“The Ugly”: staged reading at Nightwood Theatre, Sept 20

Alumnae Theatre Company member Tabitha Keast’s play The Ugly was originally only 10 minutes long (but every minute was economically used, to disturbing effect!), and was part of the InspiraTO Festival in 2015, on the Main Stage at Alumnae Theatre.


Tabitha and her script were then accepted into Nightwood Theatre’s Write From The Hip program, and she’s spent a year working with dramaturg Andrea Donaldson.  The story is now expanded, and runs approx. 45 minutes.


The Ugly will be presented as a staged reading on Tue Sept 20, part of Nightwood Theatre’s annual Groundswell Festival.  The full festival runs Monday Sept 19 – Saturday Sept 24.



The Ugly details:

PLOT SYNOPSIS:  In 2014 a provincial task force was created to review and update the laws relating to sexual misconduct by physicians. This was the third task force since 1991. The ugly truth is that doctors found criminally responsible for sexual abuse can still practice medicine in Ontario. How does a woman react to being raped by someone whom she is expected to implicitly trust?

WHEN:  7pm on Tue Sept 20

WHERE:  Ernest Balmer Studio in the Distillery District (Toronto).  9 Trinity St., 3rd floor, Studio #315.



FYI – the task force (and the frustration of its chair, Marilou McPhedran, who has been making the same recommendations for 16 years) has been in the news recently – for more info, see :

JULY 13:  https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2016/07/13/task-force-report-on-medical-regulatory-bodies-kept-secret-over-defamation-concerns.html


JULY 18:  https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2016/07/18/release-task-force-report-on-sexual-assaults-by-doctors-editorial.html


SEPT 8:  https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/09/08/task-force-calls-for-independent-body-to-probe-alleged-sex-abuse-by-doctors.html


SEPT 10:  https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/09/10/why-doesnt-province-care-about-sex-assault-of-most-vulnerable-porter.html


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