thelivingproject Presents: The Living

Our friends at thelivingproject are working on a great new show for the SummerWorks Festival. Check out some info about the show!FB-ad-1

Governor-General Award winner Colleen Wagner (The Monument) brings audiences a stirring new play about women on the frontlines of violence, of forgiveness and of redemption.  Directed byInes Buchli, designed by Shawn Kerwin (set and costumes), Elizabeth Asselstine (lighting) and James McKernan (sound), and featuring a cast of Toronto indie theatre stalwarts, this Summerworks show promises to be a moving and unforgettable experience.

The Living, a documentary play, inspired by the actual stories of women and girls who survived trauma in post-conflict zones, examines the lives of victims and perpetrators, post-genocide, who live side-by-side in government-issued housing, and NGO-funded campaigns to encourage reconciliation in hopes that the impossible act of forgiveness can end the cycle of revenge.

Jacqui and Henry have known each other since primary school. Henry rescued Jacqui during the genocide but was part of the mob that killed her father and brother. Their relationship challenges the vengeful hearts of the community. Henry and Jacqui struggle to move on by reimagining idyllic memories of their childhood despite the war’s aftermath: AIDS, perpetrators returning from prison facing their own guilty consciences, husbands and wives who barely recognize each other, ghosts of the dead, revenge festering in hearts and minds, imposed notions of reconciliation, and a crisis of faith. And in the middle: impossible love, and a radical approach to reconciliation – transformational justice.

Written by Colleen Wagner
Directed by Ines Buchli
Featuring Miriam Fernandes, Richard Lee, Francoise Balthazar, Kaleb Alexander,
Beryl Bain, Stephanie Jung, Wayne Ward, Gabrielle Graham, Anita La Selva, and Cindy Block

Set and Costumes by Shawn Kerwin, Lighting by Elizabeth Asselstine, Sound by James McKernan, Movement by Erika Batdorf.
Assistant Directed by Lucy Powis
Stage Managed by Cole Vincent

Produced by sueedworthy.ca

The Theatre Centre BMO Incubator

1115 Queen St. West Toronto, ON

Friday August 7th                     7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Saturday August 8th                2:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Sunday August 9th                  2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Monday August 10th                10:00 PM – 11:30 PM

Wednesday August 12th          9:45 PM – 11:15 PM

Thursday August 13th              7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Saturday August 15th             2:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Sunday August 16th                5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Single Performance: $15, 3-Show Pass: $40, 7-Show Pass: $85, 10-Show Pass: $120Taster Pack: $55

Tickets available at the door 1 hour before show time or Advance tickets are available up until 3 hours before show time and can be purchased as follows:

  • In person at the SummerWorks Central Box Office – located at Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst St). Open August 4-16 from 10am-7pm
  • By phone at 888-328-8384, Monday – Friday 8:30am-5pm
  • Available online through Ticketwise

Shakespeare at the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival!

The Toronto Fringe Festival begins on July 1, 2015, and with over 150 different shows participating, there is definitely something for everyone! This year, there are some great looking Shakespeare shows to get your fix of The Bard!

Twelfe Night, or what you will


Performed by: Ale House Theatre Co.

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
The epic 90 minute remount.

A remount of their popular 90 minute show from 2013, Ale House Theatre Co will be performing Twelfe Night, or what you will at St. Vladimir Theatre during the festival. Click here for showtimes and to buy tickets!

The Merry Wives of Windsor


Performed by: Shakespeare BASH’d

Join your favourite Best of Fringe winning Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare BASH’d, for the Bard’s outrageous rural comedy: The Merry Wives of Windsor. In a world of drunks and cuckolds, two witty women set out to teach a lesson of love and jealousy.
Come crush a cup at the Victory cafe with this battle of wits.
“I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.”

Performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor will take place at the Victory Cafe during the festival. Click here for showtimes and to buy tickets!

Hamlet… A Puppet Epic!


Performed by: Shakey-Shake and Friends

Plots! Schemes! Puppets! There’s something awesome in the state of Denmark! FringeKids favourite Shakey-Shake and Friends return with their most ambitious play yet: Hamlet! Comic hijinks abound as Shakes and the gang tell the tale of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy in the lighthearted tradition of the Muppets.

Performance of Hamlet… A Puppet Epic! will take place at the George Ignatieff Theatre during the festival. Click here for showtimes and to buy tickets!

If you can’t make it to any of these shows, there are still plenty to choose from. See the list of all participating shows here!

