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Natalia Bushnik and Robin Luckwaldt are ​KAIROS Theatre who present their award-winning, touring show, ‘The Bathtub Girls’ (Critics’ Choice – Hamilton Fringe, 2016; Official Selection – Twin Cities Horror Festival, USA, 2018) in Toronto, in the Assembly Theatre’s 2019 curated season, May 21st – June 1st!

‘The Bathtub Girls’ is a fiction inspired by the first documented case of sibling matricide in Canada. Two sisters, encouraged by their friends, drown their mother in the bathtub of their family home. We join the girls in their irreconcilable waking nightmare of survival and atonement, which began long before we arrived, and which we have no power to stop. When the water stills, the door’s broken down, the body carried away, who do we punish? Who do you judge?.

“A dark but compelling piece of theatre” ​- CBC
“Gripping storytelling”​ – City Pages, Minneapolis
“Truly phenomenal”​ – Fringe Review

Directed, Written, and Performed by Natalia Bushnik and Robin Luckwaldt
Sound / Set Design by Phoebe Wang
Lighting Design by Waleed Ansari
Promotional Trailer by William Innes : https://youtu.be/xUKPop7ccgI

https://kairostheatrecollective.com/
Instagram : @kairostheatre

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Kiran Friesen is an actress and writer, known for Bruiser (2000), The Unusual Suspects (2012) and First Round Down (2016).

Theatrically, she has enjoyed a number of strong Shakespearean roles such as Gertrude (Hamlet), Lady M (Macbeth), Desdemona (Othello) and Lady Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), not to mention a smattering of other theatrical wonders and oddities (see resume).

She wrote, produced and performed her play “Peeler” for the Toronto Fringe Festival to rave reviews.

Kiran is appearing in Cement Factory and NightShift Theatre’s production of George F. Walker’s Risk Everything at the Red Sandcastle Theatre from May 14 – 25, 2019.

www.cementfactorytheatre.ca
Twitter: @CementTheatre
Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4207407

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Judith is a playwright, director, actor and professor of theatre at the University of Guelph, and the Artistic Director of RARE Theatre Company.  She is the author of 15 published plays, many of which are performed all over the world. They include The Crackwalker, Lion in the Streets, Perfect Pie, and Palace of the End. Her play Who Killed Snow White will premiere at the 4th Line Theatre in August, 2018. She has directed and co-created four plays with artists with exceptionalities including Body and Soul, Sick, RARE, and Borne  Most recently, she wrote the play Wildfire specifically for 7 performers with Down syndrome, all of whom had appeared in Rare. She wrote two feature films, Perfect Pie and Lost and Delirious, several TV movies and many radio plays.  She has twice won the Governor General’s award for playwriting, as well as the Toronto Arts Award, a Dora Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and the Amnesty International Award for Freedom of Expression. She is honoured to have the privilege of collaborating with performers with exceptionalities.

Welcome to my Underworld

In Soulpepper’s fifth partnership with RARE Theatre Company, Canadian theatre pioneer and two-time Governor General award-winner Judith Thompson directs and dramaturges the World Premiere of Welcome to my Underworld, taking the Tank House theatre stage by storm from May 9th to May 25th, 2019 with a preview performance at 8pm on May 8th.

In Soulpepper’s fifth partnership with RARE Theatre Company, Canadian theatre pioneer and two-time Governor General award-winner Judith Thompson directs and dramaturges the World Premiere of Welcome to my Underworld, taking the Tank House theatre stage by storm from May 9th to May 25th, 2019 with a preview performance at 8pm on May 8th.

Welcome to my Underworld is a beautiful odyssey that erupts with heightened, illusory and playful language, as it follows Willow, a 10-year-old girl, as she gracefully weaves from one unique story to the next in search of her truest self.

Nine blazing hot works written and performed by new Canadian dramatists have been woven into one spectacular play. Each playwright brings their own gate-crashing ideas and compelling characters who have never been seen on our stages until now.

“What I love about RARE is that our plays cut through the artifice of so much common theatre, they aren’t ripped from the headlines but they do hold a mirror up to our society” says RARE Theatre’s Executive Director, Nick Hutcheson.

