FireWorks: what it is, schedule, prices, etc.

Some audience members at The Underpants (which closed Oct 5) were intrigued by the listing for FireWorks in our season brochure.  They wanted to know what was it, how much were tickets, how would the repertory schedule work.   FireWorks with copySo here’s the skinny:  FireWorks is a new initiative this season, to showcase full-length plays which have been dramaturged by Alumnae Theatre Company’s New Play Development group of playwrights (the NPD) or which have gone through dramaturgy in Alumnae’s New Ideas Festival.  At the time the season brochure was printed, although the plays had been selected, details such as schedule and prices had not yet been finalized.  The plays this year, which will run in repertory in the Studio space November 13 – December 1 are:

•Measure of the World by Shirley Barrie; directed by Molly Thom
Peru 1736: French scientific ambition meets mestiza cunning, and a grand quest is swamped by personal obsessions.

•Gloria’s Guy by Joan Burrows; directed by Anne Harper
How long can a girl hold a grudge? Or can an old flame burn bright? A comedy/drama about forgiveness, redemption and maybe even love!

•Theory by Norman Yeung; directed by Joanne Williams
A young professor of film theory is threatened by an anonymous mystery student.


“Repertory” means that unlike the New Ideas Festival, where the same lineup of short plays is presented each night for a week, audiences at FireWorks can see a different  full-length play on consecutive nights.

There will also be a “Playwrights Speak”  event on Sunday Dec 1; plus Sunday “Roundtables” with guests including actor/instructor M. John Kennedy, public relations & social media maven Helen Androlia, and historian Alanna McKnight.


Show Times: Wed – Sat 8pm, Sat. & Sun 2:30pm

Roundtables: Sundays at noon

Playwrights Speak:  Sun Dec.1, 4pm


Series Pass  (1 ticket to each play and free admission to Roundtables & Playwrights Speak):  $50.00

Individual Tickets: $20.00

PWYC Performances: Theory – Thurs Nov 21; Gloria’s Guy – Wed Nov 27; Measure of the World – Thurs Nov 28.

Roundtables:  Free with a Series Pass; $5 with a show ticket; $10.00 at the door.

Playwrights Speak: Free

To purchase tickets online, please visit, or check out the Facebook event (with rehearsal photos!) at

If you prefer not to purchase online but would like to reserve tickets and pay at the door (Box Office accepts cash only), please leave a message at 416-364-4170 xtn 1.


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