The Passionate Playgoer

Streaming for free on YouTube.

Conceived by Oliver Ward, Dennis Nicholson and André Sills.

Various episodes written by Oliver Ward, Dennis Nicholson and André Sills

Directed by Dennis Nicholson

Cast: André Sills

Oliver Ward

A terrific YouTube series about two private investigators on the case. Funny, moving and fearless in tackling hard subjects like racism, respect for others, what is the worst film ever made, the ‘N-word’ white fragility and the politics of fried chicken. Brilliant in every way.

Private Idiots is a nine-part YouTube series thatwas conceived by Oliver Ward, Dennis Nicholson and André Sills and is a perfect antidote to COVID-19 and lockdown.

It’s a series of nine short episodes, no more than six minutes each that were filmed for YouTube. The series was created by Oliver Ward (actor and film maker), Dennis Nicholson (who directs the episodes) and André Sills a theatre actor who has done a lot of work at Shaw, Stratford and in Toronto. The three creators also wrote some of the episodes and Oliver Ward and André Sills star in each episode.

The premise is that Boise Jobs (Oliver Ward) and Steve Mann (André Sills) are private investigators who usually spend their time trying to get photos of cheating husbands, etc.

But then they get a contract from a pharmaceutical company for four months work at twice their usual money, to follow a scientist who was fired from the pharmaceutical company and might be shopping the formula of a COVID vaccine to other parties.

Each episode takes place in Steve’s car (it’s also Steve’s private investigating company). Boise is either getting food for the two of them or being reprimanded by Steve for something insensitive that he (Boise) did or said. Boise works for Steve.

Each episode is hilarious. The language is punchy, sharp, irreverent, full of swearing and when you least expect it, literary allusions.  There are also serious aspects to each episode.  We get this right from the first episode, “Code Switching” (written by Oliver Ward). That first episode establishes so much about the characters, their worlds, their concerns and the way the world treats them.  

Boise is bearded, white, easy-going and a bit thoughtless and insensitive. Steve is Black, often impatient with Boise, has a moral centre and is sensitive to racism and any kind of thoughtlessness. For example,  Boise mimics the accent of the people who run the South Asian take-out where he gets their butter chicken etc. Steve berates him saying it’s disrespectful. But then Boise notes that in various phone conversations Steve has, his voice and manner change.  Steve explains that this is “Code Switching”—depending on who he is talking to on the phone, he assumes a different voice:

quiet and obedient when talking to his mother; bright and almost ‘white sounding (formal)’ when talking to the person who hired them, and then in a thick patois slang when talking to a black friend.

Steve says that “Code Switching is when you change your essence depending on who you are with or talking too”. Steve says he usually does this (talk with utmost respect in certain cases) so that “white people feel safe and comfortable.”  Boise tries that chirpy, formality with a new client but Steve suggests that Boise doesn’t have to do that kind of Code Switching performance because he’s already white.

In that first episode Steve laments that he’s tired of the kind of cases they get: lowly, cheating husbands etc. and figured that at this point in his life he would be farther ahead by now. Then Boise remembers that he has a lead for a new case from a pharmaceutical company for a four-month contract at twice their regular rate. It seems the pharmaceutical company heard how Steve and Boise solved another case and wanted them to take on this new one.

Let’s unpack this slowly, shall we? Without hitting us over the head at the inequity of the worlds of whites and Blacks writer Oliver Ward establishes that the pharma company assumes that Boise runs the private investigators company because he’s white and that Steve works for him, because he’s Black. We know the opposite is true. And imagine it: Boise gets the biggest case of the company and he forgets to tell Steve until Steve’s laments about the lowly jobs they get.

I love the subtlety of the writing throughout the series because it’s full of glints of such telling information that just slides into place without fanfare or comment, just waiting for us ‘to get it.”

There is an episode entitled simply “The twenty-fifth of May.” It is the most moving, serious episode. It’s written by André Sills. We all know that is the date that George Floyd was killed. The tone of the episode is somber.

Steve is alone in the car listening to the news of what happened to George Floyd that day.  When Boise gets in the car Steve quickly turns off the radio. Boise tries to awkwardly give comfort: “Steve, my brother….” (Steve): “Don’t do that! Not today. I can’t.”

Boise tries again and says:  “Steve, my friend, I just want you to know, I’ve got your back.” which seems better. But then Steve tries to enlighten Boise about white fragility, racism, and what is going on in the world if you are Black. That episode makes you suck air and let it out slowly.

I love that the writers don’t shy away from the awkward stuff, and I loved that there is so much subtle wisdom in each episode.  I love that the character of Steve shows people of different ethnicities respect and reprimands Boise when he doesn’t get it. Over the course of the series we see the issues that Steve has had to endure as a Black man and how he’s savvy about the world he works in. Boise makes strides slowly to be a more sensitive person.

The chemistry between Oliver Ward as Boise and André Sills as Steve is terrific. They banter, spar and lob jokes and insults that is terrific to see. And I can’t remember laughing so hard at anything; doubled over, gasping for air, getting lightheaded, and sobbing as quickly when matters turned serious.

Privae Idiots is wonderful.

Private Idiots streams on YouTube:

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I’ve written often about the endless font of creativity that is Arkady Spivak, the Artistic Producer of Talk is Free Theatre in Barrie, Ont. Aside from producing some of the best theatre around pre-pandemic, he produced The Plural of She, a festival of plays and productions by women and female-identifying artists, that took place in private back yards last summer; he created a three year commitment to actors that would guarantee them contracts and a wage; he had private readings for actors to give them work and some income; and to provide stimulus for local restaurants he came up with a scheme for dinner and zoomed play reading called Dinner á la Art.

As Arkady Spivak describes it: “People had to either dine in (from the moment we announced to recent lock-down), have delivered, picked up a meal from a locally owned restaurant in Barrie, Collingwood, Orillia or Midland. They could also buy a gift certificate or donate a meal to a stranger at a rest’s choice. Those from away took advantage of the last two options. When they did any of the options and spent at least $30 on the dinner itself, they received a free link (of the reading) from Talk is Free theatre. So the theatre part itself was free.”

The readings took place last week from April 7-11, a reading per evening. The Series was curated by Richard Ouzounian, who also directed and adapted three of the readings. The conditions were that the plays had to be in the public domain and they had to be cut to 90 minutes playing time.