Join the riveting performers Bilal BaigNikoletta Erdelyi, Radha S. Menon, Grace ThompsonMaddie BautistaSamson Brown and Carolyn Hetherington as they dive fearlessly into their particular Underworld. What each piece has is the joyous discovery of a unique self, whether it be gender fluid, queer, proudly disabled and Roma, non-human, wounded, or an elder; in the face of social oppression they are unafraid to roar: This is Me. I am Here. Deal with It.

Accompanying director Judith Thompson on this journey is Irish and Anishinaabe from Nipissing First Nation composer, Olivia Shortt, award-winning choreographer, Monica Dotter, and set designer, Brett Haynes. RARE Theatre is thrilled to welcome emerging lighting designer, Sharmylae Taffe-Fletcher to the RARE family.

“I am beyond honoured to be collaborating with these nine superb emerging playwrights; as a playwright myself I was lucky enough to ride on the crest of the wave of Canadian nationalism in the early eighties, and to see that work valued not only in Canada but all over the world. Now it is my privilege to present to you the theatrical voices of Canada now; voices that will change the way we see this country and ourselves.” says RARE Theatre’s Artistic Director, Judith Thompson.

With humour, honesty, rich writing and dynamic performances by an all-star cast of emerging and seasoned Canadian artists, Welcome to my Underworld is a theatrical experience that will thrill and entertain.

RARE Theatre Company and Soulpepper Theatre Company present
Welcome to my Underworld
Written by Bilal Baig, Maddie Bautista, Samson Brown, Simone Dalton, Nikoletta Erdelyi, Carolyn Hetherington, Ellen Ringler, Radha S. Menon and Grace ThompsonDramaturged and Directed by Judith Thompson
May 8 – 25, 2019
Starring Bilal Baig, Maddie Bautista, Samson Brown, Nikoletta Erdelyi, Carolyn Hetherington, Radha S. Menon and Grace ThompsonChoreography by Monica DottorMusic by Olivia ShorttSet Design by Brett HaynesLighting Design by Sharmylae Taffe-FletcherStage Management by Jenna Borsato
Tankhouse Theatre, Young Centre for the Performing Arts
50 Tank House Lane,
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

www.raretheatre.org
Twitter: @rare_theatre
Instagram: raretheatre

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Pregnancy Pact is a pop-rock musical which tells the story of a group of teens who make a pact to become single mothers together. The 15-year-old Maddie is devoted to her three best friends and they are to her. So, when Brynn gets pregnant, the friends all plan to have children, raising them together and living a dream. Inspired by the 2008 news story of the Gloucester pregnancy pact that took the world by storm, Pregnancy Pact provides a unique chance to examine the intense journey this kind of decision creates. 

www.edgeproductions.ca
Twitter: @3dgeproductions
Instagram: the.edge.productions
Tickets to Pregnancy Pact: https://www.edgeproductions.ca/store/c3/Toronto_Tickets.html

gangwaytheatre.com
Twitter: @gangwaytheatre
Instagram: gangwaytheatreco

Miriam Goldstein 
Miriam is a theatre director and producer based in Windsor, On. She is the founding Artistic Director of The Edge Productions, now entering its ninth season. Miriam’s work as a director focuses on underrepresented human experiences. Miriam is a graduate of the Ward Acting Studio in New York, NY where she studied the Meisner Technique, she holds a certificate in Shakespeare in Performance and Contemporary Acting from the Royal Academy of Drama in London, UK, and a Bachelor of Art in Drama from the University of Windsor. Miriam’s most recent large scale project (as of summer, 2018) was an all-female production of Henry V by William Shakespeare which focused on deconstructing gender in performance and the construct of theatre itself, putting women in roles that have historically been barred from them. This performance toured Ontario and also performed, pro-bono, in Grand Valley Institute for Women. After Pregnancy Pact (May 2nd-19th), Miriam will be directing The Clockmaker by Stephen Massicotte and 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane.


