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Amicus Fundraiser at Whistler’s

Our friends at Amicus Productions are having a FUN-draiser on Monday night. Great opportunity to support Toronto theatre, and witness some talented folks getting their classics on! PWYC admission.


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Big Ideas 2016: Free readings of full-length plays, May 9-15

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.  Big Ideas image & wordsFrom 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.

Donna Langevin
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.

Kristine Greenaway
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.

Nina Kaye
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.

Carol Libman
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.

Jane Carnwath
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.

Anne MacMillan
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.

Anne Tait
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.

Lynda Martens
Sun May 15 7:00 pm A Little Happiness

Madness, murder and medical ethics are all themes of this complex and compelling drama.

Ramona Baillie


*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

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New Ideas Festival 2016 opens next week! Plus some etiquette notes…

Week One of the New Ideas Festival opens in the Studio next Wednesday, March 9. It will feature the world premieres of short plays submitted by writers from just about everywhere, runs for 3 weeks, and each week there’s a totally different lineup.    New Ideas 2016 postcard

Unlike the Fringe Festival or SummerWorks, the New Ideas Festival is part of a company’s season of productions – it’s been a highlight of Alumnae Theatre Company’s seasons for 28 years now.

And also unlike Fringe or SummerWorks, which consist of individually-ticketed plays, the New Ideas audiences pay ONE ticket price ($15), and see four short plays.

Poster image for This Will Be My Last Transmission – last show in Week One lineup.

So yes:  even if you really only came to see your cousin’s brother-in-law’s stage debut, please stay for the WHOLE evening (or matinee) – it’s only polite to the other performers, writers, and directors.  And nobody wants to piss off the stage manager!  Plus, it might be a wee bit hazardous trying to exit during the dim scene-change lighting between plays.

During the show, please turn off all electronic devices that emit noise or light, and refrain from texting or e-mailing. Taking photos or audio/video recording is prohibited.


Here’s the Week One lineup (Wed March 9 – Sun March 13):

STUCK by Stacey Iseman, directed by Kelsey Laine Jacobson.
Prayers to St. George by Andrew Lee, directed by Meg Moran.
The Council by Deanna Kruger, directed by Claren Grosz.
This Will Be My Last Transmission by Natalie Frijia, directed by Zita Nyarady.
Performances of this lineup are 8pm Wed – Sat, with 2:30 matinees on Sat and Sunday. There is a Talkback following the Saturday matinee.

Each week also includes a staged reading of one longer play (approx. 60 mins) followed by a Talkback. The staged readings are on Saturdays at noon – no reservations necessary; admission is PWYC. The Week One reading is A Better Place by Ramona Baillie, directed by Chelsea Dab Hilke.


This year’s Festival also features what the producers have dubbed “a lobby play” – a short piece to entertain audiences pre-show and during intermission. It will be hard to top Brenda Somers’ innuendo-filled turn in 2014’s lobby play Polish Your Pole: she played a cleaning lady responsible for all the poles in firehalls (“This is Kevin. He’s my favourite,” she would croon, caressing the pole opposite the Box Office!) This year’s lobby play is The Nurse  by Francine Dick, directed by Mandy Roveda.

See the full Festival lineup at http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/new-ideas-festival-2016.html, and click on individual weeks to see photos and bios of the participants.

Tickets can be purchased by the week ($15 each) or a 6-ticket Flex Pass ($75) can be used for two people to attend all 3 weeks of the Festival. http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/tickets.html

If not purchasing tickets online, reservations are STRONGLY recommended! Phone or e-mail to hold seats, and pay cash on arrival – no credit or debit cards accepted for in-person sales. 416-364-4170 Box 1 or reservations@alumnaetheatre.com

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“Antigone” special events on opening weekend, Sept 18 – 20

Antigone imageAlumnae Theatre Company announces our first production of the 2015-2106 season: Antigone, by Jean Anouilh, translated Lewis Galantière. This modernized version of Sophocles’ classic Greek tragedy explores the disturbing moral dilemmas of our times.

Director Janet Kish evokes a metaphysical Thebes in a parallel universe where the “here and now” is also the “there and then.”  In collaboration with the actors, the work also incorporates movement choreographed by Jane Deluzio, and masks sculpted by visual artist and scenographer Teodoro Dragonieri.
Special events are planned for opening weekend, September 18-20.

