February 15 - March 2, 2019
by Beth Graham & Daniela Vlaskalic
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), directed by Theatrefront artistic director Vikki Anderson, comes a dark comedy about poverty, class, friendship and drug smuggling.
Featuring Eva Barrie, Anita Majumdar and Dylan Trowbridge
Set Designer Brandon Kleiman | Lighting Designer Jennifer Lennon | 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
Evening performances begin at 8:30pm. Saturday Matinee performances begin at 2:30pm
Mondays PWYC | Weekday Evenings $22.60 | Friday & Saturday Evenings $28.25 | Saturday Matinées $22.60
Student, Senior and Artsworker Tickets $16.95
Mules is a dark comedy about the nature of friendship, the world of drug running and desire to change one’s life at any cost. The play takes the audience on an emotional journey as two women and a janitor struggle to move up in the world by whatever means. The play unfolds all in a single night, in an airport bathroom that will change the course of their lives forever.
Cindy and Crystal were best friends in high school; they meet up again, after ten years, through social media, only to discover that both their lives are in crisis. Cindy has been involved in the seedy world of male entertainment and drugs for some time and is desperate for a way out. Crystal a single mom, depressed and struggling to make ends meet for her self and her daughter, Sadie.
As the play begins to unravel the truth behind the women’s real motivation becomes apparent as well as secrets, betrayals and myths of their past friendship. The night continues to take a turn for the worse as the “plan” begins to fall apart and the work conscious janitor threatens to expose them.
Theatrefront invites you to a new season of Salons!
An intimate 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.
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.
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.
Our reading featured actors Christine Horne, Anita 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.
Winter Salon #2
An intimate reading of Donna-Michelle St. Bernard's Gas Girls.
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
Our evening featured the incredible talents of actors Virgilia Griffith, Nawa Nicole Simon, Jamie 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.
Spring Salon #3
An intimate reading of Beth Graham and Daniela Vlakalic's Mules.
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 Barrie, Jordan Laffrenier and Anita Majumdar.
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.