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. Over the course of a week, Thursday May 11 – Thursday May 18, head up to the 3rd floor Studio in Alumnae Theatre to see staged readings of 5 full-length plays-in-progress that are being dramaturged in the group.
These readings are FREE (but donations much appreciated!); no reservations required. Give your feedback on these developing works, and you may see these titles show up in the company’s New Ideas Festival (March) or FireWorks (November) in a year or two.
Here’s the lineup of Big Ideas 2017 – all events start at 8pm in the Studio. Enter via the front door (70 Berkeley Street) as usual.
Thursday, May 11: THE BAY, by Liz Best, directed by Ramona Baillie.
Synopsis: Two high school students spend a few months at a seniors’ residence to complete their community service hours.
Kathleen Allamby – Claire
Lucy Brennan – Tessie
Razie Brownstone – Hannah
Daryn Dewalt – Pat
Seanna Kennedy – Felice
Carol McLennan – Barbara
Ian Orr – Morris
Robert Ouellette – Jed
Steven Pereira – Daniel
Kate Shroder – Emilia
Susan Q Wilson – Helen
Friday, May 12: VERITAS, by Lynda Martens, directed by Kelsey Laine Jacobson.
Synopsis: The dramatic true story of a Father’s quest for the truth after his son died under mysterious circumstances at the Royal Military College of Canada in 2003. With an ensemble cast of nine actors playing over thirty characters, the play features actual text from a public inquest into the death.
Saturday, May 13: KILL WOMAN, by Judith Fiore, directed by Pat McCarthy.
Synopsis: On a beautiful Spring afternoon, a professor of poetry and English literature is out for a walk. She is facing a serious and life-threatening situation, and she happens to come upon an unkempt woman who is also dealing with a terrible problem. With humour and compassion, they explore what their lives have amounted to.
Lisa Lenihan – Unkempt Woman
Clara Matheson – Professor
Wednesday, May 17: I AM AWAKE, by Anne MacMillan, directed by Ara Glenn-Johanson.
Synopsis: A gothic paranormal story in early mid-19th century of a young Irish girl who has to escape her traumatic first employment as a lady’s maid through a forest with wolves, is thrown out by her parents who feel disgraced, saved by her grandmother and the nuns, is sent to Canada for a new beginning again as a lady’s maid, only to run into an evil other-worldly master, a helpful ghost who tries to save her and a young man who is keen to take her fishing…
Lucy Brennan – Grannie
Michael-David Blostein – Elgin
Sheila Charleton – Apparition Mary
Claire Keating – Mary
Emmet Leahy – Harry
Frans Robinow – Wagoner
Ronak Singh – Gatekeeper
Morna Wales – Nun
Thursday, May 18: WHERE TRUTH LIES, by Carol Libman, directed by Claren Grosz.
Synopsis: What happens when a long-held family secret is secret no longer? Does anyone really know where truth lies?
Kathleen Allamby – Martha
Martha Breen – Cathy
Paquito Hernaci – John
Jamie Johnson – Peter
Tina McCulloch – Karen
Mike Vitorovich – Andre.
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