A Summer of Fringe – More Festival Picks

While we are based in Toronto, our talented friends go all over to perform. You recently saw our Top 5 Toronto Fringe Festival list, now it’s time for our Top Fringe Picks that are outside of Toronto, again, all feature a “Friend of Bygone”. Why not take a mini road-trip and check these out? We plan to!

Turtleneck – Storefront Fringe Festival, Kingston, ON (Sean Jacklin)

Turtleneck - 2017 Storefront Fringe Festival, Kingson

Synopsis: Vick is a recovering sex addict on a road to recovery. Along the way she befriends Darcy, a rehabilitation worker. Things seem to be going well for her until she accidentally meets Darcy’s volatile sex-obsessed older brother. What follows is a spiralling chain of events that threatens her new life and the lives of everyone around her. Turtleneck is a dark comedy about sex addiction, pornography, gender roles and the exploration of human limitations.

Featuring: Sean Jacklin, Annie Tuma, Karen Scobie, Bryce Fletch, Steven Vlahos

Sean Jacklin: Recently played hard-boiled newspaper editor Walter Burns in our production of His Girl Friday. Sean is a natural onstage, easily switching between comedy and drama, he can steal the show in any scene he’s in. Definitely worth the drive to Kingston.

Venue:  177 Princess St (formerly XO Lounge), Kingston, ON K7L 1A9

Showtimes: Time is running out on this one! All that remains are;
Friday June 30, 10:30pm
Saturday July 1, 2:00pm

Some Of Us Pretend – Hamilton Fringe Festival (Alex Clay)

Some Of Us Pretend - 2017 Hamilton Fringe Festival

Synopsis: A chance encounter between a painter and a writer plants a seed that promises to blossom, that is, until the death of a stranger. What can one do when all they feel is blame? Is it selfish to use art to help heal that pain? Some of us Pretend is a new play by Bricks n’Sticks Productions, the company that brought you Scribe! at the 2015 Hamilton Fringe Festival.

Featuring: Alex Clay, Brittany Cope and Melinda Jordan

Alex Clay: Alex recently performed as McCue in His Girl Friday, and has also been involved in our Retro Radio Hour performances. He’s a talented and versatile performer, and a super great guy – go see his show. You’ll be glad you did.

Venue: The Player’s Guild of Hamilton, 80 Queen Street South
Hamilton, Ontario, ON L8P3R8. 

Showtimes:
July 21 @ 6:00pm
July 22 @ 9:30pm
July 23 @ 8:00pm
July 25 @ 7:30pm
July 27 @ 9:30pm
July 28 @ 5:00pm
July 29 @ 4:00pm

The Blue Bird – Hamilton Fringe Festival (Eric Lehmann)

The Blue Bird - 2017 Hamilton Fringe Festival.

Synopsis: Human beings are very odd! Since the death of the Fairies, they see nothing at all and they never suspect it! With the help of a magical diamond, Mytyl is able to finally see the souls of all the things around her. As she embarks on a perilous and exciting journey in search for the mysterious Blue Bird of Happiness, she discovers exactly how much she has been missing. But does she find the Blue Bird?

Featuring: Monique Stinchcombe, Constantine Karzis, Kelly McAllister, Kasha Pinel, Tanisha Sinclair, Marisa McDonald, Eric Lehmann, Jared Doke, Anjali Rai, Holly Pace and Alyssa Blasak.

Eric Lehmann:  You may remember Eric from one of our Retro Radio Hour shows, or from his performances at our Vaudeville Revue. Don’t believe there’s any singing in this one, but we’re excited to see what he’s up to!

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Elizabeth Rose Morriss and Eric Lehmann in Bygone Theatre’s Vaudeville Revue

Venue: Aquarius Studio, 190 King William St., Hamilton, ON.

Showtimes:
Fri July 21: 8:30pm
Sun July 23: 3:00pm
Mon July 24: 6:00pm
Wed July 26: 8:00pm
Fri July 28: 6:00pm
Sat July 29: 9:00pm
Sun July 30: 3:30pm

 

Bygone Theatre’s Top 5 Toronto Fringe Picks 2017

As always, here’s our round-up of the Top 5 2017 Toronto Fringe shows we think you should see – we know they’re gonna be great because they feature past Bygone artists! Check it out:

32 Short Sketches About Bees (Shannon Lahaie)

32 Short Sketches About Bees - 2017 Toronto Fringe

Synopsis: It started out as a bet: could this team put together a sketch comedy show with thirty two sketches about bees – any kind of bees, from honey bees to the letter B to Bea Arthur (if we can get the impression right) – in sixty minutes? Maybe they will. Maybe they won’t. Let’s find out!

