Part of The RISER Project
The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West
May 4–12, 2018
An Indigenous client suffers.
Two grieving therapists refuse to leave her in pain.
Music, art, neuroscience and the revitalization of the Lenape language light three paths in a technological tearjearker.
Cassandra, a gifted neuroscientist, revives Megan from a coma with music. The procedure leaves Megan a volatile drunk capable of great violence. Unable to treat her, Cassandra turns to a highly experimental and derided technological art therapy developed by Alison, an Indigenous neuropsychologist. Alison’s methods yield unexpected results, Megan does the unthinkable and life-changing wisdom emerges: pain’s often unjust; it also reminds us that we’re alive.
In Mixie & the Halfbreeds, two estranged neighbors are not as different as they think. Haunted by peroxide teeth and blondissima hair, Mixie and Trixie tackle a question that has plagued mankind through the ages: do blondes really have more fun? Mixie & the Halfbreeds invites the audience to explore complex and relevant issues of culture, identity, and race, and tackles questions of mixing in contemporary Canadian society and popular culture.
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by Colleen Wagner
A soldier desperate to escape death for his war crimes agrees to give himself to the complete servitude of an unknown woman. The Monument is a harrowing and visceral journey of two people forced to confront the atrocities of a war now won. A 1996 Governor-General’s Award-winning play, The Monument asks questions that remain painfully familiar on our front pages today.
The theatre experience of 2018. Award-winning Canadian screen icon Kim Coates (FX’s Sons of Anarchy) returns to the stage after almost thirty years—teaming up with Outside the March to present the national premiere of Jez Butterworth’s explosive masterwork.
A pied piper tale for the Tarantino generation, Jerusalem is the story of aging daredevil Johnny “Rooster” Byron, purveyor of drugs, alcohol, mythic tales and sanctuary to the troubled teens of Wiltshire county. Come squat with Rooster deep in the heart of Byron wood, as he rails against the community council bent on eradicating him, bulldozing the land, and putting up condos. A bold new exploration of one of the most lauded plays of the past twenty years, described by Ben Brantley of The New York Times as “a great frame-busting play that thinks big — transcendently big — in ways contemporary drama seldom dares”.
Bea King, an Anishinaabe veteran of the war in Afghanistan, returns to Canada in search of a new life. When she volunteers for duty with the Department of National Defence at the Kettle and Stony Point Reserve, she believes she’s found a peace mission she can ‘give back’ through.
Upon arriving at Stony Point, Bea begins to learn about the devastating history of Camp Ipperwash, the former Canadian military base built on appropriated land; land that is still dangerously contaminated to this day.
Through the forging of new friendships in the community, Bea comes to learn about the forcible evictions that underpinned the forming of the camp, and the impacts of displacement still reverberating through the community.
With the helpful guidance of a mysterious child, and an aging local veteran, Bea discovers how hard it can be to ever truly return home.
Using humour and movement, Ipperwash by Falen Johnson (Mohawk/Tuscarora) tells a story of reclamation, repatriation, and resilience of the Stony and Kettle Point communities.
Chicho is a one man show written and performed by Augusto Bitter. The titular character, an ashamed-queer-Catholic-man-boy from Venezuela, hilariously attempts to feel beautiful despite his warring identity politics. His journey is freckled with appearances from a host of other vibrant characters: Chichi the sinisterly charismatic Latin game show host, Aguacate the seductive and wise avocado, Chad the hip young Canadian priest and more. CHICHO is a wildly entertaining exploration of a diasporic experience, and thoughtfully presents the disparity between Chicho's queer coming-of-age journey in Canada and the worsening human rights crisis in Venezuela.
CHICHO is being developed in-residence at Theatre Passe Muraille with support from Aluna Theatre through the 2017 CAMINOS Festival and Diaspora Dialogues. It is also made possible through the support of the Toronto Arts Council.
More info: http://www.pencilkitproductions.com/chicho/
In all things – friendship, intimacy, civility – there is a balance that must be carefully maintained to avert disaster. When a daughter returns home and friends move in, Albee shows how easy it is to tip the scales.
From the award-winning creators of the beloved play I, Claudia, Kristen Thomson and director Chris Abraham comes a new comedy about two families, a wedding, mistaken identities, and love, love, love! With their latest creation, The Wedding Party, they invite the audience to take a seat ringside on the big day, while an astonishing cast of the country’s leading actors including Jason Cadieux, Virgilia Griffith, Trish Lindström, Moya O’Connell, Tom Rooney, and Kristen Thomson herself, hit the dance floor, drink too much, and try to get along.
