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“Divine Wrecks” by Chloe Whitehorn
“Radical” by Charles Hayter
“Cottage Radio” by Taylor Marie Graham
November 4 – 22, 2015

FireWorks: Lumpectomy champion Dr. Vera Peters puts ‘Do No Harm’ to the test in Radical

Review of Radical, running Nov 18-22 in FireWorks series at Alumnae Theatre Company.

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Helly Chester as Dr. Vera Peters in Radical - photo by Bruce Peters Helly Chester as Dr. Vera Peters in Radical – photo by Bruce Peters

The final production of Alumnae Theatre’s annual FireWorks program opened last night: Charles Hayter’s Radical, directed by Neil Affleck, with associate director Ingryd Pleitez.

I saw an earlier version of Radical at the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival – and loved it – so I was very excited to see it again in its current iteration. Hayter and Affleck describe the process that led to the FireWorks production in an interview on the Alumnae Theatre blog.

Based on the true story of Canadian oncologist Dr. Vera Peters’ (Helly Chester) fight for a less aggressive procedure than radical mastectomy to treat stage one breast cancer tumors, Radical takes us along with Peters as she navigates the old boys’ club that is medicine – represented by the character Dr. Bernie Fowler (Rob Candy) – and an 80-year-old ‘gold…

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“Radical” in FireWorks 2015 – Playwright and Director interview

This is the last week of FireWorks! FireWorks 2015 - RadicalThe final play in the series is Radical (Nov 18 – 22) written by Charles Hayter and directed by Neil Affleck (who acted in the New Ideas 2014 version).   Radical is the true story of a brave Toronto doctor, Vera Peters, who pioneered the now-common lumpectomy surgery for breast cancer, when the accepted course of treatment – as late as the mid-1970s – was the disfiguring radical mastectomy.

Q: What inspired you to tell this story?  What was the germ of the idea?

A (playwright Charles Hayter):

Helly Chester as Dr. Vera Peters in "Radical". Photo: Bruce Peters

Helly Chester as Dr. Vera Peters in Radical. Photo: Bruce Peters

I have known about Vera Peters for a very long time through my day job as a radiation oncologist. In the medical world, she is still remembered and revered for her compassion, curiosity, dedication, and perseverance. The doctor in me continues to be inspired by her ideals, and awed by her challenge to the arrogance, narrow-mindedness and sexism of the medical establishment. Part of my motivation came from wanting to bring her story to a wider audience that may not know much about her. The playwright in me saw natural opportunities for drama in her conflict with the surgeons over mastectomy.

 

Q: FireWorks is a showcase for full-length plays which have been workshopped and/or dramaturged through Alumnae Theatre Company.  What’s the development history of Radical?

A (Charles Hayter):   I’ve been doing research and drafting pieces of a play since 2010. The project finally took off when a few draft scenes were accepted for the New Ideas Festival 2014. These scenes grew into a first draft which had a public reading at NIF in March 2014. Subsequently, a rewritten and longer version directed by Edgar Chua was presented at the Toronto Fringe 2014. After more rewrites, the play had another reading in the Page to Stage Reading Series at New Stages Theatre Company, Peterborough, in April 2015, under the direction of Randy Read. The version produced in FireWorks is yet another rewrite. Through all of this I have been greatly helped by my dramaturge Molly Thom [a co-founder of Alumnae Theatre Company’s New Ideas Festival], and the wonderful actors and directors who have participated in readings, workshops, and rehearsals.

Q: Neil, tell us about the process of directing Radical.
A (director Neil Affleck): The direction of Radical very much represents a three-way creative partnering between myself and my Associate Director Ingryd Pleitez and our writer Charles Hayter. I like to think we all brought complementary skill-sets to the task. There was a generational aspect to Ingryd and my directorial collaboration that I found intriguing and informative. It has been more than thirty years since I worked in the theatre, during which I slogged away in the vineyards of Animation, and while some of the creative muscle groups that I called on were the same, there was a lot that I had to scramble to relearn. Ingryd, on the other hand, is at the start of her directing career. So different energies and life experience but I believe we’re both equally excited by Charles’ script and the opportunity to bring it alive.

