAST CORDOVA
MAY 8TH 8PM, 1999 call 689-0926 to reserve
Featuring: Brahm Taylor, recently acclaimed for I hate You
On Mondays; and Ambushed; Amélie Lefebvre, currently
touring with La Seizieme; and Jenny Patterson, just finished
a tour of Carousel’s Suddenly Shakespeare.
The Technical crew include students from King George Secondary,
and Douglas College, and Firehall’s technical whiz James
wonderful evening, with a lively talkback discussion.”