All the Park's a Stage, for Alexandria Players

The Alexandria Players was formed in August 2008 by the cast of "Rain & Thunder: Dialogue Between Gaia & Jehovah," which was performed outdoors on the rock-stage at the Fairfield Community Place as part of a "ROCK OF PAGES" literary event. Founding members included Ian Arnold, actor, director and playwright, actors Sara Asyyed, Linda Foubister, Geraldine O'Flaherty and writer Sandra Barbara Julian.


"The Council of the Animals" was performed as Readers Theatre at The Hub, 829 Fort Street, Victoria, on November 2019. A comic spoof of municipal politics. See how the wildlife would run a city, if Beaver, Raccoon, Rabbit, Snail, Squirrel, Deer and Canada Goose were given the chance:

https://www.facebook.com/thehubvictoriabc/videos/343445489860189/


OAKLANDS GREEN (across from Oaklands School, 
2827 Belmont St)
4 pm -- AUGUST 14, 2019
(Oaklands Market Day at Oaklands School grounds)
MONOLOGUE BY ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE (Helen Bunyan)
Stories by VICTORIA STORYTELLERS GUILD

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ALEXANDRIA PLAYERS TEAMED UP WITH "TOOKS ON COOK" CAFE FOR READERS' THEATRE PERFORMANCES IN FALL 2018
Lively, inspiring, entertaining matinee performances at 1175 Cook Street

First performance was September 29, 2018.  Two plays were presented:
Land of Lake and Wood (Canadian History based on real-people memoirs), 
and Village Wooing, comedy by George Bernard Shaw

OCTOBER 6th
"VOICES FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE"
Monologue from Eleanor of Aquitaine (in the voice of Helen Bunyan)
"Seance" -- a comedy by Gary Johnson
"Orca Seance" -- a tragi-comedy by "orcas"

NOVEMBER 3rd
RAIN and THUNDER (DIALOGUE BETWEEN GAIA and JEHOVAH
READINGS FROM "WANDERING WORDS" - new anthology of fiction and verse 
by Victoria writers
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 November 9th Readers' Theatre:
LAND OF LAKE AND WOOD
at Cook Street Village Senior Centre's Remembrance Day luncheon, Victoria.
(Based on memoirs of post-WWII immigrants to Canada. The title comes from a phrase in
Susanna Moodie's Canadian classic Roughing It In the Bush)

February 15, 2019, Readers' Theatre:
THE SHADOW GUEST
by S. B. Julian
Valentine Day Lunch at Cook Village Activity Centre
Cupid lurks in the halls of a residential hotel and residents are comically haunted by past loves.

The Alexandria Players theatre troupe takes its name from the great lost Library of Alexandria, which was regarded in the ancient world as home of the nine muses, the inspirations for all the arts and scholarship:

Calliope - chief of the muses and muse of epic or heroic poetry
Clio the - muse of history
Erato - muse of love or erotic poetry, lyrics, and marriage songs
Euterpe - muse of music and lyric poetry
Melpomene - muse of tragedy
Polyhymnia or Polymnia - muse of sacred song, oratory, lyric, singing and rhetoric
Terpsichore - muse of choral song and dance
Thalia - muse of comedy and bucolic poetry
Urania - muse of astronomy


Also in 2008 the Players performed S.B. Julian's Hypatia of Alexandria, A Tragedy, as part of Amnesty International's anniversary project "Small Places"

In June 2017, as part of "Orca Awareness Month" Alexandria Players twice performed Janus and the Whale, a re-telling of "Jonah and the Whale" from the whale's point of view. First performance was at Churchmouse After-Hours Coffeehouse, and second performance was at Orca Celebration & Action Day. Not Jonah but a man representing Janus, the two-faced god of past, future and transitions, is devoured by the ocean creature in this story about our double attitude (conservation and exploitation) to the sea around us. (Actors were Tim Watters, Linda Foubister, Gayle Millbank and Genine Hanns.)
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Rock of Pages, July 30, 2017, Porter Park, Victoria:
Performing "The Fridge Festival" (a comic spoof of Fringe season)






WAITING FOR GERTRUDE in Two Places

WAITING FOR GERTRUDE
Time and longing in the graveyard: a colony of feral cats living in Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris are reincarnations of the famous artists, musicians and writers buried there. The cat Alice B. Toklas awaits the rebirth of Gertrude Stein in cat form, while Tristesse yearns for Oscar Wilde, who yearns for rock star Jim Morrison, who lusts after everyone else. Magic potions are concocted, strange objects are lost, and Marcel Proust (P.I.) curls up in a ball and looks for the answers in his own orifices.
Basing it on the comic novel by Bill Richardson, Alex Players performed this at Oaklands Green on Belmont Avenue to appreciative audiences. DONATIONS raised were shared with VICTORIA CAT RESCUE SOCIETY.

Waiting For Gertrude was performed again in the tent at the Selkirk Waterfront Festival, a challenging event as the performance tent was set up in what amounted to a thoroughfare. People, bikes, wheelchairs and baby buggies passed between actors and audience and even crossed the back of the set, but the actors nevertheless delivered their dialogue without missing a beat.
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