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Friday, September 18, 2009

FenStar Productions presents 30 DATES

"40-year-old Virgin" meets Bollywood in this original multi-media comedy about finding the perfect match. Priti is deep in the dating-world trenches on a quest to find her "true love". She's hitting 35, her parents want her married and her biological clock is a ticking time bomb. Desperate to avoid an arranged marriage, she's in a race to find "Mr. Right".

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Sneak peak & theme song:

Performance Info

September 23 26, 2009

Dates & Times:
Wed. to Fri. at 8 PM
Saturday at 2 and 8 PM

General Admission: $24 in advance $27 at the door

Seniors / Students: $20 in advance $24 at the door

Centaur Theatre
453 St. Francois-Xavier

Box Office:
(514) 288-3161

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Imago Theatre: down from heaven

c is pleased to announce the World Premier of Governor-General award winning playwright, Colleen Wagners down from heaven and directed by local luminary Alain Goulem.

The production runs from September 24th-October 3rd 2009 at the Monument-National Studio Hydro-Qubec. The show times are 20:30-22:00 and there will be three matine shows. Ticket prices are $22 or 10% discount for QDF, ELAN, PWM, ACTRA, UDA, EQUITY members. There are also reduced rates for seniors/students and further discounts for Cartes Premires members. For more details please contact Imago Theatre 514.274.3222 or Monument-National 514.871.9883. Or please visit the websites or for more information.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Summer openings at the Shaw Festival: The Devil's Disciple, Albertine in Five Times, Star Chamber and Play, Orchestra, Play

Summer openings at the Shaw Festival: The Devils Disciple, Albertine in Five Times, Star Chamber and Play, Orchestra, Play

The Shaw Festivals summertime openings begin tomorrow evening with Bernard Shaws rollicking adventure The Devils Disciple at the Festival Theatre. On Friday, July 10, a new translation of Michel Tremblay's Albertine in Five Times (Albertine en Cinq Temps) by Governor Generals Award winner Linda Gaboriau premieres at the Court House Theatre and on Saturday, July 11, the rarely produced Star Chamber, the comedy gem from Nol Cowards Tonight at 8:30 collection; and Play, Orchestra, Play, the second Nol Coward triplet, open at the Royal George Theatre. Sunday in the Park with George, Brief Encounters, In Good King Charless Golden Days, Moon for the Misbegotten and Born Yesterday opened The Shaws 2009 season in May.

In commemoration of the achievements of The Shaws creative team, gala dinners are held prior to opening night performances and are attended by dignitaries from local government, Canadas artistic and business communities; and by Shaw supporters.

The Devils Disciple

by George Bernard Shaw

directed by Tadeusz Bradecki

Opens July 9 Closes October 11

Festival Theatre

Sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Its the height of the American Revolution and Dick Dudgeon the black sheep son is known as the Devils Disciple. When he is mistaken for a crusading minister and imprisoned by English forces, the lines between saint and sinner are blurred. A comedy, an adventure and a love story, its first production in 1897 was so successful that Shaw was able to quit his day job as a critic.

Albertine in Five Times

by Michel Tremblay

translated by Linda Gaboriau

directed by Micheline Chevrier

Opens July 10 Closes October 10

Court House Theatre

What would you say to your younger self if you had the chance? What if you met yourself 10, 20, 30 years in the future? Albertine, Qubcois theatres most iconic character, gets the chance to converse with five versions of herself in varying stages of her life, reviewing past pains, loves and losses.

Star Chamber

by Nol Coward

directed by Kate Lynch

Opens July 11 Closes October 11

Royal George Theatre

A committee of actors meet to discuss the refurbishment of Garrick Haven, a home for retired thespians. Though the stage manager and secretary dutifully arrive on time, the rest of the group make their tardy, and rather dramatic, entrances. With duelling divas and tales of past glories and gossip, the agenda is quickly forgotten and the meeting quickly reduces into comic chaos. Coward made sure every known and enjoyed type of performer makes an appearance during the meeting. Star Chamber is this seasons lunchtime presentation.

