“The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.”
During a very challenging time for the performing arts, we find ourselves fortunate as a small company to be able to program theatre for small socially distanced audiences. So, we’re thrilled to be returning with some exciting work this year, which we’ve programmed with current restrictions in mind.
First up for 2020/21 was a production of LUNGS by Duncan Macmillan, a play we produced back in 2013 and revisted this year because of its incredible timeliness and suitability for a small audience. Lungs tells the story of M and W, a couple struggling with the decision to have a child in a world of global anxiety and uncertainty. Our husband and wife team of Aaron Craven and Kate Craven took the stage together and Michael Scholar Jr. returned to the company after many years to direct. Lungs ran November 13th-22nd and had a fantastic response from our audiences. We staged eight of eleven shows before we had to close due to the provincial health order, but we’re so glad we were able to impact the audiences that we did.
In the new year, we’re very excited to be doing a staged reading of a brand new work, INSTANTANEOUS BLUE, written by our artistic director Aaron Craven. The play is based on his personal family experience with dementia and depicts a couple caught in the crisis of the “sandwich generation” – raising a child while parenting parents.
We are also planning a staged reading of THE ANTIPODES by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Annie Baker, following our success with her play Body Awareness last season. The Antipodes follows the occupants of a writers’ room as they sit around a table theorising, categorising and telling stories. Part satire, part sacred rite, The Antipodes asks what value stories have for a world in crisis.
In addition to our shows, we give back to our community by mentoring young artists via an acting scholarship through our Working Actors Gym and we are currently offering an initiative of free work space at our studio for local artists to create new projects.
See you at the theatre!