Heads Up for the week of June 21-27, 2021

by Lynn on June 21, 2021

in The Passionate Playgoer

Monday, June 21, 2021 8:00 pm

  Launch Party:
Playwrights Canada Press
Happy almost summer! We’re getting ready to have some fun reading in the sun with our latest releases, and you should too!

Plus, make sure to RSVP for our next launch party! Keep scrolling for more details.     Available now
Take d Milk, Nah? Cover  
Take d Milk, Nah?
by Jivesh Parasram
In this funny, fresh, and skeptical take on the identity play, Jivesh Parasram blends personal storytelling and ritual to offer the Hin-dos and Hin-don’ts within the intersections of his highly hyphenated cultures. 

9781770910986 / $17.95
Order now     The Law of Gravity cover  
The Law of Gravity
by Olivier Sylvestre,
translated by Bobby Theodore
In this moving story of identity and friendship, two genderqueer teens find refuge in one another as they fight against societal norms and plan for their future.

9780369101693 / $19.95
2 roles
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When Words Sing cover
When Words Sing
edited by Julie Salverson
When Words Sing turns the spotlight on everything that goes into writing for opera, featuring seven contemporary Canadian libretti as well as supplementary interviews, essays, and illustrations.

9780369101242 / $29.95
Order now         Coming soon   WROLThrough the BambooSexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes     More coming soon     Launch party   Launch party book covers and author headshots

Monday, June 21st at 8 pm EDT

We’re celebrating the release of Halfway There By Norm Foster, The Bridge by Shauntay Grant, Take d Milk, Nah? by Jivesh Parasram, WROL (Without Rule of Law) by Michaela Jeffery, and When Words Sing edited by Julie Salverson with contributor Robert Chafe with readings, Q&A, and trivia with all of the authors! Hosted by Karen Fricker of the Toronto Star.

ASL Interpretation, closed captioning, and a written compilation of the excerpts read will be provided.

You must register to attend via Zoom at this link!  

Tuesday, June 22, 2021, various times.


Created by Sunny Drake

CHILD-ish: Adults speak the exact words of children about love, life and the world. Book your web series virtual launch FREE ticket for June 22nd!

Child-Ish Web Series


Book your Free Ticket

Following sold-out work-in-progress showings at SummerWorks in 2019 as a theatre play, Sunny Drake brings you the CHILD-ISH web series. 4 episodes, shot at Toronto playgrounds, touring the world digitally in 2021. Join the free virtual launch event on June 22nd, hosted by children, to watch all 4 episodes and meet the people who made them. And … #BeMoreChildish



Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 7:15 pm

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Against the Grain Theatre
Against the Grain Theatre is proud to present: Sāvitri
Based on the ancient Hindu legend from the Mahābhārata, AtG’s Sāvitri is a contemporary 40-minute film of the outdoor chamber opera by Gustav Holst.

The story of Sāvitri is based on the ancient Indian legend of a powerful princess who falls in love and marries exiled prince Satyavān, who is prophesied to die just one year later. As fated, she is visited by the God of Death—Yama—who has come to claim Satyavān’s life. 

Instead of giving into fear and loss, Sāvitri engages Death in a dialogue, inviting him into her world. Death, charmed by her humanity and impressed by her resilience and devotion, offers Sāvitri a wish…
Click the video above to watch the official trailer for AtG’s Sāvitri.
Starring Meher Pavri as Sāvitri, Andrew Haji as Satyavān, and Vartan Gabrielian as Yama, God of Death.

Directed by Miriam Khalil and Associate Directed by Simran Claire.

Chamber ensemble conducted by Simon Rivard.

Original Hindustani music played and composed by Arnab Chakrabarty on sarod and Shahbaz Hussain on tabla, which will be bookending the opera.
Meher Pavri and Andrew Haji in Sāvitri. Photo by Dylan Toombs.
AtG’s Sāvitri premieres on June 23rd, at 7:15pm ET for a pre-show discussion with the directors and cast, hosted by AtG Collective member Amanda Hadi, and at 8pm ET for a live watch party.
Sāvitri will be available on demand until July 11, 2021. 
Free registration is open now at: 
Register Now to Watch

Thursday, June 24-Sat. June 26, 2021.

Announcing the Inaugural Decolonise Your Ears New Play Festival The Inaugural Decolonise Your Ears New Play Festival is a three-day virtual festival running June 24-26th, 2021. 

Decolonising theatre means expressing culturally specific ideas, mythologies, music, dance; IBPOC bodies occupying space in celebration of our unique identities, and subverting rigid hierarchies that inevitably harm ‘lesser’ company members, in favour of a more equitable approach. The belief that the Greeks invented theatre is a myth. Theatre has been practiced by folx all over the world since the advent of community, but has in many contexts evolved into an elitist and unwelcoming arena. This must change.

The festival will be Deaf Accessible with ASL Interpretation throughout.  Generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Hamilton Enrichment Fund, Theatre Aquarius (Outreach, Artist Development and Education Department) and the Centre for Community Engaged Narrative Arts      

Thursday June 24 7pm

Unwanted by Melissa Murray-Mutch Quebec 1785. Wanted: a mixed-race man last  seen travelling with a white male. Based on fugitive slace ads of the time, Melissa Murray-Mutch’s new play delves into the history of slavery in Canada and the meaning of home.  Directed by: Marilo Nuñez Dramaturgy by: DM St. Bernard Casting to be announced May 31st Tickets $5-$35

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Friday June 25th 7pm

How Much for Tranquility by Joanne Roberts An anthology of three plays: Anak, The Drive, and White Room, How Much for Tranquility is a coming of age piece exploring dynamics prevalent in Filipino households and sheds light on familial issues that are too often kept in the shadows due to societal and cultural stigma. Directed by Karen Ancheta Dramaturgy by DM St. Bernard Casting to be announced May 31st Tickets $5
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Saturday June 26 7pm

The Sheep by Radha S. Menon Birmingham U.K. A mother and daughter’s turbulent relationship reaches a breaking point when the girl finds a blood and shit splattered sheep outside of an abattoir. Her next actions will affect their lives forever.  Directed by Jennie Esdale Dramaturgy by Judith Thompson Casting to be announced May 31st  Tickets $5-$35

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Thursday, June 24-Sunday, June 27, 2021

Off Broadway

By Torrey Townsend

Directed by Robert O’Hara

Produced by Jeremy O. Harris (he is why you should see this!)

Search Richard Kind, Dylan Baker, Becky Ann Baker Set for New Streaming Play Off Broadway

Richard Kind, Robert O'Hara, Jeremy O. Harris, Dylan Baker, and Becky Ann BakerRichard Kind, Robert O’Hara, Jeremy O. Harris, Dylan Baker, and Becky Ann Baker
(© David Gordon/Janie Willison)

Jeremy O. Harris will present the streaming premiere of Torrey Townsend’s new dark comedy Off Broadway, June 24-27. The satire will be directed by Robert O’Hara.

Off Broadway is set during the pandemic theater shutdown, and follows the staff of a non-profit theater as they come together on Zoom and scramble to stave off extinction. The show is described as “a scathing critique of an industry desperately trying to reinvent itself in the midst of a pandemic.”

The full cast includes Dylan Baker, Becky Ann Baker, Jessica Frances Dukes, Jason Butler Harner, Hal Linden, Jillian Mercado, Richard Kind, and Kara Wang. Harris produces in association with Lucas Katler, Jana Shea, and Broadstream Media.

Off Broadway will be available free to the public via Broadstream, though email signup is requested.

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