I’ve deeply impressed by Charles’ dedication to his story and development of the play, his willingness to drill deep into his characters and the situations he dramatizes. He has great writers’ instincts.

Q: Is there anything specific you would like the audience to know, or to watch out for in the production?

A: (Charles Hayter): Only the character of Vera is based on a real person. The other characters (Rose, Helen, Bernie, Frank) are fictional representations of elements of the world she inhabited.

The only scene which remains intact from the very first version is the scene where Rose rejects the breast prosthesis (Scene One). The instructions that Rose reads (“Jump!” Twist!” “Turn!” Lean over!”) are copied verbatim from the packaging for a breast prosthesis c. 1970.

I’d also like the audience to know that this is a work-in-progress and comments about what works and what doesn’t work are very welcome!

Q:   Do you have future plans for your play? 

A (Charles Hayter): : I plan to submit it to theatre companies across Canada for further development and possible production. I am also toying with writing a screenplay version.

[Ed. Comment: YEESSSS!] 

 

FIREWORKS SHOWTIMES: 8pm Wed – Sat; 2pm Sat & Sun.

TICKETS:   $15 except Sun – PWYC.

Purchase tickets online (except for Sunday PWYC matinees) or reserve seats and pay cash at Box Office.  No credit or debit cards accepted for in-person sales.

RESERVATIONS:   E-mail reservations@alumnaetheatre.com or phone 416-364-4170 Box 1.

For more into, and to purchase  tickets online, please go to http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/fireworks.html

 

POST-SHOW TALKBACKS – “Behind The Curtain”:
Thursdays: Directors Pamela Redfern, Julia Haist or Neil Affleck with their Assistant Directors Melissa Chetty, Lisa Alves, Ingryd Pleitez.
Fridays: Lighting Designer Gabrielle D’Angelo and Sound Designer Bill Scott.
Saturday Matinees: Costume Designers Peter DeFreitas, Toni Hanson, Trish Worrall.
Saturday Evenings: Set Designers Marysia Bucholc, Mark Cope.
Sunday Matinees: Playwrights Chloe Whitehorn, Taylor Marie Graham or Charles Hayter.

 

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“Cottage Radio” opens tonight in FireWorks 2015

Last week, the Studio at Alumnae Theatre was a high school classroom. This week the set designer for FireWorks series, Marysia Bucholc, has transformed it into the Goderich, Ontario living room of the fictional Marley family. Chris Marley (played by Amanda Pereira) broadcasts her radio show from here. Oh, and there’s a tornado raging outside. That’s Taylor Marie Graham’s play Cottage Radio, directed by Julia Haist, which opens tonight and runs to Nov 15.

Amanda Pereira as Chris, Madeline Leon as Nadine in "Cottage Radio" by Taylor Marie Graham (FireWorks 2015 at Alumnae Theatre).  Photo: Bruce Peters.

Amanda Pereira as Chris, Madeline Leon as Nadine in “Cottage Radio” by Taylor Marie Graham (FireWorks 2015 at Alumnae Theatre). Photo: Bruce Peters.

Tonight’s performance is followed by an opening night party – audience is invited to join cast and crew for free munchies and a cash bar.

The other performances this week have post-show Talkbacks as follows:

Thurs Nov 12 Fri Nov 13 Sat Nov 14 Sun Nov 15
Directing:
Julia Haist
Sound/Lighting Design:
Gabrielle D’Angelo, Bill Scott
2 pm show – Costume Design: Peter DeFreitas, Toni Hanson, Trish Worrall.
8 pm show – Set Design: Marysia Bucholc
Playwright:
Taylor Marie Graham

FIREWORKS SHOWTIMES: 8pm Wed – Sat; 2pm Sat & Sun.

TICKETS:   $15 except Sun – PWYC.

Purchase tickets online (except for Sunday PWYC matinees) or reserve seats and pay cash at Box Office.

No credit or debit cards accepted for in-person sales.

Consider a 6-play Flex Pass – for $75, you get 6 tickets to be used however you wish. So one person could see 6 plays, or share the tickets with friends and all 6 of you come to one play!

