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New Ideas Festival 2013 - Part 1 (Alumnae Theatre $15)

Join us for an enjoyable afternoon featuring four new plays at the New Ideas Festival 2013 hosted at the Alumnae Theatre.

Ranging from 12 to 60 minutes long, there will be something for everyone at this festival.

There will be a talkback at the end of the afternoon, featuring the directors, playwrights and casts for all the plays.


PLAY #1: REVELATION (35 minutes) “The trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible.” It’s judgement day, and John, who is 34, finds himself buried beside an old woman who claims she’s his wife, Mary. But she’s nothing like the woman he knew. Can they navigate the minefields of memory in time? A tragicomedy of errors written by playwright Shirley Barrie.

PLAY #2: STILL WATERS (15 minutes) It’s the middle of the night. Monica and Frank debate her insomnia and his obsession in a Canadian-Tire-meets-Jane-Austen moment that will determine their future. Written by playwright Suzanne Gauthier.

PLAY #3: SAY THE WORDS (12 minutes) Love and loss, and the whole damn thing. Why is it so difficult to just say the words you need to say? Written by writer and actor Tina McCulloch.

PLAY #4: STALLED (25 minutes) Stalled follows Maggie, who has to take her beloved car to be junked. On the way, she is visited by memories of past experiences in her car. These memories collide, as Maggie is forced to face the fact that her life has been stalling for a very long time. Written by New York-based playwright Eugenie Carabatsos.

More information on the plays and playwrights.

ABOUT THE THEATRE FESTIVAL: This year marks New Ideas Festival’s 25th anniversary. The three-week festival focuses on script development. Only short works which have never been produced before are eligible. Script submissions were read "blind": the writers’ names did not appear on script pages, and the selection committee did not learn the writers' identities until the plays were selected. There is a different lineup of short plays each week. Playwrights are encouraged to participate in the whole production process, from choosing a director and cast to attending rehearsals and revising their work as the script comes to life. More info on the festival.


WHEN: Saturday, March 9, 2013

TIME: First show begins at 2:30 p.m. Seating area opens about 2:10 pm. Meet Amy at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Alumnae Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto, Ontario M5A 2W6

PERFORMANCE LENGTH: 2 hours including a 15 minute intermission. Talkback immediately after.

PRICE: $15 (includes all four plays)


Purchase online (a service charge of $1 per ticket will be applied). Alternatively, you can make a reservation by calling [masked] ext 1. Leave a detailed message and your call should be returned within 24 hours. When you arrive at the theatre, pay for your reserved ticket in cash. Debit and credit cards will NOT be accepted at the door.

Members are responsible for purchasing their own tickets directly from the theatre.

SEATING ARRANGEMENTS: Seating is unreserved so members will enter the theatre and sit together as a group.


Meet Amy at 1:30 p.m. in the lineup to enter the Studio seating area upstairs. She is short and will be wearing a red Beijing 2008 Olympics cap. If you arrive late, look for Amy’s red cap in the theatre.

AFTER THE SHOW: If members are interested, the group will go for a snack to Betty's, a nearby pub, at 240 King Street East Toronto.

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  • Amy

    Each play was good in its owe way. Kudos to the last min sub in Revelation. The reading was very good, but I would really like to see it acted out. The couple in Still Waters made the show. They are very believable and likable--could develop stories/series around this couple. I find Say the Words intense--I was mesmerized by the character's speech. The staging and direction of Stalled really made the story come alive. Thank you everyone for coming out on such a warm, sunny winter day.

    March 10, 2013

  • amir

    must be interesting.

    March 5, 2013

  • Amy

    Ticket purchased.

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry I can't make it after all!

    March 4, 2013

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