2018 Playwright-in-Residence

 

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Theatrefront welcomes Toronto-based playwright and actor Rose Napoli as our new Playwright-in-Residence.

Rose is a Dora nominated actor and playwright and she was named by NOW Magazine as one of the top ten theatre artists of 2017 and has been called a ‘rising star’ and ‘an artist to watch’ by the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail.  Most recently, her play, Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells), premiered as part of The Consent Event at Crows Theatre produced by Nightwood. Her play, Ten Creative Ways to Dispose of your Cremains, enjoyed a sold-out run at the Toronto Fringe Festival this past summer.  

During her residency with Theatrefront, Napoli will focus on developing a new work entitled Legacy:

Louis is the Head of Security at the Art Gallery. It’s Raf’s first day. Before Louis can open the training manual, a strange thing happens on the fourth floor in Room 252. Two children faint in exactly the same spot three minutes apart from one another. Louis has seen stranger things. Except it happens again the following day at exactly the same time...

Twenty-six years and thirteen days earlier, Mary and Sandro sit down to dinner. Sandro has brought Mary flowers. Mary has done a flawless job painting over the bruise on her cheek. It’s just an ordinary weekday, except for the fact that Mary is about to disappear.

We are inspired by Rose's strong, original voice and we can't wait to share her work with you in the future. This position is integral to our company’s focus on long-term development. 


 Winter Salon #1

An intimate reading of our 2017 Playwright-in-Residence, Eva Barrie's new play Five Forests

As one woman journeys through grief she is met with a fantastical and funny forest of creatures who force her to face the truth.

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Actors Christine HorneAnita Majumdar and Clinton Walker bring this new work to life.

Come in from the cold and warm up with wine, cheese and art!

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 
7:30pm-10:00pm 
(at a secret Leslieville location)

This event is sold out. Join our mailing list for more information on upcoming Salon Readings!


Winter Salon #2

An intimate reading of Donna-Michelle St. Bernard's Gas Girls.

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Gigi and Lola live by one motto: love for gas, gas for cash, cash for living, living for love. Living in Zimbabwe’s depressed economy, both women live day-by-day, plying their trade with the truck drivers that stop at the border. Gigi knows the limitations of her trade, while her young protege, Lola, looks for love in every man that comes her way. Lola's brother, Chickn, ekes out his own living while keeping an ever-watchful eye for Gigi's affections and Lola's safety. But love is not a luxury these girls can afford.

Finalist for the 2011 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama

 

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Our evening featured the incredible talents of actors Virgilia GriffithNawa Nicole SimonJamie Robinson and Andy McQueen.

 

Thursday, March 8th, 2018 
8:00pm-10:00pm 

We we thrilled to partner with Queen Books for our second sold-out Salon. It was a beautiful evening.

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Spring Salon #3

An intimate reading of Beth Graham and Daniela Vlakalic's Mules.

 

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Holed up in a washroom in Vancouver’s International Airport, Cindy and Crystal are fighting for their lives. Crystal has a belly full of heroine and a limited time to get it out of her system and Cindy is trying to keep her violent drug smuggling boyfriend at bay. When the janitor, a new immigrant, interrupts them, the crisis escalates and the consequences are tragic.

From the writing team that produced the incredibly successful Drowning Girls comes a story about about poverty, class, friendship and drug smuggling. 

 

We we thrilled to partner with The Dock on Queen for our final Salon this season. Patrons joined us in this cozy cafe to enjoy charcuterie, snacks and great beer and wine!

Featuring the talents of actors Eva BarrieJordan Laffrenier and Anita Majumdar

 

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
7:30pm

The Dock on Queen East

 


Producer's Forum

november 20, 2017

This fall Theatrefront hosted a Producer's Forum for emerging producers to dialogue with established producers from the Toronto theatre community. Generously supported by Crow's Theatre and Generator, the Producer’s Forum’s goal was to debunk our definitions of failure within a producing context. We were so fortunate to hear some of Toronto’s leading artists share their personal journeys with failure and how their experiences have informed their practice as artists.

