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“The Red Lacquered Box” – a psychological thriller in New Ideas Festival 2017

Playwright Burke Campbell on his short play The Red Lacquered Box, part of the Week Two lineup in Alumnae Theatre Company’s 29th annual New Ideas Festival. Week Two runs Wed – Sunday, March 15 – 19. Week Three starts March 22, and features a different lineup of plays that run 15 – 30 minutes each.

See http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/new-ideas-festival-2017.html for more info. Tickets are only $15/week!

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© Burke Campbell 011 - Aleksandra Maslennikova - cropped Aleksandra Maslennnikova as “Madame Giles”, in The Red Lacquered Box. Photo by Burke Campbell

The curtain is going up on the second week of the New Ideas Festival, at the Alumnae Theatre. My play, THERED LACQUERED BOX, will receive its premiere. The psychological thriller stars Aleksandra Maslennikova. As “Madame Giles”, she explains the incredible events that have led to a public scandal, one that has sent shock waves through polite society. Directed by Lynn Weintraub. Stage managed by Ksenia Sabouloua. Book early, as the festival usually sells out.

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The Red Lacquered Box by Burke Campbell
March 15-19, 2017
Wednesday to Saturday 8pm
Saturday + Sunday 2:30pm

In the late 1800s, in Paris, France, a tragic incident shocks polite society. Madame Giles, secretary to Madame Tullée, relates the details of the terrible event, casting light on this dark mystery.

Playwright: Burke Campbell

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Passion, perception & revolution in New Ideas thoughtful Week 2 program

Review of New Ideas Festival’s Week Two lineup. Playing to Sun March 20.
A different lineup runs March 23-27 for Week Three!

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NIF 2016Alumnae Theatre continues its 2016 programming for its annual New Ideas Festival (NIF) of short new works with an engaging Week 2 program in the Studio space this week. Here’s what’s happening this week:

Housekeeping (by Jean Koppen, directed by Anne MacMillan). Three cleaners find something unexpected in a wealthy client’s home and their everyday routine is thrown into disarray as they debate the moral and ethical implications of their discover and what to do about it. At times darkly funny, the play highlights the stark realities of class, precarious work and distrust of a justice system that treats the rich differently from the rest of society. Really nice work from the cast: Morna Wales is tough, but fair and circumspect as Arlene, the veteran on the team; Aleksandra Maslennikova’s Jo is sharp, wary and cunningly resourceful; and Behiwot Degefu does a great job with the wide-eyed, irreverent and strong-willed…

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Life, death, sacrifice & information (& sandworms!) in NIF Week 2 program

Review of New Ideas Festival 2015, Week Two!

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nif 2015Alumnae Theatre Company opened the Week 2 program of its annual New Ideas Festival (NIF) up in its studio space on Wednesday. I caught it last night – here’s the scoop:

(En)Lightning (by Catherine Frid, directed by Sandra Burley). Greek mythology meets modern-day whistle-blowing in this re-imagining of the Prometheus tale. Nice work all around from the cast: Josh Morris as the lascivious, corrupt corporate boss Zeus (with shades of a character that Torontonians will recognize from recent municipal politics); Maureen Murray as the sharp and inquisitive journalist Leda; Kate Maguire as the spunky, irrepressible go-to gal Artemis; and Joshua Clayton as the wily and ethical tech/data virtuoso Prometheus.

Canis familiaris (by Carolyn Bennett, directed by Brenda Darling). An unusual condolence visit at a grieving co-worker’s home (Patricia Hawk as Christina; Kevin McLellan as her husband Albert) becomes darkly funny and sadly disturbing – and surprisingly thought-provoking – for a…

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