Director/creator and part-time faculty member Allyson McMackon (MFA Acting 1992), artistic director of Theatre Rusticle, revisits her crucially acclaimed and dynamically imaginative work. The Stronger Variations is an icily whimsical show inspired by August Strindberg's 1888 playette, The Stronger. Following the musical structure of a "theme and variation," the show offers viewpoints on what happens when a husband or wife meets their partner’s mistress or lover one Christmas Eve. Previews November 10 & 11, with evening shows Tues – Saturday Nov 12 – 16 at 7:30 p.m., and matinées Weds. Nov. 13 & Fri. Nov. 15 at 1:00 p.m. Box Office or call 416-736-5888.
Featuring the work of our MFA in Stage Direction in collaboration with Canadian Stage students, Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew drew all-time high record numbers of attendees. “We were doubly thrilled to share the directorial talents of Ker Wells and Ted Witzel" said Matthew Jocelyn, artistic & general director, Canadian Stage. Also, this week brings two new students to the program, Estelle Shook, former artistic director of Caravan Farm Theatre in BC, and Matjash Mrozewski, an internationally acclaimed ballet choreographer. For more on this story, see Canadian Stage's Press Release.
MFA directors Ted Witzel and Ker Wells have been busy at the High Park amphitheatre staging their productions of Shakespeare's classic plays, which are a Canadian Stage production in collaboration with the Department of Theatre in the Faculty of Fine Arts. Macbeth opened July 3, while The Taming of the Shrew opened July 16. Shakespeare in the Park runs to September 1, with shows nightly at 8 pm. This pay-what-you-can event is one of Toronto’s favourite traditions. Read more about Canadian Stage's Shakespeare in High Park. See our Macbeth or Taming of the Shrew a Image Galleries on Flickr.
The play Lizardboy by alumnus Víctor Gómez (MFA Acting 2011) will be featured in a new collection of plays from Playwrights Canada Press, Fronteras Vivientes: Eight Latina/o Canadian Plays, edited by Natalie Alvarez. This is the first anthology to showcase the work of established and emerging Latina/o Canadian playwrights.
Actor, Director, Producer Bryan Demore (BFA 2009) is back in Toronto working on Enda Walsh's Disco Pigs this month. He talks with us out his experiences since leaving York, and about how to hustle in order to make your own opportunities.
Owais Lightwala (BFA Theatre 2012) is Artistic Producer at Why Not Theatre, and has also worked as a technician, lighting designer, graphic designer, and sometimes as a Dora-nominated actor. He's done a lot and achieved a lot in his first year out of the program! He shares his point of view on opportunities for recent grads, and for new students to York, too.
Actor Jillian Niedoba (BFA Acting 2006) looks back to her time at York, and how the culture here set her up for the working world of the professional actor's life.
Fairchild TV aired a clip about The Painted Skin, by the Nanning Cantonese Opera Troupe that played the Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre on Sept. 10 and 11. (Note: the clip is in Mandarin but you can get a good sense of what the show was like, and some audience response in English.)
In these videos, we go behind the scenes with the makers of the Third year Devised Theatre Class' Fall Unmounted shows, which play November 5 at 7:30 p.m. in ACE 207 & 209.