Heads up for the week of Nov. 16-22

by Lynn on November 15, 2020

in The Passionate Playgoer

Heads up for the week of Nov. 16-22.

Monday, Nov. 16.


Written and performed by Dael Orlandersmith

Streaming from the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

About the death of Michael Brown in Fergus, Missouri. Absolutely devastating and every single person should see it.

Monday, Nov. 16                  


Streaming. Starring Patrick Steward and Kate Fleetwood.

Directed by Rupert Goold

Mr. Goold fiddled with some scenes in his modern dress production. My favourite bit was when Mac went into an industrial sized refrigerator for a piece of chocolate cake. Interesting.  


Monday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 pm

Streamed from the Red Bull Theatre, the same good people who brought us AMERICAN MOOR.

Directed by Melia Bensussen
Presented in association with Diversifying the Classics | UCLA
THIS Monday, November 16, 2020
Presented in a brand new English language translation, The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs is a comedy of wild intrigue and lively ingenuity in which Leonor crosses geographical boundaries and defies social expectations of gender in order to bring her fickle lover to justice and restore her lost honor. Through this stirring tale of a woman’s courage to right the wrongs she has suffered, the play holds up to the scrutiny of contemporary notions of masculine honor and offers in their place a vision that opens up space for women and their agency. The livestream benefit reading will feature Anita Castillo-Halvorssen, Helen Cespedes, Natascia Diaz, Carson Elrod, Anthony Michael Martinez, Sam Morales, Alfredo Narciso, Ryan Quinn, Luis Quintero, and Matthew Saldivar. This presentation is included as part of LA ESCENA 2020, Los Angeles’s Festival of Hispanic Classical Theater. 

Tues. Nov. 17. 6:00 pm

Streamed reading from Nightwood Theatre

Groundswell Festival.

The Bridge by Pesch Nepoose*
Captioned reading

Directed by Cole Alvis

Cast: Joelle Peters
With the presence of Traditional Support Worker Jenny Blackbird

A young Indigenous woman grapples with loss, love, longing and loneliness in this personal and poetic one-woman-show. The Bridge offers a searching meditation on suicide and memory.

Content warning: self harm, substance use, sexual assault/content and suicide
Run time: 75 minutes

Thurs. Nov. 19, 2020. 7:30 pm

Live streamed from Factory Theatre.

an act of faith by David Yee

Directed by Nina Lee Aquino.

Admission for acts of faith is free of charge, however, audiences will have to register in advance to secure a spot for their preferred performance night. Register here: https://www.factorytheatre.ca/shows/acts-of-faith/

To kick off our all-digital 20/21 Season, Factory proudly presents the world premiere of acts of faith, by multi-award winning Asian Canadian playwright David Yee, Directed by Nina Lee Aquino, and starring Natasha Mumba. Written specifically to be performed for a digital platform, acts of faith will stream live to audiences at home for six performances, November 19 – 28, 2020 @ 7:30PM. Thanks to the generous support of the TD Bank Group, admission is being offered entirely free of charge to audiences across the country and beyond.

acts of faith tells a story about the power of faith, the inescapable persistence of our online identities, and the nature of truth in the digital age. The story follows Faith, a young woman who gets mistaken for a prophet. When a questionable religious leader attempts to take advantage of her, she begins using her ‘gift’ to right wrongs and punish the wicked. As her spiritual notoriety grows, her own faith gradually erodes, driving her away from her home, the church, and all the secrets those places hold. Her quest for truth amidst an overabundance of facts and faiths is a timely meditation on how we construct our realities and how the things we have faith in are so easily believed, while almost effortlessly falsified. Far from home, Faith will come up against the ultimate test of her beliefs, her resolve…and the extraordinary questions of who, what, and why we forgive.

Information on how to access the live streamed performance will be sent out to registered audience members 24 hours prior to the performance. acts of faith will be performed for six nights – November 19, 20, 21 & 26, 27, 28 @ 7:30PM. Each show will be performed live and will be streamed to registered audiences members watching from home via our website.

Friday, Nov. 20 at 7:30.

Streamed reading from Studio 180

Check the website for registration info at www.studio180.com

My Sister’s Rage by
Yolanda Bonnell


WARNING: Family, fury and a hunger for reconciliation.   We come from a long line of m’iingan kwe” With their Matriarch on her way to the spirit world, a family comes together on their reservation and in the hospital to be with her. A story about grief, love, laughter, rage and the brilliant strength of Indigenous women and their families, fighting to be seen and fumbling towards their healing.

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