Rough & rowdy, it’s all guts & no glory in the funny, poignant, political The Gut Girls

Review of The Gut Girls...

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They’re an unruly, foul-mouthed, hard-working, hard-drinking bunch ‘a gals—and their world is about to be turned upside down.

Alumnae Theatre starts off the New Year with its production of Sarah Daniels’ The Gut Girls, directed by Maya Rabinovitch. The Gut Girls is part of Alumnae’s Retrospective Series, leading up to its 100th anniversary next season.

The Gut Girls takes us to 1901, where the “gut girls” work in a gutting shed in the Foreign Cattle Market in Deptford, England. Paid good money, but working punishing hours in a foul environment—often up to their ankles in blood—it’s an offal job, but somebody’s got to do it.

Gut girls Polly (Alexandra Augustine), Ellen (Sarah Thorpe), Maggie (Kaya Bucholc) and Kate (Tasia Loeffler-Vulpe) take new girl Annie (Claire Keating) under their wing. Formerly in service, Annie found herself pregnant and fired, now living in a home for wayward women since the…

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InspiraTO Festival seeks directors (deadline to apply: Jan 24)

The 12th annual InspiraTO Festival of 10-minute plays runs June 1 – 10, 2017 at Alumnae Theatre in Toronto.  inspirato-2017-imageThis year’s theme is “Grow Up” – although choosing not to grow up means bringing a sense of child-like wonder into our art and life.
16 directors have already been selected for the Festival; 8 plays still require directors.

A Test of Mettle by Steven R Bond. 2 Males. Why do we attach such value to objects from our childhood? A confrontation that goes off- course. Eerie.

 

So Lovely Here On Earth by Mary Portser. 1 Female/ 1 Male. When a college dropout applies for a mission to Mars, she meets resistance from an unlikely source. Ironic.

 

A Complete Set by Jenny Lyn Bader. 2 Females/1 Male. Four chairs sit discarded on a sidewalk. Could they complete an ideal table and harmonious future grown-up life? An imaginative interpretation about trust, aspirations, and the perils of abandoned furniture.

Mother and Daughter by Scott Carter Cooper. 2 Female. A mother is looking forward to building an adult relationship with her daughter, while the daughter has other ideas about what it means to be a grown up.

The Chinese Life Force by Michael McGoldrick. 2 Male. Two old college friends catch up over a friendly game of Scrabble, but ancient rivalries come to the fore. A tale about today’s “man” and the many ways he’s compelled to compete.

Twirling by Karen Loseff Lothan. 1 Female/1 Male. Wisdom can come from the strangest of places. A six year old teaches her father a lesson that warms the soul and opens up the heart.

Grindrd by J. Joseph Cox. 2 Male/ 1 Female. Two teenagers, bent on being treated as grown-ups, discover a jaw-dropping secret that makes them second-guess their own preparedness for being adults. A funny tale about the vagary of sexuality.

Immortals by Noah Habenstreit. 3 Male/ 1 Female. A play about three beings who are able to live forever. One day they find out that’s about to change. The pacing and rhythm of the dialogue is impeccable.

 

Want to direct one?  Here’s what you do – please note that the deadline to submit is Jan. 24, 2017:

  • Read the scripts at :http://www.theatreinspirato.ca/participate/call-for-actors-and-directors
  • Decide which play(s) you’d like to direct. Put them in order of preference. If selected you will only direct one play.
  • Email: inspirato@ca.inter.net. In the subject line write: Direct A Play.  Answer the following questions:

    – your name, phone number and email address
    – Your experience/training/background in directing/performance arts (you may attach a resume if you wish)
    – Your availability (times during the week you are available for auditions and rehearsals)
    AND for each play you would like to direct:
    1) State the name of the play
    2) What interests you about the play
    3) Your approach to directing.

 

NOTICE TO ACTORS: Auditions will be posted in February and take place in March.

 

InspiraTO is a non-union, non-paying event.

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PREPARING FOR SPRING

Playwright Burke Campbell (New Ideas Festival 2017 – Week Two) gives his impression of the pre-audition Cold Reads in December.  Auditions finished on Sunday Jan 8; the Festival runs March 8-26.

Burke Campbell

burke-campbell-017-alumnae Alumnae Theatre, Toronto, Canada. Photo by Burke Campbell

My short play, The Red Lacquered Box, is one of 16 short works that will go on in March 2017 at the New Ideas Festival. Broken into groups, the various plays will be performed over a three week period at the Alumnae Theatre. Cold readings went on this past week, so the playrights and directors could hear the works spoken. Casting will take place later.

