For more information origins@vcn.bc.ca

< back


Yellow On Thursdays

An 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.


(l to r) Nicole Leroux as "Katie"
and Marjorie Malpass as "Rebecca"

Adam Joe as "Mike"

Photos by Janet Baxter

Origins fully produced the play in Vancouver at Performance Works as part of our 2003 season, March 21 to March 30th.

Thanks 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

“….ANGST 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

“Thanks 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:

A Comedy By Award Winning Playwright Sara Graefe
Directed By Donnard Mackenzie
Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
March 21-30, 2003

Remember 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.

Playwright 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.”

Our 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).

The 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 Manager).

Workshop Production: Vancouver Youth Week, 1999

Directed by Kim Seary
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 Proudfoot.

“A wonderful evening, with a lively talkback discussion.” Jenn Horgos,
VancouverYouth Worker


< back