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

A National Festival of Contemporary Women’s Theatre



March 15 to March 24, 2013

WHO KILLED SNOW WHITE?

by Judith Thompson- Nightwood Theatre, Toronto, ON

Three generations of women collide when faced with their own ideas of good, evil and happily ever after. Judith Thompson tackles feminism and gender issues head on in this gritty staged reading of her new play.

Playwright: Judith Thompson
Director: Kelly Thornton
Dramaturg: Erica Kopyto
Stage Manager: Marcie Januska
Performers: Carolyn Hetherington, Cynthia Ashperger, Kate Maguire, Matthew Gouveia


Judith Thompson // Playwright One of Canada’s most highly regarded playwrights. A graduate of Queen’s University with a B.A. in English (1976), and of the National Theatre School of Canada ‘s acting section (1979), she worked only briefly as an actor before beginning to write. Her plays are performed across the country in both official languages. Her first work, The Crackwalker (Theatre Passe Muraille 1980) grew out of her experience as a social worker with adult protective services, from monologues she wrote to express the character of a mentally challenged woman. It evokes the lives of dysfunctional and angry individuals in Kingston’s lower depths, struggling to find a sense of security. She has twice won the Governor General’s Award for White Biting Dog (1984) and the anthology The Other Side of the Dark (1989); and the Chalmers Award for I am Yours (1987) and Lion in the Streets (1991). Sled (1997), Perfect Pie (2000), and Capture Me (2004) all premiered at the Tarragon Theatre (all directed by Judith Thompson). Habitat played at Canadian Stage September, 2001. Enoch Arden “by Alfred Lord Jabber and his catatonic songstress” premiered at the Toronto Theatre Centre in 2005. In 2008 the Canadian Stage Company premiered Palace of the End (dir. David Storch) on its Berkeley Street stage. Such Creatures (dir. Brian Quirt) premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille in 2010, thirty years after her first play in Passe Muraille’s second space, The Crackwalker. Judith Thompson has written many radio plays, including Tornado (1987), which won the ACTRA award for Best Radio Drama, and White Sand (1991). She has also adapted and directed Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler for the Shaw Festival (1991). In 2007 she was awarded the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. The $50,000 prize, administered and presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by Canadian artists who have spent the major part of their career in Canada in theatre, dance or music. In 2008 she was awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Palace of the End. This American award celebrates outstanding plays in English by women.

Kelly Thornton // Director Kelly has been the Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre since 2001. Directing Credits for Nightwood include The Penelopiad, Between the Sheets (The New Groundswell Festival), The Happy Woman, The List, That Face, Wild Dogs (all in association with Canadian Stage), The Danish Play (Toronto 2002 & 2007, Aveny-Teatret, Copenhagen, Magnetic North Theatre Festival & National Arts Centre), Bear With Me (Toronto, Grand Theatre & Magnetic North Theatre Festival), Mathilde, China Doll and Finding Regina (Globe Theatre/Theatre Passe Muraille). Other selected credits include The Comedy of Errors (Canadian Stage’s Dream in High Park); This Hotel (Theatre Passe Muraille/Planet 88 - Dora Nomination for Outstanding Direction); So Many Doors (Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Sour Brides/Yukon Arts Centre); Peep Show (Buddies in Bad Times); The Dumb Waiter (SummerWorks/Sometimes Y). Kelly has received the Pauline McGibbon Award for her outstanding work as a Director and was recognized for her commitment to training and mentorship of young women in the performing arts by being named a YWCA Woman of Distinction (Arts & Letters). In 2010 she was named the Associate Director of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Directing Program.




