2017/18 Season


A play series and symposium navigating the minefield of modern sexuality.

By Ellie Moon
Directed by Brendan Healy
an In Association production
in association with Crow’s Theatre,
Nightwood Theatre and Necessary Angel Theatre Company
Onstage at Crow’s Theatre
October 6 – 21, 2017

“A bracing pleasure… A sly, intelligent piece of documentary theatre.” Simon Houpt, Globe and Mail

A daring documentary play that explores gender roles and sexual consent in the wake of the Ghomeshi scandal.  Asking for It offers a candid, often funny, and sometimes uncomfortable look at shame, power, ambiguity, and misunderstanding in communication about sex.

LO (or Dear Mr. Wells)
By Rose Napoli
A Nightwood Theatre production
in association with Crow’s Theatre
Onstage at Crow’s Theatre
October 25 – November 11, 2017

“Napoli already has the gifts of sharp, believable dialogue, captivating imagery and deeper thematic resonances that many writers far more experienced lack.” –Toronto Star

A feminist retake on a student / teacher relationship, wrestling with burgeoning sexuality and consent, literature and passion, right and wrong. Developed through Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip playwright’s unit.

Written by Diane Flacks
Directed by Kelly Thornton
Produced by Nightwood Theatre
Onstage at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
November 23 – December 10, 2017

“Diane Flacks has written exactly the right play to see right now.” - Stage-Door.com

NNNN - NOW Magazine

“Should women abandon religion?” Four female panelists face-off in a wild, whip-smart public debate about religion and misogyny. With opinions flying from a progressive Muslim lawyer, an Orthodox Jewish spiritual leader, an excommunicated nun and a lesbian atheist pundit, Unholy delivers a hilarious, no-holds-barred look at contemporary women in organized religion.

Written and Directed by Audrey Dwyer
A Nightwood Theatre and Sulong Theatre Co-Production
Onstage at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
January 14 – February 4, 2018

“Audrey Dwyer’s direction pulls no punches.”  - Torontoist

A hilarious and provocative look at class, race and family dynamics under the roof of a wealthy Jamaican-Canadian home. As Julie, a screenwriter, seeks to redress To Kill a Mockingbird through the perspective of Calpurnia - the Finch family maid - her tactics meet with explosive results at an important family dinner party. A brave, insightful, and outrageous new play.

Written by Norah Sadava & Amy Nostbakken
Directed and Composed by Amy Nostbakken
A Nightwood Theatre presentation of a Quote Unquote Collective production
At Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
April 11 – 22, 2018

“Productions as good as this are why we go to the theatre.” – The Slotkin Letter

“Mouthpiece is a gift to lovers of boundary-breaking theatre.” Five Stars – Stage Door

Mouthpiece follows one woman, for one day, as she tries to find her voice. Interweaving a cappella harmony, dissonance, text and physicality, two performers express the inner conflict that exists within a modern woman’s head: the push and the pull, the past and the present, the progress and the regression.

By Christine Brubaker and Erin Brubacher
Collaborators: Christopher Stanton, Kaitlin Hickey and Andrea Nann

Nightwood Theatre presents 7th Cousins
at various locations throughout the 2017-18 Season
Special one-time, inaugural performance July 31, 2017
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 344
September location to be revealed…

Nightwood is thrilled to present a series of pop-up performances by 7th Cousins throughout Toronto. This vital project asks, “How can we be together?” through both the personal and political perspective of two Canadian women who walked a 700 km journey through the Bible Belt of Middle America, tracing the migration of their Mennonite ancestors. Described as an automythography, 7th Cousins explores truth, tales, and the space in between a shared and imagined past, present and future.

GROUNDSWELL UNPLUGGED: Write from the Hip Reading Series

Readings from our 2016/17 Emerging Playwrights program
Facilitated by Andrea Donaldson
September 25 – 30, 2017
Ernest Balmer Studio, The Distillery District

Be the first to hear new work from some of the most exciting emerging female playwrights in the city. The 2016-17 Write from the Hip writers are Elena Belyea, Deanna Kruger, Michelle Langille, Gitanjali Lena, Hannah Rittner and Lisa Ryder. Write from the Hip is a year-long script development program designed to support new writers toward the completion of a full-length play. Come hear what these talented women have created.

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