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2018-2019 Season Plays

​​​​​​33rd Annual

Alumnae Theatre Company

​2018-2019 Season Plays

The Importance of Being Earnest

BY OSCAR WILDE

​Produced by Ramona Baillie
Directed by Barbara Larose
Co-producers: Alison Smith, Isabel Meharry
​September 21 – October 6, 2018 on the Mainstage

Oscar Wilde’s enduring social satire, The Importance of Being Earnest, is a masterpiece of comedic misunderstandings and rebellion. Two sets of lovers search for an ultimate but uncertain truth, navigating life and love amongst themselves, family, friends, and society. Fast-paced, witty, and sometimes biting, this play abounds with hidden romance, mistaken identities, deceptions, and secrets.

FireWorks Festival 2018

Three New Plays

Produced by Molly Thom and Liz Best
​November 7 – 25, 2018 in the Studio

Thought-provoking and daring, our acclaimed three-week festival introduces full-length plays developed right here at Alumnae through our New Ideas Festival or our New Play Development program. Each week showcases an original script. Post-show discussions and talkbacks spark fresh insights into making theatre. Now in its sixth year, FireWorks is recognized for its adventurous programming and innovative staging.

The Pigeon​

BY CHLOË WHITEHORN

Directed by Victoria Shepherd 
November 7 – 11, 2018  in the Studio
FireWorks Festival – Week 1

What could Jegger, a young punk, and Malone, a middle-aged woman, possibly have in common? Drawn together by their mutual hatred for the woman who damaged them both, they plot her destruction. They say revenge is a dish best served cold – and sometimes it’s like a box of chocolates . . .

​Moving On​

BY ELMAR MARIPUU

Directed by Helly Chester
November 14 – 18, 2018  in the Studio
FireWorks Festival – Week 2

This is Kyle’s big moment.  He’s about to pitch his brilliant invention to a wealthy investor.  Just one problem: the investor’s a shyster who bilked Kyle’s friends and family.  Then there’s the ex-girlfriend in the box, hiding from her pot-dealing brother who’s sworn to do Kyle serious injury. And is it really just business between Kyle and Shelley, who set him up with the shyster?  

Animal

BY ROMEO CIOLFI

Directed by Evelyn-Marie Long
November 21 – 25, 2018  in the Studio
FireWorks Festival – Week 3

Raina Shepherd is bi-polar, schizophrenic…and she bites. When her brother Daniel and son Griffin come to her aid, following a recent tragedy, they have to face their own demons and deep wounds. What unfolds is a number of searing revelations from their collective past that rocks this already fragmented family to the breaking point. 

31st Annual

New Ideas Festival

​​Produced by Ilana Linden, Simone Goldberg and Meredith Heinrich  March 6 – 24, 2019  in  the Studio

The New Ideas Festival is our annual, three-week, juried festival of new works and  works-in-progress. Each week features a different program of four short plays and a workshopped reading of a full-length play on each of the three Saturdays. The chance to see premieres of new dramatic writings from both emerging and experienced theatre artists has made the festival a must-see for Toronto theatregoers for 31 years.

Impressionism

BY MICHAEL JACOBS

Produced by Mary Barnes Amoroso
and Kristine Greenaway
Directed by Nicole Arends
April 12 – April 27, 2019  the Mainstage

Surrounded by impressionist paintings, colleagues Katharine, gallery owner, and Thomas, photojournalist revisit painful memories. As they banter and spar, they come to realize that if they can step away from the current canvas of their lives, their futures just might hold more depth than the past. This romantic comedy blends pathos, intellect, and wit, and debuted on Broadway with Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons.

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