Featuring: Created by Andrew Bushell (Bad Dog), Leigh Cameron (Second City), Claire Farmer (Dame Judy Dench), Jessica Greco (Dame Judy Dench), Shannon Lahaie (Dame Judy Dench), Chris Leveille (Dame Judy Dench), and Cameron Wyllie (O Dat Dum), and directed by Paul Bates (Second City).

Shannon Lahaie: You may remember Shannon as Susy in Wait Until Dark. While she did a stunning job as a young, blind housewife in this suspense drama, Shannon’s greatest strength is in comedy. I saw her last year in Everything Else Is Sold Our and it was absolutely brilliant. With many of the same faces onstage this year, I know this show will be a hit.

 

Caitlin & Eric Are Broken Up (Caitlin Robson, Eric Miinch)

Caitlin And Eric Are Broken Up - 2017 Toronto Fringe

Synopsis: Newly-Singles Caitlin and Eric walk into a bedroom… and go on a painfully funny rebound to look back on their past relationships.

Featuring: Misery loves company! At a story-telling event in 2015, Eric Miinch (Fratwurst Comedy, Behold the Barfly Fringe 2016) told the audience a funny story from his personal heartache, and Caitlin Robson (Karenin’s Anna, Fringe 2014) countered with one from hers. Realizing what they had, they teamed up with Director Jess Beaulieu (Crimson Wave Comedy & Podcast), and through some improv, roleplay and imagination, they devised this candid, laugh-til-you-cry dialogue about love lost, and the art of moving on.
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Caitlin Robson: You may remember Caitlin from her role as Miss Jeffries in our 2015 production of Rope. While this was another drama, Caitlin showed off her comedic timing at our Retro Radio Hour – Suspense! fundraiser, and I can’t wait to see her in this original show.

Eric Miinch: Eric played the sinister Mr.Roat in last year’s production of Wait Until Dark. While he made for an excellent villain, it was very against his character, and almost felt like a waste not giving him a chance to show off his comedic improv skills. Eric shines in comedy, I can’t wait to see him in this.

Confidential Musical Theatre Project (June 9 – Elizabeth Rose Morriss)

Confidential Musical Theatre Project - 2017 Toronto Fringe

SynopsisOur casts are given their scripts and scores and asked to familiarize themselves with their roles – but not to reveal the show title or their role in it to anyone. With no rehearsals, the cast and crew meet for the first time one hour before the performance begins. The audience shows up with no knowledge of what show they’re about to see. The only rule: don’t stop. No matter what.

Featuring: It varies, but we recommend the June 9th performance as it features the lovely Elizabeth Rose Morriss!

Elizabeth Rose Morriss: Liz has been a Bygone staple from the beginning. You may remember her from her role as Miss Kentley in RopeGertrude Baldwin in His Girl Friday, her performances at our Vaudeville Revue, or from one of our many Retro Radio Hour shows. CMTP is an ambitious project at any time, but doing them for a Fringe sounds incredibly challenging. Liz is a wonderful actor and a beautiful singer, so you know that, regardless of what the show is, the June 9th performance is going to be great.

On The Inside (Ryan Kotack)

On The Inside - 2017 Toronto Fringe

Synopsis: On The Inside is a docutheatre production inspired by Ashley Smith, a young female inmate from New Brunswick. Convicted of a minor infraction, Ashley later spent nearly three years in solitary confinement. This piece takes a close look at the effects of solitary on a young person and the hunger for relationships. Shame and vulnerability reveal themselves at different moments in the lives of an inmate, nurse and two prison guards. Each character journeys through the contrast between a harsh penal system and the reality of our universal desperation to be felt, heard and seen.

Featuring: Harry Lavigne, Ryan Christopher Kotack, Marnie Wohl Bennett, Kelechi Ofoha.

Ryan Kotack: Ryan was recently seen as Murphy in His Girl Friday, and before that as a cop in Wait Until Dark. In both of these roles, as well as others I’ve seen him in, he plays a gritty, disillusioned tough guy, and with the sound of this show I think he’s well cast and will be right at home – can’t wait.

Grey (Kenton Blythe)

Grey - 2017 Toronto Fringe

Synopsis: Twelve years ago Richard Buttle killed Jayden Alexander. Today is the day of his parole hearing. Jumping through time, the circumstances that lead to the crime begin to unravel. Who is really to blame? Not everything is as black and white as one would like to perceive.