The readings were: Heartbreak House by George Bernard Shaw, Riot by Andrew Moodie, She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, Bright Lights by Kat Sandler and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The casts were stellar; a combination of notable international names, leading Canadian actors and up and coming artists to keep an eye on; names such as: Ed Asner, Len Cariou, Cyntia Dale, Alexis Gordon, Eric McCormack, Noah Beemer, Brandon Chandler, Glynis Ranney, Mike Nadajewski, Chilina Kennedy, Malindi Ayienga, Gabi Epstein, Colin Mochrie and Amy Keating, among others.    The results were splendid on the whole with a few murky sound issues that were resolved quickly. The readings were accomplished, the stories were clear and the humour and drama were expertly realized. It was a wonderful initiative to help the restaurants of the local areas around Barrie, Ont. and of course to provide these artists with the opportunity to use their skills.

More of these initiatives will no doubt be coming from Talk Is Free Theatre soon. Watch this space for details.

www.tift.ca

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Monday, April 12-25, 2021.

Streaming for free and on demand from the Goodman Theatre, in Chicago

Smokefall

Written Noah Haidle

Directed by Anne Kauffman

Violet is pregnant with twins. The twins in the womb discuss whether or not they want to be born in a perilous world. Violet must also face challenges. A play about the fragility of life and the power of love.

https://www.goodmantheatre.org

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Streaming on the Broadway HD site.

2 Pianos 4 Hands

A Canadian classic by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt about the joys and disappointments of learning to play the piano and eventually loving it.

Heart squeezing.  

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2F2pianos4hands.com

Wednesday, April 14-20 2021.

Streaming from Harbourfront Centre.

More Than Dance, We Are A Movement

Harbourfront Centre, in partnership with Digidance, presents the Canadian premiere of More Than Dance, We Are A Movement, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of contemporary Indigenous innovators, Red Sky Performance.The film will stream in Canada April 14-20, 2021.

Recognized nationally and internationally as one of Canada’s most prolific and acclaimed creators of contemporary Indigenous works, Red Sky Performance is lauded for its impactful, interdisciplinary works informed by an Indigenous worldview. Red Sky Performance moves beyond dance to elicit meaningful change surrounding the narrative of Indigenous arts and culture in Canada and beyond.

Including interviews with Executive and Artistic Director Sandra Laronde (she is a powerhouse of creativity) and her company of collaborators, the film offers an intimate and insightful look into the company’s singular artistic vision—creating contemporary works rooted in Indigenous storytelling traditions.

The film premiere features excerpts from two award-winning creations: Trace, a highly kinetic dance work inspired by Anishinaabe sky and star stories, and Miigis, which breathes life into origin stories of travel from the Atlantic Coast to the Great Lakes.

Link for tickets: https://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/digidance

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 8:00 pm

Streaming for free from Classic Stage Company in New York.

Tell the Story.

Classic Stage Company Presents
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Thursday, April 15 at 8pm EST, Classic Stage Company will present Tell The Story: Celebrating Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins

This FREE virtual event will bring together a star-studded array of theater legends for performances and conversations exploring the legacy of this timely American musical. Participants include the entire cast of our upcoming production, friends and alumni of CSC, as well as cast and creative team members from the 1990 Off-Broadway premiere and 2004 Broadway revival. And, perhaps most exciting of all, the event will culminate in a special discussion between Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. This exciting new project is inspired by our forthcoming production of Assassins, which was originally scheduled to open April 2020. Now it’s been one year since CSC joined theaters across the country and closed our doors due to the global pandemic, and while we are still focused on reopening, CSC is thrilled to present Tell The Story, a benefit designed to raise funds and help CSC reopen as soon as we can.   Read on for the complete lineup of special guests and find out how you can reserve your free ticket to join us. Don’t forget to mark your calendar and we look forward to seeing you virtually for this extraordinary celebration on April 15!
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Thursday, April 15, 2021.

Stratford@Home

The Stratford Festival offers archival films of past productions, plus wonderful initiatives such as:

Undiscovered Sonnets where three sonneteers listen to the love story of real couples and fashion a sonnet at the end of the ‘show’.

Up Close and Musical is a concert series created and directed by Richard Ouzounian. Past singers have been Cynthia Dale, Vanessa Sears, Marcus NanceRobert MarkusAlexis GordonRobert Ball and Chilina Kennedy.

Please check the Stratford Festival website for details at www.stratfordfestival.ca

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Streaming until April 25 from Prairie Theatre Exchange.

By Hannah Moscovitch

Directed by Thomas Morgan Jones

Set, props, costumes by Brian Perchaluk

Lighting by Scott Henderson

Sound by jaymez

Filmed by Ice River Films

Cast: Alicia Johnston

Kristian Jordan

Arne MacPherson

Stephanie Sy

Observation: While this pandemic has closed our beloved theatres for in person playgoing, it has provided those resourceful theatre-makers with a chance to make their productions available digitally. I’m grateful to have seen digital productions from the National Theatre in London, various productions from the Dublin International Theater Festival, Under the Radar Festival in New York, Lincoln Center Theater productions, also in New York.  

But I’m happiest to be able to see so much from across Canada because of new technology.  Bravo to the Belfry in Victoria, B.C. for creating Being Here: The Refugee Project; the National Arts Centre in Ottawa for its Grand Acts of Theatre; The Stratford Festival for its @Home offerings of Up Close and Musical, Undiscovered Sonnets, Leer Estates and various archived productions; the many panels and smart readings from (Dinner á la Art—readings of Heartbreak House, Riot, She Stoops to Conquer) Talk Is Free Theatre in Barrie, and Katharsis, Yvette Nolan’s wonderful ode to the theatrefrom the Prairie Theatre Exchange.  Prairie Theatre Exchange is also presenting Hannah Moscovitch’s new play Post-Democracy until April 25.  

A bristling examination of the murky world of big business when money seduces everybody and ethics and integrity are kicked to the curb, written by Hanna Moscovitch whose laser vison doesn’t miss a thing.

From the play information: “Welcome to the world of the 1%, the corporate elite, the “C-suite” – the “king-makers” whose influence flows through every aspect of our lives virtually unnoticed. When a CEO and his top executives are on a business trip for a major deal, a damaging sex scandal at the company is unearthed back home. As the pressure to complete the deal mounts, more secrets come to the surface, endangering the CEO’s company, his family, and his legacy. What happens to morality when human beings have limitless power?”