 RESERVATIONS:   E-mail reservations@alumnaetheatre.com or phone 416-364-4170 Box 1.

For more into, and to purchase  tickets online for this and the last FireWorks play – Charles Hayter’s Radical (Nov 18-22) – please go to http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/fireworks.html

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“Cottage Radio” in FireWorks 2015 – Playwright & Director interview

The second play in this year’s FireWorks series is Taylor Marie Graham’s Cottage Radio, directed by Julia Haist.  It’s the story of a fictional Ontario family dealing with real events: the tornado that hit Goderich in the summer of 2011. The show runs Nov 11-15 in the Studio.   FireWorks 2015 - Cottage Radio

Q:   What inspired you to tell this story?  What was the germ of the idea?

A (Playwright Taylor Marie Graham): When I started my MFA in Creative Writing with the University of Guelph, I thought I would be writing about my life currently, in Toronto, living the life I live today, but it turns out my subconscious had other plans. I started writing about the small Ontario town I grew up in, and the tornado that hit there in August 2011. I became obsessed with the town of Goderich and the destruction and resurrection that the tornado forced on the community. What is home and what happens when it’s destroyed? Can it be rebuilt? Will it be the same? These are the questions that drove the development of the play that eventually emerged from the writing projects I put together for the following year.

 

Q: FireWorks is a showcase for full-length plays which have been workshopped and/or dramaturged through Alumnae Theatre Company.  What’s the history of your play?

A: A version of the play – at that time called Rotating Thunderstorm – was read as part of the New Ideas Festival in 2014. I was writing the play for my MFA thesis, and really enjoyed having the festival to use as a deadline of sorts while putting the script together. Writing for this festival really was great for my writing process! As I was writing I had a group of talented actors and a great director who worked with the script which meant I could immediately hear what I was writing. This is crucial for me as a playwright as I need to put voices to the words to give them life. The process at the New Ideas Festival gave me the opportunity to really hear was what working, what others found intriguing, and what was falling flat. This process also made it possible for the play to be ready for its premiere in Goderich, Ontario on the [third] anniversary of the tornado in August 2014.

Q:   Julia, how did you get involved?  Did you work on any of the play’s previous incarnations?

A (director Julia Haist):   I had participated in Alumnae Theatre Company’s Write Now event [a weekend-long playwriting challenge devised by the company’s New Play Development group, which culminates in a staged reading of the scripts] and through that, I was contacted when the theatre was looking for directors for the FireWorks festival. After I expressed interest in directing, they sent along copies of the scripts, and though all three scripts were fantastic, I fell in love with Cottage Radio; I recognized and connected with these characters as someone who grew up in Southern Ontario. I felt I understood the relationships, as well as the frustration and futility that can come with being a young adult in this generation. I also loved the original music that came along with the script, and was so excited at the possibility of playing with it. After meeting with the whole creative team, I met one-on-one with [playwright] Taylor Marie Graham and had a wonderful connection with her over shared experiences and these characters. I originally signed on as assistant director, musical director and dramaturg, but after the show’s original director had to step down due to unforeseen circumstances, I was called on rather suddenly to man the helm, and I’ve been gleefully absorbed in Cottage Radio ever since.

 
Q: Anything specific you would like the audience to know, or to watch out for in the production?

A (Taylor): I’m really excited for what [director] Julia Haist and the actors have done with the script for this production! I mean, it’s always pretty amazing to see your script interpreted and performed by a group of talented individuals, but I think there’s something truly special happening in the rehearsal room this time around. From what I have seen there’s a lot of raw talent combined with solid hard work going into this show and the result is, well, remarkable. Their ability to bring these characters to life and make them as real as possible makes a writer like me feel like sitting all alone in a room making people up is worth all the trouble after all!

A (Julia): Taylor has done a beautiful job of paying homage to Goderich by incorporating the true events of the tornado into the writing. Many of the details of the storm that are written into the script are either directly factually accurate or inspired by first-hand accounts from the community members who were affected by the tornado. There are also plenty of metaphorical parallels between the events of the tornado and the story that takes place within the cottage. Many of the designers followed her lead in taking inspiration from the tornado, and we’ve tried to incorporate elements of it in the performance as well. I think that those would be interesting to keep an eye out for during the show.