Play, Orchestra, Play

by Nol Coward

directed by Christopher Newton

Opens July 11 Closes October 31

Royal George Theatre

Taken from the Nol Coward song You Were There, the title Play, Orchestra, Play highlights the significant role music plays in this Coward cluster and features some of his most celebrated songs. From the backstage lives of a singing and dancing comedy act in Red Peppers, to the rare Coward stage depiction of suburban life in Fumed Oak, to Shadow Play, the musical fantasy of a couple falling in and out of love; this Coward compilation combines lyrics, laughter and longing.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Mixed Company Theatre has a Playwright in the House!

Mixed Company Theatre has a Playwright in the House!

Toronto, July 6, 2009 Mixed Company Theatre is thrilled to announce that Heather Marie Annis will be the Playwright in the House for six weeks. Generous funding from the Ontario Arts Council allows for a Playwright in Residence.

Annis will be working on two new pieces, one focused on sexual harassment and the other on street violence.

Annis has worked with Mixed Company Theatre on the creation of two plays about sexual harassment and assault, Under the Table and Bells and Whistles. Annis has also acted with the company extensively, in anti-bullying presentations, Showdown and The Bully Show: Clown in the Round.

In keeping with Mixed Company Theatre's mandate to create drama as a tool for positive social change, the company nurtures and develops artists within the community. Playwrights learn from Mixed Company's experienced artistic team how to take feedback from the community and incorporate it into the final creation of a Forum Theatre play.

Mixed Company Theatre acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council.

Mixed Company Theatre produces innovative, socially relevant drama as a tool to educate, engage and empower for positive change.

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Multiple honours for Wajdi Mouawad

Multiple honours for Wajdi Mouawad

The Avignon Festival's Associated Artist is honoured by Canada and the Acadmie franaise

Ottawa, Canada Just a few days before the opening of the Avignon Festival, where he is this year's Associated Artist, Wajdi Mouawadwriter, director, actor, and artistic director of the National Arts Centre (NAC) French Theatrewas honoured by the Acadmie franaise and appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

The first announcement came last week, when Mr. Mouawad received the Grand Prix du Thtre presented by the Acadmie franaise in recognition of his achievements as a playwright. He will receive the award next December at a ceremony to be held under the Dome of the Institut de France in Paris. Established in 1980, the Grand Prix du Thtre is awarded annually in recognition of a playwright's body of work; past recipients include Jean Anouilh and Marguerite Duras.

Wajdi Mouawad made the news again this week when Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michalle Jean, Governor General of Canada, announced his appointment to the rank of Officer of the Order of Canada. The Order, this country's highest civilian honour, recognizes "a lifetime of outstanding achievement and merit of the highest degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large."

These honours came as Wajdi Mouawad was preparing for the July 7 opening of the 2009 Avignon Festival, where, besides acting as Associated Artist, he will present the original versions of three of his plays: Littoral (translated into English as Tideline), Incendies (Scorched), and Forts. For the first time ever, the three plays will be presented in a single performance stretching from dusk to dawn. The Festival will also present (separately) Mr. Mouawad's latest play, Ciels, completing the tetralogy entitled Le Sang des promesses.

"The National Arts Centre congratulates Wajdi Mouawad on receiving these prestigious honours," said Peter Herrndorf, President and CEO of the National Arts Centre. "We're proud to be associated with such an outstanding artist."

Wajdi Mouawad will return to Ottawa and the NAC in September for the exclusive North American engagement of Littoral.

Two other friends of the National Arts Centre were also honoured by the Governor General this week: Robert Lepage, former French Theatre artistic director, and John Manley, a director of the NAC Foundation, the Centre's fundraising arm. Messrs Lepage and Manley were appointed respectively to the rank of Companion and Officer of the Order of Canada.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Jewel in the Tonight at 8:30 crown currently in previews at the Shaw Festival

Jewel in the Tonight at 8:30 crown currently in previews at the Shaw Festival

Star Chamber, the rarely produced comedy gem from Noel Cowards Tonight at 8:30 collection, continues in previews at the Shaw Festivals Royal George Theatre.