The Story. Bill is the CEO of a large company. Lee is his COO. Bill’s adopted daughter Justine, the company’s CFO, is also there, as is Shannon, a public relations person with the company. Lee is her boss and he’s attracted to her, although Bill has warned Lee about not giving into his urges with Shannon. They are in a poor South American city to sign a deal and buy a manufacturing company named Systemus. There is trouble at home. Bill keeps checking his cell-phone for information. It seems a Brand Manager has been sexually harassing or compromising his female assistants and the issue must be contained even though the press seems to know about it.

At the same time Bill learns that although Lee just arrived the evening before, he had sex with a young woman who was sent to his room, and who probably was underage. When this information is revealed, Lee doesn’t see any problem as it is a third world problem and the young woman was just a whore. Justine appears to have a moral compass. She does extensive charity work in Africa. She is aware of the toxic company culture and is intent on stopping it. To that end she wants her father Bill to fire Lee. Bill won’t do it for reasons that are eventually revealed. Justine is appeased in a way that is all too familiar in such cases. Everybody knows everybody’s secrets and either ignore them or use them for their own advantage later.

For Hannah Moscovitch to name the company they want to buy, Systemus, is Moscovitch winking at how close it is to the word “systemic’ which is how pervasive the rot is in Bill’s company and the company he wants to buy.  

The Production. Brian Perchaluk has designed a set that adheres to COVID protocols for safety for the cast.  There are three separate platforms on which the four characters will engage. When two actors have to be on one of the platforms at the same time, director Thomas Morgan Jones stages them so that a lot of space separates them, for the most part. The furnishings are minimal but suggest a high-end hotel. There is a large, black leather chair on the stage-left platform, a well-stocked drinks trolley on the middle platform and two padded benches on the stage-left and right platforms.

Scott Henderson’s lighting illuminates the bases of the platforms in many colours. It is both garish yet striking. Bill and Lee wear suits; Justine and Shannon wear form-fitting dresses and heels. They all dress for success and business.

Bill spends most of his time peering into his cell-phone checking e-mails and texts or replying to them, while Lee tries to get his attention. As Bill, Arne MacPherson is taciturn, watchful, and cool. It’s a nice touch from Thomas Morgan Jones to have Bill looking down at his phone, while Lee, played with barely concealed impatience by Kristian Jordan, waits. Bill called the meeting for 6:00 am and Lee has had a bad night. Lee is edgy, pushy, monosyllabic. He wrangles with Justine, played with moral outrage by Stephanie Sy, is insulting to her in front of Bill. It’s obvious Lee has no conscience. Rounding out the cast is Alicia Johnston as Shannon, a woman with a family history who should, one thinks, be receptive to protecting the women in the company from the predators such as the Brand Manager. But Alicia Johnston plays her with the grit and clinkered gaze of someone who goes after what she wants.

Hannah Moscovitch’s characters in Post-Democracy speak in blunt language. Lee’s dialogue is a sting of monosyllabic words that jolt out. These are people who don’t converse in paragraphs because their communication is generally from a cell-phone screen. At times the dialogue is reminiscent of David Mamet, but with Mamet his characters are inarticulate. With Moscovitch her characters are in a hurry for the deal and power and don’t have time for chit-chat.

Thomas Morgan Jones has created a cool, controlled production in which every gesture is a way of getting control over somebody else by keeping them waiting to speak, wanting someone to fire somebody else, and getting an edge.  

Comment. Hannah Moscovitch has written a devastating play in which she puts her laser perception and focus on the toxic culture in big business; where money is more important than morality; conscience, integrity and ethics are laughed at in favour of making a deal at all cost. Moscovitch so immerses you in this world you might want to take a shower after seeing it. The power of the play is that you will be thinking about it long after you see it, and you should see it.

Post-Democracy streams through Prairie Theatre Exchange until April 25.

For tickets click: https://www.pte.mb.ca/performances/Post-democracy

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Part of the Factory Theatre free Satellite Season, Audio Drama series called You Can’t Get There From Here.

Written by Matthew Mackenzie

Directed by Nina Lee Aquino

Cast: Christine Horne

Craig Lauzon

The First Métis Man of Odessa by Matthew MacKenzie, is the second audio drama from Factory Theatre’s audio dramas series called You Can’t Get There From Here. Three more audio dramas will play over the next three weeks; five dramas in five weeks all together.

After hearing Sisters by Anusree Roy last week, and The First Métis Man of Odessa this week, it’s clear that the line, “You Can’t Get There From Here” must appear in each of the five audio dramas. The lines seem innocuous but then they become vivid when you hear them in their different contexts.

The First Métis Man of Odessa is about Matt, a Canadian playwright who is in Ukraine for a project and meets Masha, an actress who is involved in the project. Sparks fly. There is an attraction. They spend a lot of time together along with the rest of the cast while he is in Ukraine, But Matt and Masha always seem to end up talking long after their colleagues leave. When the project is over Matt has to return to Canada. Matt and Masha keep in touch. She comes to visit him in Tkaronto—Toronto and they get closer.This is a year ago in March. When she returns home she realizes she’s pregnant. Matt is determined to marry Masha but then COVID happens and they are separated.

This audio drama illuminates the absolute determination, hilarity and frustration of a modern romance in COVID times. How can this be hilarious? This is Matthew MacKenzie writing. He’s got a sly sense of humour and a quirky way of looking at the world. Please reference his other plays: Bears, After the Fire and The Particulars for evidence of the man’s gifts.

So while he leaves you breathless with all the complications of getting flights to Ukraine, hoping the papers are in order, not being stopped by COVID, getting the papers to marry Masha, getting Masha’s papers in order to bring her to Canada to give birth, and getting her health card before the baby is born, he is funny and sweet and cheerful in meeting every single complication.

And it’s a true story.

It’s about Matthew MacKenzie’s adventures in Ukraine where he met his future wife (he changed the name to Masha for the purposes of this piece). As an audio drama it starts leisurely enough, and then goes like the wind.

Craig Lauzon plays Matt. Christine Horne plays Masha. They alternate lines so that each gives their own perspective on the story.

Nina Lee Aquino directs this with meticulous attention and a swift pace as matters become more and more fraught—will Masha be allowed in the country—will she be allowed in the hospital—the emergency door seems to be locked.

It’s a sweet story of love and determination. And to find out what happens give a listen…..

