Celebrating 15 years

Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT

2017/18 RBC Emerging playwright Cynthia Hicks leads a talkback with high school students following a reading of her play APPLE (October 2018).
2017/18 RBC Emerging playwright Cynthia Hicks leads a talkback with high school students following a reading of her play APPLE (October 2018).

In our 2018/19 season, teachers will have two opportunities to book workshops during Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT in November and April. 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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Our 2018/19 line-up for IN DEVELOPMENT will be announced in the Fall. Here’s what we did in 2017/18:

Stephen Orlov
Stephen Orlov

BIRTHMARK

BY STEPHEN ORLOV

Birthmark, a genre blend of family drama, political thriller and dark comedy, explores the impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on relations between two Montreal diaspora families, one Jewish and the other Palestinian, and how that volatile conflict abroad effects youth radicalization in Canada.

Stephen Orlov is a published award-winning Jewish-Canadian playwright whose work has been produced in Chicago, London, and his home of Montreal.  At this stage of the development process, he is eager to receive feedback from youth audiences on his two university student characters: Nelson, a Jewish Montrealer, who plans to drop out of McGill and join an ultra-Orthodox settlement in the West Bank, and Hana, a Palestinian activist attending UQAM, who disappears provoking a CSIS investigation.


Cynthia Hicks

Cynthia Hicks

APPLE

BY CYNTHIA HICKS (RBC EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT)

Based on the playwright’s real life experience growing up attending and leading annual youth abstinence retreats, Apple explores critical themes of consent, choice, sexuality, and faith. Set at the fictionalized “Right to Wear White” retreat, Apple explores these issues through the young characters of Faith and Cain as they grapple with questions of faith, identity, and parental pressure, and struggle to make their own choices.

Cynthia Hicks is an Asian-Canadian actor and emerging playwright whose play Apple was initially developed as part of fu-GEN’s Kitchen Playwriting Unit. Cynthia read the role of Becca in Marie Beath Badian’s Common during Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT (Fall 2016), and we are proud to be working with her once again as Studio 180’s first RBC Emerging Playwright in 2017/18.


Amy Rutherford
Amy Rutherford

MORTIFIED

BY AMY RUTHERFORD

A woman runs into a man from her past and is surprised by the power he still holds over her. In an attempt to uncover the truth of what happened between them, she recalls her adolescent self: a 14-year-old synchronized swimmer, struggling to make sense of the world around her. Humorous and dark, Mortified explores sex, shame and transformation and how we reckon with the traumatic experiences that have shaped us.

Amy Rutherford is an actress and writer who has worked for nearly twenty years with many of Canada’s leading playwrights and directors. She is a graduate of The National Theatre School and Stratford Festival of Canada’s Conservatory and has been nominated for several Dora Mavor Moore Awards. She has co-written and created many projects including Sad Object / Bad Object (The Toronto Festival of Clowns), The Public Servant with Common Boots Theatre (presented by The Great Canadian Theatre Company and Nightwood Theatre in Toronto) and Out of the Woods, presented by Why Not Theatre and Sidemart Theatrical Grocery. Amy was named one of Toronto’s Top Ten Theatre Artists by Now Magazine.


Norman Yeung
Norman Yeung

THEORY

BY NORMAN YEUNG

How can you remain progressive when progress becomes dangerous? Isabelle is a young university professor of film theory. She creates an online discussion board for her class as a learning tool and encourages them to speak freely. An anonymous student posts offensive comments and videos, testing Isabelle’s open-mindedness. Isabelle abides by her principles and refuses to censor. Amid backlash from her students and urging from her wife, Isabelle must decide whether to take action against the online offender. She becomes obsessed with this game of cat-and-mouse where she and her tormentor blur the lines between predator and prey. The harassment becomes increasingly vicious and bizarre, attacking Isabelle’s personal and professional life, and dismantling her ideal of liberalism.

Norman Yeung is an accomplished actor, playwright and visual artist who divides his time between Toronto and Los Angeles. An earlier draft of Theory won the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition in 2015 and was presented by Soulpepper at its inaugural Tiger Bamboo Festival of Asian-Canadian theatre. During IN DEVELOPMENT, students will experience the complete script of this work at its near production-ready stage.