A committee of actors meet to discuss the refurbishment of Garrick Haven, a home for retired thespians. Though the stage manager and secretary dutifully arrive on time, the rest of the group make their tardy, and rather dramatic, entrances. With duelling divas and tales of past glories and gossip, the agenda is quickly forgotten and the meeting quickly reduces into comic chaos. Drawing on his own experiences as President of the Actors' Orphanage and reflecting his affection for the eccentricity of actors, Coward makes sure every known and enjoyed type of performer makes an appearance at the meeting.

Directed by Kate Lynch, this lunchtime production marks the first time since its initial performance in 1936 that Star Chamber has been produced along with Cowards other nine plays in the Tonight at 8:30 series. Featuring the ensemble cast of Neil Barclay, Evan Buliung, Fiona Byrne, Sharry Flett, Gabrielle Jones, Marla McLean, Mark Uhre, Jenny L. Wright, Peter Krantz, Guy Bannerman and Kelly Wong, Star Chamber has set and costumes designed by the Shaw Festivals Head of Design, William Schmuck, lighting design by Kirsten Watt and musical direction and arrangements by Reza Jacobs. The stage management team includes Stage Manager Dora Tomassi and Assistant Stage Manager Annie McWhinnie.

Star Chamber began preview performances on Thursday, June 25; opens Saturday, July 11; and plays in repertory until Sunday, October 11.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New translation of Canadian classic

New translation of Canadian classic Albertine in Five Times begins previews at the Shaw Festival

A new translation of Michel Tremblay's Albertine in Five Times (Albertine en Cinq Temps) begins previews Wednesday, June 24 at the Shaw Festivals Court House Theatre.

Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell, thrilled to have one of Canadas leading playwrights and his quintessential tragic heroine as part of this seasons playbill, said: Michel Tremblays Albertine a fascinating, conflicted woman who refuses to take lifes knocks lying down is one of Quebec theatres most celebrated characters. We welcome her and Michel Canadian icons both to our Festival.

Michel Tremblay first introduced audiences to Albertine, one of his greatest loves, in 1966. She quickly became a Qubcois phenomenon appearing frequently in his plays and novels. Albertine en Cinq Temps, written in 1984, made its English premiere as Albertine in Five Times at the Tarragon Theatre in 1986. The play won the 1986 Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award and has been produced around the world in English, Danish, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish and German.

Directed by Micheline Chevrier, this new translation of Albertine in Five Times by Governor Generals Award winner Linda Gaboriau has Qubcois theatres most iconic character interacting with five versions of herself in varying stages of her life. The five Albertines review a lifetime of past pains, loves and losses. Their sister Madeleine is there to console, counsel and bear witness to how, for seventy years, Albertines spirit has suffered, struggled, flourished and survived.

Albertine, in five pivotal stages of her life, is portrayed by Patricia Hamilton (who also starred in the original English production of the play), Wendy Thatcher, Mary Haney, Jenny L. Wright and Marla McLean with Nicol Correia-Damude as Madeleine. Albertine in Five Times is designed by Teresa Przybylski, with lighting design by Ereca Hassell and original music and sound design by Marc Desormeaux. The stage management team includes Stage Manager Dora Tomassi and Assistant Stage Manager Leigh McClymont.

Albertine in Five Times preview performances begin on Wednesday, June 24; opens Friday, July 10; and plays in repertory until Saturday, October 10.

The Shaw Festival produces and presents the work of George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) and playwrights writing anywhere in the world during, or about, the era of Shaws lifetime plays about the beginning of the modern world.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Devil's Disciple now in previews at the Shaw Festival

The Red Coats have returned to Niagara-on-the-Lake in a new production of George Bernard Shaws rollicking adventure The Devils Disciple. Known for his flair for revitalizing theatre classics, director Tadeusz Bradecki presents an inventive interpretation of Shaws most successful play. Last seen at the Shaw Festival in 1996, this seasons production of The Devils Disciple is currently in previews at the Festival Theatre.

Its the height of the American Revolution and Dick Dudgeon (Evan Buliung) the black sheep son is known as the Devils Disciple. When he is mistaken for a crusading minister (Peter Krantz) and imprisoned by English forces, the ministers wife (Fiona Byrne) begins to question who is really saint and who is really sinner? A comedy, an adventure and a love story, its first production in 1897 was so successful that Shaw was able to quit his day job as a critic.