Shakespeare at the Toronto Fringe!

The Toronto Fringe Festival is fast approaching! Among the 150 shows to be produced this year, there are 3 that are Shakespeare related.


Montreal company Beyond the Mountain brings us Bard Fiction, an Elizabethan retelling of the cult classic, Pulp Fiction. Following the success in Minneapolis and Chicago, this show makes it’s Canadian premiere at the Toronto Fringe! This show is suitable for audiences aged 12 and up. Visit http://www.beyondthemountain.ca/ for more information about Beyond the Mountain and Bard Fiction.


Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective presents the Julius Ceasar Project. Taking inspiration from the series Orange is the New Black, SOTMSC retells this classic tale in a women’s prison. After fringe, they will perform the show, in association with the Adelaide Resource Center for Women, to provide creative programming for women’s shelters in Toronto. This show is suitable for audiences aged 10 and up. Visit http://spurofthemomentshakespeare.weebly.com/ for more information about Spur-of-the-Moment.


Best of Fringe winning company, Shakespeare BASH’d presents Love’s Labour’s Lost. Director James Wallis transforms the Victory Cafe into a fraternity house for his interpretation of this zany masterpiece of wit. This show is suitable for audiences aged 19 and up. For more information, visit http://www.shakespearebashd.com/.

The Toronto Fringe Festival runs from July 2 – July 13th, with showtimes throughout the day. For more information about purchasing tickets for these shows, and all things Fringe Festival, visit fringetoronto.com.

A Shakespeare Summer- Productions and Festivals Across Canada!

The summer holidays are fast approaching, which means travel and vacations for some. No matter where your days off take you, there are many ways to experience Shakespeare across Canada! Here’s a look at Shakespeare festivals and productions happening this summer.


Vancouver, British Columbia is host to Bard on the Beach, one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. Celebrating their 25th season, they are presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, and Cymbeline. In addition to those three Shakespeare plays, they are presenting Equivocation by Bill Cain, a play in which “Shakespeare is commissioned to write a play about the Gunpowder Plot, only to discover there are times when writing the truth can be deadly…”. Bard on the Beach runs from June – September.
For more information visit http://www.bardonthebeach.org/.

Since 1989, Freewill Shakespeare Festival has been offering Edmonton their summer Shakespeare experience in the Heritage Amphitheater in Hawrelak Park (though they’ve had to change venues for this season due to repairs at the amphitheater). Their 2014 season showcases The Taming of the Shrew, running from July 9-27.
For more information visit http://freewillshakespeare.com/.

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
is presented on the banks of the beautiful South Saskatchewan River in the heart of Saskatoon. For their 30th season, they are producing Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew. Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan runs from July 9 – August 24.
For more information visit http://www.shakespeareonthesaskatchewan.com/.

From June 4 – June 28, Shakespeare in the Ruins presents The Comedy of Errors. The shows are played in the Ruins in the Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
For more information visit http://www.shakespeareintheruins.com/.

Canadian Stage presents Shakespeare in High Park every summer in Toronto, Ontario. This season they offer us As You Like It and Titus Andronicus running from June 26 – August 31.
For more information visit https://www.canadianstage.com.

In various parks across Quebec, Repercussion Theatre presents Shakespeare-in-the-Park: Harry the King – The Famous Victories of Henry V. This year’s tour offers an adaptation of Shakespeare’s historical plays Henry IV pt. 1, pt. 2 and Henry V, and runs from July 4 – August 2.
For more information visit http://www.repercussiontheatre.com/.

Shakespeare by the Sea
is an artist-driven collaborative organization in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This season, they offer The Taming of the Shrew from July 6 – August 30 and Merchant of Venice from August 2- 29. Visit http://www.shakespearebythesea.ca/index.html for more information.

Newfoundland offers Shakespeare by the Sea Festival, the longest running outdoor summer theatre event in the St. John’s area. Their 2014 season presents The Taming of the Shrew from July 6 – August 11 and All’s Well That Ends Well from July 18 – August 16, as well as other performances and events. Visit http://shakespearebytheseafestival.com/ for more information.

Victoria’s Shakespeare by the Sea is in its second year, and will be presenting Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors. The shows will be running from July 1 – August 3. Visit http://www.vicshakesea.ca/ for more information!
(Thanks to Pauline for the tip!)

These are some of the Shakespeare performances occurring this summer. If you know of any others being produced, let us know in the comments below!

