Celebrating 15 years

Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT

In our 2017/18 season, teachers will have two opportunities to book workshops during Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT in October and April. Students will have the rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and experience a work-in-progress by a Canadian playwright. When participating in 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 2017 SCHOOL READINGS

Stephen Orlov
Stephen Orlov

BIRTHMARK

BY STEPHEN ORLOV

Wednesday, October 4 @ 11AM, 918 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5R 3G5

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.

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Cynthia Hicks
Cynthia Hicks

APPLE

BY CYNTHIA HICKS (RBC EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT)

DIRECTED BY Mark McGrinder

Wednesday, October 11 @ 11AM, 918 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5R 3G5

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.

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APRIL 2018 SCHOOL READINGS

Alison Lawrence
Alison Lawrence

THE RIGHT

BY ALISON LAWRENCE

April 2018, time and date TBD
Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2W3

This reading is suitable for students interested in hearing a play at the very beginning stages of development. In The Right, actor and playwright Alison Lawrence explores the hot-button issue of doctor assisted death. Based on her experience with doctors grappling with Canada’s divisive new legislation, Alison was inspired to research the ethnical, moral, legal and emotional ramifications of the right to die with dignity on doctors, patients and their families.

About her writing goals for The Right IN DEVELOPMENT, Alison says, “My strength as a writer is personalizing large emotional events. I would like to engage in these big ideas about physician assisted end of life by placing the professionals who deal with the law in a complicated emotional situation where their own reactions might surprise them, and our audience.” Alison acted in Studio 180 Theatre’s inaugural production of The Laramie Project in 2003 and we are excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with her on this new endeavour.

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Norman Yeung
Norman Yeung

THEORY

BY NORMAN YEUNG

April 2018, time and date TBD
Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2W3

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.

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