The Devils Disciple also features Richard Stewart, Ali Momen, Craig Pike, Micheal Querin, Donna Belleville, Lucy Campbell, Jonathan Widdifield, Lorne Kennedy, Anthony Bekenn, Guy Bannerman, Peter Millard, Jim Mezon, Al Kozlik, Ijeoma Emesowum and Billy Lake.

Set and costumes designed by Peter Hartwell and lighting design by Kevin Lamotte. The stage management team includes Stage Manager Allan Teichman and Assistant Stage Manager Eamonn Reil.

The Devils Disciple began preview performances on Sunday, June 14; opens Thursday, July 9; and plays in repertory until Sunday, October 11.

The Devils Disciple is sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Dancing Monkey Theatre presents I AM I

A dark, comedic, Rock n' Roll alternative
to Montreal's festival frenzy
written by Mike Czuba
directed by Larry Lamont
starring Patricia Mckenzie, Tristan D. Lalla and George Bekiaris
Players' Theatre
3480 McTavish, 3rd Floor
July 8 - 24

"I AM I" RevealsĶUs!

Dancing Monkey Theatre offers a wild and quirky alternative to the endless stream of festivals parading through Montreal this summer with I AM I, the latest from Montreal playwright and screenwriter, Mike Czuba, author of The Elusive, (Mirror's Best Play of 2007-08). Audiences can escape the madding crowds of frenzied festival fans to see this dark and multi-layered comedy at the Players' Theatre, located at 3480 McTavish on the McGilll University Campus in the heart of downtown from July 8 - 24. Directed by Larry Lamont and starring Patricia Mckenzie, George Bekiaris and Tristan D. Lalla, the new work features the added attraction of live music by electro-acoustic sound designer, Tai Timbers. Mylne Choquette designs with assistance from Phillip Kadowaki and Allie Smith stage manages as well as assists in the direction.

Man 1 and Man 2 are locked in a life long struggle between wants and needs, the desired and the rational, never fully understanding that one without the other means nothing. This battle of ideals comes to a head with the introduction of Sonya, the latest object of interest and the metaphor for all that came before. Not only does she represent the women, but their dreams and identities as well.

Using deceptively simple language, Czuba explores the quagmire where our inner voices run rampant, exposing every fear, base instinct and childish need with sharp and ruthless wit He explains, "Right now, today, how do we connect with each other, and more importantly, with ourselves? We create a persona for each of the roles we play in our daily routine; labels that we inadvertently get caught up in and that confuse us."

MAN 2: I don't care what anyone says, a man has to be strong, in command, emotional but reserved, an anchor.

MAN 1: A man has to be sensitive, caring, nurturing, considerateĶ

Czuba continues, "We know we are more than our masks and want to connect with our deeper selves and in turn, have more meaningful connections with those around us, yet we don't seem to be able to do that. We can't reconcile the contradictory pieces of ourselves that don't fit in. We struggle with those grey areas of our psyches, are ashamed of them and try to bury those bits, not realizing that we're hiding that which makes us unique and also unites us, the very qualities that would enable us to connect."

MAN 1: ĶWe like to make these grand statements, proclamations.

We do it without even knowing it, every time we describe ourselves.

I'm happy, I'm confident, I'm neurotic, I'm shyĶ It's false, because these

things are based on arbitrary controls, it's false but if we say it enough times,

we start to buy it. But truth, the good stuff, the things that you wish someone else

could see, are only visible in the quiet. When we're no longer trying, thinking, singing and dancing,

then we're seen. If I was gone, I'd be revealed, Ķ

Czuba playfully refers to his work as "sneaky", the everyday dialogue disclosing subtle layers of deeper truths and insights, slowly drawing the audience in, peeling away the separation between them and the actors until they merge, becoming "truly connected". As the characters externalize all the thoughts and impulses that monopolize the space between our ears; the twisted, irrational, perverse, even moronic things that everyone is thinking in any given millisecond and that God forbid, anyone should actually hear, the audience bonds with each other and the actors in their common experience.

MAN 2: Ķno more sensitive bullshit. I want to fuck and touch and taste and consume and experience!

