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Seeking Directors for FireWorks 2017 (apply by April 28)

Next season marks the 100th anniversary of Alumnae Theatre Company, and the slate is dedicated to plays by women, directed by women.  FireWorks, in its 5th year as of 2017, features a provocative lineup of three full-length plays focusing on friendships among women.

Apply to direct one of the plays – the deadline has been extended to April 28, 2017.

FireWorks 2017 runs November 8 – 26 in the 75-seat Studio space at Alumnae Theatre.
Each play runs one week, with 6 performances: Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm, plus matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

This Will Be My Last Transmission – Natalie Frijia
You can’t stop in the Death Zone. Above 8,000 meters, you’re already dying. When a storm traps three women, expert climbers, just below the summit of K2, they face a challenge even greater than climbing mountains: getting down. As the storm rages on the summit a whole different tempest picks up speed at base camp, as the men of camp debate whether the women had the right to climb K2 in the first place, and whether they deserve to be rescued. And the window is quickly closing.

3 Women, 30s;  4 Men, 30 – 40.  One central location, lots of bad weather.

Surrender Dorothy – Liz Best
Online dating’s been around for awhile. But it’s not something you’d ever consider, right?  Until Ally, in her 50s, meets someone – online! She insists that her friends, all seasoned players in the relationship game, share her joy and her online experience. What follows is a hilarious, rueful, touching examination of the murky, ambush-laden search for connection, even love, as played out on the net. Snappy dialogue, penetrating insights as five clever women support each other in taking risks and learning to live again, even when your heart’s been broken.

5 Women, 50s.  One central setting, other suggested locations, many cellphone conversations.

Pose Ball – Caitie Graham
Cata wakes up with an infected tattoo on her leg. When the memory of everyone involved is clouded by either drugs, denial, or desire, whose version of the truth is Cata supposed to believe? POSE BALL is a fierce exploration of a young girl’s sexuality, an act of violence that devastates a friendship, and the question; can truth be subjective? A play about two high school kids adrift in a world they’re ill-equipped to navigate.

2 Women, 16-17; 1 Man, early 20s.  Multiple locations, extensive use of projections.


To apply to direct:
Send your résumé and a short (2-3 sentences) statement about why you wish to direct your play of choice. If you are chosen for an interview, you will be given access to the scripts and asked to prepare a detailed outline of your vision for the production.

Note: FireWorks is a development festival; dramaturgy will continue right through production, and the writer will be part of the process.

Extended Deadline for applications: April 28, 2017
Send to: fireworksATC@gmail.com, with subject heading as: 2017 CALL FOR DIRECTORS
(Both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of Alumnae Theatre Company are welcome to submit.)

This is a non-union, non-paying gig.



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Alumnae Theatre Company launches 2014-2015 Season with George F. Walker’s “Escape From Happiness”


Alumnae Theatre Company launches its 2014-2015 season with George F. Walker’s Escape From Happiness, September 26 – October 11, 2014.

A bizarre event in a dysfunctional family prompts an incident of brutality in this intensely dark Canadian comedy. Part of Walker’s East End Trilogy, this play explores the most tender moments at the most violent times.

Escape From Happiness posterNora Quinn (Heli Kivilaht) is the head of an eccentric, working-class family fighting alcohol, drugs, corruption and organized crime in their dangerous, impoverished neighborhood while trying to manage the turmoil in her own house. Eldest daughter and protector Elizabeth (Andrea Brown), middle child Mary Ann (Lesley Robertson) whose sunny disposition is maintained through constant cooking, youngest daughter, and new mother, Gail (Renée Haché) desperately trying to help her family mend their past, Gail’s husband Junior (Maxwell King) who has “bad luck following him like a best friend”, and their recently returned father Tom (David Cairns) who may or may not be the abusive, uncontrolled ex-cop he once was round out this unruly family. Throw in ambitious ladder climbing police officer (Joanne Sarazen), her reluctant partner (Ryan Seeley), and father and son criminals (Robert Skanes and Colin MacDonald) and anarchy prevails.

Director Andrea Wasserman has assembled an extremely talented cast and production team to bring this very dark, very funny slice-of-life comedy to the Alumnae Theatre MainStage. Under Wasserman’s direction we can see how everyone’s insane behavior seems perfectly rational to them. “I was drawn to this play because of the story it explores,” Wasserman says. “What happens when people are pushed to the edge of circumstance with no tools to cope.”

The New York Times raved “Mr. Walker takes once radical techniques right to the edge, to the very risky brink, but stops short of despair. If Escape From Happiness — telling, terrific title – does not care about how the truth can ruin your day, it’s because the play is concerned with more important things, like changing our lives.”

Escape From Happiness features a design and artistic team that includes Brandon Kleiman (set designer), Sara Brzozowski (costume designer), Paul Hardy (lighting designer), Jeremy Hutton (fight director), Jackie McClelland (properties), Lindsey Alston (stage manager) and Susan Bond (assistant director).


Advance tickets are available online at www.alumnaetheatre.com, Alternatively, to reserve a seat and pay in person at the Box Office (no credit card sales via phone/e-mail), please leave a message 416-364-4170 (press 1) or e-mail reservations@alumnaetheatre.com


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