Rock on, womyn
Spring's the season for new growth, right? There's no better place to check out original scripts than the rock.paper.sistahz fest of performance works by black women. The fifth annual fest opened last week with a starry celebration of sistahhood, then included a week of works from various disciplines.
The centrepiece remains a series of eight new plays over three days. This year's works include Red River (April 13), written and performed by spectulative fiction great Nalo Hopkinson ; stand.in (April 14), a collaboration by r.p.s. artistic director ahdri zhina mandiela and Alison Sealy-Smith , about being a black woman artist; and Zong (April 13), M. NourbeSe Philip 's play set on a 1781 slave ship.
The fest concludes Saturday night (April 15) with the Canadian premiere of New York-based Staceyann Chin 's Border/Clash , about a woman's journey from Jamaica to Manhattan and her growing political, sexual and artistic awareness.
See Continuing for details.
RAISE the bar
Last September, circus performer/instructor Carolyn Pioro fell from a trapeze while training for a show, leaving her a quadriplegic. Every Saturday in April, the DeLeon White Gallery is hosting RAISE to donate funds to a possible operation. The shows, organized by choreographer Jenny-Anne McCowan , include Pioro's fellow circus performers, musicians, designers, filmmakers and dancers. A $20 donation is suggested, and there will be raffles, prizes and an auction each night.
See Continuing for details.
The other Tremblay
A couple of years ago, Larry Tremblay 's The Dragonfly Of Chicoutimi burned up the Factory Studio stage in a note-perfect performance by Dennis O'Connor. Now the same theatre's staging The Ventriloquist , Tremblay's script about a young writer ( Meg Roe ) who discovers that whatever she writes comes true. Nigel Shawn Williams plays the title character, Doctor Limestone, in a play about art and reality that's sure to get you talking.
See Previewing for details.
George F. Walker 's classic comedy Escape From Happiness has just been extended at the Factory Theatre till May 7, and if you're planning to go, try attending this Thursday or next. You'll learn a lot about our city's theatre history. Pre-show presentations called Eh! Days celebrate our dramatic heritage. Tonight's (April 13) event is a panel that rounds up some of the founders of the city's theatres, including Theatre Passe Muraille 's Paul Thompson and Jim Garrard and Buddies in Bad Times 's Sky Gilbert .
Next week (April 20), Theatre Museum Canada presents a collection of rare theatre programs.
The events begin at 7 pm -- and if you ask for Eh! Days at the Factory box office you'll save 20 per cent on tickets. See One-Nighters for details.
If you're looking to pick up a bargain or two and want to laugh while you're at it, head on over to Bad Dog Theatre 's garage sale, happening Saturday (April 15) from 10 am (yeah, like comics get up that early) to 5 pm. The improv theatre company's going to the Chicago Improv Festival, and they're selling off their old clothes, used CDs and DVDs and other stuff to get there.
I've been told there are used copies of Shopgirl, I'm Okay, You're Okay and a half-completed book of Sudoku puzzles for sale. Of course, I'm sure you can haggle with the comics -- but these people are quick on their feet.
See Comedy Listings for details.