A Celebration of Shakespeare in Song – May 31st @ Little Trinity Church


Spring has sprung and it’s time to SING!  with the Toronto Vocal Arts Festival  — Friday, May 30 to Sunday, June 1, 2014; in and around the historic Distillery District.

SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival is the City’s first-ever a cappella festival. It’s a weekend full of cabaret, choir, sing-alongs, 80s karaoke, and much more!

On April 23, we celebrated Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. The festivities continue on Saturday, May 31 with Shall I Compare Thee? A Celebration of Shakespeare in Song. This performance will feature settings of Shakespearean text, popular musical works from that time period, and all things inspired by the great William Shakespeare.  Featured artists include: Driftwood Theatre Co. (original a cappella theatre), Betamax (a cappella improv comedy), Toronto Northern Lights (award-winning barbershop chorus), Cantemus Singers (Early Music Choral Ensemble), The SING! Festival Singers, and Cawthra Park Chamber Choir.

For full details and ticket information, please click here.

Dundas West Fest – Saturday, June 8th!

- Inaugural Dundas West Fest - Saturday, June 8, 2013 11am - 10pm Dundas West, between Lansdowne Avenue & Roxton Road

– Inaugural Dundas West Fest –
Saturday, June 8, 2013
11am – 10pm
Dundas West, between Lansdowne Avenue & Roxton Road
To learn more, click here.


It’s all about community!

This Saturday, June 8th marks the inaugural Dundas West Fest – between Lansdowne Avenue & Roxton Road, from 11am to 1pm!  It’s…

…a car-free, participatory, community-inspired celebration of everything local!

There will be…

  • art & art-making
  • bartering
  • buskers
  • comedy
  • dance & dance lessons
  • food
  • kids’ zones
  • literature
  • live music
  • photography
  • shopping

Fun for the whole family – rain or shine!

This event is a collaboration between the Dundas West BIA and Little Portugal BIA, with support from Councillors Bailão (Ward 18) and Layton (Ward 19), and with support from many local organizations and residents.

For more information and a full event schedule, visit the website below!


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Good morning, dear readers!

Seeing as the London Olympics are fast approaching, I thought I would share another important international event that has happened leading up to the games.

Globe to Globe 2012 is an international festival put on by Shakespeare’s Globe, an international resource for the world to explore his work through performance and education.It is located in London, England, close to where the original Globe Theatre once stood!

Globe to Globe features versions of almost all of Shakespeare’s plays in over 30 languages from all over the world! This festival is a great way to bring people together from all parts of the globe, showing that Shakespeare can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of mother tongue!

Here is a short clip of some great behind the scenes footage from the festival! Enjoy!

National Shakespeare Youth Festival Guidelines: Design

How To… Design Sets and Costumes

Participants: 1 – 3 students

What you’ll need to present:

In-Schools Festival: Renderings for costumes for AT LEAST 5 separate characters; AND ground plans and front-perspective drawings showing your ideas for a set design. You can visit the Virtual Shakespeare Lab for examples of each.

National Festival: In addition to the above, students must provide fabric swatches for costumes, a SECOND drawing for each of the 5 characters, and a basic paper-model of the set design. You will also need to contribute to the Festival blog each week, so make sure you keep your entries up to date!

Keep in mind: When developing your ideas, imagine you are designing costumes and set for a real full-scale production with an endless budget! Students should justify how the design relates to the play and why this design has been chosen.

For more tips and info, click below!


National Shakespeare Youth Festival Guidelines: Group and Duologue Scenes

How To… Create Group and Duologue Scenes

Without actors, Shakespeare’s words would never leave the page!

The guidelines are:

  • 2 actors for a Dualogue; 3-10 for a Group Scene
  • Maximum of 7 minutes for a Dualogue; 15 minutes for a Group Scene

Here are some tips for how to choose and act in scenes for our Youth Festival.


National Shakespeare Youth Festival- Gordon A. Brown’s Hamlet

Finally, we bring you the last of our video clips from the 2010 National Shakespeare Youth Festival: Gordon A. Brown’s very cool interpretation of Hamlet. Starring Vasili Manikas, Ryan Marks, Costa Georgiou and Daniel Sousa, this video is another unique and creative version of a Shakespeare play! Thanks to everyone who participated in last year’s Festival; we are proud of your hard work and so excited that you participated.

For more information on this year’s festival, please see our website. Registration is now open for 2011!

By: Kathleen