Creation Lab Blog
Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
Jeff D’Hondt is preparing his new show, A False Face, or this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival. He’s been working in the Fringe Creation Lab over the past couple of months.
We’re currently working on A False Face, a main stage entry in the 2013 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Hunter Stowe, a gifted Aboriginal palliative care worker determined to help people die peacefully, meets Jake Montour, an Aboriginal addictions counselor, is terrified that he’ll soon be as shattered as his clients. Weaving memory, humor, loss and science in an urban landscape, A False Face reveals what happens when the masks come off and we must face our true selves.
More information can be found on Twitter or on our production blog.
Jake will be played by Cole Alvis (who incidentally is just finishing a run in the 2013 Toronto Fringe, as part of the cast of MSM), Hunter will be played by Madison Walsh (who was in the 2011 Toronto Fringe production, the Editor). The play will be directed by Ali Richardson (a participant in the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe, as part of the cast of the F Word).
There will be a one-night-only preview in Toronto on Aug. 29, 2013 at 8 p.m. at the Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor Street West. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation, suggested donation $15.
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
The Usher Collective is rehearsing this week in the Creation Lab. Here are some details about the project they’ve been working on:
The Usher Collective (Kawa Ada, Lindsay Anne Black, Nina Gilmour, Thomas Morgan Jones, Derek Kwan and Debashis Sinha) have been working in the Creation Lab as a team of writers to create a new stage adaptation of Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. We are writing with words, design, bodies, and sound to find the most effective way to bring this haunting tale to the stage. Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for their support of this process.
Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Monday Night of New Works is a fantastic initiative for independent artists to connect and create new work. We’re thrilled to be hosting this event in our Creation Lab!
Monday Night of New Works is an open forum held roughly every six weeks. Playwrights bring their works-in-progress to be read aloud, and we discuss their work with the group. It’s an opportunity to meet other independent artists, connecting actors, designers, producers, directors, and budding playwrights.
The Fringe Creation Lab has allowed us to emerge from our basement. Literally. The Fringe Lab gets this event out of my basement apartment and into a central location in the city which is accessible for returning members and those who are interested in checking the workshop out for the first time.
For more information, click here to see an interview we did for an online blog.
you can find us on Twitter @MondayNewWorks, Facebook, or our website.
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
Good Old Neon has been rehearsing in the Creation Lab, where they are preparing their show, The Hystericon, for this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival. The show is sure to be hysterical – in the true sense of the word…!
Avant-garde theatre company Good Old Neon is currently rehearsing for its debut production, The Hystericon, to be presented in the Passe Muraille Mainspace this summer at the Toronto Fringe Festival.
Augustine, Blanche, and Geneviève are the most famous patients of Dr. J. M. Charcot, prime subjects for his experiments in “hysteria,” that dark recess of psychiatric medicine. When The Hystericon opens, they are performing a “hysterical revue” for the benefit of the audience – but as lines are dropped and cues missed, the ladies begin to bicker among themselves, and soon the show takes a turn for the stranger.
Based on the true-life stories of three patients in the Salpêtrière insane asylum for women, in 19th century Paris, the The Hystericon is a metatheatrical exercise in eclecticism, fusing traditional theatre technique with bouffon clown, physical theatre, dance, and madness.
We can’t wait to get this thing in front of an audience! In the meantime, be sure to check out our production blog at www.goodoldneon.ca. You can also follow us on Twitter @goodoldneonTO.
Thursday, May 30th, 2013
Both heart-warming and heart-breaking, this powerful play explores an unexpected attraction between new female friends, Callie and Sara, and an act of violence that irrevocably alters their lives. Stop Kiss is a modern love story that challenges us to wake up and smell the coffee and fight for the things we want in life.
Featuring Melissa Hood and Kate Ziegler, Stop Kiss is gun shy theatre’s inaugural production. We are thrilled to be kicking off our process at the Fringe Creation Lab. Final casting will be announced soon!
The show opens July 3rd at the Tarragon Mainspace.