www.miriamrgoldstein.com
Instagram: mirigc87

Blythe Haynes 
Blythe is a Toronto-based actor and Producer. She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Gangway! Theatre Co. Blythe holds a BFA from the University of Alberta in Acting. Gangway! Theatre Co was co-founded with writer KT Bryski to explore female voices and develop Canadian content. Previous to the founding of Gangway! KT and Blythe jointly proposed and established the “History Actor” museum theatre program at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Their partnership culminated in the original podcast release of Six Stories Told at Night (written by KT Bryski, performed by Blythe Haynes and funded by the Ontario Arts Council), for which it won a PARSEC Award in 2017. Six Stories debuted as a theatrical production at the Toronto Fringe Festival 2018, and was short listed for the Best of Fringe. AfterPregnancy Pact (May 2nd-19th), you can see Blythe in An Atlas, A Necktie and Other Concerns at Toronto Fringe and in the next co-productions with The Edge Productions – The Clockmaker by Stephen Massicotte in 2019.

Twitter: @haynesblythe

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#ShakesbeersShowdown is where Toronto’s hottest indie theatre companies face-off in a battle of winner-takes-all, loser-drinks-most, as contestants cold read scenes from Shakespeare’s notoriously-hard-to-read First Folio.

The rules are simple: if you screw up, you drink!

The winner is crowned the revered Shakesbeers Showdown Heavyweight Champion (complete with championship belt), and the losers…get a lot of beer.

All funds raised go towards the 2019 Shakespeare-In-Hospitals Program, set to launch this fall.

Twitter: @shakespur
Instagram:@shakespur
Tickets: https://www.nowtickets.ca/events/92921282/shakesbeers-showdown-revenge-of-the-5th

Victoria Urquhart
Victoria Urquhart is a Jack of All Trades: She writes, directs, acts, sings, dances, and is eager to learn. As a performer first and foremost, she constantly looks to define and explore the perspectives of performance and audience. She especially enjoys the works of William Shakespeare, and Viewpoints, which is what led her to found many projects in the collective. A recent graduate of the University of Windsor Acting Program, she brings creativity and insight to the Spur-Of-The-Moment Shakespeare Collective.

Twitter: @gnitenet
Instagram: @gnitenet

Steve Fisher
Winner of the 2016 Nathan Cohen Award for excellence in theatre criticism in the short form category, and a 2015 National Magazine Award nominee for his arts and culture coverage with Torontoist, Steve has been covering arts and entertainment in Toronto (and Canada) for over fifteen years. He is the top all time contributor at Torontoist, having written more than 1,200 posts in various capacities, including Contributing Editor, Listings Editor, and Urban Planner. Other outlets he has contributed to include Now Magazine, Post City, The AV Club, and CBC Music.

Originally from Ottawa, where he studied Drama at Canterbury High School For the Arts (and played on the national medal winning improv team), Steve holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in Theatre (and a Diploma in Acting) from Ryerson University. When not seeing shows 5-6 times a week, Steve also works as a Training Coordinator at Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship YORK, home of Toronto’s Naval Reserve unit; as a boatswain in the Royal Canadian Navy, he has been commended and decorated.

Twitter: @gracingthestage


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Ted has acted, directed, written and/or composed for every major theatre in Canada and around the world, including such great cities as New York, London and Tokyo. He is a proud graduate of The National Theatre School Of Canada, and a founding member of Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre. Arguably best known for co-creating one of the most successful plays in Canada’s history, “2 Pianos, 4 Hands,” Ted also wrote the hit musical Evangeline (Citadel Theatre, Charlottetown Festival). Recent film and TV appearances include Orphan Black, Reign, Carter and Farenheit 451 for HBO. Over the course of his career he has been the recipient of numerous awards including five Doras, a Gemini, a Sterling, a Merritt and a Chalmers.

Hand to God

HAND TO GOD, a blasphemous black comedy, with puppets, written by Robert Askins, was the most produced play in the 2016-17 American theatre season with 13 productions staged across the country. (Says a lot about the state of the States!) Mitchell Cushman (The Aliens) returns to the Coal Mine to revisit a play about a satanic sock puppet he directed at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in 2017.

In a quiet Texas town, recently widowed Margery is tasked with running the church puppet club. Attended grudgingly by her teenage son Jason, he finds solace in Tyrone, his homemade puppet. That is until Tyrone turns fiendish causing doors to slam, lightbulbs to burst and his head to spin around Exorcist-style. Is it…the devil? HAND TO GOD tackles all the big themes: death, depression, alcoholism, sexual repression, emotional guilt, religious hypocrisy and crafting.

