Lela & Co.
Sep
21
to Oct 8

Lela & Co.

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First produced in 2015 at the Royal Court Theatre in London, Lela & Co. is a timely and gut-wrenching play about women’s worth in a capitalist world. Based on a true story, Lela & Co. gives space for a woman to be able to tell her story of being brought into sex trafficking by her husband during a time of war. Starting off as a seemingly innocuous telling by Lela of her childhood, Lela & Co. dives headfirst into this while also exploring “truth” in storytelling, who gets to tell whose story, and the resiliency of the human spirit. 

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Broken Images
Aug
11
to Aug 20

Broken Images

Broken Images is a masterpiece of self-delusion and self-worth, taking a cutting look at the Indian literary establishment, the desire for fame, and the need to win at all costs. When Manjula, a mediocre Indian writer gets international fame for a book she wrote in English, and not her native tongue, she gets flak from her literary community, and is questioned without warning by her ‘Image’ to unearth the scandal behind her sudden rise to
fame.

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Dusk Dances 2017
Aug
7
to Aug 13

Dusk Dances 2017

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Now in its 23rd season, Dusk Dances will return with five original dance works created by some of Canada’s leading choreographers: Gadfly’s Ofilio Sinbadinho, Rhodnie Désir, Sashar Zarif, Company 605’s Dana Gingras, and BoucharDanse’s Sylvie Bouchard. 

Each performance features five 10-minute dance pieces presented in five different locations throughout Withrow Park. The host, Allegra Charleston (Susie Burpee), will lead the audience from piece to piece. Each presentation begins with a YogaDance workshop with master teacher Marla Meenakshi Joy of Downward Dog Yoga Centre, accompanied live by musical act SWAHA.

**All performances are Pay-What-You-Can with a suggested donation of $15.00. For more information on each performance piece and their times, click "More Info"

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Permanence
Jul
19
to Aug 6

Permanence

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Rebecca loves sex – as does Steve. Inside Steve’s intimate, turpentine-scented studio, Rebecca and Steve’s affair blossoms and implodes in a sensual paint-laden battle of the sexes; but at what point does self-expression become self-harm? Sex, art and addiction clash in Permanence, a raw and provocative new play asking us if one can ever truly love if one is lying to oneself.

From Freud’s hysteria to incarcerated unwed mothers in asylums … Across history, women who enjoy sex for sex itself have been chastised, classified as hysteric, in need of intervention and even imprisoned. History has taught us women who love sex are mad, bad and difficult to live with. Permanence examines contemporary gender stereotypes, asking why there are still different rules for men and women. Why does the idea of a woman who loves sex still register as radical? 

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Twelfth Night, or What You Will
Jun
29
to Sep 3

Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Twelfth Night, or What You Will, Shakespeare’s timeless comedy of mistaken identity, role reversal and romantic misadventure, makes a return to the High Park Amphitheatre in a 1970s set production from actor-director Tanja Jacobs (SeedsThe Watershed). A young noblewoman, Viola, is separated at sea from her twin brother Sebastian and tossed upon the shores of Illyria, where the love-sick Duke Orsino pines for Countess Olivia and mischievous servants plot foolish pranks at each other’s expense. With a nod to the films of Billy Wilder and Wes Anderson, Jacobs sets the action in an island hotel, where some of Shakespeare’s most memorable comedic characters play out their hijinks and social fantasies, with painfully hilarious results.

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King Lear
Jun
29
to Sep 3

King Lear

A feverish woman sits enthroned. She could be your grandmother, your mother, your sister, your spouse, yourself. Set in the final days of Queen Elizabeth I -with a contemporary twist- Artistic Director of Toronto’s Ecce Homo Theatre Alistair Newtonre-imagines Shakespeare’s monumental family saga King Lear from a female perspective, with multiple award-winning stage and screen veteran Diane D’Aquilatransforming in to Shakespeare’s infamous monarch. As a method of dividing her kingdom in three-parts, Queen Lear demands that her daughters, Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia compete in declarations of their love for her. Misjudging her children’s loyalty, she soon finds herself in the middle of a civil war, stripped of her family, kingdom and crown. In this troublingly familiar world beset by absolute beliefs and corrupted by power, is redemption possible?

