If you’re vaccinated and want to see live theatre again in Toronto’s east end, Crow’s Theatre has an exciting lineup for you this season. New plays by Cliff Cardinal, George F. Walker and Zorana Sadiq are included, with public workshops of literary classics by Mikhail Bulgakov and André Alexis also on the bill.
And if you’re not yet comfortable being indoors with others, you can enjoy parallel digital performances of many of the shows.
In a press release today, executive director Sherrie Johnson says Crow’s has chosen to be “inherently optimistic” in its programming, but has put into place many measures to keep limited capacity audiences safe.
These include “a requirement for all artists, staff, and audience members to be fully vaccinated.”
Season begins in September
First up in September is the world premiere of Cliff Cardinal’s (Stitch, Huff) As You Like It, which promises to flip Shakespeare’s comedy on its head.
In November, Zorana Sadiq – one of NOW’s Top 10 artists in 2019, before live theatre paused – debuts the semi-autobiographical solo show with music, Mixtape.
In the new year, Crow’s associate artistic director Rouvan Silogiv directs the local premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo, set during the American occupation of Iraq.
In February, Crow’s teams up with ARC for Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s Gloria, about the effects of trauma. Jacobs-Jenkins wrote The Octoroon, which got a stunning production several years ago at the Shaw Festival; its star, André Sills, directs Gloria.
One of the pioneers of Canadian theatre, George F. Walker, premieres a new play, Orphans For The Czar, in the spring. It’s about a culture about to go up in flames – sound familiar?
And in May, Crow’s teams up with Théatre français de Toronto to present the Québécois hit Singulières, a documentary-theatre play about the state of contemporary single women in Québec.
Two development workshops
Theatre lovers interested in the creation process will get to join artists in the rehearsal hall for two development workshops. In October, Hailey Gillis, Mikaela Davies and Polly Phokeev will be developing a new musical adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s banned novel The Master And Margarita. And later in the season Marie Farsi (Ghost Quartet) adapts André Alexis’s Giller Prize-winning novel Fifteen Dogs, about a group of Toronto canines endowed with human consciousness.
During the holidays, Crow’s teams up with Ross Petty Productions for the annual family musical/panto, which this year is called Alice In Winterland. And it will bring back its new holiday tradition, The Dundas & Carlaw Holiday Corner, which includes a weekend market with vendors and artisans.
In addition, the company is continuing to develop its podcast offerings.
Two podcasts launching
Soft Revolution, hosted by Torquil Campbell and Ali Momen, returns. And two new podcasts launch this season: Devyani Saltzman’s one that will focus on Canadian artists and arts workers, with a specific focus on Black, Indigenous, POC and LGBTQ2S artists; and Meghan Swaby and Sedina Fiati host Beneath The Ceiba Tree, which discusses Caribbean folklore and its impacts (this podcast is presented in association with Nightwood Theatre).
COVID-19 and mask protocols
All performances take place in the Guloien Theatre, and all patrons must provide proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within six hours of the performance start time. Everyone in the building must wear a mask at all times, unless eating or drinking while seated. Food and drink won’t be allowed in the theatre.
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