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Friday, August 12th, 2016

Contra Theatre

Contra Theatre is a Toronto-based theatre company. We strive to produce new works that give voice to the voiceless, fire to the ornery, and moons to the misbegotten. Our inaugural production “Kingdom” will be performing at the Tarragon Theatre work space from September 7, 2016 to September 14, 2016. Kingdom was written by Meghan Greeley, one of Contra’s co-artistic directors and co-founders. Meghan is an award winning playwright from Newfoundland and is currently sitting on the playwrights unit at Tarragon Theatre. Kingdom’s director Mallory Fisher (Contra’s other half, co-artistic director, co-founder and also a Newfie) is a powerhouse, directing and acting in productions all across Canada.

Kingdom Synopsis: Having spent the majority of her life within the confines of a room, Nora’s knowledge of the outside world is limited to vague memories and the information – often fictional and warped – given her by Sir, her captor. Her only companion in the room is an energetic, imaginative young girl named Scout, whose presence there is mysteriously secret. When Sir begins to forget his own elaborate system of rules, Nora is faced with an important decision and comes to realize that she is bound by more than walls.

For more info visit our website: http://www.contratheat.re/

 

Friday, August 12th, 2016

LOVE ME FOREVER BILLY H. TENDER by Jesse LaVercombe

We are remounting LOVE ME FOREVER BILLY H. TENDER, which premiered this year as part of Videofag’s final storefront season, at the New York International Fringe Festival, August 12th – 28th.

Billy is about to play for a sold-out audience in Toronto, but his family is elsewhere. His mother, Stella, has absconded from her research and is secretly soliciting phone sex with strangers. Hal, Billy’s adoring younger brother, hasn’t left his room … and no one is answering his calls. Following a sold-out premiere at Toronto’s Videofag, this virtuosic one-man tragicomedy comes to New York to reckon with the cultural pandemic of superstardom.

Promo videos, previews, interviews, photos, ticket info, etc. available here: www.jesselavercombe.com/billy Venue #7 – Under St. Mark’s – 94 St Marks Pl, New York, NY Written and Performed by Jesse LaVercombe Directed by Adam Lazarus (check out his show DAUGHTER at SummerWorks!) Dramaturgy by Guillermo Verdecchia Music by Jesse LaVercombe and Adrian Shepherd Sound Design by Adrian Shepherd Design by Shannon Lea Doyle and Kelly Anderson Cheography by Neeky Dalir Stage Managed by Laura Malseed Produced by Jana Fredricks and Ned Moore

The date is January 31st, 2021: Enter Billy H. Tender, Canadian teen pop idol.

Don’t forget to check out our page here: www.jesselavercombe.com/billy.

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Contra Theatre

Contra Theatre is a Toronto-based theatre company. We strive to produce new works that give voice to the voiceless, fire to the ornery, and moons to the misbegotten. Our inaugural production “Kingdom” will be performing at the Tarragon Theatre workspace from September 7, 2016 to September 14, 2016. Kingdom was written by Meghan Greeley, one of Contra’s co-artistic directors and co-founders. Meghan is an award winning playwright from Newfoundland and is currently sitting on the playwrights unit at Tarragon Theatre. Kingdom’s director Mallory Fisher (Contra’s other half, co-artistic director, co-founder and also a Newfie) is a powerhouse, directing and acting in productions all across Canada.

Kingdom Synopsis: Having spent the majority of her life within the confines of a room, Nora’s knowledge of the outside world is limited to vague memories and the information – often fictional and warped – given her by Sir, her captor. Her only companion in the room is an energetic, imaginative young girl named Scout, whose presence there is mysteriously secret. When Sir begins to forget his own elaborate system of rules, Nora is faced with an important decision and comes to realize that she is bound by more than walls. For more info visit our website: http://www.contratheat.re/

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

LACE PRODUCTIONS

 

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Photo by: Kierston Drier

LACE is a new production collective, focused on putting women of intersecting identities at the center of epic stories. A young and fresh production company dedicated to telling stories that get to the heart society’s most pressing questions .The Unbelievers will be LACE’s first production.

 

LACE productions, utilizing the photography talents of the lovely Elain Poon to get their master shot for their new theatrical piece, The Unbelievers, which follows conflict journalist Orli, and Yazidi Activist Sanaa in real time as they are trapped together in Northern Iraq after being captured by ISIS.

The Creation Lab space has been an incredible space for us to work in.