Follow us on Twitter: @stopkisstoronto #sharethelove #somethingworthwinning
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Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
This June, Emily Law and Ashley Perez will be kickin’ it old school in the Creation Lab with Mix Mix Dance Collective!
JACK YOUR BODY will be on stage at The Toronto Fringe Festival from July 5 to July 13
Both exciting and diverse, Jack your Body explores the evolution of underground social dances from the 70s-90s. Issues of race, gender, and class are investigated by blending diverse dances such as waacking, voguing, and house, using contemporary concepts. The cast, pose, strut, waack, and jack their way through paradise garage, soul train, and other iconic street dance scenarios. This show will make you want to get out of your seat and do the Perculator…. Don’t know what that is? Well come and find out. No shade, but this show will leave you gagging (in a good way).
Finding a space to hold rehearsals can be expensive. The creation lab is very affordable and in a great location. Which is great for dancers!
Be sure to check out our fundraiser and dance workshop Sunday June 2nd 2pm-6pm at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.
Friday, May 3rd, 2013
Rufus Glassco, a drum circle facilitator and a member of The Centre for Social Innovation, is demonstrating a series of HealthRHYTHMS workshops in the Creation Lab over the next 3 weeks:
“HealthRHYTHMS is a remarkable, evidence-based drumming protocol that has been developed in the US over the past twelve years, with research showing measurable and significant health benefits.
These participatory and experiential workshops are divided up into three categories: the first (happening Thursday, May 2nd) focuses on Health care professionals, therapists and healers; the second (Thursday, May 9th) focuses on those who work with youth-at-risk, youth in the criminal justice system, and youth with mental illness; and the third (Thursday, May 16th) focuses on helping people who have experienced trauma. Hand drummers and people interested in learning how to drum are also encouraged to attend and find out how they can be certified to facilitate these workshops.”
Click here to visit Rhythm Kingdom’s website to learn more or to register.
Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Erin Burgess has been a regular in the Creation Lab, taking advantage of our ‘rush hours’ program and dancing into the wee hours of the night! I asked her to write a few words about the projects she’s working on.
“I have been booking the Fringe creation lab space once or twice a week for about a month now. My dance partner and I have two shows coming up at the end of April, and the lab has been an amazing space to prepare our material. We have been writing our own show, and have been given the opportunity to present the first ten minutes of it for a cabaret-style performance, Put it Out There, at Buddies on April 28th, along with other emerging artists.
We’ve been booking the larger studio to use the sound system and it has been amazing! The size of the studio is fantastic, allowing us to measure the stage and work within the parameters. We’ve also been hired for a ballroom gig on April 30, so its been wonderful to have this space to play and try out new steps. I have loved booking the creation lab, because it keeps our costs down, and it has been a sanctuary for our art.”
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
Should Be Theatre has been working hard in the Creation Lab on their new show, ‘John and Beatrice.’ Here are a few words from the director, Gráinne O’Flynn:
“Should Be Theatre has been using the beautiful Fringe Creation Lab to rehearse our upcoming production of Carole Fréchette’s “John and Beatrice”. This show, directed by Gráinne O’Flynn and starring David Simor and Hallie Burt, is a daring and delicate look at what it means to tell the truth, to succeed, and ultimately to love. We cannot wait to share this experience with an audience!
Being such a young company, we are so grateful to be able to have access to these immaculately kept studios for such a low cost. The Fringe Creation Lab has been very good to us, and we look forward to developing our next project in their warm, safe space!
“John and Beatrice” by Carole Fréchette
May 8-18 at Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace
For more information, click here“
Monday, April 8th, 2013
Rob Salerno gave us an update about his upcoming show, “Big in Germany,” which he’s rehearsing in the Lab:
“Big In Germany is a rock music comedy about growing up in Toronto in the 90′s and aspiring to “make it big.” Best friends Alex and Bruce are struggle to attain fame at home despite their rock band’s success overseas, and the show is their last-ditch attempt to become Canadian rock superstars.
It’s been great using the Creation Lab on weekends– we had previously been using our home spaces, but after a certain point, we needed a space where we could really rock out!
Big In Germany plays at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre April 11-21, Tickets $15-25. Click here for more info.”