 

Q:   Taylor, do you have future plans for your play?

A : This play has brought me on such a colourful journey so far and continually surprises me with the next chapter of its development. I’m always excited to have new audiences hear the work, and am so lucky to have been able to see the play go through the journey it has so far.

 

FIREWORKS SHOWTIMES: 8pm Wed – Sat; 2pm Sat & Sun.

TICKETS:   $15 except Sun – PWYC.

Purchase tickets online (except for Sunday PWYC matinees) or reserve seats and pay cash at Box Office.  No credit or debit cards accepted for in-person sales.

Consider a 6-play Flex Pass – for $75, you get 6 admissions to be used however you wish. So one person could see 6 plays, or share the tickets with friends and all 6 of you come to one play!

 RESERVATIONS:   E-mail reservations@alumnaetheatre.com or phone 416-364-4170 Box 1.

 POST-SHOW TALKBACKS – “Behind The Curtain”:
Thursdays: Directors Pamela Redfern, Julia Haist or Neil Affleck with their Assistant Directors Melissa Chetty, Lisa Alves, Ingryd Pleitez.
Fridays: Lighting Designer Gabrielle D’Angelo and Sound Designer Bill Scott.
Saturday Matinees: Costume Designers Peter DeFreitas, Toni Hanson, Trish Worrall.
Saturday Evenings: Set Designers Marysia Bucholc, Mark Cope.
Sunday Matinees: Playwrights Chloe Whitehorn, Taylor Marie Graham or Charles Hayter.
For more into, and to purchase  tickets online for this and the last FireWorks play – Charles Hayter’s Radical (Nov 18-22) – please go to http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/fireworks.html

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“Divine Wrecks” review

LifeWithMoreCowbell called Chloë Whitehorn’s Divine Wrecks (directed by Pamela Redfern) a “heartbreaking and powerful tale of forbidden love”. Read the whole review at https://lifewithmorecowbell.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/fireworks-divine-wrecks-a-heartbreaking-powerful-tale-of-forbidden-love-erotic-wickedly-funny-engaging/

This play has 5 more performances – tonight through Saturday at 8pm, also Sat and Sun at 2pm.

Next week Wednesday (Nov 11), the FireWorks series continues with Taylor Marie Graham’s Cottage Radio.

 

TICKETS:   $15 except Sun – PWYC.

Purchase tickets online (except for Sunday PWYC matinees) or reserve seats and pay cash at Box Office.  No credit or debit cards accepted for in-person sales.

 

RESERVATIONS:   E-mail reservations@alumnaetheatre.com or phone 416-364-4170 Box 1.

POST-SHOW TALKBACKS – “Behind The Curtain”:
Thursdays: Directors Pamela Redfern, Julia Haist or Neil Affleck with their Assistant Directors Melissa Chetty, Lisa Alves, Ingryd Pleitez.
Fridays: Lighting Designer Gabrielle D’Angelo and Sound Designer Bill Scott.
Saturday Matinees: Costume Designers Peter DeFreitas, Toni Hanson, Trish Worrall.
Saturday Evenings: Set Designers Marysia Bucholc, Mark Cope.
Sunday Matinees: Playwrights Chloe Whitehorn, Taylor Marie Graham or Charles Hayter.

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“Divine Wrecks” in FireWorks 2015 – Director interview

Alumnae Theatre Company’s third annual FireWorks series kicks off tomorow with Chloë Whitehorn’s Divine Wrecks (Nov 4 – 8), directed by Pamela Redfern.   FireWorks 2015 - Divine WrecksDivine Wrecks is the “dark and disturbing” story of a high school jock who falls for his teacher. Bloggergal asked them some questions; here are Pam’s responses.

Q:  How did you get involved?  What drew you to this play?

A (director Pam Redfern):  I became involved with Divine Wrecks after being asked to look at another of the plays first. Fortunately Divine Wrecks was offered to me to direct and soon after a rich creative journey began.
This play speaks to the depth of feelings that lie within us all, rearing up from time to time in our lives…uncomfortable feelings including lust, desire, fixation, confusion, secrecy, realization, heartbreak and despair. Somewhere in that mix lies true, peaceful love but often only for a moment. In Chloë’s play each of these moments are operatic in scale and I was drawn to that intensity.

