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Everything I Couldn't Tell You
May
4
to May 11

Everything I Couldn't Tell You

Part of The RISER Project

The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West
BMO Incubator
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.

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Mixie and the Halfbreeds
Apr
3
to Apr 15

Mixie and the Halfbreeds

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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The Monument
Mar
10
to Mar 31

The Monument

The Monument

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.

More info: https://www.factorytheatre.ca/2017-18-season/the-monument/

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Jerusalem
Feb
13
to Mar 10

Jerusalem

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”.

More info: https://outsidethemarch.ca/the-experiences/jerusalem/

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Ipperwash
Feb
4
to Feb 18

Ipperwash

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.

http://www.nativeearth.ca/ipperwash/

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Chicho
Feb
3
to Feb 4

Chicho

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/

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The Wedding Party
Jan
12
to Feb 11

The Wedding Party

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. 

More info: https://www.crowstheatre.com/whats-on/view-all/the-wedding-party

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A Christmas Carol
Nov
24
to Dec 31

A Christmas Carol

We’re delighted to announce that for our 22nd annual Holiday Musical at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre, we’re presenting the world premiere of a brand new title….A CHRISTMAS CAROL, The Family Musical with a SCROOGE LOOSE!

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Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells)
Oct
25
to Nov 4

Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells)

A feminist retake on a student / teacher relationship, wrestling with burgeoning sexuality and consent, literature and passion, right and wrong. Developed through Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip playwright’s unit.

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Fortune of Wolves
Oct
12
to Oct 22

Fortune of Wolves

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?

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How to Drown Gracefully
Sep
27
to Oct 7

How to Drown Gracefully

Heartbreak and horoscopes. Books unread and words unspoken. Kat’s life is in disarray. As she attempts to pick up the pieces, she must confront the memories that have hurt her most, and the people that she’s hurt in return, all from the safety of her bathtub.

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The Revolutions
Sep
14
to Sep 16

The Revolutions

Directed by Kathryn MacKay, the audience meets performers Daniel David MosesJim 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.

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Pearle Harbour's Chautauqua
Aug
4
to Aug 13

Pearle Harbour's Chautauqua

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

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Vimy
Jul
1
to Jul 30

Vimy

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

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Pearle Harbour's Chautauqua
Apr
20
to Apr 26

Pearle Harbour's Chautauqua

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).

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The Boat
Mar
9
to Apr 14

The Boat

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/

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Deceitful Above All Things
Feb
16
to Feb 26

Deceitful Above All Things

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

www.thestorefronttheatre.com

For more information, to schedule an interview, or to receive a press pass to any of these events please contact

Christina Bryson at christina@thestorefronttheatre.com 

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Alien Creature
Jan
12
to Feb 5

Alien Creature

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.

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The Death of Mrs. Gandhi and the Beginning of New Physics (a political fantasy)
Jan
5
to Jan 15

The Death of Mrs. Gandhi and the Beginning of New Physics (a political fantasy)

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.

Tickets: $15

Venue: Factory Theatre Mainspace (125 Bathurst St.)
Length: 90 mins

http://fringetoronto.com/next-stage-festival/listings/the-death-of-mrs-gandhi-and-the-beginning-of-new-physics-a-political-fantasy/

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Sleeping Beauty
Dec
1
to Dec 31

Sleeping Beauty

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/

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Paradise Comics
Nov
23
to Dec 3

Paradise Comics

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

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Laurier
Oct
28
to Nov 20

Laurier

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

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