Lunchbox’s 2009-10 season, announced Wednesday, is all about the battle of the sexes. The season features a half dozen productions, including four world premieres and a comedy by Oscar-winning screenwriter Alan Ball (Six Feet Under).
“It’s all about lust and love and life,” says interim artistic director Rona Waddington, “and the repercussions we don’t like to talk about.”
Here’s the Lunchbox lineup: – Power Lunch (Sept. 14 To Oct. 10) by Alan Ball, in which a man and a woman with atrocious histories of relations with the opposite sex meet in a restaurant and sparks fly. – Under The Bright Sun (Oct. 19 to Nov. 14) by Norm Foster (world premiere). Four people at a bus stop don’t seem to know anything about their surroundings. An existential public transportation comedy. – Dream Vacation (Nov. 23 to Dec. 23), a musical written and composed by Jonathan Monro (world premiere). Three people win dream vacations to sunny Mexico and are more than a little surprised when they are forced to share the same hotel room. (No, they didn’t book through Conquest Vacations).
Mr. Fix It (Feb. 1 to 27, 2010) by Caroline Russell-King (world premiere). Mel, the owner of a chain of appliance shops, opens his door one day to be greeted by his ex-wife. Her unexpected announce-ment leads him to re-examine their past life together. – The Submarine (March 8 to April 3, 2010) by Michelle Deines (world premiere). A brilliant young engineer travels to Scotland to solve the mystery of a submarine she designed where she learns, with the help of a stubborn fisherman, that life and love have no limits.
This Could Be Love (April 12 to may 8, 2010), a musical written and composed by Brock Simpson, in which two polar opposites, burned by modern romance, get married on a whim — and then must get to know each other. – The season will conclude with the BD&P emerging director Presentation in May and the Petro-Canada Stage one Festival, where they will hold a series of staged readings of new works.