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Vimy
Jun
29
to Aug 5

Vimy

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A group of Canadian soldiers convalesce in a field hospital after facing the horrors of Vimy Ridge in this striking WWI drama from Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Vern Thiessen. As the soldiers battle with their memories of the past, a young nurse from Nova Scotia tends to their wounds both obvious and concealed.

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Confederation Part II: Scandal and Rebellion
Jun
23
to Aug 19

Confederation Part II: Scandal and Rebellion

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Toronto's VideoCabaret spectacularly conjures the era of Confederation in four tragicomic one-act plays, presented in two parts, written and directed by Michael Hollingsworth.

Scandal: Business barons compete to own the hottest technology – the railway lines – and Macdonald is caught trading contracts for donations. Member of Parliament Riel is prevented by fanatics from taking his seat; MP Laurier falls for his best friend’s wife.

Rebellion: Riel joins with Gabriel Dumont and Big Bear whose fight for land claims is met with military action and mass starvation. With Laurier protesting, Macdonald allows the execution of Riel, and the Last Spike is hammered.

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The Inventor of All Things
Jun
21
to Jun 25

The Inventor of All Things

So he's a Jewish Hungarian on the run from the Nazis in London in 1933.

When he has the single scariest idea any human being has ever had.

The Atomic Bomb.

Even worse, the home of Physics then is Berlin.

Which has just become Nazi Berlin.

It is what happens next.

It is a true story.

He was very funny.

And prize-winningly eccentric.

And pretty much no-one has ever heard of him.

A new take on a very big History. The Atomic Bomb. By seeing it through the eyes and life of the very first man to think of it.

Jem Rolls, international touring phenomenon, lends his unique perspective to the life of the Jewish Scientist who invented the bomb, and it's not who you think it is!

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Odysseo
Jun
21
to Jul 23

Odysseo

Odysseo -  the largest touring production on earth – features 65 magnificent horses and 50 riders, acrobats, aerialists and musicians, immersing you in a beautiful multi–sensory journey to some of nature’s greatest wonders!

**Under the White Big Top next to Hershey Centre

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Morro & Jasp In Stupefaction
Jun
14
to Jun 24

Morro & Jasp In Stupefaction

Bewildered by the state of the world, Toronto’s beloved Clown sisters, MORRO and JASP, are in search of meaning as they interpret a series of bizarre encounters with mysterious strangers as signs from the divine. They attempt to craft the rules of a new belief system, but have conflicting ideas of what or who they are worshipping. This turns clown against clown and forces the sisters to ask: What does it all mean?

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Confederation Part I: Confederation and Riel
Jun
9
to Aug 19

Confederation Part I: Confederation and Riel

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Toronto's VideoCabaret spectacularly conjures the era of Confederation in four tragicomic one-act plays, presented in two parts, written and directed by Michael Hollingsworth.

Confederation: John A. Macdonald masterminds the deal-making that leads to the fireworks on July 1, 1867. In a Montreal hotbed of anti-confederationists, Wilfrid Laurier meets Louis Riel.

Riel: Macdonald plans to turn the west into one big Ontario. Riel and Métis leaders collide with surveyors, and religious radicals plot terror; Laurier is spurred to act on his multi-cultural and secular ideals.

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BE A STAR OR GET THE F*#% OUT!
Jun
1
to Jun 3

BE A STAR OR GET THE F*#% OUT!

Panace presents a brand new sketch comedy revue where the bar is high and the stakes are higher. Four ego-driven comedians invest their self-worth in validation and praise from strangers by giving it their all to outshine one another to win the audience’s favour. As with every ensemble, there can only be ONE star of the show. Which one of these budding talents has what it takes to captivate the audience and rise to the top?