Q: Anything specific you would like the audience to know, or to watch out for in the production?

A:  Look for the lightness and humour that the Chorus brings to this otherwise dark drama. We chose to intensify the lighter side of the Chorus to create texture and add comic relief to the production.   We decided to set some of the writing to music and it had a doo-wop rhythm to it so a fifties sound emerged there. With more time we would love to take the musical component much further. Divine Wrecks provides endless opportunities for layering and expansion but at a certain point we needed to polish what we had discovered and solidify this production.  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153061039792172&set=gm.1063381273714094&type=3&theater

Photo of the Chorus:  Bruce Peters.

FIREWORKS SHOWTIMES: 8pm Wed – Sat; 2pm Sat & Sun.

TICKETS:   $15 except Sun – PWYC.

Purchase tickets online (except for Sunday PWYC matinees) or reserve seats and pay cash at Box Office.  No credit or debit cards accepted for in-person sales.

Or consider a 6-play Flex Pass – for $75, you get 6 admissions to be used however you wish. So one person could see 6 plays, or share the tickets with friends and all 6 of you come to one play.

 RESERVATIONS:   E-mail reservations@alumnaetheatre.com or phone 416-364-4170 Box 1.

 POST-SHOW TALKBACKS – “Behind The Curtain”:
Thursdays: Directors Pamela Redfern, Julia Haist or Neil Affleck with their Assistant Directors Melissa Chetty, Lisa Alves, Ingryd Pleitez.
Fridays: Lighting Designer Gabrielle D’Angelo and Sound Designer Bill Scott.
Saturday Matinees: Costume Designers Peter DeFreitas, Toni Hanson, Trish Worrall.
Saturday Evenings: Set Designers Marysia Bucholc, Mark Cope.
Sunday Matinees: Playwrights Chloe Whitehorn, Taylor Marie Graham or Charles Hayter.
For more into, and to purchase  tickets online to Divine Wrecks and the other FireWorks plays – Taylor Marie Graham’s Cottage Radio (Nov 11-15) and Charles Hayter’s Radical (Nov 18-22) – please go to http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/fireworks.html

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“Divine Wrecks” in FireWorks 2015 – Playwright interview

Alumnae Theatre Company’s third annual FireWorks series opens Wed Nov 4, and runs to Nov 22.  Haven’t heard of it?  Like our popular New Ideas Festival, it takes place in the Studio Theatre and runs for 3 weeks.   But FireWorks takes full-length plays that had their beginnings at an Alumnae event (like New Ideas or Big Ideas), or in the company’s New Play Development Group and runs them in conjunction with Talkbacks, workshops and other events. Each week, there will be a different play.

This year’s FireWorks kicks off with Chloë Whitehorn’s Divine Wrecks (Nov 4 – 8), directed by Pamela Redfern.   Bloggergal asked them some questions; here are Chloe’s responses.

Q: What inspired you to tell this story?  What was the germ of the idea?
A (Playwright Chloë Whitehorn): I am fascinated by love. There’s something about the intensity of the emotions connected to loving someone and how viscerally we feel them. A lot of my work is about someone finding their soulmate, the one person they want to be with, and then for some reason not being able to be with them. I think that’s tragic. I imagine the hardest thing is loving someone you’re not supposed to love. And then I wonder who society thinks it is telling people who they can and cannot love. The “rules” are always changing. Think back through history (even the last few years) and things like race, social standing, gender… These things used to dictate who you were ALLOWED to love. I don’t think you can really control who you fall in love with. Maybe it’s fate.

So that’s where my head is always at, and a few years ago I started seeing all these news stories popping up about female teachers being fired or imprisoned for having relationships with their students and it got me thinking about the prominent love stories that have been told and retold throughout time about lovers who are ripped apart because society deemed their relationship inappropriate. I really wanted to include society’s imposing opinions (with different viewpoints for audiences to see themselves represented in the story) on the stage and the role of a traditional theatre chorus does that, and I thought who better than a group of gossiping high school teenagers to represent that.

