The New Groundswell Festival 2013

A National Festival of Contemporary Women’s Theatre



March 15 to March 24, 2013

Over 10 days, The New Groundswell Festival features 3 plays by women as well as an industry series consisting of a masterclass, readings, provocative audience engagement panels and open forums.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

All Groundswell performances are $15
FemCab 2013 tickets are $15 until March 8th and $25 as of March 9th

How to purchase tickets to The New Groundswell Festival:

By phone: call 416.368.3110
In person: during box office hours at Berkeley Street Theatre.
Berkeley Street Theatre is located at 26 Berkeley Street. The closest intersection is Front and Parliament.

Box Office Regular Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Box Office Hours during Performances:  Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

The Groundswell Festival Performance Schedule (All shows at The Berkeley Street Theatre) :

Who Killed Snow White? by Judith Thompson - Staged Reading - Nightwood Theatre, Toronto, ON

Friday, March 15, 8pm
Saturday, March 16, 8pm
Tuesday, March 19, 8pm

Adam’s Rib (La mémoire du corps) A devised piece by - Odelah Creations, Montreal, QC

Thursday, March 21, 8pm
Friday, March 22, 8 pm
Saturday, March 23, 8pm

God’s Middle Name by Jennifer Overton - Originally produced by In Good Company, Halifax, NS

Sunday, March 17, 8pm
Monday, March 18, 8pm
Sunday, March 24, 8pm

Click on the tabs above for more information about the festival shows, special events and full schedule.

 

Join us for this exciting event!

GOD’S MIDDLE NAME

by Jennifer Overton- Originally produced by In Good Company, Halifax, Nova Scotia

God’s Middle Name is a vivid and honest portrait of one mother’s journey through the uncharted territory of raising an autistic child.

Performers: Jennifer Overton and Christian Murray

God’s Middle Name was showcased for three performances at Eastern Front Theatre’s On the Waterfront Festival. In March 2007, the play won the Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Award for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Production and toured to the prestigious Magnetic North Festival in June 2007 as well as a Nova Scotia tour and national tour in 2007-08.

Jennifer Overton // Playwright, Actor Jennifer Overton is an actor, educator and writer living in Halifax. Her professional acting credits span thirty years with major roles in theatre, television, and film. She holds an M.F.A. in Theatre Performance from York University, and spent ten years on faculty in the Acting Program in the Theatre Department at Dalhousie University. Her initial writings about the challenges and joys of life with her autistic son aired to great acclaim on CBC Radio’s First Person Singular series. The success of these reflections has brought her publication in magazines and journals as well as her first book, Snapshots of Autism: A Family Album (2003, Jessica Kingsley pub.) Her award-winning play about her journey to acceptance of her son’s autism, God’s Middle Name (Scirocco Drama pub), enjoyed a very successful Canadian national tour, and it earned Jennifer the 2007 Robert G. Merritt Award for Outstanding New Play and the award for Outstanding Production for In Good Company Theatre, as well as being twice shortlisted for the prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Masterworks Award. Jennifer’s play about autism aimed at school audiences, Spelling 2-5-5, premiered at Carousel Players in March 2012 and toured to Eastern Front Theatre’s SuperNova Festival. It will receive its American premiere at Children’s Theatre of North Carolina in September. She and husband David Overton’s one-person theatre piece, My Titanic, about her experience working on the blockbuster film, premiered at the SuperNova Festival in Halifax in May 2011. Jennifer was a contributing writer on the CBC Radio drama Backbencher.

Christian Murray // Actor Christian Murray is an actor, writer and director based in Halifax. Christian co-founded Jest in Time Theatre in Halifax, which toured nationally and internationally for 20 years. Jest highlights include: a Japanese tour, shows at the Sydney Opera House (not the one in Cape Breton), a performance for Queen Elizabeth and of course performing throughout Canada in pretty much every town and in every imaginable situation. Other highlights include, GCTC’/MTC’s Feelgood, a New Zealand tour with Lauchie, Liza and Rory for Mulgrave Road Theatre, Neptune Theatre’s production’s of The Producers, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Ernest and Ernestine, Seduced and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  Christian appeared in the Dora nominated production of Russell’s World, produced by MTYP and LKTYP. He did a Maritime tour of Underneath the Lintel directed by Mary Vingoe and a performance at Summerworks in Toronto of Lauchie, Liza and Rory. Christian has won a Gemini award for his writing work on 22 Minutes, two Merritt Awards and was short listed for the CBC Literary Award in 2006 for his short story Frost.  He co-wrote the screenplay for Young Triffie with Mary Walsh and Ray Guy.  He has appeared on TV in Made in Canada, Trailor Park Boys and Lexx, to name a few.





