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Alumnae's 2016 - 2017 Season

​2016 - 2017 Season Overview · The Plays:

2016 – 2017 Season of Alumnae Theatre: This, The Gut Girls, The Clean House, FireWorks Festival 2016, New Ideas Festival 2017

​by Melissa James Gibson Directed by Rebecca Ballarin September 16 - October 1, 2016 on the Mainstage

Four friends since college struggle with questions of marriage, loss, love, and loyalty. Sitting on the edge between comedic and painful, THIS dives into the anxieties and insecurities of five messy, imperfect–real–people. The New York Times called this 2010 play by Canadian-born Melissa James Gibson a “tart, melancholy comedy about a group of close friends entering the choppy waters of middle age.”  Read  More… >

​by Sarah Daniels
Directed by Maya Rabinovitch
January 20 – February 4, 2017
​on the Mainstage

Four friends since college struggle with questions of marriage, loss, love, and loyalty. Sitting on the edge between comedic and painful, THIS dives into the anxieties and insecurities of five messy, imperfect–real–people. The New York Times called this 2010 play by Canadian-born Melissa James Gibson a “tart, melancholy comedy about a group of close friends entering the choppy waters of middle age.” Read  More… >

​​by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Ali Joy Richardson
April 7 – 22, 2017
​on the Mainstage

Four friends since college struggle with questions of marriage, loss, love, and loyalty. Sitting on the edge between comedic and painful, THIS dives into the anxieties and insecurities of five messy, imperfect–real–people. The New York Times called this 2010 play by Canadian-born Melissa James Gibson a “tart, melancholy comedy about a group of close friends entering the choppy waters of middle age.” ​ Read  More… >

November 9 – 27, 2016
in the Studio Theatre

​AROUND THE WORLD IN THREE WEEKS!
​Sri Lankan immigrants with political baggage,
a Toronto tattoo artist with a sassy goth-girl apprentice,
an Armenian musician with a smothering mother –
​all featured in the 4th annual FireWorks Festival of new full-length plays developed at Alumnae.

Read more about FireWorks Festival 2016

THE CREASES IN MY SARI by Sindhuri Nandhakumar Nov. 9 – 13
​Two young Sri Lankan immigrants from warring factions fall in love, but growing political turmoil and their own cultural baggage threaten to drive them apart, even in Toronto. Shadows of the past and secrets abound, and radicalism erupts as the violence in Sri Lanka escalates.

INKED HEART by D.J. Sylvis Nov. 16 – 20
A Toronto tattoo artist aspires to become a successful painter while struggling with the breakup of his marriage and tangling with his mouthy goth-girl apprentice, who has her own story. A plot full of twists and hidden agendas, with surprising insights into the complexities of human nature – and the art of the tattoo.

MOTHERLAND by Kristine Greenaway Nov. 23 – 27
A young Armenian actor-musician strives to make a life for himself as an artist in his economically depressed country and to break free of his smothering mother. A free-spirited young Frenchwoman does battle with his mother for Davit’s future, pitting progress against tradition as the action reaches a climax that is both horrific and inevitable. Read  More… >

March 8 to 26, 2017
in the Studio Theatre

​New Ideas Festival is an annual, 3-week, juried festival of new plays, works-in-progress and experimental theatre, with a different program of plays each week and staged readings on Saturdays at noon. The 2017 festival takes place in the Studio at Alumnae Theatre and runs from March 8 to 26, 2017.

This year’s festival features 15 new works, ranging in length from 10 to 60 minutes. The plays’ eclectic mix of characters includes three inept call centre employees, a nineteenth century lady’s maid with a secret, a young black woman confronting shadism, a physicist on her way to outer space, a troubled child psychologist, a lovelorn detective, an environmentalist who wants to save a river, and a dancing octopus. Come, enjoy three evenings of original plays and three Saturday readings, and give the playwrights your feedback.
​Read more about New Ideas Festival 2017

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