Jenn Forgie: Seven Pieces
During Kate’s 19-hour flight to Thailand, following her fathers’ death, we oscillate between present time and Kate’s childhood. We follow Body, a character representing both the “Kates” and the elephant, as Kate faces her abuse history and the familial denial of their Métis roots, their lost French culture and language and religion as a shield between secrets and truths. In Seven Pieces, we witness Kate begin to reintegrate with her Body and herself.
Ellen Denny: Project Qyzra
Section 38 of Canada’s Immigration Act states a person or family can be denied permanent residency on the likelihood they will “cause excessive demand on health or social services”. When an immigrant family faces deportation back to a country where their disabled daughter has no future, they make the desperate decision to take their own lives. Project Qyzra is a solo play that follows a young immigration officer in the wake of this tragedy, as she confronts her own complicity and guilt within a failing system.
Rahda Menon: Sityana
Darkly funny, dramatic devised play, Sitayana is a feminist, non-linear approach, adapting parts of ancient Indian literature, Ramayana and fictionalizing it through Sita’s eyes. Ramayana is an epic poem of 24,000 verses written by sage Valmiki, somewhere between the 1st and 5th century BCE, the legend of Rama’s quest to find and retrieve his abducted wife Sita. There have been many male translations and each of them portray Sita as the ideal wife, an idealized woman, not an actual person with a real body that is coveted, possessed and fought over.
Jennifer Wigmore: Measure Squared
When a figure from Isabella’s past comes crashing back into her life, and asks for her forgiveness, she plunges head first into an awakening of truth and betrayal that alters the direction of her life. Can someone truly change? What measure do we use to know if they have?
Jennifer is a multidisciplinary artist in acting, writing and visual art. She has performed in theatres across Canada including The Citadel Theatre, Tarragon Theatre and the Stratford Festival. She’s also appeared in numerous television series and films. Most recently, Malory Towers, Designated Survivor, Killjoys, and Anne with an E. As an educator she teaches acting at Ryerson University and painting at OCAD University. In addition to her first play Measure², Jennifer has written for both Intermission and HowlAround magazines. She is also currently collaborating on a book about the Zone of Silence acting training technique with Master acting teacher Perry Schneiderman.
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Dorothy Atabong: Eye of the Veil
Jo, a closeted black attorney, is struggling with the rape and unexpected pregnancy of her white partner Frances. When Frances dies unexpectedly during childbirth, Jo must search within to come to terms with her own sexuality, and her humanity, before seeking custody of their newborn son. Described as “A thought-provoking interracial queer dramatic narrative about loss, identity and acceptance.”
Mikaela Davies: Chipped
“Chipping” is a new technology that hides the external display of human emotions. Cassandra is a woman in her early 30s who suffers from anxiety. Her marriage is falling apart, her performance is suffering at work and she cannot keep her emotions under control. When “Chipping” becomes available for commercial purchase, she jumps at the chance to become one of the first patients.
Genevieve Fontaine: 48 Hours Before
48 Hours Before tells the story of Genevieve, Christine, Stephane and Richard. Each of them will discover how death can come so suddenly and violently. This story shows that journey when life is being life, and changes you forever.