In (Roles We) Play
11 short plays by 10 Canadians – Plays by Shirley Barrie, David Gillies, Don Hannah (2), Karen Hines, Kate Lynch, Michael MacLean, Nick Mitchell, Sharon Pollock, José Teodoro and Judith Thompson.
Selected and Directed by Andra Kelly
Stage Managed by Sharon Lochan
Performances: Nov. 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 2017
Time: 8 pm
“It’s all make-believe, isn’t it?”
The act of Acting is something we do every day. We exist ‘in role’ for most of the people who surround us. Deconstructing the theatre of our lives, this collection of ensemble pieces asks the questions – who are we when we’re not ourselves? Who are we when we are?
Jacques in Shakespeare’s As You Like It pretty much nailed it:
“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts.”
For a few decades now, modern playwrights have been honing their craft on very short plays, tiny crisp packages that pack a powerful punch. Director Andra Kelly will guide a company of actors playing many parts through which is revealed, as Tom Stoppard wrote, “…a kind of integrity, if you look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else”.
Featuring: Mark Canlas, Samantha Hubbs, Sonya Jones, Jesse Korneiew, Sheri Pereira, Tim Westhead, Patti Wilson, Gillian Woodhouse
The Other Place
By Sharr White
Directed by Phil Ireland
Stage Managed by Michele LaPointe
Performances: Jan. 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 2018
Time: 8 pm
“I float. I breathe. I am a woman in-between.”
Juliana Smithton is a successful scientist whose life suddenly takes a left turn. Her husband is filing for divorce, her research assistant has run off with her daughter, and to top it off, she has brain cancer…maybe. Or is everything not quite as it seems? As Juliana navigates through shards of memory, she can’t escape a truth that is far more challenging. Reality proves more complicated than we could ever have imagined.
“…a haunting drama…so cleverly constructed that the nature and depth of the problem isn’t revealed until the last shattering scene.” Variety
“Sudden flashes of uncontrolled feeling appear like lightning flashes from a sky that was clear just moments before…” The New York Times
Featuring: Nancy Gleed, Lyndsay Hamilton, Jesse Korneiew, Ross Libbey
Girl in the Goldfish Bowl
By Morris Panych
Directed by Carolyn Wilson
Stage Managed by Christy Chase and Kathy Ennis
Performances: Mar. 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31, 2018
Time: 8 pm
“These are the last few days of my childhood.”
Iris is sure that the death of her beloved goldfish has brought Russian missiles to Cuba, cemented her mother’s decision to escape her marriage, and delivered a promising mysterious stranger to the door on the same day. Harnessing all the hope in her crafty 10-year-old imagination, Iris is determined to manoeuvre her world back from the brink of heartbreak.
Winner of the 2003 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play and the 2004 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.
“An uncommon, quirky blend of humour and compassion.” National Post
“…equal parts Pinter, Orton, and Disney.” Variety
All photographic art by Phil Ireland