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CAESAR
May
17
to May 28

CAESAR

Wolf Manor Theatre Collective remounts its visceral, fierce, fiveactor imagining of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

Artistic Director Dylan Brenton (The Expanse, 12 Monkeys, Dauntless City Theatre, Perchance Theatre) imagines the play set transiently throughout history. As the production digs through the sands of time we uncover humanities demands for leadership and revolution. Five actors fluently build the world of over 30 characters who demonstrate the impact the actions of very few have on the lives of many. As Wolf Manor’s eighth production since 2014, CAESAR excavates this play from it's history and ferociously tackles the Shakespearean epic with contemporary significance.

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STRANGERS, BABIES
May
11
to May 23

STRANGERS, BABIES

May is desperate for a normal life. As you physically follow the action, sometimes finding yourself in an apartment, sometimes "peeping" into a hotel room - you'll meet the men in May's life, and piece together the clues that justify her bid for freedom.

Presented by Theatre Panik 

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DOM JUAN
May
10
to May 28

DOM JUAN

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Théâtre français de Toronto presents Dom Juan; the original version of the Molière classic directed by Joël Beddows.

SYNOPSIS: Rebellious rake. Inveterate skirt-chaser. Dom Juan doesn’t want to be a son. He doesn’t want to be a spouse. He doesn’t want to be a master. He doesn’t want to be a hypocrite. Dom Juan wants to be free to seduce women non-stop — and especially — without limits, without worrying about the consequences. But can one really run through conquest after conquest without ever having to pay the heavy price of judgement?

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THE BOY IN THE MOON
May
9
to May 27

THE BOY IN THE MOON

Based on Globe and Mail journalist Ian Brown's candid and moving memoir of raising his son Walker, The Boy in the Moon captures the journey of a couple raising a child with profound disabilities caused by a rare genetic disorder. The text of the play draws from Brown's book along with original interviews with Ian, Johanna Schneller, and their daughter Hayley.

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I'M DOING THIS FOR YOU
May
3
to May 6

I'M DOING THIS FOR YOU

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A woman travels halfway around the world to give the man she loves the thing she thinks he wants the most. He’s an aspiring stand-up comedian and today is his birthday. The audience is her gift to him and it’s a surprise!

Blending storytelling, live-art and improvisation, Haley McGee delivers a spellbinding performance in I’m Doing This for You. Filled with surprising turns from the hilarious to the humiliating, this award-winning show delves deep into just how far a person will go to not be alone.

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ILLUSIONS
Apr
21
to May 7

ILLUSIONS

Passion and death, loyalty and betrayal, truth and fiction, hope and despair, ILLUSIONS playfully unravels the paradoxical lives of two couples. A story of friendship, and crossed loves, this is the first English translation of the work of one of Russia’s foremost contemporary playwrights. 

By Ivan Viripaev
Directed by Andrew Shaver and Paul Flicker

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HIERONYMUS BOSCH: THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS
Apr
19
to Apr 23

HIERONYMUS BOSCH: THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS

The latest in the line of virtuoso dance works created by Marie Chouinard incorporating the vision of iconic artists – from poet and ink painter Henri Michaux to composers Bach and Stravinsky - Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights was commissioned by the Netherlands to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Dutch painter’s death and premiered in Hertogenbosch (“Den Bosch”), Bosch’s birthplace, in 2016. The work has gone on to captivate audiences in Italy, France, Belgium and Quebec.

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CENTURY SONG
Apr
18
to Apr 29

CENTURY SONG

Nightwood Theatre is thrilled to present Volcano’s breakout success from the 2016 Progress Festival, Century Song.

Created by Bickersteth, and Dora Award-winning collaborators Kate Alton (choreography) and Ross Manson (direction), this gorgeously uniqueshow features music by some of the past 100 years’ most adventurous composers (Sergei Rachmaninoff, Olivier Messaien, John Cage, Georges Aperghis, and Toronto’s own Reza Jacobs), as well as projections by Germany’s fettFilm – astonishing visuals that bring alive major art movements of the 20th century. Both whimsical and riveting, Century Song is a wordless chronicle of the age, built from art.