Featuring: Kenton Blythe, Andrea Carter, Kion Flatts, Mandy Roveda, Asante Tracey and Veshone Cunningham.

Kenton Blythe : You may remember Kenton from way back in 2013, when we mounted our second ever production, Dial M For Murder. Kenton played loveable crime-writer Max. Since then he’s gone on to perform in a tour of Evil Dead; The Musical and to do a season at the Shaw Festival. Can’t wait to see him onstage here at home!

 

The Toronto Fringe Festival has an amazing 160 ticketed events, as well as over 50 free, drop-in events – so get out there and get Fringing!

-E.

Friends of Vaudeville – HarbourKIDS Circus

While prepping for our upcoming Vaudeville Revue we came across some similar events happening in TO in the upcoming months. First up is a great festival for families, the HarbourKIDS Circus, running from May 21-23 at the Harbourfront Centre.

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Keystone Theatre is featured in  A Bit of Business, a collection of comic shorts done in their signature silent film style. As a company that focuses on vintage & cinematic aesthetics ourselves, we think what Keystone does is pretty keen.

Another fun vintage-esq group is Spin Cycle, which you can see in the Sea to Sky Circus Show. Their blurb describes the acts as, “a unique combination of circus skills, infectious comedy and two-person variety routines the likes of which haven’t been seen since the golden age of vaudeville”, which certainly peaks our interest. More info can be found on their website.

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Vaudeville fans are sure to love a classic magic show, and it sounds like Magic With Mark Correia will fit that bill. Apparently his show “uses lots of audience involvement, along with mime, magic and mind-reading techniques” – sounds like a blast?

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And what’s the best thing about HarbourKIDS Circus? The whole event is free! Head on down to the Harbourfront Centre this Victoria Day weekend to get your kicks, and be sure to join us for Vaudeville Revue June 22-24th at the Alumnae Theatre. Tickets on sale now.

Retro Radio Hour – Hollywood!

Another in our popular radio series, this month we do a tribute to some Golden Age Hollywood classics! Join us for a night of vintage radio plays, oldies music, magic, & classic cinema trivia! All for only $5. All proceeds go towards our next production, Wait Until Dark.

WHEN: Friday February 26th, doors at 8pm
WHERE: The Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E (right near Yonge/Dundas Square)
WHY: To support our next mainstage production
HOW: simple! Tickets are $5 cash at the door

PLUS
We have an exciting silent auction, with items like…
* Pair of tickets from Theatre Passe Muraille
* Gift certificate from Doll Factory clothing
* Dance lessons from Metro Movement
* Tickets from Confidential Musical Theatre Project
* A pair of passes for general family admission to a Toronto Historic Site
* Starbucks gift pack
* Belly dancing lessons
* A pair of tickets to a Nightwood Theatre performance
* Pair of tickets to a Factory Theatre performance
and more!

See you there!
#BTradio

“Kill Sister Kill” – A Co-Pro with Kid Switchblade Productions

We are excited to announce that we will be teaming up with Kid Switchblade Productions to work on a dark new musical, Kill Sister Kill.

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ABOUT THE SHOW: A nun, doing God’s work in the filthy streets of New York City in the late 1970s, reunites with her once-troubled sister to celebrate her engagement. The arrival of a vulgar, depraved punk and his kid brother despoils their happy reunion. After watching the murder of her sister and being brutally attacked herself, the Woman of God turns her attention to revenge, rebuilding herself as a hell-bent woman seeking vengeance.

The show premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2013 and is now being re-written and expanded with new music. Being produced by Bygone’s AD Emily Dix.

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COMPANY INFO: Kid Switchblade Productions: If it isn’t offensive, it isn’t interesting. Kid Switchblade Productions are a brother-duo team of writer/ director, Andrew “Drac” and Jamieson Child (who you know as Rupert Cadell in our recent production of Rope). They are drawn to the dark, sleazy, horrific and hilarious, producing all things 1970’s low-budget cinema inspired. Previous original shows include No Commercial Interruptions (2010) and Sister, Sister (2009).

In order to expand the show, we need a new composer;

POSITION INFO: The composer will be responsible for the entire score of the musical, and may be asked to come on as music director as well. There may be an opportunity to assist with the writing of some lyrics. As this is a low-budget production, funding is relying significantly on fundraising and grants. Payment will depend on the success of these funding ventures and may only exist in a profit-share format.