Our line up of incredible included: Naomi Campbell (Luminato), Raoul Bhaneja (Actor, Producer & Musician), Emma Mackenzie Hillier (Harbourfront), Katie Leamen (Generator), Kristina Lemieux (Generator), Owais Lightwala (Why Not Theatre), Carrie Sager (FL!P Publicity) and Naomi Skwarna, Freelance Producer & Writer.

 

   
  
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     Participants from our Producer's Forum. We shared. We laughed. We lunched.  #producersproducingtogether     

Participants from our Producer's Forum. We shared. We laughed. We lunched. #producersproducingtogether

 


 Daniela Vlaskalic & Shawn Doyle. Photo: John Lauener 

Daniela Vlaskalic & Shawn Doyle. Photo: John Lauener 

The Orange Dot

MARCH 17th  - APRIL 1st, 2017

A WORLD PREMIERE AT CROWSNEST THEATRE

by Sean Dixon

Directed by Vikki Anderson

 

 

Featuring Shawn Doyle & Daniela Vlaskalic

Set & Costumes by Joanna Yu | Lighting Design by Siobhan Sleath | Sound Design by John Gzowski

Stage Manager AJ LaFlamme | Production Manager Ollie Downton | Publicist FLiP Publicity

Two city workers are called to take down a large tree blighted with termites. The equipment they are meant to use is stuck in traffic, so they wait . They talk, argue, flirt and while away the morning together. Until the unthinkable transpires.

 

"Sean Dixon's The Orange Dot makes a simple premise remarkable. The play takes a seemingly plain idea and both fulfils and defies expectations, leaving audience members with something to think about." 
-Toronto Star

"The Orange Dot travels into mystical territory. The actors, working with director Vikki Anderson, set up a believable chemistry early on, which gives a strong framework for the move away from naturalism and into a fierce, angry sensuality in the play’s last third." 
-NOW Magazine NNNN

"Daniela Vlaskalic and Shawn Doyle give off more heat than a 1,000 acre forest fire" 
-Torontostage

"A powerful play and production of waiting, longing and explosive emotion." 
-The Slotkin Letter

"...a powerful first production of a resonant play that deserves to be staged — and Googled — many more times in the future." -Toronto Star

"Dixon's dialogue is amusing, his digs at our distracted digital culture are apt and he adroitly threads a goddess leitmotiv throughout the play. " 
-Globe and Mail

"...stellar performances from Vlaskalic and Doyle, whose slow-simmering chemistry later builds to a perfectly-paced boil." 
-Mooney on Theatre

"While emotional sparks fly between Natalie and Joe, playwright Sean Dixon does not lead us into clichéd territory, but goes in a different way that is as startling as it is unexpected. Dixon is a thoughtful playwright who is intrigued by deep questions of character, morals, dealing with life’s hooks and curves. In The Orange Dot one ponders beauty, whether it’s a tree or something hiding deep in a character; a life of regret and how to deal with that and waiting. Well worth a visit. " 
-The Slotkin Letter

 

 

This World Premiere of The Orange Dot was generously sponsored by The Polar Foundation. 


2017 Playwright-in-Residence

Theatrefront welcomes Toronto-based playwright, actor and director Eva Barrie as our inaugural Playwright-in-Residence. This position, integral to our company’s focus on long-term development, will become an annual position.

Originally from Okotoks, Alberta, Eva has created art in Germany, India, Italy, Poland, Canada and the United States. She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Performance Acting Program and has trained with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company. Eva was the creator behind Shakespeare in the Ruff’s My Co-Mates & Brothers in Exile, which explored a refugee’s journey to Canada, created with Shakespearean and found contemporary text. Last fall, her play Agency was produced by Yell Rebel at the Theatre Centre.

During her residency with Theatrefront, Barrie will focus on developing a new work about grief. We are inspired by Eva’s talent as a performer and her strong poetic voice as a writer; we are eager to see how her work develops with us this season.