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BANANA BOYS
Apr
18
to May 4

BANANA BOYS

Five Asian-Canadian men must confront unrealized potential, devastating loss, and time travel . . . all while trying not to punch too many white boys in the face. “Yellow on the outside and white on the inside,” BANANA BOYS delves deeply into Asian-Canadian stereotypes while also dealing with death, rage, addiction, racism and familial expectations.

Factory Artistic Director Nina Lee Aquino will close the current season with her highly inventive reimagining of BANANA BOYS, which she first directed in 2004 for fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre Company.

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PRINCE HAMLET
Apr
17
to Apr 29

PRINCE HAMLET

Why Not Theatre marks their tenth anniversary in 2017 with a groundbreaking English and American Sign Language bilingual production of Prince Hamlet, adapted and directed by Why Not Artistic Director Ravi Jain, presented in association with Soulpepper Theatre Company

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SOUND OF THE BEAST
Apr
13
to May 7

SOUND OF THE BEAST

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In her solo performance Sound of the Beast, two-time Governor General’s Award Nominee Donna-Michelle St. Bernard (aka Belladonna the Blest) speaks truth to power using spoken word, storytelling, and hip-hop.  Inspired by Tunisian emcee Weld-El 15 - who was jailed for his song Boulicia Kleb (The Police Are Dogs) – St. Bernard riffs on oppression, poverty, and systemic injustice. Sound of the Beast highlights St, Bernard’s quick wit and quicker rhymes in a multimedia performance that reflects on questions of identity, the decision to call out authority, and what happens when authority strikes back

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ORPHANS
Apr
9
to Apr 30

ORPHANS

Danny and Helen have an unexpected visitor when Liam shows up, covered in blood, in this chilling exploration of violence and racism in urban society. Liam’s claim he offered assistance to an unconscious stranger bleeding in the street is soon exposed as an alt-fact. ORPHANS shakes up the preconceived notions of morality, loyalty and honesty while trying to keep quiet the violence and evil that lurks inside everyone.

Written by Dennis Kelly | Directed by Leora Morris

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THE CLEAN HOUSE
Apr
7
to Apr 22

THE CLEAN HOUSE

Directed by Ali Joy RichardsonThe Clean House is beloved Tony-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl at her best. After the unusual death of her parents, aspiring comedian Matilde moves from Brazil to Connecticut to clean the house of married doctors. When the husband falls in love with a patient, the household is thrown into a messy (and sometimes magical) whirlwind of hilarity and heartache. A finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Clean House is a fearlessly honest and wildly funny look at class, comedy and the nature of love.

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887
Apr
7
to Apr 16

887

Beginning with his childhood growing up in 1960s Quebec City, Lepage plunges us into the depths of his past, distilling his most intimate of recollections into a multi-layered story that reveals the historical and social reality that shaped his identity. A magical foray into the world of memory by a storyteller at the top of his game.

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LITTLE PRETTY AND THE EXCEPTIONAL
Apr
4
to Apr 26

LITTLE PRETTY AND THE EXCEPTIONAL


Simran is gifted, complex and, haunted. Jasmeet, her younger sister, is the typical hip Toronto teenager. Together with Dilpreet, their delightfully overprotective and traditional father, they are frantically trying to get ready for the opening of their new sari shop on Gerrard Street. To achieve their life-long dreams, the family must come together to find new strength and exorcise the demons of their past. Charming, tragic, and full of life, this is a deeply moving story about the taboo around mental health issues in the South-Asian community, and the power of familial ties in the face of adversity.
 

by Anusree Roy

directed by Brendan Healy

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SPOON RIVER
Mar
31
to Apr 21

SPOON RIVER

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In Soulpepper’s award-winning adaptation of Spoon River, Edgar Lee Masters’ poems of the dead are brought to vibrant life. The residents of a sleepy mid-west graveyard return to share their funny, gritty, and touching memories to curious passersby. It’s a moving piece of original music theatre that is ultimately an uplifting celebration of life.

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