QUALIFICATIONS:

* Formal music training

* Experience in composition

* Understanding of the Fringe circuit & amateur theatre scene

* Familiarity with 1970s genre & rock music as well as traditional musical theatre styles

* Ability to work quickly and effectively

* A positive attitude and sense of humour

OPPORTUNITY: The successful candidate will have an opportunity to be a key part of the creation of a new Canadian musical.

HOW TO APPLY: Send a resume along with a cover letter highlighting your musical experience and detailing why you would like to be involved with this production. Samples of previous work (score, video or cd) are strongly encouraged. Submissions should be sent to:

Emily Dix (Producer) emily@bygonetheatre.com

Deadline: January 30, 2015

We thank all applicants for their interest; those selected for an interview will be contacted mid-January.

Keep an eye on our facebook page for show updates!

-E.

Friends of Bygone – The Gibson House Museum

Bygone is thrilled to be partnering with the historic Gibson House Museum for our upcoming production of Rope. The 19th century home is a beautiful setting for this site-specific production. For those of you who are not familiar with the museum, here are some highlights and fun facts;

Built in 1851, Gibson House was the home of Scottish immigrant David Gibson and his family. He was a land surveyor who helped map early Toronto. Wanted by the government for participating in the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837, Gibson was forced to flee to the United States where he and his family remained for 11 years. On their return to York County, the Gibsons built this beautiful home and once again became active members of their rural community.

Visitors can step back in time and explore this elegant farmhouse. Its serene Georgian-style exterior belies the dramatic lives of the Gibson family.

Gibson House Museum is one of 10 historic museums operated by the City of Toronto. Toronto’s Historic Sites engage visitors, inspire passion, challenge ideas and connect the past to the present. (information taken from the City of Toronto website, 2014)

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Gibson House Museum in North York is a red brick Georgian Revival farmhouse located on land that was acquired by the Gibson family in 1829. David and Elizabeth Gibson lived in a wood frame house on the site until they were forced to flee to the United States during the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837. The building that now stands was constructed in 1851 after the family’s return to Toronto, and was home to David and Eliza’s household as well as their son Peter Silas Gibson’s family until 1916. The house was occupied by a series of owners and tenants until the Township of North York acquired the property in 1965. Gibson House was restored and opened as a heritage museum on June 6, 1971.

Gibson House is owned by the City of Toronto, and is managed and operated by the City’s Cultural Services.

Statement of Heritage Value

  • The David Gibson House is located at 5172 Yonge Street in Municipal Ward 23. It is a designated heritage site under by-law 27975 passed by the North York City Council on December 15, 1980.
  • Gibson House is associated with the domestic and public lives of David and Eliza Gibson, who were prominent members of the rural Willow Dale community in the North York township and significant figures in the history of Upper Canada. Gibson House is one of a number of nineteenth-century rural farmhouses that survived the major urban development that accompanied the city’s expansion into North York in the twentieth century. The building has been modified over time to suit the needs of several generations of the Gibson family, as well as those of various later owners and tenants.
  • Gibson House is an example of the late Georgian architectural style, and has undergone extensive renovations and restorations since its construction. The building’s exterior retains a number of original features, while the internal layout and period-room restorations are based on historical documents from the Gibson Gibson House Museum family and contemporary furnishings in similar houses from the mid-nineteenth century.
  • The Gibson property has produced a number of archaeological findings, including artefacts dating from the mid- to late nineteenth century that are associated with the domestic lives of the Gibson family and those of the house’s later inhabitants.
  • Gibson House was once part of an active and progressive working farm, and was a significant feature within the Willow Dale community nine miles from the town of York. The expanding city gradually absorbed the farmland and villages of North York. Gibson House is now surrounded by a thoroughly urban landscape, and serves as a reminder of the borough’s early settlements and rural history.

Character Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage value of this site include:

Historic Value

  1. Gibson House is historically significant for its connection to the Gibson family. The Scottish immigrant David Gibson (1804 – 1864) immigrated to Quebec in 1825 and worked as a surveyor in Upper Canada for many years. Gibson assisted in mapping much of early Toronto, including the city’s streets and sidewalks, and was also a successful farmer and an influential politician in his local district. David was a member of the Legislative Assembly in 1834 and 1836, as well as a leader of the Reform movement. After the Rebellion of 1837 he was forced to live as a fugitive in Upper Canada before escaping to the United States. His wife, Elizabeth Milne Gibson, and their four children joined him after the first Gibson House was burned by Government soliders. Eliza Gibson traveled regularly to Upper Canada to collect rents from the family’s properties until David’s father James and half-brother William arrived from Scotland and began to manage the Willow Dale farm. The Gibson family returned to Upper Canada in 1848, and moved into the second Gibson house in 1851.
  2. The Gibson property was willed to David and Eliza’s daughter, Margaret Jane, upon David’s death in 1864. The property then passed to Margaret’s brother Peter Silas and his wife Eliza Holmes, who raised their ten children in the house. Most of the historic Gibson farm was sold for sub-division in 1913, except for an acre at the south east corner where the Gibson House and Gibson Park are located, and a third of an acre on the south east corner that was deeded to Peter Silas’ eldest son, Harold Holmes, upon his marriage in 1897. Harold built a large red brick house on this site that was used as the new family home and then as a public library until its demolition in 1957.
  3. The Gibson farmhouse was rented to relatives of the Gibson family in the 1920s. In 1942 the house was sold to local contractor Noel Knowles who modernized the building and introduced a number of extensive renovations. After Mr. Knowles’ death in 1952 the house was sold and then rented to a series of tenants. In 1960 the North York Historical Society was founded by a group of citizens who had come together to advocate for Gibson House. The Township of North York purchased the remaining Gibson House property in 1965 for $1.00 and other considerations “for the purpose of a museum, historic site, or public park,” and in 1966 the building underwent exterior and structural restorations under the direction of the restoration architect B. Napier Simpson.
  4. The site was used as a storage facility until 1970, when the North York Council chose to restore and operate Gibson House as a heritage museum in response to the National Centennial in 1967. Council entered into a private restoration agreement with Brigadier-General J.A. McGinnis of the Toronto Historical Board, and the house interior was recreated under the direction of the Museums Advisor Dorothy Duncan to reflect the Gibsons’ home circa 1851, based on contemporary documents from the period. The Gibson House Museum opened to the public on June 6, 1971.
  5. Gibson House is associated with the Gibson family, and the development of the rural North York communities. This relationship is represented by an extensive archival collection that includes the personal papers, correspondence, and journals of David Gibson, as well as documents relating to the history of the house as a museum, other members of the Gibson family, later tenants, and inhabitants of local communities. Collections are stored on-site, and are also available at the Archives of Ontario, the North York Library, the North York Historical Society Archives, the City of Toronto Archives, and the National Archives of Canada. Some materials are also in the private possession of descendants of the Gibson family.
  6. The Museum’s artefact collection includes a small but significant collection of Gibson artifacts, including David Gibson’s surveying instruments and a tall case clock the works of which were removed from the first frame house by Eliza Gibson before fire consumed her house. The remainder of the collection was purchased or acquired from local donors and consists of materials representative of the various local homes, farms, and businesses of the mid-nineteenth century.

Architectural Value

  1. Gibson House was built with quality materials, and its design reflects the lifestyle of an established family with a leading place in their community. It is an example of Upper Canadian Georgian architecture, and also includes a number of variations based on diverse stylistic choices and later additions to the original building. The house is two-and-a-half storeys high, with a five-bay façade and rectangular plan, and includes evenly placed, symmetrical windows, a later kitchen extension, and a full basement. The building was constructed on a fieldstone base with red bricks made on the property, and the exterior includes a number of decorative components, including the yellow brick bands, the white brick voussoirs over the windows and doors, and the corner quoins, as well as the gables with black brick motifs. The Neo-Classical doorway with elliptical fanlight transom, rectangular sidelights, and two-panel Greek revival door is also original, while the porch has been restored according to nineteenth-century photographs.
  2. The house interior was renovated and subdivided to accommodate various tenants in the mid-twentieth century, and subsequent restorations represent the building as it might have appeared in 1851. The interior plan follows the conventional Georgian pattern of a centre hall with straight stairway and symmetrically disposed rooms, although much of the internal layout has been restored and interpreted based on building receipts, bills, and lists as well as references to the house and construction in letters and diaries. The restoration was also informed by Gibson artifacts in the museum’s collection as well as objects still in family hands, oral history interviews with the Gibsons’ surviving grandchildren, and comparisons to similar contemporary houses.