 

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

The Toronto Fringe Festival

TORONTO FRINGE

403- 720 Bathurst Street

TORONTO, ON M5S 2R4

March 23: Beyond the Fringe Tent Talk

in the Creation Lab, 12:30pm-2pm
with Julie Tepperman, David Hein and Matt Murray

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Seven Siblings Theatre

 

Seven Siblings Theatre is working on our first production of 2016, Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile. A poignant and hilarious ensemble play that imagines the meeting of Pablo Picasso, Albert Einstein, and a mysterious time-traveling musician at a bar in 1904 Paris. We will be performing from Feb 18th to 28th in a site-specific performance space called Round (152a Augusta Ave) in Kensington Market.

You can read more about the show here!

We have used both the Studios at the Fringe lab to rehearse our physical comedy and play with Archetype and Fantastic Psychological Gesture (in pictures below).

 

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Antique Fables Theatre Collective

Photo Credits by:Eric Synnott & Liz Laywine

Photo Credits by:Eric Synnott & Liz Laywine

 

Antique Fables is performing Medea, on stage February 18-20 at the Luella Massey Studio Theatre at 6 Glen Morris Street.

“Adapted from Ian Johnston’s translation of the play by Euripides and directed by Liz Laywine, Medea is a classic tale of betrayal and the ties of family: Jason of Argos has betrayed his wife, Medea, for another woman with whom lies a life of wealth and status. None will be safe from Medea’s revenge.

In a universe where the “absent male” is never truly absent, we delve into the ‘woman versus woman’ battle facing 21st century feminism, using a cast of diverse females to tell this classic story of a lover scorned.”

The Creation Lab space has been an incredible space for us to work in. As a young collective of artists our list of resources has been relatively small, but the lab space has been everything we needed and more when it come to space for rehearsing in and very affordable, even for budding artists like ourselves.

 

 

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Songbuster

 

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Photo Credits: Songbuster!!

 

Songbuster: An Improvised Musical uses the Lab on a monthly basis to help us prepare for our regular show at the Bad Dog Theatre, where we perform a completely made up 50 minute musical based on audience suggestions (followed by absolutely ridiculous YouTube karaoke). We also book other musical acts to open for us to try and create a space people know they can go for great musical comedy!

Having regular time and consistent space to work together is critical to being able to pull off making up a musical, and producing musical improv can get pricey, so the Lab has been a huge savior to our group!

We also got into the Toronto Fringe Festival this year, so the rehearsal space is critical to us getting our format together, getting tight with our movement, getting fully in sync as a group, and being able to save some money to put towards other production costs so we can help make our show the best it can be!

 

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Photo Credits: Songbuster!!

 

or at Bad Dog Theatre on the 2nd Thursday of every month at 9:30pm!

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Empty Box Theatre

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Photo Credits by: Lisa Sciannella

 

We’re devising an original play based on the women’s suffrage movement in Toronto in the 1910s. We intend to use a mix of devising techniques (physical, vocal and music-based) and writing exercises to develop a surreal, comedic piece. Some things our play might include: musical numbers, suffragette jujitsu, sketch comedy, “maternal feminist” eugenics, a seance, a mock parliament, and a group of women trying to change the world. We’re performing a workshop of the play in the Creation Lab in May.

“The earth shakes beneath the tread of common sense shoes. The rustling and crackling of paper sounds like distant fire of skirmishers. From the four winds comes the low hum of incipient oratory like the buzz of angry bees or the first muttering of a storm. The suffragettes are coming!”

– Front page of Toronto Daily Star, Jan 9th 1909.

We’re excited to work in the Creation lab at the Toronto Fringe because our devising process involves a lot of exploring on our feet, and it’s great to have access to such a nice space at a subsidized cost.

Photo Credits by:  Lisa Sciannella

Photo Credits by: Lisa Sciannella

 

Photo Credits by: Lisa Sciannella

 

 

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Theatre By Committee

Photo Credits by: Kevin Bryan

Photo Credits by: Kevin Bryan

Theatre By Committee was working away on their second bi-weekly WPP play writing meeting. The company has taken new scripts from emerging playwrights and will be pairing them with emerging directors for a double bill performance happening for Christian Tribuzio’s play “Comme-ci Comme-ca” & Kelly Anderson’s work “Family Debts” in April 2016. Thanks so much for the fringe lab for helping us get these works going!

Theatre By Committee
Photo Credits by: Sarah Robbins

Photo Credits by: Sarah Robbins