Groundswell Festival 2017

Write from the Hip Reading Series, from September 26 - October 01, 2017

Season Launch Party
Monday, September 25, 6 - 8 pm

Come celebrate our season launch with an exciting gathering of artists and theatre­‐lovers. Enjoy social revelry and hear from Nightwood Theatre AD Kelly Thornton and the artists of the 2017‐18 main stage season. Meet the Write from the Hip playwrights and the participants of our new Young Innovators Program, and raise a glass to powerful theatre by women.

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.

Write From The Hip Workshop Readings

Tuesday, September 26 - 7pm: TEN DAYS by Michelle Langille
During the ten days it takes Henri of France to die from a lance wound, power shifts among the three women closest to the throne: his neglected wife Catherine de Medici, his mistress of twenty years Diane de Poitiers, and seventeen-year-old Mary Stuart who will become Queen.
Cast: Carmen Grant, Cynthia Hicks and Jane Moffatt

Wednesday, September 27 - 7pm: SMOKE by Elena Belyea
Years after her assault, Aidan’s rapist appears seeking reconciliation. The smoke is thick and the town is burning. What will it take to put it out?
Cast: Jesse Lavercombe and Diana Luong

Thursday, September 28 - 7pm: WILD OXEN by Lisa Ryder
The story of an avant-garde performance artist whose grandmother’s death forces an apocalyptic confrontation with her Mennonite upbringing, and shunning from the faith.
Cast: Augusto Bitter, Diane D’Aqulia, Monica Dottor, Elvira Kurt, Tony Nappo and Liisa Repo-Martell

Friday, September 29 - 7pm: THE SWORD-BEARERS by Deanna Kruger
An exploration of the interior lives of two neighbours: a young entomologist with postpartum depression and an older woman awaiting her son’s trial for a violent crime.
Cast: Dalal Badr, Rachel Cairns, Janet-Laine Green and Fiona Highet

Saturday, September 30 - 4pm: LEOPARDS AND PEACOCKS by Gitanjali Lena
Leopards and Peacocks surrounds the experiences of a Sri Lankan Tamil queer femme hustler, an anxious mother, an ambitious girlfriend and a gender non-conforming teenager, as they struggle to discern the difference between coping and healing. A time-travelling narrator and a chorus of magical Aunties help them navigate social services and social expectations in this dark comedy.
Cast: Shelly Anthony, Augusto Bitter, Angel Glady, Faith-Ann R. Mendes, Meghan Swaby and Richard Young

Saturday, September 30 - 7pm: Reading the 49 - All Our Yesterdays by Chloé Hung, directed by Kelly Thornton.
In partnership with fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company, which announced a list of 49 plays by women of colour at their Walk the Walk Festival, and has been gathering once a month to read each of them, in partnership with different companies across the city. This will be the 8th reading for Reading the 49.

Dealing with the horrifying kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls, All Our Yesterdays follows the intimate relationship between two sisters in captivity, eighteen-year-old Ladi and her younger sister Hasana, a teen with Asperger’s. While Hasana appears oblivious to the dangers of the situation, Ladi must face the guilt she feels of being responsible for her sister. The play’s many accolades include Patron’s Pick Award – Toronto Fringe Festival, Best New Play – My Theatre Award from My Entertainment World and Outstanding New Play, in NOW Magazine’s Fringe Roundup.
Cast: Rachel Mutombo and Nicole Nwokolo

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Sunday, October 01 - 4pm: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF ANA PETROVNA by Hannah Rittner
It’s 1899 at The Moscow Theatre and Sarah Bernhardt is starring as Hamlet. In the middle of the night she meets Ana Petrovna, a young woman from the outskirts of Moscow. The shadow of Sarah’s Hamlet, a trail of letters, and an unused pistol stand between them and the truth.
Cast: Leah Doz and Lisa Ryder

Find out more about our playwrights here.

Tickets to readings are Pay-­What-­You-­Can and are available at the door.
Bar sales are cash only.

All events take place in the Ernest Balmer Studio (The Historic Distillery District, 9 Trinity St., third floor, Studio #315).

For more information, please contact our Marketing & Outreach Coordinator Cate McKim at 416-­944-1740 x4 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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