The First Métis Man of Odessa plays on Apple podcasts or Spotify,

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By Lewis Carroll

Adapted by Fiona Sauder for Bad Hats

Directed by Sue Miner

Musical director, Reza Jacobs

Co-composed by Landon Doak and Victor Pokinko

Choreographed by Cameron Carver

Lighting by Logan Raju Cracknell

Costume Designer, Ming Wong

Cast: Tess Benger

Landon Doak

Phoebe Hu

Richard Lam

Jacob MacInnis

Matt Pilipiak

Fiona Sauder

Vanessa Sears

Jonathan Tan

Delightful, pointed, of our world and embracing of difference.

NOTE:  Because the rules for theatre performance and streaming seem to change instantly, Bad Hats Theatre had to shift to filming Alice in Wonderland and not live streaming it. The company observed all sorts of health protocols to be safe.  Distances were established between actors and moveable plexiglass frames separated actors. If actors were already in their own bubble then they could act with a partner without a separation.  Those are the logistics.

CURIOUS NOTE: I found it interesting (puzzling??) that Lewis Carroll’s name is not mentioned anywhere in the program or the added activity book as the ‘author’ of the original Alice story. Fiona Sauder is noted as the ‘adaptor’ but not mentioned is the source material she adapted. Curious. The Program title only lists “Bad Hats’ Alice in Wonderland. Ok, perhaps it’s because Lewis Carroll never wrote something called Alice in Wonderland. He in fact wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Is this hair-splitting, or what? (and with no hair cuts we have a lot of hairs to split.) OK, I’m giving credit below where it’s due.

The Story. Lewis Carrol’s beloved, whimsical classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been adapted and created for our contemporary times by Fiona Sauder, the Artistic Director of Bad Hats Theatre. The result is Alice in Wonderland, a filmed family musical, presented by Soulpepper.

The whimsy is still there but it also reflects many of the changes in our world that have happened over the time of the pandemic and before; I’m thinking of Black Lives Matter and gender fluidity and how one acknowledges that.

In this version, Alice is a precocious young girl who is endlessly curious and inquisitive. She asks questions about everything in her class of young kids. Her teacher, Mr. Charles has to remind her that that particular day they are only focusing on answers, not questions. Alice is still not satisfied and when she persists in asking more questions, Mr. Charles moves Alice’s desk  away from the other kids so she won’t be so disruptive. But we get the measure of Alice’s imagination and curiosity when she looks out the window and sees clouds and imagines they look like animals.  Which leads her to imagine a rabbit which then sends her down the rabbit hole and into a different world.

It is basically the same once we get into wonderland. We have the Mad Rabbit who is always late, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, the Cheshire Cat and the Red Queen. But in this version Alice’s real life in her class with her school friends melds into her imagined adventures in Wonderland. For example, Mr. Charles is the harried teacher trying to keep order especially with Alice. He becomes the Rabbit who is late. Alice’s classmates become other characters. Ruby, the smartest, most eager kid in the class becomes the confident, imperious Red Queen.

The character of the Cheshire Cat seems to have been roaming in that classroom before Alice transitioned—so maybe the cat was the class pet? Curious? Alice still has to negotiate Wonderland: to find her way along eight squares and then earn the right to be the Queen.  She was coached along the way of the many riddles by Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee.

And it’s a musical.  This company is so gifted with imagination and talent. (They did a splendid version of Peter Pan a few years ago for Soulpepper).  Landon Doak and Victor Pokinko co-composed the show and it’s full of wit, an intoxicating score and lyrics that reflect the upheaval in this wonderland as well as in the real world. And Fiola Sauder’s adaptation also reflects that juxtaposition between both worlds.

The Red Queen as played fearlessly by Vanessa Sears, instills the Red Queen with whole lot of confidence. At one point the Red Queen is instructing Alice on the rules and how to be a Queen.

So she sings about taking charge:

“So you think you wanna ba a Queen…

You gotta work the system, play within it

Words of wisdom work within em’

Wait to finish, don’t diminish

You’ll need a whole lot of nerve….

Take what you earn, don’t brake and don’t burn

They want service…

From fist’ll just make em  nervous

When they get nervous they wanna hurt us

Take back our space like we don’t deserve trust.

Gotta be cool. Gotta be cool. These are the Queen’s rules.”

The lyrics initially speak to being confident but then they get more pointed and seem to be subtly referring to something deeper—that reference to “When they get nervous they wanna hurt us, take back our space like we don’t deserve trust” is going into a whole deeper area reflected by this Queen.

Vanessa Sears is a powerhouse singer/actress. She is also Black. I think those lyrics are referencing Black Lives Matter and the issues that have been brought up this past year. Taking their place, their space and to be seen. Powerful.

The Red Queen says that Alice can be a Queen. But the way that Vanessa Sears plays the Red Queen is full of confidence, maturity and wisdom of a certain world that Alice doesn’t know about. And Tess Benger plays Alice as innocent, precocious and experiences a different world from this particular Red Queen. I loved the juxtaposition.

At another point in the show, there is a fuzzy caterpillar that envelopes itself in a cape-like cocoon. A question is asked:  “what happens to the caterpillar?” And the answer is: “They became a butterfly.” The character of the caterpillar is played by Jacob MacInnis who uses the pronoun “they” as one of their pronouns.  Writer Fiona Sauder goes deeper into the rabbit hole of Alice in Wonderland to reflect the changing world we all live in now. I think that’s terrific.

Matt Pilipiak plays Mr. Charles as an engaging if harried teacher, and is an anxious, but endearing Rabbit who always feels he’s late. As the Cheshire Cat, who is both in the classroom and in Wonderland, Jonathan Tan is a poem of grace and kindness to Alice and the smile is never overplayed.

Sue Miner has directed this with an intoxicating whimsy. Desks are moved and frames are used to change scenes and reflect a reflective world. And with endless imagination Sue Miner as the director, and Robert Metcalfe and Links Live Media use simple film techniques to suggest Alice is growing or diminishing is size.

To suggest Alice is growing, the camera angle shoots ‘up’ with Alice’s head out of the frame because it can’t contain her whole body. To suggest she is smaller Alice is filed from above, downward thus making her look small. There are other shots with other characters up stage and in perspective that give off different effects in size. Clever.

This is a dandy production of Alice in Wonderland from Bad Hats that reflects our changing world, and will appeal to families on many levels.

