19/20 Season

Studio 180 READS

In our 2016/17 season, we launched Studio 180 READS – a program that invites you to attend readings of plays that we are considering for production.

We look forward to hearing your feedback about the plays that intrigue us, and we welcome the chance to see more of you over the coming season.

Photo Right: Karl Ang and Elena Juatco read The Chinese Lady by Lloyd Suh.
Photo by Bryn Kennedy.


180 READS will be back next season! Please check back then for more information.
Admission to 180 READS is FREE! Email byron@studio180theatre.com with any questions.

Past Events

MARCH 2020

BY Mark Ravenhill
DIRECTED BY RBC Emerging Director Rebecca Gibian
FEATURING Anthony Bekenn, Sharry Flett and Amelia Sargisson

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre  12 Alexander Street, Toronto

 After 45 years as a dedicated teacher, Edward is looking forward to the imminent celebration to mark his retirement. But his home is under siege. A mob of angry students have gathered. A brick has been thrown through the window, he and his wife haven’t left the house for six days, and now his estranged daughter has arrived with her own questions. Mark Ravenhill’s taut domestic drama explores power, control, identity and gender as well as considering the major failure of the echo-chamber of liberalism.


BY Jonathan Spector
DIRECTED BY RBC Emerging Director Sabryn Rock
FEATURING Deb Drakeford, Jeff Irving, Elena Juatco, Rick Roberts &
Sophia Walker

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre  12 Alexander Street, Toronto

At Eureka Day School, all decisions are made by consensus, diversity of opinion is valued, and vaccinations are a personal matter. When a mumps outbreak hits the school, it turns out that not everyone in the community has the same definition of social justice. Now the board of directors must confront the central question of our time: how do you find consensus when you can’t agree on the facts?

JUNE 2019

BY Lloyd Suh
DIRECTED BY RBC Emerging Director Kerry Ann Doherty
FEATURING Elena Juatco and Karl Ang

Tarragon Theatre Workspace  30 Bridgeman Avenue, Toronto

In 1834, Afong Moy is brought to the United States from Beijing and put on display for the American public as the “Chinese Lady.” Over the next 45 years, she performs in a side show that both defines and challenges her own view of herself. Inspired by the true story of America’s first female Chinese immigrant, playwright Lloyd Suh spins a tale of dark poetic whimsy in this piercing  portrait of America as seen through the eyes of a young Chinese woman.

Studio 180 READS 'If I Forget', May 2018, photo by Byron Abalos.

MAY 2018

BY Steven Levenson
DIRECTED BY RBC Emerging Director Sarah Orenstein
FEATURING Jessica Greenberg, Thomas Hauff, Niki Landau, Mark McGrinder, Noah Spitzer, Nicole Underhay and Richard Waugh

University Club of Toronto  380 University Ave, Toronto

In the final months before 9/11, the Fischer siblings reunite for their father’s 75th birthday. As destructive secrets and long-held resentments bubble to the surface, the three negotiate—with biting humor and razor-sharp insight—how much of the past they’re willing to sacrifice for a chance at a new beginning. From the bookwriter of Dear Evan Hansen, If I Forget tells a powerful tale of a Jewish family wrestling with questions of personal and cultural identity.

Sabryn Rock and Allegra Fulton. Photo by Annie MacKay.OCTOBER 2017

BY Lucy Prebble
DIRECTED BY Mark McGrinder
FEATURING Allegra Fulton, Jeff Lillico, Sabryn Rock & Sanjay Talwar

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Cabaret Space  12 Alexander Street, Toronto

The Effect is a clinical romance. Two young volunteers, Tristan and Connie, agree to take part in a clinical drug trial. Succumbing to the gravitational pull of attraction and love, however, Tristan and Connie manage to throw the trial off-course, much to the frustration of the clinicians involved. This funny, moving and perhaps surprisingly human play explores questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine, alongside ideas of fate, loyalty and the inevitability of physical attraction.

Studio 180 READS, October 2016: Nancy Palk, Patrick Galligan, Michael Healey, Jessica Greenberg, and Marcel Stewart
Studio 180 READS, October 2016: Nancy Palk, Patrick Galligan, Michael Healey, Jessica Greenberg, and Marcel Stewart


BY Lucas Hnath
DIRECTED BY Mark McGrinder
FEATURING Patrick Galligan, Jessica Greenberg, Michael Healey, Nancy Palk & Marcel Stewart

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Cabaret Space  12 Alexander Street, Toronto

Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was nothing more than a modest storefront. Now he presides over a congregation of thousands, with classrooms for Sunday School, a coffee shop in the lobby, and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. Today should be a day of celebration. But Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundations of his church’s belief. A big-little play about faith – and the trouble with changing your mind.

Sponsored in Honour of James Wark