2009 Theatre Subscription Series – Theatre Passe Muraille

By Megan Mooney

Next in the subscription series profiles is Theatre Passe Muraille.

This is the 42nd season of Theatre Passe Muraille.  I’ll admit a bias here – I have loved Theatre Passe Muraille ever since I was first introduced to them in university (I lived a wee sheltered theatre life before university).  I’ve never worked for them or anything, I just, I don’t know, there’s something there I connected with.

I subsequently have fallen in love with many theatres in Toronto, but Passe Muraille, well, they were my first, and you always have a certain place in your heart for your first, right?

And now, onto the info about Theatre Passe Muraille’s 2009-10 season and subscription series.

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The Guardsman – Soulpepper Theatre Company

by Sam Mooney

The Guardsman Soulpepper

The Guardsman – presented by Soulpepper Theatre Company – is a romantic comedy. I’m saying this up front because if you only saw the poster on the Soulpepper site you might be expecting something dark and difficult. 

My show partner got stuck in Brampton so I was on my own last night and had to resort to eavesdropping during intermission.  I overheard a few people saying that they were surprised (pleasantly) that the show was a comedy. 

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The Zoo Story – Red One Theatre

By Crystal Wood

Zoo Story

Edward Albee’s first play The Zoo Story is a conversation between two strangers who meet on a park bench. So Red One Theatre decided to forego actually renting theatre space and carting around a bench prop, and is staging it on park benches across the city throughout September.

And it works. Okay, it mostly works, but the company can hardly be blamed for the Air Show flying overhead, can they? Continue reading The Zoo Story – Red One Theatre

2009 Theatre Subscription Series – Harbourfront’s World Stage

Next in the subscription series profiles is Harbourfront’s World Stage.

This one is a bit different than the other series.  It isn’t a focus on Canadian theatre, it’s not even a focus on Toronto productions, in fact, just the opposite, World Stage focuses on bringing to Toronto, “unrivalled works of international and national theatre, dance, music and multidisciplinary performance from the globe’s leading artists.”

This means that there are Canadian offerings, we do, of course, create “unrivalled works”, but you also get to experience stuff from Ireland, England, Australia, Belgium, Germany, and France.

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2009 Theatre Subscription Series Profiles – Canadian Stage Company

By Megan Mooney

Next in the subscription series profiles is the Canadian Stage Company.  

Last year’s season had a conspicuous lack of Canadian content on the main stage.  Theatre folks (myself included) were all a tizzy that a place called the Canadian Stage Company was so lacking in Cancon.  Well, I’m very happy to tell you, it looks like CanStage got the hint, so this year you’ll see some excellent Canadian scripts played out on the big Bluma Appel stage.

And so, now, onto the specifics of the 2009-10 season at the Canadian Stage Company and their subscription series:

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From Press Release

Okay, so, this is an odd press release for me to publish here on Mooney on Theatre, since we’re basically about theatre in Toronto, and, at the very least, about theatre in Canada, but I’m intrigued by the idea of the Free Night of Theatre Campaign, so this caught my eye.  How come we don’t have a free night of theatre campaign in Canada?

Anyway, if you have a play you want produced in Alabama, then check out the release below:


The Layman Group is very proud to be joining the Theatre Communications Group’s very popular national FREE NIGHT OF THEATRE Campaign!!

This successful national audience development program was designed to attract new patrons to live theatre and give existing patrons access to venues they might not be familiar with. This fall, theatre-goers from coast to coast will be given the opportunity to attend performances presented by over 700 theatres, in more than 120 cities, completely free of charge.

With that, we are currently IN SEARCH of a dynamic, thought provoking theatre script to present as a live staged reading for this event! Spread the word to all your playwright friends!

Here are few guidelines:

1. Scripts from Alabama based playwrights are preferred, but ALL will be considered.

2. Scripts must not have been produced before.

3. Scripts must read longer than 45 mins.

4. One submission per playwright.

5. Casting will be handled/finalized by The Layman Group.

6. We are not accepting adaptations.

7. We are not accepting musicals.

8. Deadline to submit is Sept 10th.

The selected script will be announced by Sept 15th. The staged reading is targeted to go up between OCT 15th & Oct 31st.
Playwrights: This a great way to develop your script to full potential, as well as obtain some national recognition for your work!

Please send scripts in WORD or PDF format, with contact info and playwright bio to :  public@thelaymangroup.org, with PLAY SUBMISSION as the subject.

We look forward to reading your work!!