Alice in Wonderland can be seen until April 18, 2021 at:

www.soulpepper.ca

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Monday, April 5, 2021.

From the Mint Theatre, in New York City,

Streaming for free until April 18, 2021

Now Streaming:
 
Free On Demand
Streaming Through April 18th

Women Without Men is a workplace drama laced with biting humor, set in the teacher’s lounge of a private girls’ boarding school in Ireland in the 1930s. The play explores the clash of conflicting natures and petty competitions that erupt amongst the school’s cloistered teaching staff. Playwright Hazel Ellis began her theatrical career in the 1930s as a member of the acting ensemble of the Gate Theatre in Dublin. She went on to write two plays for the company, including Women Without Men which was produced at the Gate in 1938. Despite acclaim, the play was never published or revived — until we produced the play’s belated American premiere to much acclaim in 2016 at New York City Center Stage II.
“An overlooked gem… An excellent production. There’s absolutely no grandstanding in director Jenn Thompson’s beautifully composed ensemble piece. Individually, the performances are distinctive, but the collective work of the company is even more impressive.” VARIETY

Wednesday, April, 7, 2021 7:00 pm

Reading of:

Heartbreak House.

INTERNATIONAL CANADIAN STARS LEAD NEW PROJECT
TO SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMIC RECOVERY
  From Barrie, Ontario:   Artistic Producer Arkady Spivak announced Dinner à la Art, a brand-new community partnership project, that will bring five exclusive, online readings with iconic Canadian and international artists to homes around the world from April 7 to 11,2021.

The first reading is Heartbreak House by George Bernard Shaw and directed by Richard Ouzounian to be streamed on April 7, 2021 at 7pm.  This one-time event will star Tony Award winner Len Cariou, best known for his portrayal of ‘Sweeney Todd’ in the original cast of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Film, Television and Stage icon Ed Asner. TIFT alumni and star of Royal Canadian Air Farce Craig Lauzon, Stratford and Shaw Festivals leading actor Alexis Gordon and star of TIFT’s internationally acclaimed The Curious Voyage Michael Torontow.  The cast also includes Cynthia Dale, best known for her role as lawyer Olivia Monk in Street Legal and multiple seasons at the Stratford Festival. Joining the cast is Nicole Joy-Fraser, who has performed on West End and across Canada, and debuted her one-person production as part of TIFT’s Plural of She festival last summer.
 
Play readings for Dinner à la Art were selected and curated by Richard Ouzounian.
 
An important component of this project is to stimulate economic recovery of the region’s hardest hit, privately owned restaurants and retailers. Admission to any of the Dinner à la Art readings will be with the purchase of a meal or a gift card (a $30 CAD minimum). Purchased meals and gift cards can also be donated to a stranger by each participating restaurant.
 
This project was conceived to bring Simcoe County’s best elements of entertainment, fine dining, and local merchandise together for a unique, community-inspired event.  

How it works   Please visit TIFT’s website to see all participating restaurants (dine-in, take-out, and delivery options are available) and retailers. The purchase of $30 CAD or more to any of the participating businesses, an access code will be provided by the chosen outlet to receive a complimentary link from TIFT.  
 
For more information, please click HERE.
 
All purchases must be made through the participating restaurant or retailer of choice. After the purchase is made, an access code will be provided by the restaurant and a link to the reading will be provided by Talk Is Free Theatre.  

Readings  
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
 
Starring
Ed Asner, Len Cariou, Cynthia Dale,
Alexis Gordon, Nicole Joy-Fraser,
Craig Lauzon,
And
Michael Torontow
 
In
 
HEARTBREAK HOUSE
By George Bernard Shaw, Directed by Richard Ouzounian
 
What happens when socialites, tycoons and drifters collide in the British countryside on the eve of World War I? Shaw’s Heartbreak House is a comedy that weaves together the deceptive nature of the ruling class, love triangles, and the fine line between order and catastrophe.  -~Running time is 85 minutes~   Technical Requirements   A valid email address. A good internet connection.    

Thursday, April 8, 2021, 7:00 pm  

Reading of:  

Riot  

MORE CANADIAN STARS OF STAGE AND SCREEN ANNOUNCED AS PART OF DINNER A LA ART, TO SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMIC RECOVERY  

Barrie, ON…Today, Talk Is Free Theatre released the title and cast of acclaimed artists for one more reading as part of Dinner à la Art. Riot was written in 1995 by Andrew Moodie and will be streaming for one night only on April 8, 2021. Directing this Chalmers Canadian Play Award winner is actor, playwright, and co-founder of Blue Bird Theatre Collective, Tawiah M’Carthy.  
 
Starring in Riot is Dora Award-winning actor Daren A. Herbert, who is best known for his roles in television series Kim’s Convenience, Falling Skies, and several productions with Soulpepper. Fellow Dora Award winner Vanessa Sears who has performed across Canada for such companies as the Shaw Festival and Mirvish Productions is also cast in a major role. The cast also includes Cameron Grant, who has performed with the Shaw Festival and InspiraTO festival; Giovanni Spina who is an acting company member of Shakespeare in the Ruff and TIFT, and Jahlen Barnes, who has performed in featured roles with such companies as the Shaw Festival, Neptune Theatre, and TIFT.

The price of admission to any of these exclusive readings is a $30CAD minimum purchase from one of the local participating restaurants or retailers.   To see the complete list of participating businesses, please click HERE.    

Thursday, April 8, 2021
 
Starring
Daren A. Herbert, Vanessa Sears,
Jahlen Barnes, Cameron Grant,  
And
Giovanni Spina
 
In
 
RIOT
By Andrew Moodie, Directed by Tawiah M’Carthy

A dramatic and often humorous look at six black Canadians of diverse backgrounds who share a Toronto house. Their lives unfold against the backdrop of civil unrest, which erupted when the Los Angeles police officers on trial for the beating of Rodney King are acquitted. The fracas outside keeps intruding as characters clash, collide, and swap jokes about everything from racism to the status of Quebec as a distinct society, from Malcolm X to The Road to Avonlea. 

~Running time is 90 minutes~

Audience Advisory
Coarse language and adult content 

Technical Requirements   A valid email address. A good internet connection.       

Friday, April 9, 2021 9 am to 10 am   CIUT FRIDAY MORNING, 89.5fm

I’m interviewing Sandra Laronde, the Artistic Director of Red Sky, a superb dance company specializing in telling Indigenous stories through dance.    