Twitter: @coalminetheatre
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coalminetheatre
Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/752042

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Anne is a Toronto based actor, and Artistic Director of Leroy Street Theatre. She received her Bachelor of Drama from Bishop’s University in 2006, and just last year, successfully navigated a year of training with New York’s prestigious Circle in the Square Theatre School. In the interim, Anne has been living and working in Vancouver, BC. Some favourite roles include Connie Dayton in Come Blow Your Horn (OLT), Ann Deever in All My Sons (OLT), Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Beach House Theatre); May in Fool For Love (High Horse Theatre Productions); Constance Ledbelly in Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet (BU) Viola in Twelfth Night (BU).

Instagram: annevanelle

C’mon Angie
In the pre-dawn hours following a one-night stand, Angie and Reed spend a fraught morning confronting questions related to intimacy, consent, and sexual assault. As the two characters uncover the truth of what happened the night before, a major gap between their understanding of the situation – and the meaning of consent – is revealed. Told with humour, heart, and unflinching honestly, C’MON ANGIE! dramatizes a difficult and all-too familiar situation, resulting in what the Vancouver Sun calls, “a thoughtful and provocative contribution to cone of the most compelling issues of our time.”


www.leroystreettheatre.com
Twitter: @leroysttheatre
Instagram: leroy_street_theatre
Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4089866

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Lucas Penner is a professional actor and songwriter specializing in composition and musical direction for theatre. He holds an Advanced Diploma in Theatre Arts (2017) from the George Brown Theatre School. Within the last three years he has been in charge of musical direction for the Toronto Fringe Festival’s “The Miserable Worm” and “Meant” as well as “Cavalcade”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “As You Like It” while at George Brown. He was also hired by Mike Ross for the Edna St.Vincent Millay workshop at Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre in January 2018, and sang in Tapestry Opera’s production of “Oksana G in 2017. Being a multidisciplinary artist, Penner has recorded albums “Passerby” (2012) and “Soul Fire” (2009), performed as a solo acoustic artist and band leader, and has written music for and co-created two shows: “Dead and Lovely: a Cabaret” and “Circles”, which was played to sold-out audiences at the Cameron House in October 2017. Lucas is creatively inspired by classical literature, contemporary art, anime, trees, current events and social issues. His musical style is informed by alternative and punk genres, and is influenced by artists such as Tom Waits, Elliott Smith, and Nick Cave. As an actor and a singer, he appreciates storytelling, and loves poetry for its ability to be clear and vague at the same time. He aspires to bring this quality to music theatre, in order to create new experiences for audiences. After ‘Circles: In Concert’, Lucas will be performing and touring as a musician with Theatre Direct’s ‘Flying Hearts’.

Circles: In Concert
Inspired by Dante’s Inferno, CIRCLES: IN CONCERT is a re-imagining Lucas Penner’s dark musical, CIRCLES – a show set at an open mic in Hell. Hear the completely original score featuring classical instrumentals, Tom Waits-like growlers and singer/songwriter intimacy. It rocks, swings and grooves with jazz, funk, latin and pop influences. CIRCLES: IN CONCERT follows Dante, a trio, striving to be signed by Beatrice Records as Lucifer tries to bind their souls to him every step of the way.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/388799178572144/
Tickets: https://circles2019.brownpapertickets.com

Dead and Lovely Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deadandlovelycollective
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/deadandlovelycollective
Instagram: deadandlovelycollective

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Poised to join the ranks of Toronto’s favourite indie theatre spots, Blood Pact Theatre, in association with The Storefront Arts Initiative, announces the Grand Opening of a brand-new venue: GRAND CANYON. Located in the lively Junction neighbourhood, GRAND CANYON will serve as a new vibrant hub for multidisciplinary artists to play, explore and share.