And I'm sick and tired of you [MAN 1] getting in my way!

"There isn't a person in the audience who won't relate on at least one level. The play is totally accessible. We demolish the fourth wall as it becomes obvious that I, as an audience member, am the actor and the actor is me. The play reveals us to ourselves! Who's not up for that?"

I AM I - July 8 to 24

Opening Night:

Wednesday, July 8 20:00

Dates & Times:

July 8 - 11 20:00

July 15 - 18 20:00

July 22 - 24 20:00


Adult: $20.

Seniors/Students: $15


Players' Theatre

3480 McTavish, 3rd Floor

Box Office:

(514) 369 - 6954

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hamilton Fringe Festival Show

"Type 2- A Tragic Comedy" by Jason Gale


Our 2009 Hamilton Fringe Festival Show Synopsis

"Type 2- A Tragic Comedy" is a sensitive, realistic portrayal of the highs and lows of bipolar disorder. The story chronicles the career of a stand up comic who suffers from the illness. We also see how her periods of depression and mania affect her husband and their relationship. "Type 2" is a rags to riches to reality tale that pulls no punches from either viewpoint. The show features the re-teaming of comic genius Michelle Mainwaring, who won WODL Best Actress award for her dark, dramatic portrayal of Annie Wilkes in "Misery" and her partner in that production Jason Gale who was nominated for best actor. Gale wrote the script, utilizing his research and personal battle with the illness. If you know or think you know someone who is bipolar, you must see this show.

* Warning-Strong language and mature content

For more information about "Type 2", please visit our site,


Venue: Hamilton Theatre Inc., 140 McNab St. North, Hamilton ON

Dates and Times:

Saturday July 18 - 12:00 noon
Sunday July 19 - 5:00 p.m.
Monday July 20 - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday July 22 - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday July 23 - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday July 25 - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday July 26 - 3:00 p.m.

Ticket prices - $9.00 available at the venue box office before each
show or online at

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The UK National Theatre's Performances Now Playing Live in High-Definition

The UK National Theatres Performances Now Playing

Live in High-Definition Exclusively in Canada at Cineplex Entertainment Theatres

Four-part series begins June 25th with Phdre, starring Helen Mirren,

Dominic Cooper and Margaret Tyzack

TORONTO, ON, May 20, 2009 (CGX.UN) Cineplex Entertainment, the National Theatre, London and BY Experience, Inc. are pleased to announce a new series of theatrical performances will be presented live from the stage of the National Theatre exclusively in Canada at select Cineplex Entertainment theatres. The first performance in the four-part series, Phdre, starring Helen Mirren, will be shown on Thursday, June 25th at 7 pm EST & PST/8 pm MST/6 pm CST in High-Definition (HD) and digital surround sound.

The NT Live events are designed to bring what we do on the stages of the National to a far greater number of people than we would ever be able to reach otherwise, says Nicholas Hytner. Through high definition broadcasts, we have the technology at our disposal to present our productions beyond the four walls of the National, to reach passionate theatre-goers all over the world, and to do it really well.

Of her performance in Phdre to be sent via satellite to Cineplex Entertainment theatres, Helen Mirren says, I am very happy to have the opportunity to play Phdre - a rich, complex and demanding role and to be part of NT Live, this grand new adventure for the National Theatre.

We are delighted to offer our guests a new series of theatrical performances live from the UK National Theatre, said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. This series further extends the entertainment options available at our theatres from the MET opera performances, to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and live concerts. In the first of four performances, Helen Mirren takes on another regal role in Phdre that is sure to wow our guests when they experience it exclusively on our big screens across the country.

Lloyd Dorfman, Chairman of Travelex, says: NT Live is a major innovation in theatre. Were enormously proud to be part of it the result of a seven year partnership with the National Theatre, one of the worlds most respected theatres. Day-to-day, Travelex is committed to helping connect people and businesses across the globe. We really hope that this initiative makes world class theatre accessible for those connected by a love of the stage on a truly worldwide scale.

Advance tickets are now available online at as well as at participating theatre box offices. Admission for children ages 3 12 is $16.95 + tax, seniors is $17.95 + tax and general admission is $19.95 + tax. A special group rate is also available for groups of 20 or more at $16.95 per person. For more information on group rates, call 1-800-313-4461.