Friday, April 9, 2021 7:00 pm  

Reading of:  

She Stoops to Conquer.  

Part of Dinner à la Art Initiative from Talk is Free Theatre   Let the laughter in! Colin Mochrie and Gavin Crawford lead cast of acclaimed artists in a one-night-only event for a good cause.    Barrie, ON…Today, Talk Is Free Theatre announced that internationally renowned comedian Colin Mochrie will star in an exclusive online event with acclaimed artists as part of Dinner à la Art. Directed by Richard Ouzounian, the uproarious comedy She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith will be streamed for one night only on April 9, 2021 at 7pm.

Colin Mochrie is best known for his work on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and his featured roles in The Red Green Show, Murdoch Mysteries, and many more. The cast also includes Gavin Crawford, whose television show, The Gavin Crawford Show, won the Gemini Award for comedy, and Dora Award winner Rebecca Northan, who is best known for her hilarious roles on Alice, I Think, and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Multi-award winning TIFT alumni and Stratford leading actor Gabi Epstein will be playing a featured role along with local professional Jason Allin, whose one-person production Chaplin: About Face was commissioned by TIFT. Joining the cast are Dora Award winning performer Malindi Ayienga, who debuted her one-person production last summer as part of TIFT’s Plural of She festival, Brendan Chandler, the current star of TIFT’s indefinitely touring production of Tales of an Urban Indian, and Noah Beemer who has performed with such companies as Young People’s Theatre and TIFT to name a few.


The price of admission to any of these exclusive readings is a $30CAD minimum purchase from one of the local participating restaurants or retailers.   To see the complete list of participating businesses, please click HERE.    

Friday, April 9, 2021
 
Starring
Colin Mochrie, Gavin Crawford,
Jason Alin, Malindi Ayienga, Noah Beemer, Brendan Chandler,  
Gabi Epstein and Rebecca Northan 
 
In
 
SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER
By Oliver Goldsmith, Directed by Richard Ouzounian
 
Some things have not in changed in the world of romance since 1773 when She Stoops to Conquer was first performed. Egotistical men still make fools of themselves pursuing women who are far more intelligent and sensible than them. To illustrate how contemporary this classic is, director Richard Ouzounian has assembled a cast featuring some of the finest comedians available today. The Zoom stage is set for hilarity.

~Running time is 90 minutes~   Technical Requirements   A valid email address. A good internet connection. Saturday, April 10, 2021, 7:00 pm   Reading of:   Bright Lights   Look up! An out-of-this-world experience with stars of stage and screen is coming this April.    Streaming online to screens around the globe for one-night-only on April 10, 2021 is the razor-sharp farce Bright Lights, written and directed by Dora Award winner Kat Sandler. Performed by celebrated Canadian artists, this exclusive reading is part of Dinner à la Art, a new project from TIFT to help support some of Simcoe County’s hardest-hit, privately-owned restaurants and retailers.
 
Garnering numerous accolades since its sold-out premiere in 2016, this masterfully orchestrated comedy stars distinguished stage actor and Dora Award winner Jeff Lillico, whose recent credits include the award-winning television series On the Basis of Sex. The cast also includes award-winning performer Jakob Ehman who starred in the film adaptation of The Drawer Boy and several TIFT productions including The Libertine, and Gotcha. Featured roles are played by the Stratford Festival’s Tahirih Vejdani, whose work can also be seen on CBC and Netflix series, Dora Award nominated performer Brandon Antonio, whose credits include The Rocky Horror Show and Next to Normal, and Vanessa Smythe, best known for her role as ‘Michio’ on the television series The Expanse and performed her solo production as part of TIFT’s Plural of She festival last summer.
 
The price of admission to any of the exclusive Dinner à la Art readings is a $30CAD minimum purchase from one of the local participating restaurants or retailers. An access code will be provided to anyone making a purchase between now and the performance dates.   To see the complete list of participating businesses, please click HERE.  

Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 7pm

Bright Lights

Starring
Brandon Antonio, Jakob Ehman,
Jeff Lillico, Vanessa Smythe
and
Tahirih Vejdani 
In

BRIGHT LIGHTS
Written and Directed by Kat Sandler

Bright Lights is a dark comedic snapshot into an hour in the life of an alien abduction support group after its leader is accused of being an alien. How do they decide who to believe when everything is shrouded in absurdity? ~Running time is 90 minutes~   Technical Requirements   A valid email address. A good internet connection.     Sunday, April 11, 2021. 7:00 p.m   Reading of:   The Great Gatsby.   Eric McCormack and Chilina Kennedy star in a one-night-only event to help support local restaurants and retailers across Simcoe County.   Barrie, ON…Talk Is Free Theatre announced today the title and star-studded cast of one more reading as part of Dinner à la Art. Streaming for one night on April 11, 2021 at 7pm is a new adaptation of the seminal novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The classic novel was adapted for online audiences by Richard Ouzounian, who also directs.

Playing the role of the enigmatic Jay Gatsby is international star of Broadway, Film and Television, and best known for his role as Will Truman on NBC’s smash hit sitcom Will & Grace, Eric McCormack. Star of Broadway’s Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Chilina Kennedy will be playing debutante ‘Daisy Buchanan’. The cast also includes TIFT co-founder and Stratford leading actor Mike Nadajewski, Kimberly-Ann Truong, best known for her featured role in the Stratford Festival’s The Rocky Horror Show, Autumn-Joy Dames, who has been featured in Legally Blonde, and Sister Act; Griffin Hewitt from TIFT’s production of Into the Woods; the Stratford Festival’s Aidan deSalaiz, and Montreal based Gabe Maharjan, who has performed with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

The price of admission to any of these exclusive readings is a $30CAD minimum purchase from one of the local participating restaurants or retailers   To see the complete list of participating businesses, please click HERE.    

April 11, 2021
 
The Great Gatsby
Starring
Eric McCormack, Chilina Kennedy,
Autumn-Joy Dames, Aidan deSalaiz, Griffin Hewitt,
Gabe Maharjan, Mike Nadajewski,
And
Kimberly-Ann Truong
 
In
 
THE GREAT GATSBY
By F. Scott Fitzgerald, Adapted and Directed by Richard Ouzounian

 F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic story of romantic obsession in the Roaring Twenties gets an intimate and searching re-examination in this Zoom adaptation by Richard Ouzounian, the first dramatic look at this story since it went into public domain this year. Eric McCormack stars as the mysterious millionaire, Jay Gatsby and Chilina Kennedy is Daisy, the woman he loved, lost and tries to win again…with tragic consequences for all concerned.
 -~Running time is 90 minutes~

    Technical Requirements   A valid email address. A good internet connection.        

