“Canis Familiaris” in New Ideas Festival 2015 (Week Two)

The 27th annual New Ideas Festival runs March 11 – 29 in the Studio at Alumnae Theatre. Audiences will see 15 new short works, and they’re all world premieres by writers from Canada and the U.S.

Check out our website at http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/new-ideas-festival.html for a list of the plays, participant bios, ticket info, etc.

 

Participants have been invited to send in rehearsal photos, so here’s one:

Patricia Hawk as Christine, Kermit the Pug as 'William' in "Canis Familiaris" by Carolyn Bennett.  See it in Week Two (March 18-22) of New Ideas Festival 2015 at Alumnae Theatre.

Patricia Hawk as Christine, Kermit the Pug as ‘William’ in “Canis Familiaris” by Carolyn Bennett. See it in Week Two (March 18-22) of New Ideas Festival 2015 at Alumnae Theatre.

The little pug in the photo is William, the subject of Canis Familiaris, a short play by Carolyn Bennett, which appears in Week Two (March 18 – 22) of New Ideas, directed by Brenda Darling. Actor Patricia Hawk plays William’s owner Christine in this dark comedy.

 

Photo: Elizabeth Verwey (Stage Manager)

Photoshop Wizardry: Leah Meddaoui

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Playwright Profile: Catherine Frid

Playwrights Guild of Canada posted the latest edition of a feature called “Follow the Playwright” on their website today.  The subject is Catherine Frid, a member of both Alumnae Theatre Company and Playwrights Guild of Canada.  Frid’s long one-act play Burying Toni was presented last November as part of Alumnae’s FireWorks series, and a shorter work, (En)Lightning, is upcoming in Week Two (March 18 – 22) of the New Ideas Festival at Alumnae Theatre.

Here’s the link to PGC piece:

http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2ca5b5e280d1f81507240586d&id=1309b85088

 

and here’s some info about (En)Lightning at the New Ideas Festival:

http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/nif-week-two.html

New Ideas Festival runs March 11 – 29, with 15 short works making their world premieres.  It’s a different lineup each week – come check them out!  Tickets $15 per week, or $40 for a Festival Pass.  http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/tickets.html

 

 

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“Elvis’s Toenail is a slice of 1960’s Irish Culture with a charming allure.”

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Meet another member of the cast of Elvis’s Toenail! Toronto Irish Players present the Canadian premiere of Fionnuala Kenny’s drama on the Main Stage of Alumnae Theatre, Feb 19 – March 7. Visit http://www.torontoirishplayers.com/ for reservations & info.

Originally posted on Toronto Irish Players:

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David Elliot Dickie was born in the west end of Toronto. He discovered his passion for acting at a young age and attended the Lorraine Kimsa Theater for Young Actors (now Young People’s Theater).  He recently portrayed Inspector Hopkins in The Incredible Murder of Cardinal Tosca (Scarborough Players). Portraying Christy in Elvis’s Toenail marks his debut performance with the Toronto Irish Players.

What drew you to audition for the role of Christy? 

 Originally I had auditioned for the role of “Mother Francis”, alas I couldn’t quite pull off a matriarchal religious figure head of 1960’s Ireland. Maybe another time.

 Christy is a charismatic flirt with a big ol’ soft heart who brings an upbeat comedic touch to some of the plays serious tones. I have deep Irish roots myself, which are greatly fertilized by being part of this production, and that I’ve always wanted to explore. I just had to.

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Third time to “inhabit the habit” for Elvis’s Toenail actor

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Barbara Taylor plays [yet another] nun in Toronto Irish Players’ Elvis’s Toenail.  Opening Feb 19 at Alumnae Theatre. RESERVATIONS / INFO: http://www.torontoirishplayers.com
or 416-440-2888.

Originally posted on Toronto Irish Players:

Long-time TIP member, Barbara Taylor, who plays Mother Francis in upcoming show Elvis’s Toenail, shares her Mother Superior secrets.

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I believe it is not your first time to play a woman of the cloth?

This is my third time to inhabit the habit.

 Where do you draw inspiration for such characters?

