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ASKING FOR (More Of) IT

ASKING FOR (More Of) IT

Posted 10.12.17 | By Tanisha Taitt | Comments

In August of 2013, psychologist Phil (Dr. Phil) McGraw, for a planned episode of his talk show on the issue of rape and sexual violence amongst youth, tweeted the following question for a survey directed at teen viewers: “If a girl is drunk, is it okay to have sex with her?” The overwhelming public response to the asking of the question was so disturbing to me that it played a role in my decision to re-situate my work as a staunch anti-VAW warrior to a more private and personal vantage point. For years the movement had been the very centerpiece of my life—front and centre. But with every Facebook post and tweet I read blasting Dr. Phil’s question, I grew more disillusioned. I became disheartened at the idea of remaining on the front lines, when it seemed clear that the front lines were a place where my in-the-minority outlook might soon render me unwelcome.

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Not so different

Not so different

Posted 10.04.17 | By Cate McKim | Comments

Nightwood was proud to partner with fu-GEN Theatre for a Reading the 49 presentation of All Our Yesterdays during this year’s Groundswell Festival on Saturday, September 30. Directed by Nightwood AD Kelly Thornton, assisted by Keshia Palm, and starring Rachel Mutombo and Nicole Nwokolo, with stage directions read by Samantha Vu, All Our Yesterdays speaks of the horrifying kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls as it follows two sisters in captivity. Eighteen-year-old Ladi (Mutombo) faces the guilt she feels over being responsible for her younger sister Hasana (Nwokolo), a teen with Asperger’s who appears oblivious to the dangers of their situation.

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Q&A with our 2017 Groundswell: Write from the Hip playwrights

Q&A with our 2017 Groundswell: Write from the Hip playwrights

Posted 08.10.17 | By Cate McKim | Comments

We’re excited to be opening our 38th season with Groundswell: Write from the Hip Reading Series, from September 26 – October 1, 2017, at The Ernest Balmer Studio in The Historic Distillery District.

This year’s Groundswell Festival features readings from Nightwood’s 2016-17 Write from the Hip playwrights. Facilitated by dramaturge and director Andrea Donaldson, this yearlong script development program supports emerging playwrights in completing a full play.

We did a short Q&A with the playwrights about their work; here’s what they had to say:

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7th Cousins - Our chat with cousins

7th Cousins - Our chat with cousins

Posted 07.31.17 | By Cate McKim | Comments

Some folks like researching and creating family trees. Some like to go high-tech with DNA mapping. Erin Brubacher and Christine Brubaker went even further. They retraced the steps of one of their ancestors on a 700km trek over 32 days, using their shared family and Mennonite history as a jumping off point for a broader exploration of relationships and human interaction.

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2016 IWD Message from Artistic Director, Kelly Thornton

2016 IWD Message from Artistic Director, Kelly Thornton

Posted 03.08.16 | By Kelly Thornton | Comments

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #PledgeForParity. It asks us to rally around the idea of making a tangible commitment. It confronts a global challenge through the vast connectivity we accomplish through social media. By clicking a button on a website, as a gesture, you can add your name to the list. So many of us know the drill, signing petitions for social justice, as we want to believe we can change the world one signature at a time.

But is this enough?

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