Otherworldly spaces, unwitting celebrities, murder mysteries and tomatoes in NIF Week 3 program

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Week Three review! Running to Sunday March 29.

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nif 2015Alumnae Theatre Company opened the Week 3 program of its annual New Ideas Festival (NIF) last night. This is the final week of the fest, running until March 29 up in the studio space. Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

Rowing, Onward (by Eugenie Carabatsos, directed by Anne MacMillan). A man and a woman in a row boat, out at sea. A seemingly Sisyphean task of endlessly rowing together. How did they get here? Where have they been? And where are they going? The only thing we know for sure is they’re very tired and one of them wants to stop rowing.
A lovely, intimate short piece set in a confined space where he only sees her back and she only sees the empty horizon. Beautiful, tender and intense moments within the frustration and desperation. Lovely work from Aleksandra Maslennikova, who gives an ethereal and bright performance as the…

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Video trailer for Week Three of New Ideas Festival – opening tonight!

Week Three of New Ideas Festival starts at 8pm tonight (Wed March 25). Here’s a little taste of what you’ll be seeing – this video trailer shot and edited by Nicholas Porteous.   The 4 short plays in the weekly program total approx. 85 minutes running time.

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 This week’s lineup – and every one is a world premiere! – is:

Rowing, Onward by Eugenie Carabatsos, directed by Anne MacMillan.
Grief Circus by Crystal Wood, directed by Kelsey Laine Jacobson.
A Death and the Marias by Rose Napoli, directed by Clara McBride.
Friends with Benefits by Neil Naft, directed by Donald Molnar.

Aleksandra Maslennikova and Matthew Gouveia in "Rowing, Onwards" by Eugenie Carabatsos, directed by Anne MacMillan.  Part of New Ideas Festival 2015 - Week Three. Photo: Chloe Whitehorn

Aleksandra Maslennikova and Matthew Gouveia in “Rowing, Onwards” by Eugenie Carabatsos, directed by Anne MacMillan. Part of New Ideas Festival 2015 – Week Three.
Photo: Chloe Whitehorn

PERFORMANCES each week are Wed – Sat at 8pm, plus 2:30 matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday at noon, there’s a one-time staged reading of a longer play, The Creases in My Sari by Sindhuri Nandhakumar, directed by Joanne Williams. It is followed by a Talkback.

TICKETS: $15 for the weekly program (all 4 plays); reading is PWYC.

Reservations* or advance online purchases are strongly recommended – New Ideas is staged in the 3rd floor Studio space at Alumnae Theatre, and the seating is limited. Reserve by phone 416-364-4170 Box 1 or email reservations@alumnaetheatre.com , and pay cash on arrival. Please note that the Box Office does not accept credit or debit cards. For online purchases, please go to https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=atc13

*no reservations taken or online tickets available for Saturday readings.

 

New Ideas Festival 2015 closes with the 2:30 Sunday matinee on March 29.

Next up for Alumnae Theatre Company: the world premiere of Shirley’s Barrie’s historical drama I Am Marguerite, opening April 10 on the Main Stage.

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Sneak peek at “Rowing, Onwards” in Week Three of New Ideas Festival

Rowing, Onwards sent this 48-second video clip of a recent rehearsal.  It’s directed by Anne MacMillan;  the actors are Aleksandra Maslennikova and Matthew Gouveia.

http://youtu.be/nJHk6KymeFw

The 12-minute play is written by Eugenie Carabatsos, whose name may be familiar to New Ideas audiences – her previous scripts in the Festival were In Their Glory (Reading, 2012) and Stalled (2013).  Rowing, Onwards is part of the Week Three lineup of this year’s New Ideas Festival.

Week Three  wraps up the New Ideas Festival, March 25-29.  PERFORMANCES: Wed – Sat at 8pm; Sat & Sun matinees at 2:30.

Rowing, Onward by Eugenie Carabatsos, directed by Anne MacMillan.
Grief Circus by Crystal Wood, directed by Kelsey Laine Jacobson.
A Death and the Marias by Rose Napoli, directed by Clara McBride.
Friends with Benefits by Neil Naft, directed by Donald Molnar.

READING – noon on Saturday only:  The Creases in My Sari by Sindhuri Nandhakumar, directed by Joanne Williams.

TICKETS: $15 per week for performances (all 4 plays).
Saturday Reading:  PWYC; no reservations or online sales.
Cash only at Box Office on day-of, or purchase in advance online: http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/nif-week-three.html

RESERVATIONS: 416-364-4170 box 1 or e-mail reservations@alumnaetheatre.com.

 

 

 

 

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Life, death, sacrifice & information (& sandworms!) in NIF Week 2 program

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Review of New Ideas Festival 2015, Week Two!

