Yes, the “official” season of Alumnae Theatre Company is over, but the playwrights of Alumnae’s New Play Development group (the NPD) have a bonus treat for you: this year’s edition of Big Ideas. From Monday May 9 – Sunday May 15, head up to the 3rd floor Studio to see readings of 10 full-length plays-in-progress. All FREE (but donations much appreciated).
Give your feedback on these developing works, and you may see these titles show up in New Ideas Festival (March) or FireWorks (November) in a year or two!
Here’s the lineup of Big Ideas 2016 – please note the different start times:
|Mon May 9||8:00 pm||Bargains in the New World
In New France, the colonists make bargains with God, the devil and each other to fit into or escape the king.
|Tue May 10||8:00 pm||Shattered Dreams on St. Helena
Napoleon feared one person, and now she has come to haunt his dreams in exile as he dictates his memoir.
|Wed May 11||8:00 pm||Into The Abyss
A drama based on historical figures in Niagara Falls, including daredevils, circus showmen and female impersonators.
|Thu May 12||8:00 pm||*A Very Different Place
“You can’t go home again,” so said Thomas Wolfe. But if you chance it, what you’ll find – is a very different place.
|Fri May 13||8:00 pm||The River Flows Both Ways
Margaret Laurence, faced with yet another move, packs up mementos from her lifelong search for acceptance and belonging – a “tribe” and a home.
|Sat May 14||2:00 pm||Where The Heart Is
Irish matriarch Mairead confounds, confronts and comforts her family.
|Mary Barnes Amoroso|
|Sat May 14||3:15 pm||They All Get Off The Bus
Unexpected happenings on a family farm in the 1970s.
|Sat May 14||8:00 pm||**Yeats in Love
The love story of W.B. Yeats & Maud Gonne: a poet and a firebrand. He is obsessed with her. She is obsessed with Irish freedom.
|Sun May 15||2:00 pm||Run, Father, Run
The collision of a priest who can’t allow himself to be human, and a woman who can’t allow herself to be loved.
|Sun May 15||7:00 pm||A Little Happiness
Madness, murder and medical ethics are all themes of this complex and compelling drama.
*a short version appeared in New Ideas Festival 2010
**a short version appeared in New Ideas Festival 2016 – video trailer by Nicholas Porteous: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8PrSod97-k&feature=youtu.be