The dark imagery of Stephen King meets the catastrophic world of The Walking Dead.
A young man sets out to document his cross-Canada adventure only to find myself in the midst of a apocalyptic event. The dark imagery of Stephen King meets the catastrophic world of The Walking Dead in this world premiere production by New Brunswick playwright Ryan Griffith.
In this epic play, dice are rolled before each performance to determine which characters will tell the story. No two performances will be the same. Which story will you see?
Directed by Kathryn MacKay, the audience meets performers Daniel David Moses, Jim Garrard, and Anne Hardcastle in Kingston, engaged in a meal and conversation about, “What is revolutionary?” Simultaneously, we become absorbed in a forest where we are joined by a family that includes Maddie Bautista(performing in Toronto), Christine Quintana (performing in Vancouver) and Dakota Jamal Wellman (performing in Montreal). Each member of The Revolutions family brings a perspective on change and movements as they gather to lay to rest a family dog. Generations, politics, and technology collide onstage and across Canada, as The Revolutions explores the nature of what is revolutionary today.
Toronto’s beloved bombshell, drag queen Pearle Harbour, returns in Chautauqua. Come gather under the milky folds of her beautiful tent, and be sheltered from the inharmony of our post-Truth world.
Created by Dora-nominated writer/performer Justin Miller, Chautauqua is an immersive extravaganza: part cabaret, part tragicomedy, and part tent revival. The world may be falling apart, but Pearle will show you that there’s more that unites us than divides us.
Written and Performed by Justin Miller; Directed by Byron Laviolette; Dramaturgy by Sandra Balcovske; Production Design by Joe Pagnan; Tent by Haley Reap; Lighting Design by Jareth Li; Sound Design by Deanna Choi; Live Accompaniment by Steven Conway; Stage Managed by Giuseppe Condello and Mirabella Sundar-Singh; Production Managed by Deborah Lim; Produced by Rebecca Ballarin
Produced by Soulpepper Theatre
A group of Canadian soldiers convalesce in a field hospital after facing the horrors of Vimy Ridge in this striking WWI drama from Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Vern Thiessen. As the soldiers battle with their memories of the past, a young nurse from Nova Scotia tends to their wounds both obvious and concealed.
Tickets and info: https://soulpepper.ca/performances/vimy/1998
Do you feel lost? Are you troubled? Are you behind on your emails? Do you yearn for community that enhances, rather than annihilates, the feeling of being a true individual? The world is full of uncertainty and inharmony, but for one week only, salvation is passing through [your town/city/municipality]! Gather together with our new leader, all-American World-Wartime gal Pearle Harbour, under the milky canvas of our beautiful tent. We will sing together, learn together, breathe together, and live our Truths! In our Chautauqua tent, we come together because we’re falling apart.
Pearle Harbour’s Chautauqua is presented as part of the RISER Project, a collaborative producing model by Why Not Theatre, with the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council and the Government of Canada.
A Pearle Harbour Production
Written and performed by Justin Miller, co-written and dramturged by Sandra Balcovske, directed by Byron LaViolette with assistant director Rebecca Ballarin and consulting director Rebecca Northan, production design by Joseph Pagnan, sound design and composition by Deanna Choi with composition/accompanist and performance by Steven Conway, movement by John Turner, stage management by Joey Condello, with assistant stage management by Mirabella Singh.
For RISER Project: Production management by Deborah Lim, lighting design by Jareth Li, publicity by FLIP Publicity (Carrie Sager), produced by Why Not Theatre (Ravi Jain, Owais Lightwala, Kelly Read).
A Maritime story about leaving home.
A boy grows up in Cape Breton in a fishing family. As he grows and the world around him changes, he questions whether he should stay at home to continue the family tradition with his father, or move away to follow his heart. This beautifully touching play follows a Maritime family as they navigate their children growing up.
Alistair MacLeod's incredible short story adapted by Fredericton-based playwright Ryan Griffith.
