New Ideas Festival 2014 – Week Two starts on Wednesday

Happy  St. Patrick’s Day!  If you’re planning the week ahead, how about checking in at Alumnae Theatre for Week Two of our 26th annual New Ideas Festival?   Week One closed on Sunday (with a sold-out matinee), and a whole different lineup of world premiere short plays will be presented for your viewing pleasure this week, and another one next week.  They are the best of 96 submissions received from Ontario, B.C., Manitoba, P.E.I., New York, California, and England.

If you enjoyed Joan Burrows’ Willow Quartet (published in 2013 by Playwrights Canada Press, and with several Toronto productions since its 2011 premiere) or her Gloria’s Guy  (produced in Alumnae’s FireWorks series last November), you’ll be delighted to see the first scenes from her new play, Brockfest this week.

Andrea Scott’s name may be familiar – her play Eating Pomegranates Naked was a staged reading in New Ideas 2012, and was then produced at SummerWorks in 2013, where it won the RBC Arts Professional Award.

Other returning names are director Pomme J-Corvelec (last year she directed Catherine Frid’s Over the Edge)  and Steph Ouaknine (a director last year for Adrianna Prosser’s Everything but the Cat; this year a projection designer) – both working on Andrea Scott’s play.

So the WEEK TWO lineup (March 19-23, 2014) is:

The Living Library  (by Linda McCready, directed by Stacy Halloran).   A young woman in search of a career path borrows a “human book” for an open conversation.
Cast: Anne-Marie Krytiuk, Scott Moulton. Better Angels: A Parable (by Andrea Scott, directed by Pomme J-Corvellec).   A young African woman comes to Canada as a domestic worker, and finds a special kind of hell tailored just for her.                                 Cast: Daniel De Pas, Keriece Harris, Hilary Hart.  The Shimmering Odessa Building or Whatever  (by Judith Upjohn, directed by Zoe Erwin-Longstaff).   Along a Great Lake ravaged by drought, three young literary tech-savvy hipsters drive toward their intended demise.                                                               Cast: Tiana Asperjan, Sharon Belle, Janice Yang.

Brockfest  (by Joan Burrows, directed by Eric Benson).  Kitty doesn’t want to be an American anymore, but will the U.S. government pursue dual citizens living in Canada for back taxes? Cast: Justen Bennett, Liz Best, David Borwick, Andrea Lyons, John Marcucci.

SATURDAY STAGED READING at noon only:  Radical  (by Charles Hayter, directed by Darcy Stoop).   The true story of pioneering Toronto cancer specialist Dr. Vera Peters’ brave fight against the medical establishment, which changed the course of breast cancer treatment in North America.  Catch the full production in the Toronto Fringe this summer – dates & venue TBA.
Cast: Neil Affleck, Sheila Russell, Anne Shepherd, Andrew Siwik, Jane Smythe.


SHOWTIMES:  Wed – Sat at 8pm, Sat & Sun matinees at 2:30.  On Saturday March 22 at noon, there will be a one-time staged reading of Radical by Charles Hayter.

TICKETS:  $15 for the weekly program (all four short plays in one night – or matinee).  The reading is PWYC.  Festival Passes ($40 for everything including readings) are still available.

RESERVATIONS/PURCHASES: for online purchases.  Please note that if you have a Festival Pass, you must also make reservations for the specific dates you wish to attend.

To reserve, e-mail or leave a message at 416-364-4170 xtn 1.

If you prefer to pay in person, make a reservation by e-mail or phone, and pay cash when you arrive.  The Box Office does not accept credit or debit cards.  See you at the theatre!


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