Q: FireWorks is a showcase for full-length plays which have been workshopped and/or dramaturged through Alumnae Theatre Company.  What’s the history of your play?

A:   Two years ago I brought a scene from Divine Wrecks to the Alumnae Theatre New Play Development Group thinking that is was totally not the sort of thing the ladies would like but I wanted to hear it read so I could see if the dialogue was working. And it went over pretty well. So I submitted it to Big Ideas for a staged reading and the response there was overwhelmingly positive and I was encouraged to submit the play to FireWorks for the following year. And here we are.

 
Q: Anything specific you would like the audience to know, or to watch out for in the production?

A:   An earlier draft was a more vague, romantic version of the story, because who doesn’t love a good romance right? Well, I did a reading with some actors and asked for feedback and the room basically said a) it wasn’t dark and disturbing enough to have been written by me because, hey have you read my other plays? and b) I wasn’t doing the source material justice. Essentially, “Don’t be afraid of the darkness. If you’re going to go there, GO THERE!” So I have. So, if you’re offended know it’s because you’re supposed to be. But think about WHY you’re disturbed and learn from that.

 
Q:   Do you have future plans for your play?

A:   I think there are many many different ways to do this play. Except maybe Children’s Theatre. That really wouldn’t go over well. So, obviously I’d like to see it produced again, and often.

 

Thanks, Chloë!

Watch this space for interviews with the other FireWorks playwrights and directors!

 

FIREWORKS SHOWTIMES: 8pm Wed – Sat; 2pm Sat & Sun.

TICKETS:   $15 except Sun – PWYC.

Purchase tickets online (except for Sunday PWYC matinees) or reserve seats and pay cash at Box Office.

No credit or debit cards accepted for in-person sales.

 You might want to consider a 6-play Flex Pass – for $75, you get 6 admissions to be used however you wish. So one person could see 6 plays, or share the tickets with friends and all 6 of you come to one play.

 RESERVATIONS:   E-mail reservations@alumnaetheatre.com or phone 416-364-4170 Box 1.

 POST-SHOW TALKBACKS – “Behind The Curtain”:
Thursdays: Directors Pamela Redfern, Julia Haist or Neil Affleck with their Assistant Directors Melissa Chetty, Lisa Alves, Ingryd Pleitez.
Fridays: Lighting Designer Gabrielle D’Angelo and Sound Designer Bill Scott.
Saturday Matinees: Costume Designers Peter DeFreitas, Toni Hanson, Trish Worrall.
Saturday Evenings: Set Designers Marysia Bucholc, Mark Cope.
Sunday Matinees: Playwrights Chloe Whitehorn, Taylor Marie Graham or Charles Hayter.

 
For more into, and to purchase  tickets online to Divine Wrecks and the other FireWorks plays – Taylor Marie Graham’s Cottage Radio (Nov 11-15) and Charles Hayter’s Radical (Nov 18-22) – please go to http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/fireworks.html

 

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Casting Call for FireWorks 2015

The FireWorks Festival runs November 4-22, 2015 with three plays each running for one week of the festival. For more information on the festival please see the FireWorks page of www.alumnaetheatre.com.
Below are the character breakdowns for each play. Auditions will be scheduled August 17-23, and callbacks the last week of August.
FireWorks 2015
TO REQUEST AN AUDITION: e-mail FWauditions@gmail.com
Be sure to include your RESUME, HEADSHOT, AGE RANGE and your PHONE NUMBER.  Candidates selected to audition will be contacted. Please come prepared with a monologue. Directors from more than one play may be present at the audition. Callbacks will be done separately for each play.
Members of Alumnae Theatre Company will be given priority consideration.
The scripts are available at the Toronto Reference Library, 5th floor, Performance Desk, 789 Yonge Street.
Auditions will be held at the Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street (at Adelaide).
AUDITION DATES:                       August 17-23
CALL BACKS:                                  August 26-31
REHEARSALS:                               September 10 – November 3, 10, 17
PERFORMANCES:                        November 4-8, 11-15, 18-22.

