New Ideas Festival 2014

Alumnae Theatre Company proudly presents the 26th annual New Ideas Festival, running March 12 - 30, 2014 in Alumnae Theatre's Studio space.

96 writers from all over Canada and beyond U.S. and UK submitted original short plays which have never before been produced, making every play in the Festival a world premiere! From this, 15 scripts were selected. New Ideas features a different lineup each week, plus Talkback sessions that encourage audiences to provide immediate feedback to writers and directors.

Among the characters you'll meet are a pioneering cancer doctor "Radical", Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn "Royal Season", an immigrant worker "Better Angels" and dystopian literary nerds "The Shimmering Odessa Building or Whatever". Plays range in length from 10 - 60 minutes. Be the first-ever audience for these world premieres!

WEEK 1 March 12-16, 2014

"Be Careful, Theres a Baby in the House"

by Nicholas Sgouros, directed by Sean Speake

Cast: CAROLINE CONCORDIA, ANDRE DE CARVALHO, SARA JACKSON.

"Elsa and Marigold"

by Marissa Spada, directed by Janet Kish

Cast: JULIE COHN, ARIANNA LEASK, MEAGAN TUCK, plus cameo appearances by men in loincloths.

"Im Still Here"

by Ramona Baillie, directed by Dahlia Katz

Cast: RAZIE BROWNSTONE, ADAM CRESSWELL, SUSAN Q WILSON.

"In a Time of War"

by Anne MacMillan, directed by Brett Haynes

Cast: KIT BOULTER, ANNELISE HAWRYLAK, JORDI ODAEL, REECE PRESLEY, FRANZ ROBINOW, MORNA WALES.

WEEK 1 READING - Sat March 15:

"Royal Seasons"

by Norma Crawford, directed by Nina Kaye

Cast: EVAN BOUTSOV, JILL CARTER, LARA MRKOCI, KRISTOFFER PEDLAR.

WEEK 2 March 19-23, 2014

"The Living Library"

by Linda McCready, directed by Stacy Halloran

Cast: ANNE-MARIE KRYTIUK, SCOTT MOULTON.

"Better Angels: A Parable"

by Andrea Scott, directed by Pomme J-Corvellec

Cast: DANIEL DE PAS, KERIECE HARRIS, HILARY HART.

"The Shimmering Odessa Building or Whatever"

by Judith Upjohn, directed by Zoe Erwin-Longstaff

Cast: TIANA ASPERJAN, SHARON BELLE, JANICE YANG.

"Brockfest"

by Joan Burrows, directed by Eric Benson

Cast: JUSTEN BENNETT, LIZ BEST, DAVID BORWICK, ANDREA LYONS, JOHN MARCUCCI.

WEEK 2 READING - Sat March 22:

"Radical"

by Charles Hayter, directed by Darcy Stoop

Cast: NEIL AFFLECK, SHEILA RUSSELL, ANNE SHEPHERD, ANDREW SIWIK, JANE SMYTHE.

WEEK 3 March 26-30, 2014

"Airport Tale"'

by Carol Libman, directed by Carys Lewis

Cast: JANE CARNWATH, ANDY PERUN

"Would You Do It Again?"

by Rebecca Grace, directed by Sandra Banman

Cast: TIM McCONNELL, PATRICK MURRAY, SARA PRICE, YOUNESS TAHIRI.

"Simprov"

by Laurence Klavan, directed by Stephanie Williams

Cast: BUDDY BLACK, LORIEL MEDYNSKI, MICHAEL SCOTT, DANA THODY.

"Pit Sublime"

by Alexandra Watt-Simpson, directed by Pamela Redfern

Cast: ANDREW GAUNCE, REBECCA LIDDIARD.

WEEK 3 READING - Sat March 29:

"Rotating Thunderstorm"

by Taylor Marie Graham, directed by Jill Harper

Cast: TIANA ASPERJAN, JEANETTE CAIRNS, VLADIMIR JON CUBRT, SCOTT GARLAND, LARA MRKOCI.

SCHEDULE:

Weekly productions: Wed - Sat at 8pm; Sat & Sun matinees at 2:30pm.

Readings: Sat at noon.

Talkbacks follow Sat readings & matinees.

TICKETS: $15/wk PWYC readings, or $40 for Festival Pass.

Reserve at reservations@alumnaetheatre.com or 416-364-4170 xtn 1 & pay CASH at Box Office; or purchase online.


New Ideas Festival 2014

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