Art Installation on display in the lobby for the run of the show:
View our Antigonethemed art installation created by renowned multi-discipline artist Teodoro Dragonieri in collaboration with Sara Ahmadieh Rad.

Opening night party – Friday, September 18 :
 Meet the actors and production team after the show on  in the lobby.  Refreshments will be served.  Cash bar.

Social Media Night – Saturday, September 19:
If you sit in the last three rows of the audience, you can text, tweet and send messages during the performance.  You read that right.  Yes, DURING the show!  Just NO flash photography, please.

Panel: Women of Courage – Sunday, September 20 :
Join us from noon-1pm for a pre-matinee panel discussion with six “Antigones” of today: ordinary women who have exhibited extraordinary courage in our current day and age. The moderated panel will address such topics as mental illness, trangendered realities and living life as an amputee artist.

Antigone runs Sept 18 – Oct 3.

Purchase tickets online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=atc13 or reserve seats by phone/e-mail and pay cash on arrival. No credit or debit for in-person sales; cash only. Reserve at 416-364-4170, xtn 1 / reservations@alumnaetheatre.com

Chorus          AMANDA CORDNER
Antigone      KAYA BUCHOLC
Ismene         CARLY TELFORD
Creon            SCOTT MOORE
Page              CHRISTINA LEONARD
Nurse            SARA STAHMER
Guards          ERIK MRAKOVCIC
Eurydice       MARTHA BREEN

Director:                              Janet Kish

Producer:                            Andrea Patreau

Associate Producer:        Carina Cojeen
Stage Manager:                Christina Clarke
Ass’t Stage Manager:     Kaylen MacKenzie
Scenographer:                  Teodoro Dragonieri
Lighting Design by            Kelsey Laine Jacobson
Costume Design by         Martina Christensen and Brianne Christensen
Sound Design by              Jeff Jones
Scenic Artist:                      Sara Ahmadieh Rad
Choreographer:                  Jane Deluzio

Makeup Artist:                 Eleanor MacVeigh


Please note the Alumnae Theatre’s MainStage is completely wheelchair accessible, including accessible washrooms.

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Auditions for “Blood Relations”

The first show of our season, George F. Walker’s Escape From Happiness, is not even open yet (starts this Friday, Sept 26), and already we’re scheduling auditions for the January show. Bllod Relations image

Blood Relations

By Sharon Pollock

Directed by Barbara Larose

 Performance dates: January 23 – February 7, 2015

 In this Governor General’s Award-winning play, Sharon Pollock takes us on a psychological journey, bringing the past to life in a search for a possible answer, a possible motive for murder. The only suspect, the real Lizzie Borden, was acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother with an axe, in 1892. But in Blood Relations, set 10 years later, the chilling question still repeats, “Did you, Lizzie?” “ Lizzie, did you?”

Role:                           Age Range     Description

 Miss Lizzie                 30 – 45             Lizzie Borden, 10 years after acquittal; also plays the Irish                  maid, Bridget

Actress                       30 – 45             Glamourous paramour of Miss Lizzie; also plays Lizzie Borden

 Emma                         40 – 50             Lizzie’s older sister

Abigail Borden         50’s – 60’s        Lizzie’s stepmother

Harry                          50’s                  Mrs. Borden’s brother

Andrew Borden       60’s – 70’s        Lizzie’s father

Dr. Patrick/Defense 30’s – 40’s        the Irish doctor; also plays Defense Counsel at Lizzie’s trial


 Evenings of Wednesday, October 8 and Thursday, October 9, 2014


Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 10 am – 5 pm

 Callbacks to be held the following week – October15/16



Please prepare a short (2-3 min.) contemporary monologue. You may also be asked to read from the script, so it is highly recommended that you are familiar with the play.

Reading copies are available at the Toronto Reference Library, 5th floor — Performing Arts desk.



E-mail with headshot and resume to bloodrelationsauditions@gmail.com or leave a message at 416-364-4170 ext 3.

Be sure to include your phone number so we can contact you! Please specify if you are a member of Alumnae Theatre Company.

Auditions will be held at the Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto (SW corner of Berkeley and Adelaide).

Alumnae Theatre Company is a non professional company that encourages diversity in its membership and casting.

This is non-paying engagement.


