6 new theatre works in various stages of development, 4-9 actors each

CHILD-ISH

Aren’t we all a little childish when it comes to relationships? CHILD-ISH is a verbatim play drawn from interviews with children about love and dating. Children’s exact words are re-contextualized into adult situations for adult actors, with surprising, hilarious and moving results. CHILD-ISH transforms how we see love, children and adults. The creative team is intergenerational including 3 young dramaturgs. As the work tours, local children will also intervene at several points in the work, choreographing the adult actors & engaging the audience. Cast size: 5 adult actors + several local children. Current Status: after sold out work in progress showings at the SummerWorks Festival in  2019, we're taking the work into final development workshops in 2020. Current development partners: Nightswimming, Necessary Angel, National Arts Centre via The Collaborations, Roseneath Theatre, Why Not Theatre. Previous development support from: Theatre Passe Muraille. Funding: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Mammalian Diving Reflex, Toronto Fringe, Crow’s Theatre, Studio 180. Photo: Graham Isador. 

#TotalKnockOut

Tom is hell-bent on using his youtube channel to take down homophobes. Ryder founded a site for jilted exes to post “revenge porn”. Kayla’s church kicked her out after she got posted to Ryder's site. Seb got outed online as HIV positive and has an army of trolls after him. Reverend Mary is fed up with the “real world” and is starting a new life in BetterWorld. #TotalKnockOut investigates justice in an internet era. Style: using the internet as stylistic inspiration, the audience directly effects the outcome by deciding which content to “share”, creating a kaleidoscope of micro-narratives that mirrors our online lives. The piece strips away technology (no video or projections) and instead uses the text, physicality & staging to sharpen focus on the impact of technology on our relationships.

Cast size: 6.

Development support from: Theatre Passe Muraille, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Pandemic Theatre.

Funding: Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Studio 180 Theatre, The Cabaret Company, and the Great Canadian Theatre Company.

MEN EXPRESS THEIR FEELINGS

We head deep into the bowels of a suburban hockey rink, where two hockey dads and their teenage sons have been “sentenced” by the league president to a “sharing circle”. In this comedic exploration of male emotional literacy, intimacy, and power, these fathers and sons try to come to terms with their masculinity, their cultural differences, and their sexualities.

Cast size: 4.

Status: world premier in 2020 with Downstage Theatre. Details here.

Development support from: Factory Theatre and PTC (Playwrights Theatre Centre in Vancouver).

Funding: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Factory Theatre

EVERY LITTLE NOOKIE:

Annabel is a broke artist struggling to make rent in the country’s most expensive city. To make cash, she and her two lovers secretly organize “swingers” parties at her parents’ suburban house while they’re away at the cottage. When the parents come home unexpectedly, a wild ride ensues for all, challenging each to question what they know about… pretty much everything. Because it turns out that when you take on sex, you take on the basic unit of how we organize our world.

 

We are in a period of remarkable economic, technological and social change, from the rise of a “gig economy”, to political conflict and polarization, to the looming spectre of climate chaos. More than ever we need to work together to develop collective solutions–and we struggle because we’ve been trained into individualism and it’s challenging to relinquish the comfort of old habits.  What would it take for us to create a paradigm shift, centreing the collective good?

 

EVERY LITTLE NOOKIE starts this epic political question in the home, examining one of our most cherished sites of individualism: relationships. If we could transform sex and relationships, tipping them toward the collective good, could we envision new possibilities for organizing our economies, work and lives? 

Cast size: 8.

Development partner: Stratford Festival.

Funding: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council.

CLIMATE CHANGE & OTHER SMALL TALK:

A pregnant couple bicker about whether to have a home birth. Oh, and should they be concerned that their couch is smoldering? Well, at least they bought it for a bargain. Increasingly bizarre things happen: the neighbourhood’s beloved cats & pet fish suddenly drop dead, someone arrives to mine coal from their living room floor, and when the freezer melts, a tipping point is triggered and water starts lapping at their ankles. What will it take for the humans to act before their wine glasses float away? Cast size: 4-6. Status: I will progress the work in residence at The Arctic Circle in June 2019, aboard a tall ship in the international territory of Svalbard. Funding: Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Volcano Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille,

HECKLED RECORDS:

A collective devised theatre piece together with Donna-Michelle St. Bernard and Michaela Washburn. What does it look like to mobilize for something, instead of against? Is it possible, while immersed in the language of struggle, resistance and counter-culture, to achieve change in a positive spirit?  There is satisfaction and indeed need for struggle, but can the movement itself also be predicated on principles of joy, compassion, hope, inclusion?  These questions are played out across an elastic reality: time itself has exploded giving way to a flattened chronology, allowing overlooked historical figures to commune with present day icons, as well as with our own future selves and fictional entities. Ancestral figures are positioned as complicated (rather than all-knowing) and we affect the past as much as the future to provide a complex call to joyful action in the present. Funding: Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Theatre Passe Muraille, Crow’s Theatre, Factory Theatre, Cahoots, The Cabaret Company.