FireWorks Roundtables – who & what & when

Opening night approaches for Alumnae Theatre Company’s new FireWorks series:  Wednesday, November 13.   See October 18 post for the background on FireWorks, and the three plays which will be showcased.  Go to (click on Shows and choose FireWorks) to view this handy-dandy schedule of which play or event is scheduled when:FireWorks 2013 schedule

FireWorks 2013 schedule

  Notice the Roundtables mentioned at noon on each of the Sundays (Nov 17, 24, and Dec 1)?  They are part of the FireWorks mandate to include “supporting events which allow audience members to engage with the dramaturgical process and intellectual themes”, as stated in the press release.

As noted below the calendar, admission to the Roundtables is $10 if you just want a ticket to the Roundtable, but not the play.  With purchase of a play ticket ($20), admission to each Roundtable is $5.  If you have a FireWorks series pass ($50), all the Roundtables are included.  Please reserve (call 416-364-4170 xtn 1 or e-mail for the Roundtables, and prepare to pay cash at the door if you don’t have a series pass.

Measure of the World Roundtable with Alanna McKnight (noon on Sun Nov 17, followed by the play at 2:30).  The play tells the story of three men and their search for greatness.  Historian Alanna McKnight and playwright Shirley Barrie will discuss the influences at work around the men on their quest, including the role of women and politics in 18th century South America."Measure of the World" rehearsal photo by Dahlia Katz.  Jason Thompson (rear), Michael Vitorovich (with beard), Paul Cotton (back to camera), director Molly Thom (seated).

“Measure of the World” rehearsal photo by Dahlia Katz:  actors Jason Thompson (rear), Michael Vitorovich (with beard), Paul Cotton (back to camera), director Molly Thom (seated).

Alanna McKnight is an historian, currently pursuing a PhD in Communications and Culture, a joint program between York and Ryerson.  She holds undergraduate degrees in Costume Studies from Dalhousie, History at York, and also holds a masters in history from York, and a certificate in Archival Studies from George Brown.  She has experience working theatre through costuming with the Canadian Opera Company and Stage West.  Though her academic career has taken her away from theatre, her heart never left it.

Gloria’s Guy Roundtable with M. John Kennedy (noon on Sun Nov 24, followed by play at 2:30).

"Gloria's Guy" rehearsal photo by stage manager Edgar Chua:  actors Anna Douglas and Robert Meynell as Gloria and Guy.

“Gloria’s Guy” rehearsal photo by stage manager Edgar Chua: actors Anna Douglas and Robert Meynell as Gloria and Guy.

What makes a play a comedy?  How do the various artists involved make you laugh? Professional actor M. John Kennedy, director Anne Harper and playwright Joan Burrows discuss the particulars of creating comedy on stage from their unique, and sometimes disparate, perspectives.

M. John is a professional actor and writer for stage and screen. He is also a faculty member at The Randolph Academy where he teaches Scene Study, Improvisation, Clown and Commedia Dell’arte. He has studied comedy and collective creation extensively with companies such as Bluemouth, NaCL in New York and The Second City.

"Theory" rehearsal photo by Dahlia Katz: assistant director Nicole Rajen and director Joanne Williams confer.

“Theory” rehearsal photo by Dahlia Katz: assistant director Nicole Ratjen and director Joanne Williams confer.

Theory Roundtable with Helen Androlia (noon on Sun Dec 1, followed by play at 2:30).

The internet has provided us with an opportunity to connect with each other and explore new ideas. It has, however, also provided an environment for humanity’s baser instincts to flourish unchecked. Social media professional Helen Androlia talks to playwright Norman Yeung about his work Theory, and the crossing of lines – the line between beliefs and agendas, online personas and offline lives, and where obsession crosses into to the public light.

Helen Androlia is a social media strategist, digital creative and community manager working for DraftFCB Toronto. With an eclectic background with experience spanning the technology sector to fine arts and culture (and everything in between) Helen creates engaging social media experiences for a number of large brands. A featured speaker at this year’s PodCamp, Helen is also a keynote speaker at Mesh Marketing 2013.


After the final FireWorks performance (which will be Theory) on Sun Dec 1, all three playwrights will appear for a FREE event called Playwrights Speak at 4pm.


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One response to “FireWorks Roundtables – who & what & when

  1. Reblogged this on life with more cowbell and commented:
    Two more sleeps till FireWorks opening night on Wed, Nov 13. Read on for info on this three-play rep series at Alumnae Theatre’s studio space.

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