Heads Up for the week of March 15-21, 2021

by Lynn on March 15, 2021

in The Passionate Playgoer

Monday, March 15, 2021

A Benefit Reading
by John Lyly
Monday, March 15, 2021
First performed in 1588, John Lyly’s GALLATHEA is a queer love story set inside the landscape of classical myth. In order to avoid becoming dinner for a sea monster, Gallathea and Phillida are sent into the forest dressed as boys. Meanwhile, three shipwrecked brothers set out to seek their fortunes, Cupid stirs up his usual trouble, nymphs fall for mortals, and Neptune–God of the Sea–waits to make his move. This playful pastoral of love, desire, and finding yourself is an affirmation of identity–joyfully reclaimed for 2021. This benefit reading is a collaboration with THE DRAMA LEAGUE. Directed by Emma Rosa Went (Drama League Classical Directing Fellow),this livestream benefit reading will feature Olivia Rose Barresi (Courage! To the Field! at the Tank), Helen Cespedes (The School for Scandal – Red Bull Theater, Timon of Athens – RSC), Nathaniel P. Claridad (Disney’s Mulan), Amy Jo Jackson (The Great Recession – Flea Theater), Christopher Michael McFarland (Measure for Measure – TFANA), Jason O’Connell (Judgment Day at Park Avenue Armory), Layla Khoshnoudi (TMen on Boats – Playwrights Horizons), Aneesh Sheth (Netflix’s “Jessica Jones”), David Ryan Smith (Mankind – Playwrights Horizons), and Zo Tipp (Bundle of Sticks at INTAR). FIND OUT MORE

Monday, March 15, 2021.

From Puppetmongers Theatre

Brick Bros. Circus – Streaming now until March 24!

Enjoy Puppetmongers Theatre’s delightfully filmed tongue-in-cheek show from the comfort of your home!

Be amazed by the acrobatic Bildovitch family; awestruck by the lovely Madame Brikaskova on her High Trapeze; astounded by the unbelievable brick Contortionist! This miniature one-ring circus, starring highly trained building bricks, has already warped the minds of several generations of audience: considered a classic amongst puppeteers, the show will expand your concept of puppet theatre.

“Exceptionally funny and imaginative. ” -Edinburgh Festival Times, UK

Tickets are available for free or by suggested Pay-What-You-Can ticket donation ranging from $10-$100. You will receive a charitable tax receipt for the full amount of your contribution!

Your donation will go to support Puppetmongers Theatre’s groundbreaking puppet theatre, workshops, collaborations and training and mentorship initiatives.

You can also enjoy The Miller and His Wife from April 14-28! We hope you will join us online!

Monday, March 15, 2021

From The Mint Theatre

Monday, March 15, 2021

From the Chekhov Collective

From a Distance is a charming play on Zoom Created by Stewart Arnott and Susan Coyne.

Coping in the time of COVID


Friday, March 19, 2021

9:00 am to 10:00 am


An interview with Rebecca Northan, comedienne-theatre creator-extraordaire.

Northan and her fellow improv artists have created a program called Undiscovered Sonnets, in which a real live couple talk about their relationship and the improv team fashions a sonnet with that information, following Shakespeare’s strict formula for sonnets. Wonderful and wild.


Friday, March 19, 2021






AN ONLINE FUNDRAISER FOR THE AFC—Postponed from last week.

A virtual reading of Wil, a new feature film project written by Dan Rosen, benefiting The Actors Fund and The AFC (The Actors’ Fund of Canada), will be streamed online March 19-23, 2021.

Sara Botsford will direct and co-produce.

The cast includes :Eric McCormack as Bernie Shylock, Oliver Dench as Wil, Lucy Peacock as Gertrude, Will Swenson as Richard, Colm Feore as Polonius, Jonathan Scarfe as The Narrator, Zuleikha Robinson as Ophelia, Luke Humphrey as Hamlet, Geraint Wyn Davies as Falstaff, Andre Sills as Fortinbras, Christopher Shyer as Edgar, Erin Karpluk as Mistress Quigly and Kendra Leigh as Anne Hathaway, among many others.

Set in 1590, Wil introduces us to 26-year-old Wil Shakespeare – a promising, but floundering playwright with a wife, three children, a ballooning mortgage and a brand-new play, Romeo & Juliet, that just closed on opening night at the Stratford Upon Avon Supper Theater. Things look bleak for the young playwright when his trusted agent, Bernie Shylock, lands Wil his first professional gig – running the summer stock theatre at Elsinore Castle in Denmark. Upon arrival in Denmark, Wil finds a group of less-than-desirable thespians, thieves and murderers and

realizes that putting on a respectable performance of Romeo & Juliet might be the least of his worries. 

Tickets are available at www.muchadoaboutwil.com. There is no admission fee, but audience members are encouraged to make donations to The AFC (the Actors’ Fund of Canada) and The Actors Fund

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1 Don Kendal March 17, 2021 at 9:40 am

Thanks, Lynn, for opening up a world of theatre for me beyond the confines of Toronto. Sitting here in and never leaving the confines of Bloor West Village, I have been able to see plays from New York (Red Bull and Minute theatres), London (NT and Greenwich), Vancouver (The Cultch), and now Winnipeg (RMTC) largely because of your recommendations. But I can’t wait to see you in person again. Keep safe and keep well.