Carolyn Hetherington // Actor Carolyn has been acting for over 60 years and has worked in theatres from Newfoundland to Vancouver. In 2007 she toured across Canada and to Australia and Scotland with the acclaimed Necessary Angel production of Half Life after its runs at Tarragon Theatre and Canadian Stage.  Other theatre includes: Uncle Vanya (Soulpepper); The Beauty Queen of Lenanne (Centaur and Citadel Theatres); Body and Soul (Vancouver Cultural Olympiad); Wit (GCTC and Centaur Theatre); After the Orchard, Written on Water, You Can’t Take it With You (NAC).  Stratford Festival, Theatre Passe Muraille, 25th St. Theatre. Film and Television include: Sarah Polley’s Away From Her, Road to Avonlea and Blue Murder.  She has written a one-person play, Women Who Shout at the Stars, dramaturged by Judith Thompson and directed by Kathryn MacKay which had a self-produced run at The Thousand Playhouse in October 2012.





Cynthia Ashperger // Actor Cynthia Ashperger was born in Zagreb, Croatia. She has extensive experience in theatre, film and television industry as an actor, director and teacher. She holds a PhD from University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for Studies in Drama. She has taught Acting and Psycho-physical Technique at Ryerson Theatre School since 1994 where she is also the Director of Acting Program since 2004. At Ryerson she has directed some twenty student productions. She has three decades of experience as an actor. She has performed in a wide range of roles in theatre Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lady Ann in Richard III, Mrs. Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, Eve Harrington in Applause, Greta in Bent, Ophelia in Hamlet, Irina in The Three Sisters to name a few. She also worked with many independent Toronto companies such as Volcano Theatre, The April Productions, Snap Productions, World Miracle Theatre Company, The Sarajevo Collective, Native Earth Theatre, and Video-Cabaret. Recent credits: A Summer’s Day by Jon Fosse, The Berlin Blues by Drew Hayden-Taylor, Elektra in Bosnia by Judith Thompson and Ajax by Timberlake Wertenbaker (Women in War Project) and Feral Child by Jordan Tannahill. Upcoming: Foreign Accent Syndrome by Lola Xenos and Women in War Project.


Kate Maguire // Actor Kate Maguire is a recent graduate from the University of Guelph Theatre Studies program. She is thrilled to be involved in Nightwood’s production of Who Killed Snow White? for The New Groundswell Festival. Kate’s recent work includes a one-woman show, [republic] of rhetoric, she performed and co-created for the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2012. Previous works include Sarah in Love and Anger, various characters in Judith Thompson’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet (University of Guelph) and numerous one act performances.











Matthew Gouveia // Actor Matthew is a proud Humber College Theatre alumni. During his training, he was deeply inspired by ensemble-based work, through both original creation and classical text. He was also the recipient of the Humber Theatre Award, the Dean’s Award and the Board of Governors Award. Shortly after graduating in 2010, Matthew had the pleasure of unleashing his inner clown, playing the roles of Biondello and the Tailor in Humber River Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. He then performed in his first two-hander in an original play called, Beast, at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival. In the summer of 2012, Matthew teamed up with Shakespeare Link Canada and headed to Africa, to raise the awareness of HIV/AIDS and gender equality through the storytelling of The Winter’s Tale and Mozambican song and dance. Matthew is honoured to be a part of Judith Thompson’s latest play, Who Killed Snow White?, as part of Nightwood Theatre’s The New Groundswell Festival.

























ADAM’S RIB (La mémoire du corps)

A piece devised by Odelah Creations, Montreal, QC

Adam’s Rib (La mémoire du corps) delves into the life, body and psyche of a modern day Eve as she tries to understand herself in a world that wants to define her. A live painting ridden with evocative images mixes drama, dance and live projections.

Director: Arianna Bardesono
Assistant Director: Christine Khalifah
Stage Manager: Isabel Faia
Performers: Francesca Barcenas, Aurelie Pedron
Video Artist: Aurelie Pedron
Set Designer: Diana Uribe
Costumes: Francesca Novati
Sound: Diane Labrosse
Lights: Audrey-Anne Bouchard
Text: Francesca Barcenas
Dramaturg: Carolyn Guillet