Archaeological Value

  1. Much of the Gibson House site has been disturbed by ongoing habitation and nearby urban development, however buried archaeological remains have been unearthed since the property’s restoration as a heritage museum. Site staff and volunteers have uncovered a variety of objects associated with nineteenth and early-twentieth century domestic life, including building materials such as nails and bricks, toys, ceramics, and a leather harness with metal attachments. These artefacts are stored on site, and may be associated with the Gibson family.
  2. In November to December 2008 a Stage 1-2 archaeological assessment was undertaken at the Menkes Gibson Square development property (5170 Yonge Street) to the south of Gibson House. The Stage 2 archaeological survey discovered additional nineteenth century Euro-Canadian artefacts such as miscellaneous building materials and ceramic sherds in test pits along a strip of undisturbed soil south of the house. These preliminary findings suggest that further archaeological deposits associated with occupants on the Gibson property may be found during the course of future excavations. All site planning related to Gibson House should be undertaken with reference to potential archaeological
    features, in conjunction with the City of Toronto’s Master Plan for Archaeological Resources.

Contextual Value

  1. Gibson House is one of the few surviving features of historic Willow Dale, a small crossroads community that was situated on Yonge Street nine miles from the town of York. Willow Dale was originally known as Kummer’s (or Cummer’s) settlement, and contained a population of 150 in the late 1850s. Willow Dale and its neighbouring North York communities benefited from their placement on Yonge Street, one of the earliest and most heavily traveled transport routes in Upper Canada. Local mills prospered due to the rivers of the Don Watershed that supplied an essential resource for settlers and created a distinctive natural landscape; David Gibson petitioned the government to open a community post office in the mid-nineteenth century, and suggested the name Willow Dale in honour of the numerous willow trees that grew in the district.
  2. Gibson House was a significant structure in rural North York and is connected to the life and history of the Gibson family, as well as the development of the Willowdale community. The building’s survival and restoration in the twentieth century demonstrates its enduring local importance, and its wider significance as a historic landmark and cultural resource in the City of Toronto.
  3. A Tolman Sweet apple tree, the last remaining tree from the orchard that David Gibson established in 1832, stands on the parkland south of Gibson House. Cuttings Gibson from the two Tolman Sweets and a Snow Apple that were standing in the late 1980s were used to establish a number of trees that now stand in Dempsey Park.

 

All information gathered from the City of Toronto website, http://www1.toronto.ca.

Want to see the home in a totally new way? Join us for Rope November 21-29, 2014 and see the show mounted in the Gibson House parlor. Tickets available now through TO Tix.

Friends of Bygone – Soup Can Theatre

Our friends at Soup Can Theatre have graciously donated a pair of tickets to their upcoming production of Circle Jerk for the raffle portion of our upcoming Retro Radio Hour – Suspense! Check out the show deets below:

Soup Can Theatre, Safeword, and Aim for the Tangent Theatre are proud to present
CIRCLE JERK
one production, four new and provocative short plays written under unique constraints (full details below).
‘Dust Peddling: Part II’ by Scott Dermody,
‘Sex and This’ by Wesley J. Colford,
‘Maypole Rose’ by Brandon Crone, and
‘The Session’ by Justin Haigh.
Also featuring live original music by Pratik Gandhi, Marla Kishimoto, and Peter Cavell.

***AUDIENCE WARNING: Mature Content, Nudity, Explicit Sexuality, Depictions of Drug Use***

Tickets: $15 to $24. Available at www.soupcantheatre.com or in person at the venue box office starting one hour before each performance.

November 6 & 7 at 8pm, November 8 & 9 at 2pm and 8pm, November 14, 15, 16 at 8pm, November 21, 22, 23 at 8pm

WIN TICKETS! Want a chance to win a pair of tickets to our opening weekend? It’s easy! Just tweet about the show using the hashtag #CircleJerkTO or share our Facebook Event on your timeline! Double your chances by doing both! We will track the tweets and shares and contact the winners in early November. Plus, check out Bygone Theatre’s Retro Radio Hour – Suspense! for a chance to win a pair of tickets in their raffle.

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This past summer, members of the public were invited to submit original snippets of dialogue that the participating playwrights would have to use as the opening and closing lines of their new creations. After receiving almost 300 submissions, four intriguing lines were selected and assigned to the writers:

“Subtlety is not your specialty.”
“What’s Bulgarian for slut?”
“I think it’s time we talked about your filthy rituals.”
“I fucking hate potatoes.”

As an added twist, each of the lines of dialogue were assigned to two playwrights in order to serve as both the closing line of one play and the opening line of the following play. This loosely interconnected and ultimately cyclical structure (with the first play starting and the last play ending with the same line) puts the “circle” in CIRCLE JERK. After an intense writing and production period, the end results are four diverse yet cohesive works backed by an impressive roster of talent:

– ‘Dust Peddling: Part II’ by Scott Dermody; A bold and confrontational movement-based piece exploring themes of sexuality and bodily interactions. Directed by Joanne Williams (‘Wild Dogs On The Moscow Trains’) and starring Scott Dermody (‘Love is a Poverty You Can Sell 2’, Soup Can Theatre) and Sasha Kovacs.