SCROLL DOWN to see all New Groundswell Festival Special Events. Including FemCab 2013, a masterclass, roundtable discussion, two ‘in conversation’s’ and a reading series!

In Conversation with Mary Vingoe

Mary Vingoe is a pillar of the Canadian stage. In her experience as founding Artistic Director of Magnetic North Theatre Festival, founding Artistic Director of The Eastern Front Theatre in Halifax and co-founder and past Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre; it is apparent that today’s theatrical landscape has been much affected by the work of this extraordinary artist.  In her roles as writer and director, she continues to challenge audiences across the country, with her unique voice and unabashedly political work. Please join us as current Artistic Director, Kelly Thornton, sits down for an “In Conversation” with Mary Vingoe. They will discuss how the world of theatre production has changed in the last 30 years; what about Mary’s journey has been the most surprising and why telling stories from a woman’s perspective is still relevant and indeed, necessary today. Come for the conversation and stay for the 8pm performance of Adam’s Rib. Also, make sure to catch the reading of Refuge, a new work by Mary Vingoe at 5pm on March 21st.

Friday, March 22, 7pm, Upstairs Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, FREE EVENT

CBC’s Anna Maria Tremonti In Conversation with Carmen Aguirre

Carmen Aguirre is a Vancouver-based artist who has written and co-written twenty plays, including Chile Con Carne, The Trigger, and The Refugee Hotel.  Her first book, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter has won awards across the country and around the world, including CBC Canada Reads 2012 and is a #1 national bestseller.  Her most recent play, The Trial of Tina Modotti, is currently being read as part of Groundswell’s Reading Series (March 22, 5pm) and mines the life of the iconic revolutionary artist. Like Tina herself, Carmen’s work provokes questions around “the role of art in the face of human suffering.”  Please join us as we sit down “in conversation” with Carmen Aguirre and explore the questions we must ask ourselves.  Is art making a revolutionary act?  Should it be? What do we do from here? Come for Carmen and stay for the 8pm performance of Adam’s Rib!

*presented in partnership with Alameda Theatre Company

Saturday, March 23, 7pm, Upstairs Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, FREE EVENT

Solo Show Masterclass with Carmen Aguirre

Join award winning theatre artist, Carmen Aguirre, as she leads you through a masterclass on developing a one person show from a biological place.  You will learn the tools to make your piece active, not self-indulgent and you will be encouraged to explore things from a physical place.  The goal is to leave with a monologue and a plan toward developing a full narrative.

*presented in partnership with Alameda Theatre Company

Saturday, March 23, 11-5pm, Nightwood Studio, 9 Trinity Street, Studio 315, Distillery District
*registration required. Please visit our Artist/Masterclasses page for registration details or CLICK HERE


Emerging Artist Round Table

Join theatre heavy-weights around the table to discuss the challenges of being an up and coming theatre artist. No need to be polite, or aim to please, let’s talk dirty!

Saturday, March 23, 5pm, Upstairs Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, FREE come one come all!

Readings Series:

The Enchanted Loom by Suvendrini Lena

Thangan is a Sri Lankan Tamil poet living in Toronto. Humbled by intractable epilepsy, he makes a desperate decision to have surgery in order to stave off the dissolution of his family. In his seizures, the image of his three year old son, Kavalan, whom he lost during the civil war appears.  If he stops the seizures through surgery, will he lose his only connection to his child?