Odelah Créations’ Vision

Odelah Créations is committed to developing and producing contemporary theatre that ignites the audience’s imagination and inspires true reflection through their original and raw interpretation of the human experience. Odelah believes in the cathartic power of theatre and is devoted to producing daring creation based theatre that insists on a developed physicality and a heightened esthetic. Their artistic approach, rooted in improvisation and collaboration, is founded in the belief that exciting theatre is born in a risk-taking environment where artists challenge one another. Phonetically derived from the French adverb “au-delà”, meaning beyond, Odelah Creations’ name embodies its dedication to pushing the artistic limits of theatre. The company promotes an artistic and cultural exchange between artists from varying disciplines to nurture unique theatrical expressions. For each theatrical exploration, Odelah redefines its research process, its method of creation and the theatrical form it will use to best serve the story of any given piece. Odelah Creations is based in Montreal, Canada and creates and produces work in both French and English.

Bios of the Artists and Company - Odelah Créations
Arianna Bardesono - Director
A native of Italy, Arianna is a graduate of the directing program at the National Theatre School of Canada. She has been directing in Montréal (Théâtre de Quat’Sous; Repercussion Theatre; Infinitheatre; Teesri Duniya), Toronto (Theatre Passe Muraille), Mexico (Cuatro Milpas Teatro) and Italy, where she founded the Art Ensemble Grol de le Strie. As a performer, Arianna has trained in Milan, London and Paris, under the inspiring guidance of such teachers as Ariane Mnouchkine and Philippe Gaulier. As a puppeteer she has toured internationally with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. She is the founder of the Montréal-based Theatre Company Odelah Créations.

Christine Khalifah - Actor
Christine graduated from the Acting program of the National Theatre School of Canada and works in both French and English. Some of her recent theatre credits include: 9 Parts of Desire, by Heather Raffo (Seventh Stage Theatre); Ties, an original creation by Odelah Créations (Centaur Theatre 2010 Wildside Festival); Rahul Varma’s Truth and Treason (Teesri Duniya); 2.5 Breaths, a collective creation On a Wire (2008 Toronto SummerWorks Festival); David Gow’s Relative Good (Centaur Theatre) and Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman’s Cindy… A Perfect Circle (The National Theatre School of Canada).  In 2009, she co-founded Odelah Creations with director Arianna Bardesono. Film/TV credits include: Denis Villeneuve’s film Incendies and television show Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin. Christine also holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Communication Studies from Concordia University.

Diana Uribé - Set Designer
Diana Uribé was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1975. During her childhood and teen years she took classes with different art masters who helped her to develop skills in writing, drawing, charcoal, photography, oil and acrylic. She graduated in 1999 as an interior designer from Taller 5 Design Center in Bogota. She worked as a teacher in the art department of the cultural house of Chia. She moved to the United States in 2000 where she kept working on her art, and together with 3 Colombian fellow artists, created the Interrorism: an art movement to denounce and act against the violence and injustice of her home country. They had exhibitions in the Colombian Consulate, the House El Solar and at the East Little Havana Community Development Center. Diana moved to Canada six years ago to attend the National Theatre School of Canada where she graduated in 2011.

Francesca Novati - Costume Designer
Since 2006, Francesca has worked in the Italian theatrical world in different professional capacities, from director’s assistant to costume designer for dance, theatre, circus and mystery play. Last year she relocated to Montreal to explore professional horizons, and to experiment with new ways of working and thinking about costume art. Her long-term interest in women’s movements, causes, and identities, and how women express their voice, their commitments and their concerns in international contexts. She cofounded Cisda (Italian division of the Afghan Women’s Solidarity Group) and developed international cooperation projects in Afghanistan over a ten-year period. Since January 2013 she has managed “bàste” a new italian fashion and costume design company. She took part in “Memoire du corps” project thanks to the award Movin’up with the support of Ministero italiano per i beni e le attività culturali and G.A.I.

Aurélie Pedron - Video Artist
Born in France, Aurélie Pedron came to Canada in 1999 to study Contemporary Dance at UQAM. Her video works concentrate on the deformation of movement, which, once captured, is blended to other parts, using editing tools to create a new “choreography”. Her works have been shown in different venues across North America.


  • Pictures from the creation process of Adam’s Rib:





  • 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!