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The 16 works  were picked from over 200 submissions, from Canada and the United States. The Alumnae staff has worked tirelessly to introduce playwrights to directors, and have sent out a call for actors to participate in the upcoming auditions.

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The New Ideas Festival is an incredibly complex enterprise. For me, it’s an opportunity to meet a huge number of theatre artists and also have a lot of fun.

burke-campbell-019-actor-bwThe Alumnae Theatre is a gorgeous theatre…

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The Gut Girls: Play revival sure to excite Toronto Theatre Fans

The Entertainment Fairy says: beat the winter blues and come see The Gut Girls (Jan 20 – Feb 4)!

The Entertainment Fairy

imageSo, first and foremost…how was your festive, holiday season? Did you enjoy it? Did you over-indulge? Are you regretting that last slice of pecan pie? Whether you have the January blues or not, there’s no reason to be cooped up inside, when a whole world of new shows and theatrical adventures lie beyond your front door.

The best thing about live theatre is that it never sleeps. Yes, winter has arrived, but the fantastic performances that await you on stage, are the reason to get downtown. With the new year comes new ideas, new productions, new theatrics , fresh faces and new audiences. And there is one show on the horizon that cannot be missed.

Ever since I first attended the Alumnae Theatre, Toronto, I was blown away by the selection of enjoyable shows for all tastes and interests; ranging from hard-hitting dramas to bright new musicals, and from…

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January 3, 2017 · 7:02 pm

ICYMI: Audition notice for “The Clean House” (submit by Jan 8)

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT over the holidays, there are still a few days to submit your headshot and résumé to be considered for an audition for the final production in Alumnae Theatre Company’s season – the April show, Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House, directed by Ali Joy Richardson.  Deadline to submit is 5pm on Sunday, January 8.  clean-house-script-cover

The Clean House, a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, takes place in the home of married doctors whose young Brazilian cleaning lady is fixated on creating the perfect joke. Their strict household unravels when the husband falls in love with one of his patients.
A fast-paced, fearlessly honest, and wildly funny look at class, comedy and the nature of love.

AUDITION DETAILS:
Please submit your headshot and résumé, with a cover note detailing which audition slot(s) you are available for.  Also specify your union status, and whether you are a member of Alumnae Theatre Company.

In the subject line of your email, please include the character you’d like to audition for.
Please read the play before auditioning. Reading copies are available at the 5th floor Performing Arts desk of the Toronto Reference Library.

Sides from the script will be provided to those selected to audition. We would also ask that those auditioning prepare a short joke, in any language.

Audition Slot 1: Saturday January 14:       7pm – 10pm
Audition Slot 2: Sunday January 15:           10am – 1pm
Audition Slot 3: Sunday January 15:          2pm – 5pm
Audition Slot 4: Monday January 16:        7pm-10pm.
Callbacks:  Sunday January 22

Deadline to submit: Sunday January 8th, 2017 at 5pm.
Email applications to: alum.cleanhouse@gmail.com
Contact name: Laura Jabalee Johnston

ROLES:

LANE – F, early 50s.  An important doctor. She wears white. Extremely smart, extremely driven, not extremely happy.
MATILDE – F, late 20s.  Brazilian.  Lane’s cleaning lady. She wears black. She has a refined sense of deadpan. She is confident and wryly matter of fact about the dark parts of life.
     ***Note: Actor must be able to speak basic Portuguese and speak English with a Brazilian accent.
VIRGINIA – F, 50s.  Lane’s older sister. She loves cleaning. Could have been someone important. Hides her disappointment. Tries her best and treats others well, even if they hurt her.
CHARLES – M, 50s.  Lane’s husband. A compassionate surgeon. He is child-like underneath his white coat. Deeply in love in Ana. Wants to save the day.
ANA – F, 60+. She is Argentinean. She is impossibly charismatic. Deeply in love with Charles. She is dying and embracing it. She knows herself.
   ***Note: Actor must be able to deliver text in Spanish 
 

Rehearsals begin late February, part-time schedule.
Venue for auditions, most rehearsals, and the performance (April 7 – 22) is Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley St, Toronto.
 

Please note this is a non-union and non-paying engagement.

