Dig into plays from some of Toronto’s most exciting feminist playwrights and delve into lively discussion with a group of passionate theatre-lovers at Nightwood’s inaugural Feminist Play Circle. 

Hosted by Artist/Activist-in-Residence, Sedina Fiati, this intimate digital club will include personal insights from the playwrights themselves as they join in the discussion. This year’s Feminist Play Circle will explore three vital and powerful works: Body So Fluorescent, created by Amanda Cordner and David di Giovanni, Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots by Monique Mojica and Smudge by Alex Bulmer. 

Participants are able to register for any of the sessions, and meet-ups will run Tuesdays at 7pm ET:

  • Body So Fluorescent  – April 27, 7pm ET
  • Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots – May 25, 7pm ET
  • Smudge – June 29, 7pm ET

All are invited to attend and the capacity for each group is 15 participants. Please contact Taylor Trowbridge with any questions: taylor@nightwoodtheatre.net

ABOUT THE PLAYS

Body So Fluorescent by Amanda Cordner and David di Giovanni: What happened last night on the dance floor? Two friends retrace their steps from the night before to figure out how it all ended in an explosive fight. In their effort to figure out last night’s facts, both friends shift from self to alter-ego, and along the way, are met with stunning revelations. Body So Fluorescent is an explosive solo show, asking difficult questions about Blackness, otherness, and oppression. Winner of NOW Magazine Best of Fest in Outstanding Play, Production and Performance at SummerWorks 2018.

Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots by Monique Mojica: Rich in satire, Monique Mojica’s critique of the misrepresentation of Indigenous women in American myth, literature, and documentary confronts a longstanding history of sexual violence and condemns colonial traditions that represent Indigenous women as little more than creators and healers. Since it was first published in 1991, Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots has become a classic in Canadian theatre and is still widely studied at universities and colleges around the world.

Smudge by Alex Bulmer: A one act play about a woman’s journey toward blindness. Nominated for Dora Awards for Best New Play and Best New Production, and a Chalmers Award for Best New Play in Canada and named Time Out Magazine’s Critics Choice in the UK, Smudge was written and co-produced by Alex Bulmer. It was published by Playwrights Canada Press in the anthology Lesbian Plays: Coming of Age, and will be re-published by PCP in an upcoming anthology of work by disabled writers, edited by Jessica Watkin. First presented by Nightwood Theatre at Tarragon Extra Space in 2000, the late, great Jon Kaplan wrote that Smudge “shines with theatrical illumination and heartfelt reality.”

Sign up + Accessing Plays

Please note, admission is by donation through Canada Helps upon registration (on a sliding scale from $0 – $100). 

There will be an additional cost for each play:

  • Body So Fluorescent (PDF): $15 +HST accessed through Nightwood
  • Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots (Hard Copy): $34.95 + HST (Free Canadian Shipping) Please purchase your own copy via Canadian Scholars by clicking here. 
  • Smudge (PDF): $15+ HST accessed through Nightwood

Financial Assistance – There will be a limited number of no-cost copies available for each play for those who need it. If you need this, please check the appropriate box on the registration form. A lottery system will be used (if necessary) to distribute the copies.

Please contact Taylor Trowbridge with any questions: taylor@nightwoodtheatre.nets

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