Shows & Schedule
Thursday, February 12th
Dream, As You Like
Witten & Directed by Shak Haq
A devised piece of theatre exploring Shakespearean characters who have less than optimal endings. The cast and crew experimented with what would have happened to the characters if they had chosen a different path. The cast worked with the writer/director to explore the characters that spoke to them most through improvisational exercises and usage of original Shakespearean text. The script was developed during the rehearsal process around the thematic ideas discussed by the cast.
Let My Mind Run Dry Hart House Players Written & Directed by Cassidy Sadler How do you hide from a reality no one can see?
Chase Williams and the Case of the Missing Fixture Victoria College Dramatic Society Written & Directed By: Frederick Gietz
A farcical crime comedy following the titular Chase Williams in his latest and greatest caper. A sleazy doctor, an epic betrayal, and a high-strung chief of police who’s just trying to do what’s right in this world? Chase Williams faces them all without stopping for breath. From his first moments at the scene of the crime to his climactic joint interrogation/coronary artery bypass surgery, he will not rest until justice does. Which is never. Because justice never rests. Justice. Chase. Williams.
Friday, February 13th
Önd SMC Troubadors Written By: Michael Marshall, Directed By: Trevor Barrette In Önd, you will meet a some-what traditional, wealthy, 19th-century Norwegian family, the Ranks. Their substantial home, situated in the midst of theNorwegian mountains, is being ravaged by a winter storm. Harald discovers a traveler on the road and insists upon his lodging at Harald’s home; the storm has risen to lethal proportions. Our mysterious traveler, Andar, is welcomed by Frida, Harald’s wife, and inducted into the lives of the family; baptism by fire one might call it. Through the course of his stay Andar witnesses the fevered intellect of Frida, Harald’s naïve attempts to placate her, and the complete lack of communication between the two of them. Andar is thus poked and prodded, waking and sleeping, by the toxic atmosphere arising in their home and, pushed to his wits end, is finally forced from his shell of awkwardness and detachment to the benefit of the Rank’s crumbling household.
Guillotin Trinity College Dramatic Society Written & Directed by Ilan Tzitrin
Guillotin is not a misspelling: the play features 18th century physician Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, whose name somehow became eponymous with a device he did not invent, with a symbol of exactly the cruelty he wanted to abolish. During the Reign of Terror, Joseph was briefly arrested, and Guillotin takes advantage of this historical set-up. The one-act tragicomic play is set in a Parisian prison cell, where Joseph finds himself with a mirthful but thoughtful teenage girl named Lucie. Through a series of wistful and whimsical interactions, Joseph, Lucie and a guard, Arsène, gradually discover what each of them is really doing in such a place?
The Bacchae WolfPAC By: Euripides, Adapted By: Kate Uniake, Directed By: Emma Keil-Vine
Dionysus has returned to Thebes; site of both his mother’s sacred tomb, and of his betrayal by an ignorant Theban public. Thebes no longer sacrifices to him, no longer honors his name and that of his mother Semele, and therefore no longer deserves its blessed existence. Through the bitter struggles of royalty and undiluted revelry of Bacchic followers, this play discovers the hubris of a king, the piety of a grandfather, and the madness of a God defied.
Saturday, February 14th
Fanny, Fluff, and Dandruff UTM Written By: Jaime Lujan, Directed By: Laura McCallum
Froggie’s losing her hair and Fanny’s losing his mind. Struggling to make ends meet, they must accept clientele who force them to examine their biggest, most irrational fears face-on. For Froggie, the balding hair salon owner, she must fulfill the superficial needs of Milagros, the bored housewife. As for Fanny, a failing dancer-turned-failing stripper, he must live out a wheelchair fantasy with Jupiter, a bored househusband. Inevitably, the negotiations between personal and professional conduct coagulate into a pool of cosmic irony and hair trimmings, and no one’s sure if they find the universe’s sense of humour particularly humorous.
Swim To The Moon UC Follies Written By: Deborah Lim, Directed By: Jane A. Smythe
Swim to the Moon is a ritualistic journey through space and time. It explores perceptions of memory through a series of different myths and paths of a self-creating pilgrimage.
Evening of the Dead UC Follies Written By: Zack Standing, Directed By: Joey Condello
Four friends band together to try and survive a zompocalyptic Toronto, and each other. It’s a Grave new world, with the same crumby people.