I was a student of the Dominican Convent, Eccles Street, Dublin and no stranger to “The Nuns”.  I had a particularly challenging relationship with a Sister Mary Henry or The Hen as we all called her.  She certainly supplied me with lots of experiences to draw from.  Each of the roles I have played as a nun have been different but being educated in a convent provided me with a wealth of Sisters to help develop my “holy” characters.

Do you relish playing imposing characters?

I enjoy playing a role of any kind but I do feel finding the right level of being imposing is important.  I love…

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“Play focuses on class, gender, and religion, all set to the music of Elvis!”

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Interview with Nicole Marie McCafferty on her role in Toronto Irish Players’ production of Elvis’s Toenail.

Opens Feb 19 at Alumnae Theatre.  RESERVATIONS / INFO:  416-440-2888 or http://www.torontoirishplayers.com

Originally posted on Toronto Irish Players:

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 Nicole Marie McCafferty plays Rose in upcoming show Elvis’s Toenail. Originally from Nova Scotia, she is a graduate of Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. Past roles include: Pride & Prejudice (Lydia), Spring Awakening (Ilse), A Month in the Country (Vera), The Mousetrap (Miss Casewell), Our Town (Mrs Soames), The Hypochondriac (Angelique), Murder on the Nile (Christina), and Brighton Beach Memoirs (Nora) among others, as well as several musicals, numerous independent films and some TV.

1. What drew you to audition for the role of Rose? The play is so well written; all of the female characters are so full, so strong and so real. I would have been delighted to play any of them, but I feel that Rose is interesting because unlike the others who are… defiant in a way, and feel that the church should not be ‘sticking it’s nose in,’ and believe very strongly that they have the right…

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Toronto Irish Players’ “Elvis’s Toenail” opens Feb 19

Toronto Irish Players present the Canadian premiere of Fionnuala Kenny’s Elvis’s Toenail at Alumnae Theatre, Feb 19 – March 7.

The play is set in a Dublin clothing factory in 1961.  It is directed by longtime Toronto Irish Players member Cliona Kenny (the playwright’s sister!), and the cast includes the playwright’s nephew, David Dickie.

Here’s an interview from the Toronto Irish Players blog:  actor Kearsten Johansson plays Imelda, an Elvis-obsessed Irish seamstress and owner of the titular relic.

https://torontoirishplayers.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/when-i-read-elviss-toenail-i-was-brought-to-fits-of-laughter-and-floods-of-tears/

PERFORMANCES: Feb 19 – March 7, 2015.
Thu – Sat @ 8pm; Sunday Matinees @ 2pm (Feb 22 & March 1).

WHERE: Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley St. (at Adelaide, east of Sherbourne), Toronto.

TICKETS: $20 ($18 students & seniors)

Call 416-440-2888 to reserve tickets, or visit TIP’s website to purchase online:  http://torontoirishplayers.com/

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“Elvis’s Toenail” – Toronto Irish Players present Canadian premiere at Alumnae Theatre

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Toronto Irish Players present the Canadian premiere of “Elvis’s Toenail’ by Fionnuala Kenny. It opens Feb 19 at Alumnae Theatre.

Originally posted on Toronto Irish Players:

Read this brilliant Q&A with playwright Fionnuala Kenny, author of  Elvis’s Toenail.

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Born in Dublin, Kenny joined the Abbey Theatre in 1968. She graduated UCD and continued working at the Abbey until 1974.

High points of her early career were working with The Dubliners in “Richard’s Cork Leg” and working with Thin Lizzy (and the great Phil Lynott) at the Peacock Theatre, being in the premiere of two Tom Murphy plays, and playing Nora in the RTE production of “ Riders to the Sea” starring Siobhan Mc Kenna.

She moved to London in 1974, married stage designer Voytek, and took up a career teaching literature in Adult Education. Head of Faculty of Arts in West London College until 1997. She relocated with her daughter, Taya, to the United States to take up a position as Artistic Director of STOP-GAP, an interactive Theatre company in Southern California.

Now a full-time writer, she lives in…

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