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Streaming for free.

Produced by Nightwood Theatre, Native Earth Theatre Company and conceived by New Harlem Productions by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard.

Idea conceived by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard.

Written by:  Reneltta Arluk,

Tara Beagan,

Yolanda Bonnell,

Darla Contois,

Aria Evans, 

Lindsay “Eekwol” Knight,

Jessica Lea Fleming,

Falen Johnson,

Émilie Monnet,

Yvette Nolan,

Michelle Olson,

jaye simpson

Directed by: Cole Alvis

Jessica Carmichael

Katie German

Sound Design and Composition by Olivia Shortt and Cosette Pin

Multimedia Interpretations by Kaylyn and Kassiday Bernard of Patuo’kn.

Art work: Natalie Sappier,

Cast: Cole Alvis

Reneltta Arluk

Tara Beagan

Samantha Brown

Lindsay “Eekwol” Knight

Monique Mojica

Joelle Peters

Tara Sky

Michaela Washburn

Embodying Power and Place is a huge endeavor produced by Nightwood Theatre, Native Earth Theatre Company and conceived by New Harlem Productions, specifically Donna-Michelle St. Bernard. It dramatizes the 2019 Final Report of the Federal Commission on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls entitled Reclaiming Power and Place.

The Report is a two-part, 12 chaptered, hefty document. In 2020 over a dozen artists from a wide range of disciplines were commissioned by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, of New Harlem Productions, to read and create a response to specific chapters of the report. The digital result is entitled: Embodying Power and Place.

From the press information: “This digital iteration of Embodying Power and Place offers twelve audio-visual works that seek to honour 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. The selections incorporate text, sound and imagery from a rich array of Indigenous creators. “

Some pieces used videos of nature to enhance the spirituality of Indigenous culture. Some used animation for the same effect. Each piece varies in length from about five to 22 minutes. Each segment distils what each chapter is about and presents it in poetic writing suffused with anger, frustration and the brutality of the report, but also illuminates the spirit of Indigenous life, the reverence for the land and earth.

For example:

Villa Puffs by Falen Johnson, directed by Cole Alvis, visuals directed by Patuo’kn, performed by Michaela Washburn.

This piece dramatizes Chapter 1 of the Report: Centering Relationships to End Violence.  It is about a woman remembering her younger self and her first encounter with bullies in grade 3 who beat her up. But she was saved by an older girl who defended her. The symbolic sound of crows cawing in the background (as well as in other pieces) illuminates the importance of birds, insects and the land in Indigenous culture, and also focuses on the struggle to avoid violence. Falen Johnson gives the girl a wonderful line: “To be seen is a really powerful thing, eh?”

Baby Girl by Tara Beagan dramatizes chapter 7: Confronting Oppression—Right to Security. Directed by Cole Alvis, performed by Tara Beagan, Joelle Peters, Michaela Washburn.

Lorna is 16 and has been in and out of foster homes. She got pregnant by a young man in one of those homes and she’s just given birth to her daughter. She had her first child at 13 and that child was put up for adoption. It’s looks like the same will happen here. It’s a bleak life of being shunted from one place to another, and not being able to talk to an Indigenous nurse or doctor or at least someone who understands her life and situation. But then Tara Beagan creates a twist in the story that offers hope, salvation and optimism.  

While the anger is palpable in the writing, so is the poetry. In Becoming by Michelle Olson the language is ceremonial, reverential. A character says: “The earth is my law. The crows are my scattered thoughts.”  So vivid an image.

Subtle drumming underscores many of the pieces. There are the sounds of nature, boots crunching snow, water flowing, birds singing. We are put in the world of each piece.

Embodying Power and Place offers an Indigenous interpretation of yet another report that depicts a disgraceful point in our history.

The 12 offerings of Embodying Power and Place can be found for free at: http://www.embodyingpowerandplace.com/videos

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Review: SISTERS

by Lynn on March 29, 2021

in The Passionate Playgoer

Part of the You Can’t Get There From Here initiative of audio plays from Factory Theatre,

Sisters

By Anusree Roy

Directed by Nina Lee Aquino

Sound design by Debashis Sinha

Cast: Ryan Hollyman

Gabriella Sundar Singh

Mirabella Sundar Singh

Rai, her sister Millie and their widower father have only been in Canada (Toronto) for six months. Their father is going for a job interview that evening. Money is tight and the sisters have to watch every nickel.

The audio drama opens with the sisters going to a laundromat near Islington and Lakeshore  to do the laundry and dream about what they will order at Tim Hortons when their father gets a job. Tim Hortons is the epitome of being a Canadian and the young women want to fit in.

A beggar comes into the laundromat ‘asking’ for money: “Dollar, dollar, gimme a dollar.” The sisters say they don’t have any money and try and tell him to go away. He seems to recognize one of them and accuses her of stealing, becoming angry when she denies it. Both sisters are appalled and run and hide in the bathroom, locking the door after them. The beggar is determined to confront the sister and bangs and bangs on the door. Matters are fraught.

Playwright Anusree Roy has written eloquently about various experiences of south Asians (as immigrants, feeling a sense of displacement etc.) in such plays as: Pyaasa, Letters to My Grandma, Little Pretty and the Exceptional, Brothel #9, and Trident Moon.

Anusree Roy is such a gifted writer that she does not allow us to have any preconceptions about anything. In Sisters she has again created the vivid world of an immigrant family. The sisters are devoted to each other and their father, and there is no hint of judgement between the sisters about what seems to have happened here. The beggar appears belligerent  in his begging: (“Dollar, dollar, gimme a dollar) but doesn’t steel any money from the sisters. And he has a sense of justice when he accuses one of the sisters of stealing, when we learn why he’s made the accusation. While he uses a pejorative term for a woman to describe one of the sisters, he is never racist.  Because of her choices Roy makes the audience delve deeper in its perceptions of the situation.

