It’s been a minute friends, but I’m now back to listing some Theatre shows that I think you must go support this month!
THE JOURNEY 2018
Written by The Daniels Corporation President Mitchell Cohen
Dir. by Kate Fenton in collaboration with the Regent Park community
Musical Dir. by Henry Heillig
This musical tells the story of the impact of revitalization on the resilient tight-knit community of Regent Park. Among the many residents, Afiya a poignant teenaged poet who shines through writing and performing, is confronted by her cultural gender role when her parents refuse to accept her art. Meanwhile an eye-opening trip to St. Vincent awakens some boys from the neighbourhood to a new understanding about life at home. The Journey is the strong heartbeat of the people of Regent Park, all that is lost and gained, as their community quickly transforms around them.
Proceeds support youth arts programming, operations and capital improvements at Daniels Spectrum. Performances from November 7 – 10. Click here for tickets.
SECRET LIFE OF A MOTHER
Created by Hannah Moscovitch, Maev Beaty, and Ann-Marie Kerr
Dir. by Ann-Marie Kerr
Secret Life of a Mother is an exposé of modern motherhood and Hannah Moscovitch’s most personal writing to date. One of her oldest friends, the multiple Dora Award-winning actor Maev Beaty, tells this story, and through it her own motherhood secrets start to surface.
Performances run until November 11 at The Theatre Centre, Franco Boni Theatre. For tickets, visit theatrecentre.org.
Written By Carole Fréchette (translated by John Murrell)
Dir. by Ken Gass
The play tells the story of Helen, a Canadian academic attending a conference in a Middle-Eastern city, who abruptly decides to stay on after her colleagues have left in order to search for a lost pearl necklace. With the help of an empathetic taxi driver, she navigates the maze of foreign streets and encounters the inhabitants of this near devastated city. In the absurdity of searching for a “lighter-than-air” necklace in the middle of a recent war zone, Helen struggles to reconcile with her own deeply fractured ability to live, to love and to accept loss.
Performances run from November 8 to 11, at the Berkeley Street Theatre (Upstairs). Click here for advanced tickets.
THE MONKEY QUEEN
Written by Diana Tso
Dir. by William Yong
In the play, the ancient mythology of the Monkey King in Wu Cheng’En’s Journey to the West has been re-envisioned through the playwright’s own heritage. In this modern version, The Monkey Queen is born in Canada and travels East towards China in search of her identity as a female warrior. Her epic path across the Canadian landscape combines dramatic styles from both eastern and western storytelling aesthetics.
Performances run from November 15 to December 2, at the Theatre Centre Incubator. To purchase tickets please visit redsnowcollective.ca.
Dir. by Thom Allison
Musical Dir. by Wayne Gwillim
Jane and Michael’s father insists upon precision and order in their household. But when the children write their own advertisement for a nanny, their dreams are answered with the practically-perfect Mary Poppins! The entire Banks family learns a great deal about each other through Mary, who has the uncanny ability to turn everything upside down and, miraculously, just right.
Performances run from Nov. 5, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019 at Young People’s Theatre. Recommended for Ages 5 & up. Click here for performance schedule and advanced tickets.