Mirren will play the title role in Racine's Phdre. In the play, based on earlier treatments of the Greek myth by Euripides and Seneca, Phdre is the wife of Theseus, king of Athens, who develops a fatal and unrequited passion for her stepson, Hippolyte. Dominic Cooper will play Hippolytus and Margaret Tyzack will co-star as Oenone, Phdre's nurse. Nicholas Hytner, artistic director of the National, will direct.

Following Phdre, the remaining plays in the series include Shakespeares Alls Well That Ends Well with Clare Higgins on October 1, 2009; and in early 2010, Nation, based on the a novel by Terry Pratchett and adapted by Mark Ravenhill as well as Alan Bennetts new play, The Habit of Art, with Michael Gambon, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour.

NT Live events are distributed outside the U.K. through New York-based BY Experience, Inc.

NT Live is supported by Travelex, in partnership with Arts Council England and NESTA.

About Travelex

Travelex is the world's foreign exchange and business payments specialist. With operations spanning 35 countries, the business operates three divisions focusing on retail foreign exchange, cross border business payments and outsourcing partnerships.The company serves a customer every other second and, through an expansive network covering 115 airports, has a global annual audience of 1.8bn people.

About Cineplex Entertainment

As the largest motion picture exhibitor in Canada, Cineplex Entertainment LP owns, leases or has a joint-venture interest in 130 theatres with 1,333 screens serving more than 63.5 million guests annually. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Cineplex Entertainment operates theatres from British Columbia to Quebec and is the largest exhibitor of digital, 3D and IMAX projection technologies in the country. Proudly Canadian and with a workforce of approximately 10,000 employees, the company operates the following top tier brands: Cineplex Odeon, Galaxy, Famous Players, Colossus, Coliseum, SilverCity, Cinema City and Scotiabank Theatres. The units of Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund, which owns approximately 99.5% of Cineplex Entertainment LP, are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol CGX.UN). For more information, visit

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Monday, May 11, 2009

MXCO announces Introduction to Forum Theatre Workshop

Mixed Company Theatre Announces

The Introduction to Forum Theatre Workshop!

Explore masks and manipulations to comprehend human behaviour as Mixed Company Theatre hosts its annual Introduction to Forum Theatre Workshop in Toronto, June 15 18, 2009. Designed for educators, social workers, community leaders, theatre students and professionals, workshop participants will learn the methodology of forum theatre.

Through improvisation and theatrical games, experienced workshop facilitator and Mixed Company Theatre Co-founder, Simon Malbogat, guides the group through the stages of ice-breaking, bonding, trust, and sensory awareness. Working with image theatre and forum theatre, the participants will take part in open-discussion and find images that represent their own perceptions of the challenges in their lives, or the lives of the people around them.

Forum Theatre techniques are designed to investigate all sides of hard-to-talk-about issues. In sessions limited to 25 participants, this 4-day interactive workshop provides a fresh perspective on improvisation and new insight into character development for participants.

Widely popular nationally and internationally, the Introduction to Forum Theatre Workshop is followed by Joker Master Class, for individuals with prior Forum Theatre training who want to learn how to play and advance their Joker role. For further information or to register for the June 15 - 18 Introduction to Forum Theatre Workshop, reach us at or 416 515 8080. Participants must submit the $450 Registration Fee by June 5 2009. These popular summer workshops are always well-attended, so book your space early!

Mixed Company Theatre produces innovative, socially relevant drama as a tool to educate, engage and empower for positive change.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

The Shaw Festival receives $2.1 million

The Shaw Festival receives $2.1 million in funding support from the Government of Canada

Colleen Blake, Executive Director of the Shaw Festival, announced today that the theatre festival is receiving $2,131,860 million in funding through the Marquee Tourism Events Program (MTEP).

The Shaw Festival is thrilled to receive this significant grant from the Government of Canada during this challenging economic time, said Blake. Not only will this funding assist the Shaw Festival in extending our marketing efforts to increase the visibility of our events both nationally and internationally by investing in building visitors now and in the future, but we are confident this injection of support will also have a positive economic impact for our community partners and the entire Niagara Region.