GRAND CANYON is owned and operated by Blood Pact Theatre’s Bri Proke and Bryce Hodgson, who have been praised as “excellent storytellers bringing unique, fresh voices to the Canadian theatre scene” (NOW Magazine). The Storefront Arts Initiative continues as a collaborating company to several indie productions after being suddenly forced to shutter the doors of its flagship space in 2017. The partnership between Blood Pact and Storefront Arts is a tried-and-tested recipe for success, with the two companies having partnered on such hits as Kill Your Parents in Viking, Alberta(Storefront Theatre, 2016), and After Wrestling (Factory Theatre, 2017). The partnership gained praise from critics and audiences alike, with NOW Magazine stating, “Toronto is the lucky site of the world premiere of this collaboration between these young, vibrant indie companies”. Blood Pact Theatre most recently won over our cold dead hearts with graveyard comedy No Clowns Allowed (Assembly Theatre, 2018), and also shot their first feature film, Shark Week (written and directed by Proke, starring Hodgson) which is due to hit the festival circuit later this year.

Blood Pact Theatre is committed to providing accessible, inventive, and original work to the community. By opening GRAND CANYON, Blood Pact is extending this effort to provide a safe space for artists to create and collaborate. This versatile ex-mechanic spot boasts high ceilings and ample space to fit artists of all kinds. GRAND CANYON can be rented as a theatre performance venue, movie theatre, concert hall, rehearsal space, workshop venue, pop-up shop, bathtub; you name it, we’re ready to accommodate it.

GRAND CANYON will open its doors to the public on Saturday, April 06, 2019 with a Grand Opening Fête! This is a FREE EVENT and open invitation to the entire community to meet, mingle, and pitch their ideas while enjoying live music and libations. GRAND CANYON is proud to present special performances by indie rock cuties Sundae, and a late-night dance party with DJ Valeroo!

Join us for this special milestone in the Toronto indie theatre community!

GRAND CANYON
Grand Opening Fête!
Saturday, April 06, 2019
Doors at 8:00pm
2 Osler St (Dundas & Dupont, NW corner)
This is a FREE event!

www.bloodpact.ca
Instagram: bloodpacttheatre
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BloodPactTheatre/
Opening night Party Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/305252730161436/

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Scarred Leather is a supernatural Western by Adrianna Prosser that sends you back in time to Canada in 1842 when ghosts walked with you and your gun holster, “You can’t beat Death, and you sure as hell can’t cheat Death, but one day you might see plain what Death truly is…” starring Adrianna Prosser (Theatre by the Bay, Canada: Story of Us) and Caroline Concordia (Paro Caro, Web of Lies), with Jason Martorino (The Handmaid’s Tale, Bad Blood), and Phil Rickaby (The Commandment), dramaturgy by Eric Woolfe (Eldritch Theatre).

Adrianna Prosser
www.adrianna-prosser.com
Twitter: @adriannap
Instagram: adriannaprosser

Jason Martorino
www.jasonmartorino.com
Twitter: @jasonmartorino
Instagram: jasonmartorino

Caroline Concordia
www.carolineconcordia.com
Twitter: @careovision
Instagram: careovision

Scarred Leather
by Adrianna Prosser
Costumed staged reading of a supernatural Western.
“You can’t beat Death,
And you sure as hell can’t cheat Death,
But one day you might see plain what Death truly is…”
-Red Anna, memoirs dated November 12, 1840.
Starring Caroline Concordia, Adrianna Prosser, Phil Rickaby and Jason Martorino

Waltzing With Puppets
by Chloe Whitehorn
When searching for the man of your dreams, why would you marry the man in your nightmares?
Directed by Victoria Shepherd
Starring Brianna Riche and Matt Jensen
Aurelia Adams (Stage Manager), Liam Stewart (Lighting Designer), John Stuart Cambpell (Composer/Sound Designer), Alexis Chubb (Set Designer), Brent Shepherd (Master Carpenter)

Sweet Mama and the Salty Muffins
by Ciarán Myers
A workshop production.
A child goes missing. Another grows up her in shadow. A husband has failed. The 27 club looms large. And the music is hotter than hell.
Directed by Kendra Jones
Performed by Liz Whitebread, Michelle Jedrzejewski, Renée Strasfeld, Ara Glenn-Johanson.

www.whiskeygingercollective.org
Twitter: @WhiskeyGingerC4
Instagram: whiskeygingercollective
Facebook: www.facebook.com/whiskeygingercollective/

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