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Announcing Studio 180 Theatre’s 2017/18 Season
We proudly announce our most ambitious season yet and look back on fifteen years of building community through theatre.
Our 15th Anniversary Season
2017/18 marks the 15th anniversary season for Studio 180 Theatre, a milestone that prompts us to reflect on our identity. We are pleased to be celebrating this anniversary with our most ambitious season yet; in addition to our ongoing Studio 180 IN CLASS, Studio 180 READS, and Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT programs, we will be presenting two major productions.
In November 2017 we will produce My Name is Asher Lev, based on the novel by Chaim Potok and adapted by American playwright, Aaron Posner. This will be our first partnership with Harold Green Jewish Theatre. In February and March 2018, we will present the Canadian premiere of King Charles III, British playwright Mike Bartlett‘s award-winning play that speculates what happens after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The play is in the Off-Mirvish season at the Panasonic Theatre.
These plays would appear to be dissimilar in every way, but the unifying theme is one of identity.
Asher Lev is a man entering the peak of his career as an artist. Having been raised in a strict Orthodox Jewish family, his compulsion for interpreting his world through images he creates on canvas is forbidden. And try as he might, Asher cannot resist his passion. Charles, too, struggles to define himself rather than acceding to others’ expectations of who he is and what he might become. As the eldest Prince of Wales in British history, he has spent a lifetime waiting for his life to begin. Both men share the struggle to allow their inner impulses an external reality, both accepting that the choices they make do not lead to resolution. We invite you to share these pieces with us as we celebrate our anniversary and look forward to the next fifteen years.
MY NAME IS ASHER LEV: November 4-26, 2017
Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan present
A Studio 180 Theatre and Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company co-production
My Name is Asher Lev
by Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok
Directed Joel Greenberg
November 4–26, 2017
The Greenwin Theatre
Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 6R8
Tickets will be available through
Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company.
KING CHARLES III: February 10-March 4, 2018
A Studio 180 Theatre production
presented by David Mirvish
King Charles III
by Mike Bartlett
Directed Joel Greenberg
February 10–March 4, 2018
651 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z9
Tickets will be available through Mirvish starting June 13. Subscriptions to the 3-show Off-Mirvish season are now on sale.
IN DEVELOPMENT: Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
For a third year, we are making the support and development of Canadian talent a central tenet of our programming. We will once again workshop new plays at various stages of development at two periods, one in the fall and one in the spring. Look forward to the announcement of our playwrights and their projects, as well as dates and times for the readings, in the coming months.
Last year we reached over 600 students across the GTA through our education program, Studio 180 IN CLASS. We worked with twenty-five groups of students and visited each three times, introducing them to new works-in-progress from our IN DEVELOPMENT playwrights. We look forward to continuing to bring these important workshops to young people in our community, and to sharing our two productions with them.
Studio 180 Theatre would like to thank Founding Patron, The Zukerman Family Foundation, for their longstanding and continued support. We are also happy to announce that BMO Financial Group returns as our 2017/18 Season Sponsor. We acknowledge the ongoing operating support of the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council and thank Business for the Arts for their artsVest matching program support. We are grateful to BridgeWater Family Wealth Services, Gwen and Richard Harvey, Patrick and Barbara Keenan and Family, and Diane and Jim King for their sustained support of our Studio 180 IN CLASS education program. We also thank TD Bank Group for supporting our education activities through 180 ACCESS.