Mules

February 15 - March 2, 2019

A WORLD PREMIERE

by Beth Graham & Daniela Vlaskalic

Anita Majumdar & Eva Barrie. Photos: Dahlia Katz

Anita Majumdar & Eva Barrie. Photos: Dahlia Katz

Directed by Vikki Anderson

Holed up in a washroom in Vancouver’s International Airport, Cindy and Crystal are fighting for their lives. Crystal has a belly full of cocaine 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 interrupts them, the crisis escalates and their lives are changed forever.

From award-winning playwrights Beth Graham and Daniela Vlaskalic (Drowning Girls), comes a dark comedy about poverty, class, friendship and drug smuggling. 

A 90-minute three-hander like Mules is not only a kilo and a half of fun, it’s small theatre’s sleeper hit of February.
— Torontostage.com
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Performed by Eva Barrie, Anita Majumdar and Tim Walker

Set Designer Brandon Kleiman | Lighting Designer Jennifer Lennon | Costume Designer Lindsay Forde | Sound Designer John Gzowski | Fight Choreographer Simon Fon | Stage Manager Hilary Nichol | Publicist FLiP Publicity | Associate Producer Janice Peters Gibson

Streetcar Crowsnest Scotiabank Studio | 345 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto

February 15 - March 2, 2019

Mules is a gripping play that will have you clutching the armrests.
— The Slotkin Letter

"...director Vikki Anderson has crafted a well-paced production with wonderful performances by Barrie as the girlish, trusting Crystal and Majumdar as her brittle high school friend Cindy. Even as things get increasingly desperate, the production exploits the absurdity of their situation through moments of verbal and physical humor. Mules treats its characters with compassion and will make me think again about casting easy judgment on those who make dangerous, extralegal choices. Their actions may be crappy because their options were too." - Toronto Star (3 out of 4 stars)

“The deal is definitely going down prudently in Beth Graham and Daniela Vlaskalic’s Mules where laughter and irony is arresting in one zany dialogue exchange after another.   It’s fringy and fabulous all bagged tightly for pure sensory pleasure.” - Torontostage.com

"Simon Fon’s fight choreography is mesmerizingly violent, especially with the audience in such close proximity to the stage. Vikki Anderson’s staging includes much physicality and humour, plus an abundance of gross-out moments that make the audience gasp." - NOW Magazine

"Anderson stages the play with a tight ease and aggressiveness as the tension rises. Graham and Vlaskalic are no strangers to creating plays that pack a punch. The writing here is bracing, muscular and compelling." - The Slotkin Letter

Eva Barrie, Anita Majumdar & Tim Walker

Eva Barrie, Anita Majumdar & Tim Walker








Salon: Legacy

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Last fall we held an intimate Salon reading of Legacy, by our 2018 Playwright-in-Residence, Rose Napoli.

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 minutes apart from one another. Louis has seen stranger things. Until it keeps happening. Many years earlier, it's Mary and Sandro's wedding anniversary. Sandro has brought Mary flowers. Mary has done a flawless job covering the bruises on her arms. It's a celebration. Except that Mary is about to disappear.

Legacy is a story based on true events, about the breadcrumbs we leave behind, the things we see, the things we don't, and the transformative power of art.

Our reading featured Ari Cohen, Michelle Monteith, Philip Riccio and Michaela Washburn.

Our reading featured Ari Cohen, Michelle Monteith, Philip Riccio and Michaela Washburn.

We were thrilled to partner with Hotspur Studios and host this reading at on Queen West at Gallery 1313

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 Salon: Five Forests

An Salon 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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Our reading featured actors Christine HorneAnita Majumdar and Clinton Walker. Our audience was treated to an evening of wine, cheese and art on February 7th, 2018 at a secret Leslieville location.


Salon: Gas Girls

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.

We were thrilled to partner with Queen Books for our second sold-out Salon. It was a beautiful evening on March 8th, 2018.


Salon: Mules

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 heroin 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 on April 25th, 2018. 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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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.

 

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.