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The Village Girl and the Frog King
by Mia Zhou and Paul Beckett

Theatre in the Raw is pleased to announce that we will be holding a pair of staged reading events Sunday May 21st and Friday May 26th of an original one-act play: The Village Girl and the Frog King. The play is written by Vancouver locals Paul Beckett and Mia Zhou with dramaturgical assistance and direction from Jay Hamburger and presented by Theatre In the Raw.

Synopsis: Enter the fabled Frog Kingdom. A land where a cold-blooded Frog King rules over his people without compassion, only to learn the folly of his ways and find out there are greater rewards than mere fear and obedience.

Inspired by traditional folk tales (but with some twists), this amphibious fairy tale was written by Mia Zhou and Paul Beckett. Mia Zhou is an oral story telling artist. Paul Beckett is a Vancouver based professional theatre artist, performer, and acting instructor. The pair have been writing this play for the past several years under the dramaturgical direction of Jay Hamburger. Theatre In the Raw will be holding these two staged readings in preparation for an upcoming audio drama broadcast of the play.

The first presentation was Sunday May 21st at 6:00 PM at the Gathering Place Community Centre. The Gathering Place (
609 Helmcken St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5R1). This was a very moving and positive community event and we are very pleased with the participation and feedback we have received. It was a lot of fun too!

The Village Girl and the Frog King by Paul Beckett and Mia Zhou - Reading Presentation at the Gathering Place Community Centre (photo by Stan Fraser 2023)

The Village Girl and the Frog King by Paul Beckett and Mia Zhou - Reading Presentation at the Gathering Place Community Centre (photo by Stan Fraser 2023)

The second presentation will be Friday May 26th at 7:00 PM at The Kitsilano Neighbourhood House St. George’s Room (2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1Y4). Donations are welcome at this performance. Don't miss it!

The Village Girl and the Frog King  will be broadcast on Vancouver Co-op Radio's The Arts Rational at 10:00 PM on June 29th! Tune in live at 100.5 FM or at: https://coopradio.org

The Village Girl and the Frog King by Paul Beckett* and Mia Zhou features performances by Paul Beckett, Alex Chisholm, Atty Gell, Ralston Harris, Irwin Levin, Kuei-ming Lin, Jewel Marshall, zi paris and Mia Zhou as well as original music and sounds from Andrew Beddoes and is directed by Jay Hamburger.

*The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the
Dance • Opera • Theatre Policy.

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Theatre In the Raw is Performing at The Point ARTIST-RUN CENTRE’s 10th Annual Flag Stop Theatre & Arts Festival, August 6-7, 2021

VANCOUVER/ WHISTLER, BC Theatre in the Raw is delighted to be performing the one-act IN RE: RADDING v GLAZER by New York City playwright Steve Karp at the 10th Annual Flag Stop Theatre & Arts Festival in Whistler BC on August 6 & 7! Theatre In the Raw will be performing an original one-act play outdoors on the floating stage on Alta Lake at the Point Artist-Run Centre (5678 Alta Lake Rd, Whistler, BC). The theatre first premiered the play in Vancouver in 2019, and this will be a first for the 27-year-old Theatre In the Raw to perform a one-act on water.

Set against the backdrop of The Point Artist-Run Centre’s heritage lodge on the beautiful shore of Alta Lake, with the audience sitting under a Festival tent. The Flag Stop Festival has pulled out all the stops featuring three theatre companies - Theatre In the Raw from Vancouver, Between Shifts Theatre from Squamish, and The Point’s own Flag Stop Theatre - to showcase seven short one-act comedies, standup and improv. The playwrights include Katherine Fawcett, John McGie, Steve Karp, Janice Carroll, Joseph T. Leander and Brandon Barrett with original works.Top of FormBottom of Form

We are excited to be performing a play live in front of an audience again for the first time since December 2019. THE CHILL ON LIVE THEATRE PERFORMANCES IS MELTING! The festival will feature three theatre companies with seven total one-acts spread across the two evenings of performance. There will also be live music, aerial performances, and yes, even a clown … and more including dinner! We are honoured to be a part of this creative endeavor and hope this marks a return to regular live performances down the road.

Doors & Opening Acts start at 6:00pm; live bands and Dinner at 6:30pm; Theatre performances at 8pm; Live band 8:50pm then an intermission with more Theatre Performances at  9:20pm and closing at 10:30pm at the Point Artist Run Centre in Whistler under the Festival Tent. Check it out yourself live or stream it from the comfort of your own home. You can buy tickets for either of the in-person festival dates for $50 with Dinner, or $30 for the show only -- or purchase the live stream for either night for $10.

The Flag Stop Theatre & Arts Festival, “…wouldn’t be possible without great support” says producer Stephen Vogler and with, “a huge shout-out must go to our proud presenters, Gibbons Whistler, Nesters Market and 

Stinky's on the Stroll, with major sponsor Mountain Law, and support from BC Arts Council/Province of BC, The Resort Municipality of Whistler, Cranked Espresso, Aphrodite's Organic Café, Pasta Lupino, Russell Brewing, Nesters Liquor Store and the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation.”

Buy tickets or find more info on the upcoming Flag Stop Festival at Alta Lake in Whistler, BC: https://www.thepointartists.com/events.html


Throughout the pandemic TITR, has gone through its archives and is rebroadcasting some of our one-act radio works on the Arts Rational Program (CFRO 100.5 FM, Thursdays at 9:00 PM). Check out our Facebook page for more updates!


The company is also working on a new exciting series of original one-act audio dramas based on previous winners of our Biennial One-Act play writing contests. More to be announced very soon.


>>> Ongoing Theatre In the Raw Work

Also, we are always in the process of producing series of original One-Act plays as well as considering mounting a production of a classical theatre play or a revived musical.

Our Mythical Voices for Our Time Project has turned into an ongoing five to possibly six year project: There are many good scripts still "sitting on the back burner" that we would like to produce in the future. Additionally we are always looking to produce winning One-Acts from our Biennial Play Writing Contest. These could be produced as Click Jay's Mug to Buy Theatre In the Raw a Virtual Coffee...part of another One-Act Festival or Mini-Tour when time, venue, and finances will allow.

Our continuing original radio play broadcast over Vancouver Co-Op Radio CFRO 100.5FM The Arts Rational program (Thursday nights @ 21:00-22:00) moves forward smashingly. When the opportunity arises we manage to produce a script with an array of bells and whistles, broadcasting it live on air. The pieces are usually 30-40 minutes in length and we look forward to producing more.

We usually alternate new original works with classics that are not often performed. We are currently looking at works by William Saroyan, George S. Kaufman, or a Shakespeare drama for the 2018/2019 season and beyond.

Keep checking back here to this page for updates.

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