Heads Up for the Week of March 22-28, 2021

by Lynn on March 22, 2021

in The Passionate Playgoer

Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7:30 pm

A Benefit Reading
Monday, March 22, 2021
GALATEA is a trans love story set against the backdrop of a climate crisis. Loosely based on John Lyly’s 1585 play Gallathea, MJ Kaufman’s new play tells the story of two young women from a village threatened with flooding who escape to the nearby woods disguised as boys and fall in love. This benefit reading is a collaboration with WP THEATER. Directed by Will Davis (India Pale Ale, Men on Boats), this livestream benefit reading will feature Grammy Award-winner Ty DefoeJo Lampert (Hundred Days, Joan of Arc)Eve Lindley (AMC’s “Dispatches from Elsewhere”), Aneesh Sheth (Netflix’s “Jessica Jones”), Futaba Shioda (Rent 20th Anniversary tour), and TL Thompson (Is This a Room)FIND OUT MORE

Wednesday, March 24th at 8pm EDT.

Join Playwrights Canada Press in celebrating the launch of five exciting books with an evening of readings! Featuring Daniel MacIvor reading from New Magic Valley Fun Town, Erin Shields reading from Beautiful Man & Other Short Plays, Yvette Nolan and Donna-Michelle St. Bernard presenting Refractions: Scenes, Norman Yeung reading from Theory, and Michael Grant reading from Bare Bear Bones. ASL interpretation and a compilation of the written excerpts will be provided.

Register to attend for free via Zoom at this link.

Thurs. March 25, 2021 7:00 p.m

Undiscovered Sonnets


It’s a game; it’s about love; it’s inventive and fun. Rebecca Northan, improv artist extraordinaire and a group of whip-smart sonneteers create a sonnet about a real couple and they do it according to the rules of Shakespeare. Wonderfully inventive.

Check it out on the Stratford Festival website: www.stratfordfestival.ca


Next up in LCT’s SPOTLIGHT SERIES will be “Looking Back at CONTACT,” LCT’s 2000 award-winning musical. Featuring the production’s director and choreographer Susan Stroman; writer John Weidman; and original stars Boyd Gaines, Seán Martin Hingston, Deborah Yates and Karen Ziemba. The event will be moderated by Tomé Cousin, also an original cast member who has subsequently overseen productions of the musical world-wide.

Saturday, March 27-April 11, 2021.

This month Nightwood Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts are honoured to present Embodying Power and Place, curated by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard and New Harlem Productions. In 2019, the federal commission on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released their final report, Reclaiming Power and Place. In 2020 over a dozen artists from a wide range of disciplines were commissioned by New Harlem Productions to read and respond to specific chapters of the report. This digital iteration of Embodying Power and Place offers twelve audio-visual works that seek to honour the lives of the missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, Trans, and Two-Spirit people and strives to create a sacred space in which to reflect, heal, and find renewed hope. Incorporating text, sound and imagery, Embodying Power and Place features work by incredible Indigenous creators such as Janet Antone, Reneltta Arluk, Tara Beagan, Yolanda Bonnell, Darla Contois, Deborah Courchene, Aria Evans, Eekwol Lindsay Knight, Jessica Lea Fleming, Falen Johnson, Émilie Monnet, Yvette Nolan, Michelle Olson, Natalie Sappier, jaye simpson, and Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone. This digital experience, launching on World Theatre Day (March 27th), will feature twelve 5-10 minute pieces directed by Cole Alvis, Jessica Carmichael and Katie German and starring Cole Alvis, Reneltta Arluk, Tara Beagan, Samantha Brown, Eekwol Lindsay Knight, Monique Mojica, Joelle Peters, Tara Sky, and Michaela Washburn, with Sound Design and Composition by Olivia Shortt and Cosette Pin, and Multimedia Interpretations by Kaylyn and Kassiday Bernard of Patuo’kn. All performances are free to access, though we encourage donations to the Native Women’s Association of Canada – an aggregate of Indigenous women’s organizations across Canada, advocating for Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people and It Starts with Us – a community initiative that was founded to honour and document the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, Trans, and Two-Spirited people. We hope you will join us March 27 to April 11th for this thrilling collaboration from a brilliant array of artists! (Art work created for Embodying Power and Place: “Water Ceremony” by Natalie Sappier)

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