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.
SUBWAY SHUTDOWN ALERT: There will be no subway service between St George and Union stations this weekend. MORE INFORMATION.
PLAY #1: DEAD FRENCH PHILOSPHERS & WHAT WE MEAN WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE (20 minutes) David Black tells his philosophy students that love is a linguistic impossibility. Some of the greatest dead French philosophers have said so. But David himself is in love, and he’s set on finding the rights words to get her. Written by James Papoutsis, a writer and York University professor.
PLAY #2: MY FRIEND’S BEST FRIEND’S BOYFRIEND (20 minutes) Ben’s friend is having problems with Ben’s friend’s best friend’s boyfriend. Confusing? Just wait. This darkly comedic one-act play asks serious questions about modern relationships while challenging our assumptions about the complicated subject of "abuse". Written by Wesley J. Colford, an emerging actor/playwright from Sydney, Nova Scotia.
PLAY #3: EGLINTON (15 minutes) On a summer evening in Toronto, Charlie and Mary have a brush with death, testing every aspect of their relationship. Written by Anthony MacMahan, a theatre artist from Saskatoon.
PLAY #4: MY RED FEATHER BOA (35 minutes) Celine came to big city Toronto from Chicoutimi, Quebec, with a girlfriend. Dreams of fame and glory awaited both of them. Written by South African-Canadian Flora Stohr-Danziger.
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 23, 2013
TIME: First show starts 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)
HOW TO BOOK
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 refreshment to Bistro 243, a quiet, pleasant cafe at 234 King Street East with a reasonably-pricedmenu.