Monday, September 27, 2010: Spadina Monologues, by Christine Estima
King is African; Queen is Portuguese/ Lebanese. Their first date is on the Spadina Streetcar. Told through random anecdotes, monologues, experiences and observations, their date plays out like a consumer contemplating a new car.
Christine Estima is a playwright, novelist and arts journalist. Her writing has appeared in many local and online publications such as Now Magazine, Exclaim!, TorontoPlus.ca, and The Canadian Theatre Review.
Monday, October 25, 2010: Nobody’s Angel, by Douglas Beattie
Set in an out-of-the-way restaurant not far from Rome during the dark days of the German occupation, love blossoms uncertainly amongst the soldiers and bystanders caught up in the terrifying machinery of war.
Douglas Beattie is best known as the producer and director of the Wingfield Plays by Dan Needles. His first professionally produced play, Blessings in Disguise, was premiered by the Manitoba Theatre Centre, and later produced by Thousand Islands Playhouse and Touchmark Theatre in Guelph.
Monday, November 29, 2010: The Heretic, by Lea Daniel
Religious extremism rules in the Middle Ages, and Béatrice and her lover struggle to live as they choose. Betrayed confidantes, and with the Bishops men circling closer, they must decide where their loyalties lie.
Lea Daniel is a founding member of Pat the Dog Playwright Centre and Theatre & Company’s Writers Bloc. She was a resident artist at Theatre & Company from 2005 – 2007, and has written an illustrated award-winning material for children.
Monday, January 31, 2010: Little Crickets, by Douglas Campbell
Set one night in 1990, a year after the Romanian revolution, two teenage sisters, Cristina and Rodica arrive in Paris where they are picked up by Mr. Smith, a middle-aged Canadian expat. This quirky tale spirals into an eccentric examination of sisterhood and strangers.
Douglas Campbell is a playwright and software developer in Waterloo, Ontario. His first full-length play, Yes or No!, was produced by MT Space Theatre in 2006.
Monday, February 28, 2010: Unstuck, by Evan Tsitsias
They have become stuck. In an effort to reignite the spark, Matt & Tim invite Jared into their relationship for one night. The impact of this action resonates far deeper than expected.
His critically acclaimed play, Aftershock, was hailed in the 2010 SummerWorks festival. Evan Tsitsias works as a performer, director, producer and writer. Successes include direction for Talk Thirty to Me, which had a sold-out run during the Fringe Festival in 2007. He has co-created two new musicals, Fear Knot and A Voice in the Dark.
Monday, March 28, 2010: The Hours that Remain, by Keith Barker
Haunted by the disappearance of her Métis sister five years ago, Denise desperately seeks answers where she can. Appearing in a series of visions, her sister causes her to question her sanity, while Denise’s husband hides a secret.
Keith Barker is a Métis artist from North Ontario and a graduate from the George Brown Theatre program, and was recently seen onstage in the controversial play, Homegrown, at this year’s SummerWorks festival. He is a former Artistic Associate at Native Earth Performing Arts. He has worked for Dufflebag Theatre, Convergence Theatre, and Native Earth Performing Arts, among many others.
Monday, April 25, 2010: Heather’s String Theory, by Barry “Jack” Jenkins
Using the language of the string theory in particle physics, Leonard Johnson, a 17 year old high school student, expresses his thoughts and feelings as he transitions to female. Along the way, Leonard/ Heather meets and falls in love with Freddy, the friend of a homophobic classmate. Their relationship deepens as warning signs appear.
Barry “Jack” Jenkins grew up in Labrador City, and has lived in the GTA, Newfoundland, and is currently in Whitehorse, Yukon. His play won the 2005 Nakai Theatre 24 Hour Playwriting Contest and had a staged reading (with North Country Girl) at the 2006 HomeGrown Festival in Whitehorse.
Monday, May 30, 2010: Pullyupullus, by Tololwa M. Mollel
Inspired by the characters in African/ Tanzanian folktales, an unlikely friendship is struck between the trickster hare, a land creature, and the dupe hippopotamus, a water creature. Together, they cleverly get rid of their respective rulers and work to resolve the differences of the land and water creatures to live in harmony. This is the first time a children’s play has been featured by Foundry Theatre Company.
Tololwa Mollel is a storyteller, actor, dramatist, and award-winning author of over fifteen children’s books, including The Orphan Boy, Big Boy, and My Rolls and Piles of Coins. He has worked in theatre as an artist in both Tanzania and Canada.