New Ideas Festival @ Alumnae Theatre

The Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival is an annual, three-week, juried festival of new writing, works-in-progress and experimental theatre, with a different program of plays each week and staged readings on Saturdays at noon. The 2016 festival takes place in the Studio at Alumnae Theatre and runs from March 9-27, 2016

This year’s festival features 16 new works, ranging in length from 10 to 60 minutes. The plays’ eclectic mix of characters includes three women mountain climbers at the top of their game, a dysfunctional parent council, three curious housemaids, a group of at-risk kids in a rehab yoga class, a street canvasser, a South American cardinal with a shady past, and Irish poet W.B. Yeats.

Week One: Stuck by Stacey Iseman/directed by Kelsey Laine Jacobson; Paaaaaaaa\aarayers to St. George by Andrew Lee/directed by Meg Moran; The Council by Deanna Kruger/directed by Claren Grosz; This Will Be My Last Transmission by Natalie Frijia/directed by Zita Nyarady; Reading: A Better Place by Ramona Baillie/directed by Chelsea Dab Hilke

Week Two: Housekeeping by Jean Koppen/directed by Anne MacMillan; pose ball by Caitie Graham/directed by Emily Nixon; War and Peace: A Family Story by Krystyna Hunt/directed by Rebecca Grace; Yeats in Love by Anne Tait/directed by Jane Carnwath; Reading: Curved by Kristin Shepherd/directed by Rebecca Ballarin

Week Three: Provenance by Linda McCready/directed by Pam Redfern; Trying

by Norma Crawford/directed by Juliet Paperny; Sick Kids Wanna Talk to You

by Carolyn Bennett/directed by Jennifer McKinley; Four Hours by Joan Burrows/directed by Helen Munroe; Reading: Omission by Alice Abracen/directed by Michela Sisti; Lobby Play: The Nurse by Francine Dick/directed by Mandy Roveda

New Ideas Festival @ The Alumnae Theatre Studio

70 Berkeley Street (at Adelaide)

March 9-27 (Wednesday-Saturday @8PM, Matinees Saturday & Sunday @2:30 PM,

Readings Saturdays at Noon)

Tickets: Wed-Sun evening/matinee $15 Saturday Noon Readings: PWYC

Advance Tickets available online at, call 416-364-4170 (press 1) or email

The box office opens one hour before the show for cash purchases. The Alumnae box office does not accept credit/debit at the door.

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