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Audition notice for “Rabbit Hole”

The January show (The Lady’s Not For Burning) has not yet opened, but already Alumnae Theatre Company is holding auditions for the final production of our season.Rabbit Hole

 Rabbit Hole

By David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by Paul Hardy

 Performance dates: April 11 – 26, 2014

Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a 2010 critically acclaimed film.

“David Lindsay-Abaire has crafted a drama that’s not just a departure but a revelation—an intensely emotional examination of grief, laced with wit, insightfulness, compassion and searing honesty.” —Variety.

Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple perilously adrift.  Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path into the light of day.


Becca –  (f), late 30s/early 40s

Izzy – (f), early/mid 30s. Becca’s sister.

Howie – (m), late 30s/early 40s

Nat – (f), mid-sixties.  Mother of Becca and Izzy.

Jason – (m), 17 years old



Saturday, January 25 • 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday, January 26 • 10 am – 5pm

Tuesday, January 28 • 7 – 10pm

Callbacks the following week.

Please prepare a short (2-3 min.) contemporary monologue and bring your photo and résumé to the audition.

 TO BOOK:    Contact rabbitatc@gmail.com with your preferred date/time, or leave a phone message at 416-364-4170 ext 3.

In your communication, please specify your gender and playable age range, and remember to include your phone number(s).  If leaving a phone message, please spell your name.


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Summer stuff – Alumnae Theatre members

Alumnae Theatre Company’s season runs from mid-September to early May.  So what do our members do during the summer months, you may wonder.  Oh, they keep busy!  Here’s what some are doing in the Toronto Fringe Festival, July 4-15:  Andrea Brown is appearing in The Princess of Porn: The Musical – an adults-only Musical-Comedy Fairy-Tale in which the prince from the Kingdom of Babble falls in love with a princess from the Kingdom of Porn but their parents don’t approve.   Venue is Randolph Theatre (formerly the Bathurst Street Theatre).  Details at http://www.meandsnowwhite.co/apps/calendar/ or www.fringetoronto.com

Sandra Burley (assistant director) and Kay Randewich (assistant stage manager) are working on Spychasers – a fast-paced adventure that takes the audience back to the world of WW II espionage.  Based on the novel “Mr Standfast” by former Canadian Governor General John Buchan.  Venue is Tarragon Theatre.  Details at  www.act2studio.ca and http://www.facebook.com/act2studio

Barbara Larose (co-writer, director), Ellen Green (assistant director, associate producer) and Margaret Spence (costume designer) and Tina McCulloch (publicity) are working on Life in the Raw – a drama with music, based on family memories of growing up in Montreal during the Great Depression.  Venue is George Ignatieff Theatre.  Details at www.thickandthintheatreproductions.com  or www.fringetoronto.com

Anne Shepherd  is appearing in Absolute Alice – a wacky version of Alice in Wonderland.  Venue is Factory Theatre mainspace.  Details at www.fringetoronto.com

 Brenda Somers is playing French author George Sand in Piecing Together Pauline– a drama based on the life and times and far-reaching influences of Pauline Viardot, a celebrated 19th century opera singer.  Venue is Tarragon Theatre.  Details at http://fireandairproductions.wordpress.com/  or www.fringetoronto.com

Susan Q Wilson is appearing in Ways to Kill Ethyl  – a dark comedy in which siblings decide to hold a potluck in order to murder their grandmother.  Venue is Factory Theatre. Details at http://waystokillethyl.tumblr.com/

Linda Yearwood is very busy.  First up for her is Hello, a new Canadian original musical story about a group of friends suddenly surrounded by chaos and forced to make sense of it all as a worldwide cosmic event erupts above their heads.  The venue is at 299 Augusta Ave. (the former Bread and Circus Theatre) in Kensington Market.  Show runs June 21 – August 21. Details at http://www.hugepictureproductions.com/HPPcurrentshow.html

Then (July 4-15) she’s working on a Fringe Festival show, A Brief History of History: a 3 Disk Box Set – sketch comedy at its best.  Venue is Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse on St. George Street. Details at www.fringetoronto.com

And if you’re going to Scotland…  Nonnie Griffin is taking her one-woman show (which premiered in Toronto in October 2010) to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!  Sister Annunciata’s Secret, based on the true story of a nun’s act of passion which forces her to reexamine her faith, will be at the Hill Street Theatre in Edinburgh, August 15-26. Details at http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/theatre/sister-annunciata-s-secret

Nonnie Griffin as Sister Annunciata



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