19/20 Season

Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT

In our 2019/20 season, teachers will have the opportunity to book workshops during Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT in October. Students will have the rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and experience a work-in-progress by a Canadian playwright. With Studio 180 IN CLASS, in addition to participating in three immersive workshop sessions, students will glimpse the development process, meet the artists and provide feedback. Admission to school readings is free when you book a workshop for your group.

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Fall readings of Conviction and A Public Display of Affection are listed below.

Photo by Dahlia Katz of students attending a Spring 2019 IN DEVELOPMENT Reading of The Election.


Emil Sher

Conviction

BY EMIL SHER

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Friday, October 25, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1B4

Mo Gagnon’s daughter, Lianne Thibeault, was charged with killing her 11-month-old son.  Bill Mullins-Johnson spent twelve years in prison for allegedly murdering his four-year-old niece.  Two families were destroyed by the findings of Dr. Charles Smith, who eventually admitted his training in forensic pathology was ‘self-taught’.

Mo Gagnon was tireless in his efforts to absolve his daughter Lianne of any wrongdoing. Laureena Hill never wavered in her belief that her son, Bill Mullins-Johnson, was innocent.  Conviction weaves original interviews, testimonies and court transcripts into a new work of verbatim theatre that promises to be dramatic and damning.  There is a poetry and power to words that are unvarnished and unscripted, all the more so in a play that casts a stark light on the searing consequences of a wrongful conviction.

We speak of justice delayed, of justice denied.  In Conviction, notions of justice will be disassembled, with the audience left to put the pieces together again.

Emil’s stage work for the young and the once-were-young include Sanctuary, Bluenose, Derailed, Beneath the Banyan Tree and The Book of Ashes. His acclaimed stage adaptations include Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine, Ian Brown’s The Boy in the Moon, and the musical theatre adaptation of Roch Carrier’s beloved The Hockey Sweater (librettist and co-lyricist with composer Jonathan Monro). The staging of The Boy in the Moon (Crow’s Theatre) was selected as one of the top ten productions of 2017 by The Globe and Mail and nominated for a 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play. Works-in-progress include The Boys of Vedem, a play commissioned by Seattle’s ACT Theatre based on the true story of imprisoned Jewish teens who created a secret magazine in the midst of the Holocaust; April, a new play Emil is developing for and with the divine Louise Pitre; and The Piper, a musical that puts a contemporary spin on the folk tale.


A PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION

BY JONATHAN WILSON

Friday, October 25, 2019 at 10:30am
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1B4

After a very successful Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 IN DEVELOPMENT reading, Jonathan Wilson is back with another reading of his further developed play, A Public Display of Affection.

On a drunken, late night return to Toronto’s queer Village, a middle aged man searches for the lost friends and landmarks of his youth only to find that they are all slowly disappearing and considers whether, at long last, so is he.

Jonathan Wilson’s scintillating solo show is part history lesson, part stand-up comedy and ultimately, as is all theatre, a public display of affection. The play questions whether a distinct queer culture still exists or if it has been consumed, whitewashed and rebranded for the larger dominant culture. A Public Display of Affection examines queer lives being erased. Erased by our families, erased by disease, erased by murder and even erased by ourselves.

Wilson, the writer behind My Own Private Oshawa introduces you to a cavalcade of well observed, heartfelt characters as he unpacks his personal past in an effort to illuminate our collective future.

An award winning playwright and actor, Jonathan’s plays include My Own Private Oshawa (Dora, Chalmer’s and Governors General’s Award Nominee), Kilt (Dora and Drama Desk nominee) and Well. My Own Private Oshawa was also filmed as a CTV Comedy Special (Gemini Nominee). Jonathan was also playwright in residence at the Tarragon Theatre and worked as actor/writer/ improviser/ with The Second City Toronto for seven productions. Other stage appearances include The Normal Heart (Studio 180), My Night With Reg (Studio 180), The Lion King(Mirvish/Disney-Dora Award Winner), Comedy Of Errors (Neptune) and The Clockmaker (1000 Islands Playhouse). Jonathan is also part of the long form improvisation group Not To Be Repeated that has performed theatrical runs at the Tarragon Theatre and was the basis for a comedy series on The Comedy Network.