Divine Wrecks by Chloe Whitehorn
(performances November 4-8, 2015)
Synopsis:
​A high school god falls for the wrong girl, his teacher.  A dark tale of heart break and revelations, Divine Wrecks explores the nature of love without boundaries. A modern take on a classic tale.

Character Breakdown:
(Note: We expect to cast actors in their early twenties for the teenage roles due to the mature nature of the roles)
EDDY: male, sixteen, troubled star athlete. After a tragedy he feels disconnected from everyone and is looking for meaning.
CASS:
female, thirties, high school English teacher. Is haunted by her past.
CHORUS 1:
male, teenager, confident jock. At the top of the school hierarchy but not the “steal your lunch money” type.
CHORUS 2:
female, teenager, fluffy pretty cheerleader. Extremely confident and used to getting her way.
CHORUS 3:
female, teenager, alternative look. Bit of a slacker “f**k-the world if the world doesn’t care” attitude.
CHORUS 4:
male, teenager, prep nerd. Shy but eager to be included.


Cottage Radio by Taylor Marie Graham
(performances November 11-15, 2015)
Synopsis:
Inspired by the true events of the Goderich, Ontario 2011 F3 class tornado, Cottage Radio explores the effect of the horrific storm on the fictional, yet very recognizable Marley clan. The family is forced to deal with the horrific events of the storm that is currently bringing them together, while confronting all the past events that kept them apart for so long. The play includes gorgeous original indie rock songs performed by members of the collective live on stage, while the play gently and graciously combining humour and drama in surrounding scenes. The premiere production in Goderich, Ontario left audiences moved and the Toronto re-imagining is sure to do the same.

Character Breakdown:
Gordon Marley – 55 years old. Uncle to Christina and Nadine; son of Susan. Recently lost his house in the tornado. Over-indulges with alcohol, silence, and solitude. Past competitive rower.

Christina (Chris) Marley – 32 years old. Sister of Nadine, granddaughter to Susan, niece to Gordon, childhood best friend of Jasper.   Past drummer in the band Huron Haven; host of COTTAGE radio.
Would prefer to be 17 and full of potential again rather than 32 and full of pain and regrets, so
she stifled her maturity at 17 years old and expects everyone around her to do the same. Uses sarcasm to deflect.

 

Nadine Marley – 27 years old,. Sister of Christina, granddaughter to Susan, niece to Gordon, friend of Jasper. Guitar and vocals in the band Huron Haven. Is afraid to admit she misses everyone, has made some poor choices in the new people in her life away from family, and can’t handle everything all by herself all the time.
Jasper Taylor – 30 years old. No blood relation to the Marleys. Guitar and vocals in the band Huron Haven. Can’t let go of a fantasy version of reality where actions do not have consequences, and
everything is ok if it feels right. Very charming. Adventurous.
Susan Marley – 84 years old, grandmother to Christina and Nadine, mother of Gordon. Is getting old and sees her family being ripped apart and unable to make proper adult decisions. All she can do is try to remind them of their ties to each other and their home before she passes on. Very dedicated to the tornado clean-up effort.

 

 Radical by Charles Hayter
(performances Nov 18-22, 2015)
Synopsis:
The story of a forgotten Canadian hero, Dr. Vera Peters, and her fight to alter breast cancer treatment. Spurred on by patient outrage, memories of her mother’s suffering, and her own diagnosis of breast cancer, Peters embarks on a quest to find a gentler alternative to the mutilating radical mastectomy – and in the process sets the surgical world against her.

Character Breakdown:
HELEN, female, sixtyish, prim, conservative, fiercely loyal, wryly humourous nurse.
ROSE, female, early fifties, brash, earthy, fiesty, feminist, political, professor of sociology.
VERA, female, early fifties, caring, compassionate, yet quietly driven, chain smoking cancer specialist, accomplished medical professional, very “put together”.
FRANK, male, early thirties, young, impressionable, thoughtful, ambitious greenhorn surgeon.
BERNIE, male, fifties, conservative, intelligent, chauvinistic, surly, blunt, yet vulnerable Chief of Surgery.

Alumnae Theatre encourages diversity in its membership and casting. This is a non-paying engagement.

 

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