    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

    WHO KILLED SNOW WHITE?

    by Judith Thompson- Nightwood Theatre, Toronto, ON

    Three generations of women collide when faced with their own ideas of good, evil and happily ever after. Judith Thompson tackles feminism and gender issues head on in this gritty staged reading of her new play.

    Playwright: Judith Thompson
    Director: Kelly Thornton
    Dramaturg: Erica Kopyto
    Stage Manager: Marcie Januska
    Performers: Carolyn Hetherington, Cynthia Ashperger, Kate Maguire, Matthew Gouveia


    Judith Thompson // Playwright One of Canada’s most highly regarded playwrights. A graduate of Queen’s University with a B.A. in English (1976), and of the National Theatre School of Canada ‘s acting section (1979), she worked only briefly as an actor before beginning to write. Her plays are performed across the country in both official languages. Her first work, The Crackwalker (Theatre Passe Muraille 1980) grew out of her experience as a social worker with adult protective services, from monologues she wrote to express the character of a mentally challenged woman. It evokes the lives of dysfunctional and angry individuals in Kingston’s lower depths, struggling to find a sense of security. She has twice won the Governor General’s Award for White Biting Dog (1984) and the anthology The Other Side of the Dark (1989); and the Chalmers Award for I am Yours (1987) and Lion in the Streets (1991). Sled (1997), Perfect Pie (2000), and Capture Me (2004) all premiered at the Tarragon Theatre (all directed by Judith Thompson). Habitat played at Canadian Stage September, 2001. Enoch Arden “by Alfred Lord Jabber and his catatonic songstress” premiered at the Toronto Theatre Centre in 2005. In 2008 the Canadian Stage Company premiered Palace of the End (dir. David Storch) on its Berkeley Street stage. Such Creatures (dir. Brian Quirt) premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille in 2010, thirty years after her first play in Passe Muraille’s second space, The Crackwalker. Judith Thompson has written many radio plays, including Tornado (1987), which won the ACTRA award for Best Radio Drama, and White Sand (1991). She has also adapted and directed Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler for the Shaw Festival (1991). In 2007 she was awarded the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. The $50,000 prize, administered and presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by Canadian artists who have spent the major part of their career in Canada in theatre, dance or music. In 2008 she was awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Palace of the End. This American award celebrates outstanding plays in English by women.

    Kelly Thornton // Director Kelly has been the Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre since 2001. Directing Credits for Nightwood include The Penelopiad, Between the Sheets (The New Groundswell Festival), The Happy Woman, The List, That Face, Wild Dogs (all in association with Canadian Stage), The Danish Play (Toronto 2002 & 2007, Aveny-Teatret, Copenhagen, Magnetic North Theatre Festival & National Arts Centre), Bear With Me (Toronto, Grand Theatre & Magnetic North Theatre Festival), Mathilde, China Doll and Finding Regina (Globe Theatre/Theatre Passe Muraille). Other selected credits include The Comedy of Errors (Canadian Stage’s Dream in High Park); This Hotel (Theatre Passe Muraille/Planet 88 - Dora Nomination for Outstanding Direction); So Many Doors (Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Sour Brides/Yukon Arts Centre); Peep Show (Buddies in Bad Times); The Dumb Waiter (SummerWorks/Sometimes Y). Kelly has received the Pauline McGibbon Award for her outstanding work as a Director and was recognized for her commitment to training and mentorship of young women in the performing arts by being named a YWCA Woman of Distinction (Arts & Letters). In 2010 she was named the Associate Director of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Directing Program.




    Carolyn Hetherington // Actor Carolyn has been acting for over 60 years and has worked in theatres from Newfoundland to Vancouver. In 2007 she toured across Canada and to Australia and Scotland with the acclaimed Necessary Angel production of Half Life after its runs at Tarragon Theatre and Canadian Stage.  Other theatre includes: Uncle Vanya (Soulpepper); The Beauty Queen of Lenanne (Centaur and Citadel Theatres); Body and Soul (Vancouver Cultural Olympiad); Wit (GCTC and Centaur Theatre); After the Orchard, Written on Water, You Can’t Take it With You (NAC).  Stratford Festival, Theatre Passe Muraille, 25th St. Theatre. Film and Television include: Sarah Polley’s Away From Her, Road to Avonlea and Blue Murder.  She has written a one-person play, Women Who Shout at the Stars, dramaturged by Judith Thompson and directed by Kathryn MacKay which had a self-produced run at The Thousand Playhouse in October 2012.