Saturday, March 16, 5pm, Nightwood Studio, 9 Trinity Street, Studio 315, Distillery District, PWYC

Four Sisters by Susanna Fournier

After massive war and widespread plague, Sarah, a former brothel owner in the ghetto, tries to raise four little girls left orphaned by the women she once employed.  When a doctor reveals the girls are plague positive she offers to treat them for free with an experimental new drug.  In three acts spanning over fifty years, this play chronicles 6 women attempting to reconcile the echoes of their past, present and future in a violent world calling out for revolution. 

Tuesday, March 19, 5pm, Nightwood Studio, 9 Trinity Street, Studio 315, Distillery District, PWYC

Refuge by Mary Vingoe

Refuge tells the story of a former soldier from Eritrea who has arrived in Canada without papers and seeks refugee status.  Seen through the eyes of the couple that take him in and the lawyer who represents him, the play lays bare some of the shortfalls of the refugee system as it exists in Canada today. Refuge combines two distinct aesthetics: ‘verbatim’ text drawn from a set of interviews done for CBC radio into the fictional world of the characters involved.

Thursday, March 21, 5pm, Nightwood Studio, 9 Trinity Street, Studio 315, Distillery District, PWYC

The Trial of Tina Modotti by Carmen Aguirre

The Trial of Tina Modotti is an examination of the famous 1920s photographer and revolutionary’s life. It explores the tension between giving one’s life to one’s art and giving one’s life to a cause. The role of art in politics and politics in art was a core query in her life. The play asks the question: what is the purpose of art in the face of human suffering?

*presented in partnership with Alameda Theatre Company

Friday, March 22, 5pm, Nightwood Studio, 9 Trinity Street, Studio 315, Distillery District, PWYC

Write From The Hip Readings

Write from the Hip, our emerging playwrights program, presents two provocative new works for the stage. Groundswell will mark the first public workshop readings of Leah-Simone Bowen’s The Flood and Clara Pasieka’s Bejide.

Sunday, March 24, 5pm, Nightwood Studio, 9 Trinity Street, Studio 315, Distillery District, PWYC











Friday, March 15

    8:00 PM       Who Killed Snow White?
    Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 26 Berkeley Street

Saturday, March 16

    5:00 PM       Reading Series: The Enchanted Loom by Suvendrini Lena
    Venue: Nightwood Studio, 9 Trinity Street, Studio 315, Distillery District
    8:00 PM       Who Killed Snow White?
    Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 26 Berkeley Street

Sunday, March 17

    8:00 PM       God’s Middle Name
    Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 26 Berkeley Street

Monday, March 18

    8:00 PM       God’s Middle Name
    Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 26 Berkeley Street

Tuesday, March 19

    5:00 PM       Reading Series: Four Sisters by Susanna Fournier
    Venue: Nightwood Studio, 9 Trinity Street, Studio 315, Distillery District
    8:00 PM       Who Killed Snow White?
    Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 26 Berkeley Street

Wednesday, March 20

    8:00 PM       FemCab 2013: Nightwood’s annual International Women’s Day Celebration
    Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 26 Berkeley Street

Thursday, March 21

    5:00 PM       Reading Series: Refuge
    Venue: Nightwood Studio, 9 Trinity Street, Studio 315, Distillery District
    8:00 PM     Adam’s Rib (La mémoire du corps)
    Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 26 Berkeley Street

Friday, March 22

    5:00 PM       Reading Series: The Trial of Tina Modotti  
    Venue: Nightwood Studio, 9 Trinity Street, Studio 315, Distillery District
    7:00 PM       In Conversation with Mary Vingoe
    Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 26 Berkeley Street
    8:00 PM       Adam’s Rib (La mémoire du corps)
    Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 26 Berkeley Street

Saturday, March 23

    11-5:00 PM   Masterclass with Carmen Aguirre
    *by registration only. Check our Masterclass page for details
    5:00 PM       Emerging Artist Roundtable
    Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 26 Berkeley Street
    7:00 PM       Anna Maria Tremonti in Conversation with Carmen Aguirre
    Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 26 Berkeley Street
    8:00 PM       Adam’s Rib (La mémoire du corps)
    Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 26 Berkeley Street

Sunday, March 24

    5:00 PM       Reading Series: Write from the Hip
    Venue: Nightwood Studio, 9 Trinity Street, Studio 315, Distillery District
    8:00 PM       God’s Middle Name
    Venue: Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 26 Berkeley Street
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