– ‘Sex and This’ by Wesley J. Colford (‘The Wakowski Bros.’, Aim for the Tangent); A touching and distinctly modern comedy-drama about death, self-destruction, and the new rules of mourning in the age of Facebook. Directed by two time Dora Award nominee Jakob Ehman (‘Cockfight’, Theatre Brouhaha; ‘Donors’, safeword) and starring Tiffany Deobald (‘Much Ado About Nothing’, Single Thread Theatre) and Carys Lewis.

– ‘Maypole Rose’ by Brandon Crone (‘Donors’, safeword); A quirky and salacious window into the imperfect life of a gay couple with an affinity for junk food, weed, and monkey sex. Starring Alexander Plouffe (‘As You Like It’; Canadian Stage) and G Kyle Shields (‘Sucker’; Theatre Brouhaha).

– ‘The Session’ by Justin Haigh (‘Love is a Poverty You Can Sell 2’, Soup Can Theatre); A dark comedy about a workplace therapist determined to crack open an antagonistic nuclear safety expert with more than just safety on his mind. Directed by Justin Haigh and starring Allan Michael Brunet (‘Marat/Sade’, Soup Can Theatre) and Matt Pilipiak (‘Three Men in a Boat’, Pea Green Theatre).

In addition to the four new theatrical works, four new short musical compositions – each inspired by one of the four lines of dialogue – will be performed by a live five-piece ensemble and serve as interludes between the short plays; ‘Subtlety is not Your Specialty’ by Marla Kishimoto, ‘What’s Bulgarian for Slut’ by Pratik Gandhi, and ‘I Think it’s Time We Talked About Your Filthy Rituals’ by Peter Cavell.

Praise for participating companies’ previous productions:
“Sultry … Seductive … Uniformly Delectable … NNNNN” – NOW Magazine
“Fast and Furious … A Story of Surprising Depth … ★★★★½” – Torontoist
“Sexually Charged … A Thrill Ride … ★★★★” – My Gay Toronto

Production Team:
Producer – Sarah Thorpe
Assistant Producers – Justin Haigh, Scott Dermody, Brandon Crone, Wesley J. Colford.
Music Director – Pratik Gandhi
Stage Manager – Katherine Belyea
Tech Director / Lighting Designer – Randy Lee

Friends of Bygone – Alumnae Theatre

Another lovely company that has donated a pair of tickets to our upcoming Retro Radio Hour – Suspense! is Alumnae Theatre. Their Fireworks Festival is running this November; check out the details here:

FireWorksNowwebThis year’s festival features two new plays and [new this year] a playwrights’ intensive.

BURYING TONI
by Catherine Frid
directed by Ginette Mohr

YOU HAVE TO EARN IT
by Ramona Baillie and Maria Popoff
directed by Jennifer Radford

FIREWORKS PLAYWRIGHTS’ INTENSIVE
with Maja Ardal
hosted by Joan Burrows

November 12-29, Wed-Sat @ 8pm, Sat & Sun @ 2pm Ticket Prices – $15.00 – Sunday Matinees ‘PWYC’ – Festival Price $25.00
Visits www.alumnaetheatre.com/fireworks.html for more information

Check out their website or facebook event for more details.

Friends of Bygone – The Storefront Theatre

Bygone Theatre has reached out to some local theatre’s in preparation for our Retro Radio Hour – Suspense!

We’ve been very lucky to have gotten a lot of positive feedback and to have received donations from several companies for our raffle. Up first, a pair of tickets to “The Skriker”; here are all the deets:

THE SKRIKER Oct 23rd - Nov 9 @ The Storefront Theatre Photo by ZAIDEN

THE SKRIKER
Oct 23rd – Nov 9 @ The Storefront Theatre
Photo by ZAIDEN

September 9th, 2014 ­This October, two of Toronto’s hottest indie theatre companies

The Red One Theatre Collective and Theatre Brouhaha team up to bring you Caryl Churchill’s “Impossible” play THE SKRIKER.