Originally posted on life with more cowbell:

nif 2015Alumnae Theatre Company opened the Week 2 program of its annual New Ideas Festival (NIF) up in its studio space on Wednesday. I caught it last night – here’s the scoop:

(En)Lightning (by Catherine Frid, directed by Sandra Burley). Greek mythology meets modern-day whistle-blowing in this re-imagining of the Prometheus tale. Nice work all around from the cast: Josh Morris as the lascivious, corrupt corporate boss Zeus (with shades of a character that Torontonians will recognize from recent municipal politics); Maureen Murray as the sharp and inquisitive journalist Leda; Kate Maguire as the spunky, irrepressible go-to gal Artemis; and Joshua Clayton as the wily and ethical tech/data virtuoso Prometheus.

Canis familiaris (by Carolyn Bennett, directed by Brenda Darling). An unusual condolence visit at a grieving co-worker’s home (Patricia Hawk as Christina; Kevin McLellan as her husband Albert) becomes darkly funny and sadly disturbing – and surprisingly thought-provoking – for a…

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Week Two of New Ideas Festival begins

Maureen Murray, Joshua Clayton, Kate Maguire and Josh Morris in "(En)Lightning" by Catherine Frid. (Week Two - New Ideas Festival 2015)

Maureen Murray, Joshua Clayton, Kate Maguire and Josh Morris in “(En)Lightning” by Catherine Frid. (Week Two – New Ideas Festival 2015)  Photo:  Chloe Whitehorn

Week Two of this year’s New Ideas Festival launches tonight – March 18.  If you saw Week One, you’ll know what to expect: exciting world premiere short plays.  If you missed last week… well, you can still catch Weeks Two and Three.  It’s a whole different lineup of plays each week.

Week Two runs March 18 – 22, with performances Wed – Sat at 8pm, Sat & Sun matinees at 2:30pm, plus a one-time staged reading at noon on Saturday of “Buy My House” by Natalie Frijia.

The Wed – Sun lineup is:

“(En)Lightning” by Catherine Frid, directed by Sandra Burley.
Canis familiaris” by Carolyn Bennett, directed by Brenda Darling.
Sandworms!” by D.J. Sylvis, directed by Stacy Halloran.
You Can Ask Me How I’m Doing” by Norman Yeung, directed by Meg Moran.

"You Can Ask Me How I'm Doing" by Norman Yeung (Week Two - New Ideas 2015)  Photo:  Chloe Whitehorn

“You Can Ask Me How I’m Doing” by Norman Yeung (Week Two – New Ideas 2015) Photo: Chloe Whitehorn

TICKETS:  TICKETS:  $15 per week for performances (all 4 plays).
Saturday Readings are PWYC.
Purchase in advance online at http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/nif-week-two.html

Or reserve seats (phone 416-364-4170 box 1; or e-mail reservations@alumnaetheatre.com) and pay cash (sorry, no credit or debit cards accepted) at the Box Office on arrival.

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Alternate realities, masks, mysteries & secrets in NIF Week One program

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nif 2015Alumnae Theatre Company kicked off its 27th annual New Ideas Festival (NIF) – three weeks of short new plays – last night, with four engaging, intriguing and enjoyable plays about connections:

Inheritance (by Tabitha Keast, directed by Matthew Hines). Two sniping siblings preparing a surprise 25th wedding anniversary party for their parents get a surprise of their own as family secrets are revealed – the kind that rewrite family history. Nice work from the ensemble in balancing the comedy with the family drama in this piece: Nicole Belfer as the upbeat, spontaneous sister; Kenny Hayes as the uptight, control freak brother; Lavetta Griffin as their direct, assertive mother; and Kalman P. Nagy as their gentle, discrete father. Nothing brings out how people really feel than an unexpected and startling revelation.

The Indigo Forest (by Bridget Erin, who came in all the way from Louisiana to see the opening, directed by…

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Second night of New Ideas Festival 2015 – and trailer

Check out this nifty trailer shot and edited by Nicholas Porteous – a fast-paced romp through the works (described as “part eerie, part dystopic, part heart-wrenching…plus a surprise anniversary party” and “alternate realities, masks, mysteries & secrets”) you will see this week in New Ideas.

Including tonight, there are 5 more opportunities to catch the Week One lineup in the New Ideas Festival. A whole different lineup begins for Week Two starts on Wed March 18.

PERFORMANCES each week are Wed – Sat at 8pm, plus 2:30 matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Each Saturday at noon, there’s a staged reading of a longer play, followed by a Talkback.

TICKETS: $40 Festival Pass (admits one person to all 3 weeks + all 3 Saturday readings); or weekly program ($15 per week); readings are PWYC.

Reservations* or advance online purchases are strongly recommended – New Ideas is staged in the 3rd floor Studio space at Alumnae Theatre, and the seating is limited. Reserve by phone 416-364-4170 Box 1 or email reservations@alumnaetheatre.com , and pay cash on arrival. Please note that the Box Office does not accept credit or debit cards. For online purchases, please go to https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=atc13

*no reservations taken or online tickets available for Saturday readings.

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