The announcement was made on behalf of the Government of Canada by the Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and MP for Niagara Falls at The Shaws Royal George Theatre. Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell and Board Chair Janet McKelvey spoke on behalf of the Festival and a performance by Shaw Festival Ensemble member Jay Turvey from The Shaws production of Sunday in the Park with George concluded the celebration.

Funding from the Marquee Tourism Events Program (MTEP) must be used to support costs associated with new activities, programs or experiences that enhance a tourism event. In The Shaws case, this funding will be used primarily to support marketing initiatives that will increase ticket sales.

The Shaw will launch an immediate and aggressive strategic marketing plan to turn the current sales trend around early. One of the marketing initiatives is Great Theatre in the Heart of Niagara Wine Country, a fully integrated marketing project that leverages many partners in the Niagara Region (wineries, accommodation and fine dining) creating Staycation value-added packages to promote the experience of great theatre in a region rich in fine wine, fabulous dining experiences and award-winning accommodation. These and other funded activities will support and promote great theatre in the heart of Niagara wine country. The project deals not only with this years needs, but also focuses strongly on initiatives to grow future audiences to levels that ensures sustainability.

A powerful economic force in the Niagara (and Ontario) economy, The Shaws season lasts from April to the end of October, and critically affects the health of many industries that rely on Shaw visitors for this period. The Shaw believes it is vital to be in the market place more aggressively, for a longer period of time, and in more markets and this incremental marketing funding makes that possible.

In thanking the Government for its investment in The Shaw, Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell spoke about the important role of theatre in times such as these: We become more, not less necessary. We are here to explain, to distract, to clarify, to comfort, and to give the reasons why. We have been heartened by the incredible support of our donors who are coming to the fore to ensure we can continue to create work that is both challenging and entertaining. The Government of Canadas support of the Shaw Festival with this Marquee Tourism Events grant makes a critical contribution towards ensuring financial stability for both the Shaw Festival and tourism in the Niagara Region. Thank you for creating this innovative funding initiative.

The Shaw Festival is an internationally renowned theatre company, one of the pre-eminent theatre companies in North America, and one of the major performing arts organizations in Canada. Its Academy plays an important role in training future actors, directors, and designers a major contribution to the health of theatre in Ontario and Canada. As well, The Shaw plays a vital part in the important tourism business of the Niagara Region, with an annual direct economic impact of over $80 million.

The Shaw Festival is just one of several of Canadas annual, world-class marquee tourism events that have been granted funding under the MTEP Summer 2009 funding stream.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Free public reading May 8

Free Public Reading of

Speak Oppenheimer or Elephants

by Jaspreet Singh

Infinithtre is pleased to present a free public reading of award-winning Montral writer Jaspreet Singh's play, Speak Oppenheimer or Elephants on Friday, May 8th 2009 at 7:30 PM at the NDG Maison de la culture.

The drama focuses on the culturally schizophrenic post-9/11 existence of Irfan Hussein, a Kashmiri-American nuclear physicist traveling back to his birthplace to bury his mother. The play explores themes of nuclear proliferation, terrorism, racism and the complicated identities that characterize our globalized existence.

Montreal writer Jaspreet Singh was born in India and moved to Canada in 1990. A former research scientist, Singh holds a PhD in chemical engineering from McGill University. Singh has won critical acclaim for his short stories, including his collection entitled, 17 Tomatoes: Tales from Kashmir. His First novel, Chef, published last year, was nominated for four major national and international literary awards.

An open discussion of the play will follow the reading with the author present. The reading of Speak Oppenheimer or Elephants, will be held at:

Friday,May 8, 2009


Maison de la culture in NDG

3755 rue Botrel

Call to reserve:

(514) 872 - 2157

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Previews begin for Shavian Restoration comedy In Good King Charles's Golden Days

Preview performances of In Good King Charless Golden Days, George Bernard Shaws Restoration romp begin Friday, April 17, 2009, at the Royal George Theatre.

