Works currently in development
Adults speak children’s exact words about love, life and the world in this fresh verbatim play. Drawn from interviews with whip-smart and brutally honest children, a dynamite adult cast allows us to hear kids’ ideas and experiences anew. The results are surprising, hilarious and moving. The creative team is intergenerational including a team of young dramaturgs. As the work tours, local children will participate in part of the performance. Cast size: 6 adult actors + local children. Current Status: sold out work in progress showings at the SummerWorks Festival in 2019, final development workshops in 2020 (POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19). We are adapting the work into a web series, to be launched in fall 2020, with the theatre version to come after theatres re-open. Development partners: Nightswimming, Necessary Angel, National Arts Centre via The Collaborations, Roseneath 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.
EVERY LITTLE NOOKIE: A broke artist and her two lovers secretly organize “swingers” parties at her parents’ home, but when the parents return unexpectedly, a wild ride ensues challenging each of them to question what they know about… everything. Because it turns out that when you take on sex, you take on the basic unit of how we organize our world. We're in a period of remarkable change: from housing crises to wealth inequality to climate chaos. What would it take for us to work together on these enormous challenges? EVERY LITTLE NOOKIE starts this epic question in the home, using comedy to examine one of our most cherished sites of individualism: relationships.
Cast size: 8.
Development partner: Stratford Festival.
Funding: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council.
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 partner: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
Other development support from: Theatre Passe Muraille, 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.
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.
Funding: Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Volcano Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille.