Northern Thailand's First English-language theater company
the 2020/ 2021 season
Coming May 30th
The Gate Theater will present "Shrapnel in the Heart" By Laura Palmer on May 30th at KAD Studio Theatre. There will be only one performance starting at 6:00 pm. This is a readers theatre presentation suitable for the entire family with a reduced ticket price of only 250 baht at the door. "Shrapnel in the Heart: Letters and Remembrances from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial", is an assortment of letters, poems, and other mementos left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In 1986, Laura Palmer researched many of the letters left at the monument and was able to trace them back to the persons who had written them. Laura Palmer then interviewed a number of the authors of the letters, and with their permission, created a powerful and heartbreaking book/script. For more information call 087 177 2195.
TWELVE ANGRY JURORS
December 3-6, Twelve Angry Jurors is based on the 1955 drama Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose. Originally made as a television movie, the play is about a young man standing trial for the murder of his father. On a hot summer day after a long trial, a jury must decide whether a 19-year-old man is guilty of murdering his father. The jury votes 11-1 that the man is guilty of the crime, but laws in the United States require a unanimous vote by all 12 jurors in order to pass judgment. Tempers flare as the eleven jurors try their best to convince the 1 dissenter to come around to their side. As the evidence is re-examined, however, new uncertainties come to light, forcing everyone to truly question if there is in fact some measure of "reasonable doubt". Twelve Angry Jurors is a heightened courtroom thriller that puts you on the edge of your site while powerfully exploring what it means to live in a democracy.
Coming To The Gate Dec. 18, 19 & 20 The Eight: Reindeer Monologues
Tired of Christmas Carol and Gift of the Magi? Well, this is the play for you: eight reindeer dishing about the real Santa. All those rumors you've heard about him and the elves? About Rudolph's little secret? About Vixen's story that was leaked to the press? All true. Yes, the reindeer finally speak up and -- believe us they do not hold back!
"The Eight," for all its absurdist trappings and talk of Santa, is a very adult, very dark play. Throughout there are moments of equally dark, equally adult humor that produce a lot of uneasy laughter - only because there is a great deal of discomfiting truth to the story - or rather, stories - being told. (Tulsa World News)
December 18 & 19 at 7: pm Sunday December 20, 2pm This presentation is not your grandparent's Christmas story. It's for an adult audience, 18 up!
The Asylum Monologuesis a first-hand account of the UK’s asylum system in the words of people who have experienced it. It was first scripted from verbatim accounts and launched in 2006 by Ice and Fire, a theatre company whose members are Actors for Human Rights. The Gate presentation will be performed in readers theater format. One evening only. November 4th at 7:00 PM Ticket price 200 baht
Second Annual Chiang Mai Fringe Festival
January 28-31, 2021 In 2019 The Gate hosted Chiang Mai's first International Fringe Festival of Performing Arts. The program was such a success we are making it an annual event. Look for it to be back in 2021.
The Chiang Mai Fringe Festival is proudly open to a wide range of performers and groups of artists working independently in traditional forms as well as outside traditional forms. All performance styles are encouraged, from the avant-garde to the family friendly. Traditional and street theater, storytelling, dance/movement, experimental music, video/film, performance art, poetry, puppetry, comedy and improv, art installations, circus and cabaret. Performers or groups will choose their own ticket price of up to 400 baht and receive 100% of that amount paid to them. More information coming soon.
Due to the present situation concerning COVID-19 cases across Thailand, The Gate Theater has decided to postpone the 2021 Fringe Festival which was originally planned for this January. We want to thank all of our supporters and patrons for their support, open discussions and encouragement. As everyone has been reminding us, great things happen when artists and the community comes together and connects at events such as the Chiang Mai Fringe Festival. For this reason, we fully intend to host the festival during the 2021/22 season. We hope this postponement will allow time for performers and Chiang Mai residents who are unable to travel at this time to participate in and enjoy the festival when a new dates are announced. For more information about the Chiang Mai Fringe Festival please contact The Gate at firstname.lastname@example.org
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