Ryan Hollyman, as the beggar is forbidding and dangerous. When he is asking for money it’s in a low monotone and there’s something about that word, “gimme” that puts a person on the alert for trouble. Gabriella Sundar Singh and Mirabella Sundar Singh play the two sisters with a fine mix of teasing familiarity and sisterly devotion to protect the other. In a way there is another equally important character in Sisters and that is the sound design of Debashis Sinha. He has created the hustle, bustle and noise of the city from the low ‘blurping’ sound of a police car alerting someone to its approach, to the sound and musical cue of a sliding door opening and closing, to the urgent banging of the beggar at the bathroom door. The sounds of Toronto will be familiar to anyone who lives here.

Director Nina Lee Aquino has directed this short audio drama with such care and economy that the audience is gripped immediately and not allowed to relax until the end, if them. Sisters is a terrific way to begin this initiative of You Can’t Get There From Here.

You can listen to Sisters and the other four radio dramas in the series when they are available on Spotify and various other platforms for free:

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Lots of great stuff coming up.

Sunday, March 28, 2021.

From Factory Theatre

March 28-April 22, 2021.

You Can’t Get There From Here is a brand new collection of audio dramas from Toronto’s Factory Theatre. A limited series featuring five commissioned audio theatrical works from some of our country’s most creative minds (Playwrights Anusree RoyMatthew MacKenzieYvette NolanKeith Barker, and Luke Reece), You Can’t Get There From Here offers listeners fresh perspectives on familiar Toronto landmarks and neighbourhoods and glimpses into the micro-dramas occurring each day around us, hidden in plain sight.

Each episode offers a new, self-contained story and a vivid audio experience from each of our five playwrights and the series features the vocal talents of over 20 artists. Audiences can choose to listen from the comforts of their own rooms, or take a journey across the city – either way, they are sure to see the land on which we live and work anew.

Episodes will released once a week over the course of 5 weeks beginning March 25, 2021 and will be available online for free everywhere podcasts are available including: SpotifyApple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.

The first audio drama was Sisters by Anusree Roy. It was 15 dazzling minutes of the gripping drama one has come to expect from Ms. Roy.

Sunday, March 28-April 11, 2021.

Nightwood Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts present

EMBODYING POWER AND PLACE

Curated by New Harlem Productions

March 28 – April 11, 2021

(Toronto)—This spring 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.

Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) reports, “The number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada is disproportionately high. NWAC’s research indicates that, between 2000 and 2008, Aboriginal women and girls represented approximately 10% of all female homicides in Canada. However, Aboriginal women make up only 3% of the female population.”

Playwright, director, dramaturg, former Artistic Director of Native Earth, and creator of the piece Caribou Fence for Embodying Power and Place Yvette Nolan shares, “When Donna-Michelle told me I was using Chapter 4, Colonization as Gendered Oppression, as a jumping-off point for Embodying, I had to sit and think a long time. We all know the cost of colonization, but to have to drill down, to recognize that colonization was even more oppressive for women…I wondered how to deal with the knowledge without performing our trauma. How could I make this chapter into a way of healing? In the end, it is the art – the dance, the song – the resilience of women…We make sense of the world through art, through theatre. We keep our stories and our teachings there. Embodying does all of that.”


SHOW DETAILS:Available through the Embodying Power and Place site: embodyingpowerandplace.com

Sunday, March 28-April 4, 2021.

The link for Deer Woman via Azimuth Theatre’s Expanse Festival is this:

DEER WOMAN

By Tara Beagan.

Part of the Azimuth Theatre’s Expanse Festival.


an ARTICLE 11 and Downstage production
On-Demand on FringeTV from March 25 – April 4

“My name is Lila and I am a proud Blackfoot woman. What I am doing is illegal.” 

So begins Deer Woman, a solo-warrior-woman story of righteous vengeance created by ARTICLE 11. Written by Tara Beagan, directed and designed by Andy Moro, sound design collaboration with Luca Caruso-Moro, with original songs by Lacey Hill, performed by actor and activist Cherish Violet Blood.

Deer Woman tells the story of a young, missing and murdered girl in a country where over  1,600 Indigenous women and girls are officially recognised as being missing or murdered.

Lila, one missing girl’s big sister, refuses to stand idly by. She is the daughter of a hunter who taught her all he knew. She’s ex-army, too. When circumstances converge, Lila finds the perfect opportunity to avenge her baby sister’s murder while exercising the skills taught by the Canadian government.

Because of some violent scenes this filmed drama is restricted to people 16+.

Deer Woman is a stunning play. Hard-hitting, sobering, funny and unforgettable. Her is my review:

Review: Deer Woman

The link for Deer Woman via Azimuth Theatre’s Expanse Festival is this:

Sunday, March 28 onwards, 2021.

From A Distance

From the Chekhov Collective. A charming improvised filmed drama of how a couple copes with COVID-19. Improvised and performed by Stewart Arnott and Susan Coyne.  

http://www.thechekhovcollective.com

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Free from Lincoln Center Theater.

Full-length streams of acclaimed LCT productions FREE! PRIVATE REELS: FROM THE LCT ARCHIVE LEARN MORE »
YOUR REGISTRATION IS ACTIVATED! WATCH IT NOW!   VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Stream our production of VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE (2012, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater), by Christopher Durang, directed by Nicholas Martin, featuring Genevieve Angelson, Shalita Grant, Billy Magnussen, Kristine Nielsen, David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver.

This Tony® Award-winning Best Play (2013) takes 3 mismatched siblings (played to the hilt by Kristine Nielsen, David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver), adds 1 boy toy (Billy Magnussen), throws in themes from Chekhov, pours it all into a blender and mixes it up. The result? An utterly hilarious, touching work by a master of comedy.

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Monday, March 29, 2021- 6:00 pm

Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress

Streaming

American Conservatory Theatre has announced casting for its upcoming filmed reading of Alice Childress‘s Trouble in Mind, directed by Awoye Timpo and streaming on demand March 29-April 4. The company will be led by Patrice Johnson Chevannes, alongside David Harbour as Al Manners, Lauren Spencer as Millie Davis, Anthony Fusco as Bill O’Wray, Kadeem Ali Harris as John Nevins, Dakin Matthews as Henry, Steven Anthony Jones as Sheldon Forrester, Eliza Kaye as Judy Sears, and Johnny Rice as Eddie Fenton. Childress’s masterpiece would have been the first play by a Black woman produced on Broadway if she had agreed to the producers’ demands that she soften its message. For tickets and more information, click here.

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