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Tales of the unexplained at Calpurnia rehearsals

Tales of the unexplained at Calpurnia rehearsals

Posted 01.15.18 | By Cate McKim & Carolyn Fe | Comments

Actor Carolyn Fe, who plays Precy in Calpurnia, had some strange and unexplained sightings during rehearsals at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. She kindly agreed to share a couple of hair-raising ghost stories…

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Statement from the Artistic Director: Art is our Weapon

Statement from the Artistic Director: Art is our Weapon

Posted 01.05.18 | By Kelly Thornton | Comments

In the wake of the sexual harassment allegations made against Albert Schultz and Soulpepper Theatre, our entire industry is grappling with the horror these young actors went through to simply do their job, and to do it with the passion and commitment that brought them to their profession in the first place. The toxic cloud that has descended over the theatre, this life-affirming art form, has shattered our innocence (or perhaps our ignorance), but also, and more importantly, fueled our resistance and resilience. While this tragedy sinks in, one in a long line of recent stories on the abuse of power, we can also celebrate the massive sea change our world is experiencing. Women have been silenced by power for far too long and this systemic imbalance has enabled this abuse to go on unchecked.

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Q&A WITH PLAYWRIGHT IN RESIDENCE ANNA CHATTERTON

Q&A WITH PLAYWRIGHT IN RESIDENCE ANNA CHATTERTON

Posted 12.14.17 | By Cate McKim | Comments

Heroine is a verbatim play, starring myself and Iranian artist Shahrzad Arshadi. The play is inspired by the Kurdish Female Fighters—the Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) in Syria.

In May, Shahrzad and I will be travelling to Iraqi Kurdistan in the Qandil Mountains, a training and retreat camp for the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (known as the PKK). We will live with the fighters for two weeks. I will be interviewing the fighters and incorporating that journey and experience into the play.

My play is a dissection of appropriation, privilege and feminism. It is also an examination of female courage, a trait I have never personally identified with. I have always thought of myself as a scaredy-cat and I am drawn to the stories of women like the Kurdish female fighters because of their fearlessness.

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UNHOLY ARRIVAL

UNHOLY ARRIVAL

Posted 12.07.17 | By Diane Flacks | Comments

I’ve had enough of religion. Haven’t you? Between Orthodox rabbis sending women to the back of the bus, to the Vatican and its vaginal-probe-like population army of celibates telling women when and how to have babies, to kidnapped Nigerian girls used as walking explosives, I think we can all admit that religion needs to keep ten feet the fuck away from women’s bodies and souls. We are living in a Handmaid’s-Tale-like dystopian freakshow of a reality, and if we can’t see that women are the sacrificial lambs to all forms of patriarchal thought-control now, then when will we? And yet, many deeply thoughtful women continue to have faith, have religion, have
both. Why?

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Shoe Shine Girl

Shoe Shine Girl

Posted 10.24.17 | By Rose Napoli | Comments

If your morning routine involves wearing a suit and escaping the Toronto weather we all love to complain about by hibernating into the PATH at King and Bay, then chances are I have shined your shoes before. That’s right. I am a Shoe Shine Girl (a valet is also a term some use) but I quite like Shoe Shine Girl. There’s something both classic and defiant about it which really suits me. I should firstly specify that I am not an anomaly. There are other Shoe Shine Girls. In fact, the place I work, is almost entirely made up of Shoe Shine Girls. I feel that this is very important to say. I am not special but I am distinctive. If you’ve passed any of the three shoe shines under the PATH that I frequent, you will know it is me. You will know because you will likely have to step over the cord that is charging my computer, or you will trip over any or all of the 4-10 books that litter the surrounding area of the Shine. I will also, undoubtedly, be eating a Burrito.

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