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

Past Events

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