Press Release by Playwrights Guild of Canada
Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC) is pleased to announce that Stage West Theatre Restaurants have confirmed their sponsorship for the Stage West Pechet Family Comedy and Stage West Pechet family Musical Awards for 2017.
Tickets are now on sale for The Lyric Theatre Singers’ return to Concordia University’s beautiful Loyola Chapel, located at 7141 Sherbrooke Street West. From December 1 to 3 they will give four performances of Candlelight Christmas 2016, their highly anticipated annual holiday concert. An additional treat this year is the special guest appearance by the English Montreal School Board Chorale Youth Choir, under the direction of Patricia Abbott, for one night only on December 1st. The EMSB Choir will perform selections from their own Christmas repertoire as well as lend their voices to a few Lyric Theatre Singers highlights, a collaboration that promises to be as heartwarming as it will be entertaining.
The Producers, a mostly Yiddish-language version of the Mel Brooks Broadway smash musical produced by the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre/Segal Centre in association with the Côte St. Luc Dramatic Society (CSLDS), recently won the Montreal English Theatre Award (META) for Outstanding Community Theatre Production.
How much do we value clean water in Canada, and what are we willing to sacrifice in order to preserve it? That’s the focus of a new documentary play, The Watershed, opening at Centaur theatre.
Due to popular demand, the Segal Centre is thrilled to announce that three performances have been added to the world premiere production of Prom Queen: The Musical. Produced by Mary Young Leckie and the Segal Centre, Prom Queen: The Musical tells the inspiring, true story of Marc Hall, the Ontario teenager who took his Catholic School Board to court when they refused to let him attend prom with his boyfriend. This new, award-winning Canadian musical directed by Marcia Kash, written by Kent Staines, with lyrics by Akiva Romer-Segal and music by Colleen Dauncey will now run on the Segal Stage until November 23, 2016.
With the election of Donald Trump, you might well be reaching for the Orwellian lexicon to describe the newly formed dystopia to the south. Closer to home, you might also see more news of police surveillance of journalists as evidence that Quebec has now gone full Big Brother.
The final scene of Annabel Soutar’s documentary play Fredy, as seen last spring at Montreal’s Théâtre La Licorne, contained an unusual coup de théâtre. One of the cast stepped forward and read his own open letter to the playwright, in which he questioned her methods and her conclusions about the play’s subject, the 2008 shooting death by Montreal police of a young Honduran refugee named Fredy Villanueva. “You might write a good story,” he said, “but you’ll never write the truth.”
Were you hoping to see Tetsuro Shigamatsu’s funny, wise and touching 90-minute monologue “Empire of the Son?” Well, forget about it.
The I Can Dream Theatre, an organization that provides performing arts experiences for adults with special needs, will be putting on their performance of Remembering Titanic on Friday and Saturday.
“Big ideas. Big themes. Big artists.” These are just some of the words PuSh International Performing Arts Festival artistic and executive director Norman Armour uses to describe the just-announced lineup for the 2017 festival.
After dazzling audiences in London’s West End and on Broadway, Canadian Stage is proud to bring the international hit Constellations by British playwright Nick Payne to Toronto in a new production directed by the award-winning Peter Hinton (Shaw Festival).
Lakeshore Catholic High School students were in for a big surprise when three actors from the Canadian film How She Move walked into the school’s theatre.
Lakeshore Players Dorval is kicking off its 52nd season with The Inspector General, a comedy about political corruption.
During his final performance, at age 89, actor Ted Follows continued to shine on stage with an energy that astounded younger members of the cast. Despite recent heart surgery, Mr. Follows dragged a real ball and chain in his role as the spectre of Jacob Marley in playwright Richard Quesnel’s Charles Dickens Writes a Christmas Carol, in Kitchener, Ont., last December. Mr. Quesnel offered to replace the props with lighter ones but the octogenarian refused. “Ted’s performance always had to be authentic,” Mr. Quesnel said. “He felt that … the rattle of real chains would add to the scare factor for children in the audience.”
On Nov. 2, five students were invited to see a showing of the Henry VIII-themed play The Last Wife, as well as the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) panel discussion series The Prologue. But thanks to a new program started by University of Ottawa alumna Catherine Ballachey, these students got to take a little peak behind the curtain.
Actor, playwright and dub poet D’bi Young Anitafrika is a strong, unique and necessary voice in Canadian theatre right now.
Globe and Mail theatre critic J. Kelly Nestruck has won the Nathan Cohen Award for theatre criticism in the long-review category, an honour handed out every two years by the Canadian Theatre Critics Association.
A Regina teenager has helped set up a new class at the Globe Theatre that he hopes will assist others with autism spectrum disorder.