Written by Alistair MacLeod (adapted by Ryan Griffith)
Tickets and showtimes: http://www.tnb.nb.ca/the-boat/
Deceitful Above All Things
By Genevieve Adam | Directed by Tanya Rintoul
February 16th - 26th
Wednesday-Saturday 8:00PM, Saturday & Sunday 2:00PM
Tickets 25$ | Arts Workers/Seniors $15 | Sat. Matinees PWYC
The Factory Studio Theatre
125 Bathurst Street Toronto Ontario
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In Linda Griffiths’ play, the spirit of MacEwen returns to a modern world one night, bringing a prophetic warning: There has been a death of poetry, of imagination. The city will pay. The world will pay. Then she laughs, opens her hands, pulling brilliant scarves from the air. On this night, MacEwen is torn apart and made invincible by her magic. Revealed as addict, lover, poet, and magician, Gwendolyn MacEwen rises to inspire and incite us.
Written and Directed by Kawa Ada
Artistic Producer Renna Reddie
Starring Elley-Ray Hennessy, Trenna Keating, Tennille Read, with Ellora Patnaik as Malala, and Nina Lee Aquino as Imelda Marcos
It’s 1984. Margaret Thatcher, Benazir Bhutto, Imelda Marcos and a young political novice, Kim Campbell, convene for Indira Gandhi’s funeral. But when the group is hijacked by a mysterious woman named Malala – a time terrorist from the future – they must race against the clock to save humanity. In this hilarious and brazen satire, Dora-winner Kawa Ada fuses politics, feminism (and a little physics) to take a ball-busting look at the women who paved the way. Just like Hillary.
Venue: Factory Theatre Mainspace (125 Bathurst St.)
Length: 90 mins
Guest Star HILARY FARR from HGTV’s Love it or List It makes her Toronto theatrical debut as Petty’s evil successor. And in an eye-opening performance, Kinky Boots star AJ BRIDEL plays the drowsy heroine. Fans of Family Channel’s THE NEXT STEP will be dancing in the aisles along with young stars ALEXANDRA BEATON and TAVEETA SZYMANOWICZ. Great family fun for kids from 3 to 93!
Tickets and info: http://rosspetty.com/
Written by Caitie Graham; directed by Darwin Lyons
George has flown the coop, leaving thirteen year-old Beans and her mother, Janie, to clean up the mess. In the process of removing his clutter from their home, the pair is charged not only with organizing the storage of an entire comic book collection, but with facing the responsibility they shared and shirked for a man they each knew so differently. Paradise Comics contemplates the trials of adolescence, parenting, and how families grieve. The play has been workshopped through Tarragon Theatre's Young Playwright's Unit (2013), and dramaturged by Paula Wing.
Tickets & detailed schedule: COMING SOON
Visionary. Radical. Canadian.
The theme of Canadian identity is explored through the speeches of Canada’s seventh Prime Minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, in this original theatrical piece. Created and directed by Thomas Morgan Jones, the play looks back on our past and the accomplishments of Laurier himself while simultaneously looking forward to our future. Set to original music, this highly physical performance is an inspirational blend of movement and sound that complement the insightful words of this celebrated leader.
CROSS-CANADA TOUR: Charlottetown, PEI > Fredericton, NB > Ottawa, ON > Whitehorse, YK > Kamloops, BC > Montreal, QC > Edmonton, AB
Tickets and info: www.lauriertour.ca
Jijo Quayson makes her theatrical debut with Osia, directed by her mentor Brad Fraser and dramaturged by Djanet Sears, Fraser, and, via Nightwood Theatre, Andrea Donaldson. Osia is the story of a Ghanaian family who struggles to find a better future. The youngest of the family, Harmosia, straddles two worlds- real and fantasy- as she tries to understand her surroundings. The play uses Ghanaian language, traditional music, storytelling and imagined folklore to weave together the story of Osia and the eccentric neighbours that surround her family.
At the Factory Theatre Mainspace.
For tickets and full schedule: http://summerworks.ca/2016/artists/osia/
This Is How We Got Here is about the enduring resilience of the human spirit in times of sorrow, and the capacity we all have for forgiveness. Lucille and Paul have lost their son Craig to suicide. Through a non-linear narrative, the broken pieces of a story come together in a heartbreaking journey to find a way forward after the death of a child.
Continuum Theatre & New Harlem Productions [Summerworks Festival 2016]
Directed by Eli Ham; Written by Keith Barker;
Performed by Peggy Coffee, James Downing, Deb Drakeford and Martin Julien; Lighting Design by Wendy Greenwood; Stage Managed by Georgia Brown.
For schedule and tickets: http://summerworks.ca/2016/artists/this-is-how-we-got-here/