    Cynthia Ashperger // Actor Cynthia Ashperger was born in Zagreb, Croatia. She has extensive experience in theatre, film and television industry as an actor, director and teacher. She holds a PhD from University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for Studies in Drama. She has taught Acting and Psycho-physical Technique at Ryerson Theatre School since 1994 where she is also the Director of Acting Program since 2004. At Ryerson she has directed some twenty student productions. She has three decades of experience as an actor. She has performed in a wide range of roles in theatre Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lady Ann in Richard III, Mrs. Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, Eve Harrington in Applause, Greta in Bent, Ophelia in Hamlet, Irina in The Three Sisters to name a few. She also worked with many independent Toronto companies such as Volcano Theatre, The April Productions, Snap Productions, World Miracle Theatre Company, The Sarajevo Collective, Native Earth Theatre, and Video-Cabaret. Recent credits: A Summer’s Day by Jon Fosse, The Berlin Blues by Drew Hayden-Taylor, Elektra in Bosnia by Judith Thompson and Ajax by Timberlake Wertenbaker (Women in War Project) and Feral Child by Jordan Tannahill. Upcoming: Foreign Accent Syndrome by Lola Xenos and Women in War Project.


    Kate Maguire // Actor Kate Maguire is a recent graduate from the University of Guelph Theatre Studies program. She is thrilled to be involved in Nightwood’s production of Who Killed Snow White? for The New Groundswell Festival. Kate’s recent work includes a one-woman show, [republic] of rhetoric, she performed and co-created for the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2012. Previous works include Sarah in Love and Anger, various characters in Judith Thompson’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet (University of Guelph) and numerous one act performances.











    Matthew Gouveia // Actor Matthew is a proud Humber College Theatre alumni. During his training, he was deeply inspired by ensemble-based work, through both original creation and classical text. He was also the recipient of the Humber Theatre Award, the Dean’s Award and the Board of Governors Award. Shortly after graduating in 2010, Matthew had the pleasure of unleashing his inner clown, playing the roles of Biondello and the Tailor in Humber River Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. He then performed in his first two-hander in an original play called, Beast, at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival. In the summer of 2012, Matthew teamed up with Shakespeare Link Canada and headed to Africa, to raise the awareness of HIV/AIDS and gender equality through the storytelling of The Winter’s Tale and Mozambican song and dance. Matthew is honoured to be a part of Judith Thompson’s latest play, Who Killed Snow White?, as part of Nightwood Theatre’s The New Groundswell Festival.

























     

    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

    ADAM’S RIB (La mémoire du corps)

    A piece devised by Odelah Creations, Montreal, QC

    Adam’s Rib (La mémoire du corps) delves into the life, body and psyche of a modern day Eve as she tries to understand herself in a world that wants to define her. A live painting ridden with evocative images mixes drama, dance and live projections.

    Director: Arianna Bardesono
    Assistant Director: Christine Khalifah
    Stage Manager: Isabel Faia
    Performers: Francesca Barcenas, Aurelie Pedron
    Video Artist: Aurelie Pedron
    Set Designer: Diana Uribe
    Costumes: Francesca Novati
    Sound: Diane Labrosse
    Lights: Audrey-Anne Bouchard
    Text: Francesca Barcenas
    Dramaturg: Carolyn Guillet


    Odelah Créations’ Vision

    Odelah Créations is committed to developing and producing contemporary theatre that ignites the audience’s imagination and inspires true reflection through their original and raw interpretation of the human experience. Odelah believes in the cathartic power of theatre and is devoted to producing daring creation based theatre that insists on a developed physicality and a heightened esthetic. Their artistic approach, rooted in improvisation and collaboration, is founded in the belief that exciting theatre is born in a risk-taking environment where artists challenge one another. Phonetically derived from the French adverb “au-delà”, meaning beyond, Odelah Creations’ name embodies its dedication to pushing the artistic limits of theatre. The company promotes an artistic and cultural exchange between artists from varying disciplines to nurture unique theatrical expressions. For each theatrical exploration, Odelah redefines its research process, its method of creation and the theatrical form it will use to best serve the story of any given piece. Odelah Creations is based in Montreal, Canada and creates and produces work in both French and English.