Equity and diversity are factored into every casting decision at Alumnae Theatre Company. We encourage and welcome submissions from artists of all genders, ethnicities, and abilities. We would like to thank all applicants for their submissions, but will only contact those applicants to whom we are able to offer an audition.
http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/the-clean-house.html

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Audition notice for “The Clean House” (submit by Jan 8)

The auditions for New Ideas Festival 2017 take place in the first week of January, and right after that (January 14 – 16) are the auditions for the final show in The Alumnae Theatre Company’s 2016/2017 season.

clean-house-fb-imageThe production team is now accepting submissions for roles in:

The Clean House
by Sarah Ruhl
Director: Ali Joy Richardson
Producers: Laura Jabalee Johnston & Tabitha Keast
Performance dates: April 7-22, 2017

This runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize takes place inside the home of married doctors whose young Brazilian cleaning lady is fixated on creating the perfect joke. Their strict household unravels when the husband falls in love with one of his patients.
This is Sarah Ruhl at her best; The Clean House is a fast-paced, fearlessly honest, and wildly funny look at class, comedy and the nature of love.

AUDITION DETAILS
Sides from the script will be provided to those selected to audition. We would also ask that those auditioning prepare a short joke, in any language.
Please submit your headshot and résumé, with a cover note detailing which audition slot(s) you are available for.  Also specify your union status, and whether you are a member of Alumnae Theatre Company.

In the subject line of your email, please include the character you’d like to audition for.
Please read the play before auditioning. Reading copies are available at the 5th floor Performing Arts desk of the Toronto Reference Library.

Audition Slot 1:
 Saturday January 14th, 2017 from 7pm – 10pm
Audition Slot 2: Sunday January 15th, 2017 from 10am – 1pm
Audition Slot 3: Sunday January 15th, 2017 from 2pm – 5pm
Audition Slot 4: Monday January 16th, 2017 from 7pm-10pm
Callbacks:  Sunday January 22nd, 2017

Deadline to submit: Sunday January 8th, 2017 at 5pm.
Email applications to: alum.cleanhouse@gmail.com
Contact name: Laura Jabalee Johnston

CASTING BREAKDOWNS

LANE – F, early 50s.  An important doctor. She wears white. Extremely smart, extremely driven, not extremely happy.

 

MATILDE – F, late 20s.  Brazilian.  Lane’s cleaning lady. She wears black. She has a refined sense of deadpan. She is confident and wryly matter of fact about the dark parts of life.
     ***Note: Actor must be able to speak basic Portuguese and speak English with a Brazilian accent.
 

VIRGINIA – F, 50s.  Lane’s older sister. She loves cleaning. Could have been someone important. Hides her disappointment. Tries her best and treats others well, even if they hurt her.

 
CHARLES – M, 50s.  Lane’s husband. A compassionate surgeon. He is child-like underneath his white coat. Deeply in love in Ana. Wants to save the day.

 
ANA – F, 60+. She is Argentinean. She is impossibly charismatic. Deeply in love with Charles. She is dying and embracing it. She knows herself.
   ***Note: Actor must be able to deliver text in Spanish 

 

Rehearsals begin late February, part-time schedule.
Venue for auditions, most rehearsals, and the performance is Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley St, Toronto).
Please note this is a non-union and non-paying engagement.

 

Equity and diversity are factored into every casting decision at Alumnae Theatre Company. We encourage and welcome submissions from artists of all genders, ethnicities, and abilities. We would like to thank all applicants for their submissions, but will only contact those applicants to whom we are able to offer an audition.
http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/the-clean-house.html

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Audition notice for New Ideas Festival 2017

new-ideas-2017-imageStarting December 10, Alumnae Theatre Company invites non-union actors of all ages (18+) and ethnicities to book an audition for our 29th annual New Ideas Festival, a three-week juried festival of 15 new works, running March 8 – 26, 2017.  A different program of 4 short plays will be presented Wednesday to Sunday each week, with a staged reading of a longer play at noon on each Saturday.

General auditions for all the plays in Festival:
January 4, 5,  6 (Wed – Fri) – evenings
January 7 & 8 (Sat & Sun) – daytime
Callbacks will be held for individual plays in mid-January.
Actors must be available for rehearsals beginning January 30.

NOTE: Auditions will be booked according to age and gender, so actors should keep ALL the audition dates free until their slot is confirmed.
AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • two-minute monologue (actor’s choice);
  • a side from one of the plays. Please print** and bring to audition.  (Members of Alumnae Theatre Company have the option to skip the monologue and read two sides);
  • headshot and résumé.

**Sides will be available on the Alumnae website (http://www.alumnaetheatre.com) at the end of December.

See blog post dated Dec 8 for the Festival lineup – play titles, writers, and directors.

To book an audition, email: NIFauditions@gmail.com after December 10.

Give your name, gender, acting age range, email address, phone number, and identify if you are an Alumnae member.

Auditions (and the performances) will be held in the 3rd floor Studio at Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto.

Note that all directors and many playwrights attend the general auditions, so be prepared for a full house.

Alumnae Theatre Company is a non-union organization, and this is a non-paying engagement.
 

 

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