In his directorial debut, Daniel Pagett helms a cast of Toronto’s hottest Indie talents: Claire Armstrong (Dora award winner­After Miss Julie, Rock), Perrie Olthuis, Suzette McCanny (Shakespeare Bash’d), Claire Burns (Hatched, Human Furniture, Shrew), Sam Coyle, Elise Bauman, Karen Knox (Sam and Kate are not Breaking Up, Shrew), Tim Walker (NOW Magazines 2012 “Artists to watch”, Punch Up, Help Yourself, Sam and Kate are Not Breaking Up), Jeff Hanson (Shrew, Classical Theatre Project), Luke Marty (A Midsummer Night’s Dream…A Puppet Epic!, Theatre 20 collective ensemble, The Cocksure Lads), John Fleming (Shrew), Andy Trithardt (Delicacy, Rock, Sucker) and two time Dora nominee Jakob Ehman (Cockfight, Donors, Minotaur).

Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker is often described as her ‘impossible play’, due to the magical nature of the show, the shattered language with which the narrator speaks, and the sheer scope of the faerie underworld that it weaves in and out of. This unique theatrical experience will invite the audience into The Storefront Theatre, transformed into a portal to the faeries’ home by our critically acclaimed design team: makeup wizard Angela McQueen (Classical Theatre Project, ROTC, Brouhaha), costume design by Kendra Terpenning (wardrobe After Miss Julie), set design by Holly Lloyd (Stratford Festival, ROTC, Brouhaha) and lighting by Indie veteran Melissa Joakim (Cockfight, Punch Up). Incorporating physical theatre, mask, dance and a world premiere score composed by Andy Trithardt, The Skriker provides a completely immersive experience in this dark and twisted world.

THE SKRIKER 

by Caryl Churchill

October 23rd – November 9th, 2014

8pm

The Storefront Theatre

955 Bloor Street West

OCT 23­26 $20.00 / OCT 29­NOV 2 $15.00 / NOV 5­9 $25.00

Advance tickets available @ www.secureaseat.com

Bygone Theatre’s Toronto 2014 Fringe Picks

Every year the Toronto Fringe Festival puts on over a hundred plays; varying genres, every topic you can imagine in theatres and found spaces across downtown Toronto. While we always want to get out and see them all, with over 150 plays in just over a week, sadly, that can not be done. So, we’re doing what we suspect most local artists do, and focusing first on the plays that have some of our talented friends in them. So here’s our top 2 fringe picks with actors who’ve worked with Bygone in the past:


Play:
  The Assassination of Robert Ford: Dirty Little Coward
Friend of Bygone: Geoff Kolomayz, actor in “Retro Radio Hour” and “Retro Radio Hour: Holiday Special”.
Synopsis: Learn the shocking true story of The Assassination of Robert Ford! You will be amazed that this tall tale is factual, actual and tragically true.
Come see Tyler Séguin and Joel Lightman host an evening with Geoff Mays as the man who shot Robert Ford! This new script was penned by directed by Adam Bailey, directer of previous Fringe hit: The Enchanted Crackhouse.

Venue: Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2P3
Show Dates and Times:
July 02 at 08:45 PM
July 05 at 09:45 PM
July 06 at 12:00 PM
July 08 at 06:15 PM
July 09 at 12:15 PM
July 10 at 05:45 PM
July 12 at 11:00 PM

Play: Group Therapy
Friend of Bygone: Elizabeth Rose Morris, performer in “Retro Radio Hour”
Synopsis: Group Therapy is an original musical comedy that follows six strangers struggling with 21st century afflictions and other minor disorders, who are having problems with the process of therapy. Deciding to take matters into their own hands, they band together and create a support group of their own, in the hopes that it will benefit them more. The show is punctuated with appearances by the characters’ therapist, as she expresses concern for the outcome of their experiment. Through the exploration of each individual, the show challenges the audience to weigh the importance of institutional therapy versus social support. This musical seeks to de-stigmatize the subjects of therapy and mental disorder, by speaking openly about the issues involved and showcasing characters that, while afflicted, are still extremely relatable to audience members. While in no way minimizing the importance of their afflictions, the show highlights the fact that just because the characters suffer from these issues, does not mean that their every action is guided by them. The show also accurately portrays and embraces it’s time, and seeks to invite a discussion about how the era that the characters live in affects their view of themselves and of what is expected of them. Ultimately, this is a story of growth, friendship, and self-acceptance.
Venue: Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2P3
Show Dates & Times:
Thursday, July 3, 2014 – 8:15pm – 9:45pm
Friday, July 4, 2014 – 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Monday, July 7, 2014 – 10:30pm – 12:00am
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 – 9:45pm – 11:15pm
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – 3:45pm – 5:15pm
Thursday, July 10, 2014 – 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:30pm

UPDATE: The Assassination of Robert Ford: Dirty Little Coward won Best of the Fringe! Congrats guys!