A religious leader (Ric Reid), an artist (Ken James Stewart) and Charles II, the Merrie Monarch (Benedict Campbell), meet at Sir Isaac Newtons (Graeme Somerville) house. The set-up for a joke? No, its Shaws Restoration comedy, where debates on everything from geometry to art to love potions ensue.

First produced in 1939, Shaws history lesson in three acts is a witty and decidedly Shavian take on some great men (and women) of history. The plays subtitle, "A True History that Never Happened", gives insight into Shaws whimsical approach to this fascinating and humorous discussion piece. Shaw pondered what would happen if several prominent and influential men of history met at the height of their powers? What debates and discussions would this gathering inspire? And what if this discussion was, on occasion, interrupted by one or several of the Kings mistresses? The result is a lively dialogue spanning both the serious and comedic on a wide-range of topics.

Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell considers this brilliant ensemble piece a glorious opportunity for our actors to display their unparalleled gifts for Shavian comic mayhem. In Good King Charless Golden Days also features Shaw Ensemble members Laurie Paton, Esther Maloney, Mary Haney, Nicola Correia-Damude, Claire Jullien, Lisa Codrington and Andrew Bunker.

Directed by Eda Holmes, director of last seasons The Little Foxes and the highly acclaimed 2004 Shaw Festival production of the musical Floyd Collins, In Good King Charless Golden Days has set design by Camellia Koo, costume design by Michael Gianfrancesco, lighting design by Bonnie Beecher and fight direction by John Stead. The stage management team includes Stage Manager Beatrice Campbell, Assistant Stage Manager Barry Burns and Production Stage Manager Judy Farthing.

In Good King Charless Golden Days begins preview performances Friday, April 17; opens Thursday, May 21; and plays in repertory until Friday, October 9. In Good King Charless Golden Days is generously sponsored by the Producers Circle.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Queen of Puddings in Europe with Love Songs



Canadian Production Debuts in Paris, Ljubjana and Zagreb

Queen of Puddings Music Theatres stunning one-woman show, Love Songs debuts in Europe this weekend at the legendary Centre Culturel Irlandais, in the historic Quartier Latin in Paris (France) on Saturday, April 18, followed by performances at Cankarjev Dom a multi-venue state-of-the-art performing arts facility in the heart of magical Ljubjana (Slovenia) on April 21, and in Zagreb (Croatia) on April 24, as part of the prestigious international Zagreb Music Biennale.

Love Songs is a spectacular virtuosic (a cappella) tour de force for solo female singer starring mezzo-soprano Lauren Phillips. Award-winning composer Ana Sokolovic chose her favourite love poems from many different languages, set them to music and framed each set with I Love You in 100 languages. A Queen of Puddings commission, Love Songs had a very successful premiere in Toronto last year at the Canadian Opera Companys Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and was remounted at Harbourfront in July 2008, and in Montreal in February 2009. Ķa magnificent workĶ Phillips went beyond virtuosity and entered into the various states of love with purity of heart as well as voice, and conveyed an exhilarating freedom and daring as she leapt from language to language especially in the dizzying I love yous - Tamara Bernstein, The Globe and Mail (March 2008)

Lauren Phillips has been described as incantatory in her singing. Originally from Ottawa, she has won Opera Guild Scholarships, a University of Western Ontario Gold Medal, as well as the Vivian Asfar Memorial Award through an opera competition as a young artist with Opera Lyra Ottawa. Ana Sokolovic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and is now based in Montreal. Her works have been performed in North America and abroad. This opera is her third collaboration with Queen of Puddings Music Theatre (having written Sirens and The Midnight Court). Ana Sokolovic has won many distinctions and prizes, including the CBC Radio National Competition for Young Composers. She also represented Canada at UNESCOs International Rostrum of Composers in Paris.

The Toronto based Queen of Puddings Music Theatre creates boundary bursting music theatre a music theatre that is dynamic, provocative and precedent setting. The company, founded in 1995 by Artistic Directors Dirine N Mheadhra & John Hess, is acclaimed for its unique aesthetic based on a physical, singing theatre.


Singer Lauren Phillips

Director/Choreographer Marie-Jose Chartier

Music Director Dirine N Mheadhra

Production Manager/Lighting Designer Glenn Davidson

This tour has been made possible through the Touring programs of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

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