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.
The Orange Dot
MARCH 17th - APRIL 1st, 2017
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."
"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"
"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.
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.