    Bios of the Artists and Company - Odelah Créations
    Arianna Bardesono - Director
    A native of Italy, Arianna is a graduate of the directing program at the National Theatre School of Canada. She has been directing in Montréal (Théâtre de Quat’Sous; Repercussion Theatre; Infinitheatre; Teesri Duniya), Toronto (Theatre Passe Muraille), Mexico (Cuatro Milpas Teatro) and Italy, where she founded the Art Ensemble Grol de le Strie. As a performer, Arianna has trained in Milan, London and Paris, under the inspiring guidance of such teachers as Ariane Mnouchkine and Philippe Gaulier. As a puppeteer she has toured internationally with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. She is the founder of the Montréal-based Theatre Company Odelah Créations.

    Christine Khalifah - Actor
    Christine graduated from the Acting program of the National Theatre School of Canada and works in both French and English. Some of her recent theatre credits include: 9 Parts of Desire, by Heather Raffo (Seventh Stage Theatre); Ties, an original creation by Odelah Créations (Centaur Theatre 2010 Wildside Festival); Rahul Varma’s Truth and Treason (Teesri Duniya); 2.5 Breaths, a collective creation On a Wire (2008 Toronto SummerWorks Festival); David Gow’s Relative Good (Centaur Theatre) and Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman’s Cindy… A Perfect Circle (The National Theatre School of Canada).  In 2009, she co-founded Odelah Creations with director Arianna Bardesono. Film/TV credits include: Denis Villeneuve’s film Incendies and television show Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin. Christine also holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Communication Studies from Concordia University.

    Diana Uribé - Set Designer
    Diana Uribé was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1975. During her childhood and teen years she took classes with different art masters who helped her to develop skills in writing, drawing, charcoal, photography, oil and acrylic. She graduated in 1999 as an interior designer from Taller 5 Design Center in Bogota. She worked as a teacher in the art department of the cultural house of Chia. She moved to the United States in 2000 where she kept working on her art, and together with 3 Colombian fellow artists, created the Interrorism: an art movement to denounce and act against the violence and injustice of her home country. They had exhibitions in the Colombian Consulate, the House El Solar and at the East Little Havana Community Development Center. Diana moved to Canada six years ago to attend the National Theatre School of Canada where she graduated in 2011.

    Francesca Novati - Costume Designer
    Since 2006, Francesca has worked in the Italian theatrical world in different professional capacities, from director’s assistant to costume designer for dance, theatre, circus and mystery play. Last year she relocated to Montreal to explore professional horizons, and to experiment with new ways of working and thinking about costume art. Her long-term interest in women’s movements, causes, and identities, and how women express their voice, their commitments and their concerns in international contexts. She cofounded Cisda (Italian division of the Afghan Women’s Solidarity Group) and developed international cooperation projects in Afghanistan over a ten-year period. Since January 2013 she has managed “bàste” a new italian fashion and costume design company. She took part in “Memoire du corps” project thanks to the award Movin’up with the support of Ministero italiano per i beni e le attività culturali and G.A.I.

    Aurélie Pedron - Video Artist
    Born in France, Aurélie Pedron came to Canada in 1999 to study Contemporary Dance at UQAM. Her video works concentrate on the deformation of movement, which, once captured, is blended to other parts, using editing tools to create a new “choreography”. Her works have been shown in different venues across North America.


  • Pictures from the creation process of Adam’s Rib:





  • 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

    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.





    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

    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

























































     

     

    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

    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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