Toronto artists and works are on the road, presenting some fine pieces to audiences around the world. Puppetmongers , which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, is currently off at the Tehran International Puppet Theatre Festival staging Walidad The Grass Cutter . It's an appropriate offering, for sister-and-brother team Ann and David Powell created the piece based on their 1976 experiences in Iran, when they visited with another production. Native company Red Sky performs Sun Spirits , a pair of family shows, at Washington, DC's Kennedy Centre for the Arts next weekend.
Roaming further afield, Theatre Smith-Gilmour 's readying a three-city Asian tour - Beijing, Shanghai and Macau - of their hit show Chekhov's Shorts . Director Robert Tsonos 's Sometimes Y Theatre , currently based in Tokyo, is staging Michael Healey 's modern classic The Drawer Boy . Tsonos's work was last seen in Canada when his script William And James was co-produced with Theatre Passe Muraille.
New Ideas call
The Alumnae Theatre 's readying its annual New Ideas Festival for production next March. Original scripts, works in progress and experimental pieces, especially in different theatrical genres, are all eligible. For more information, call 416-364-4170 or check out the company's Web site, www.alumnaetheatre. com. Deadline is September 30.