Studio Series

RECLAIM & REFRAME

Our 19th Season

Experience four IN DEVELOPMENT presentations of works-in-progress, all reflecting themes of memory, generational divides and how we see ourselves, our identities and our history.

Join us in the writer’s room to experience the intimate reading of a play in process. We invite you to learn about the writer’s concept, explore a social or political issue through theatre and share your experience of the work with the writer. Creation based, interactive Studio 180 AT HOME events will also be available throughout the season.

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A Public Display of Affection

Written by Jonathan Wilson

January 20, 2022

7:30 PM

Digital Presentation

On a 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.

WARNING: Nostalgia, introspection and temporal anomalies. Past and present may collide.

Thanks to the generous support of The Canada Council for the Arts, A Public Display of Affection will be filmed in person and given an expanded digital production.

Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson

Playwright

Past theatre work includes the Canadian premiere of The Lion King (Dora Award – The Princess of Wales Theatre) and performances in his own play My Own Private Oshawa (Dora/Chalmers Nomination – Tarragon Theatre, New Yorker Theatre). Jonathan was also a writer and performer with The Second City for six shows (Dora Nomination). Other theatre credits include The Drowsy ChaperoneMoonlight and Magnolias (Sudbury Theatre Centre); The Clockmaker (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Possible WorldsThe Duchess (Theatre Passe Muraille); Not To Be RepeatedMedici Slot Machine (Tarragon Extra Space); Cinderella (The Elgin Theatre); This Could Be Love (The Poor Alex); and Annie Get Your Gun (Massey Hall). Jonathan was also writer in residence at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto where he wrote the play Kilt (Dora/New York Drama Desk nominations), which has had over 20 productions around the world. TV and film credits include Not To Be Repeated (CTV/The Comedy Network), My Own Private Oshawa (Gemini Nomination – CTV), Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye (Pax Network/CTV), Murdoch Mysteries (CityTV), This Is Wonderland (CBC), Life With Derek (Family) and Monk (USA Network), as well as hundreds of voices for animated series including SkatoonyIggy Arbuckle (Gemini Nomination), Pearlie and Little Bear.


Gone To See A Man About A Dog

Written by Marcel Stewart

February 17, 2022

7:30

Digital Presentation

In this epic tale, a young Jamaican boy named Bwoi Son is left in the care of his grandfather after his parents leave for England. When a storm kills his grandfather, Bwoi Son and his younger siblings are forced to go as well. Not wanting to leave, Bwoi Son embarks on a quest to find the River Mumma and her Golden Table to make a sacrifice and stay in Jamaica forever.

WARNING: Nature may be more magical than it seems. Approach with caution.

Marcel Stewart is one of our RBC Emerging Playwrights for our 2021/22 Season.

Marcel Stewart

Marcel Stewart

Playwright

Marcel is an actor, writer, arts educator, and organizer with Jamaican heritage, born in the UK and raised in Canada. He often returns to the questions: Who am I? How am I? How did I get here? Who have I lost? What is my purpose? Marcel was a member of the Soulpepper Academy, and has completed the Theatre Enhancement Program (Directing Foreman) through Factory Theatre, and was a member of b current’s Playwrights Incubator. As an actor, for Studio 180: King Charles III.  Other theatre credits include: The Brothers SizeFather Comes Home From the Wars and Incident at Vichy (Soulpepper); The Drawer Boy (Festival Payers); Wilberforce Hotel (Blyth Festival); We Are Proud to Present (Theatre Centre); Up the Garden Path (Obsidian); Toronto the Good (Factory Theatre). Marcel is a 3-time Dora nominated actor and has performed in numerous Dora Award-Winning productions. Marcel works for Suitcase in Point as their Outreach Director.


My Sister’s Rage

By Yolanda Bonnell

March 24, 2022

7:30 PM

Digital Presentation

“We come from a long line of m’iingan kwe”

With their Matriarch on her way to the spirit world, a family comes together on their reservation and in the hospital to be with her. A story about grief, love, laughter, rage and the brilliant strength of Indigenous women and their families, fighting to be seen and fumbling towards their healing.

WARNING: Family, fury and a hunger for reconciliation.

Thanks to the generous support of The Canada Council for the Arts, My Sister’s Rage will be filmed in person and given an expanded digital production.

Yolanda Bonnell

Yolanda Bonnell

Playwright

Yolanda Bonnell (She/They) is a Queer 2 Spirit Anishinaabe-Ojibwe, South Asian & Scottish performer, playwright and multidisciplinary creator/educator. Originally from Fort William First Nation in Thunder Bay, Ontario (Superior Robinson Treaty territory), her arts practice is now based in Tkarón:to. She is Co-artistic leader of manidoons collective, that she runs with Michif (Métis) artist, Cole Alvis. In February 2020, Yolanda’s four-time Dora nominated solo show bug was remounted at Theatre Passe Muraille while the published version was shortlisted for a Governor General Literary Award. She is also a part of Factory Theatre’s The Bedrock Creator’s Initiative where her play, Scanner continues to be developed towards production. Yolanda has performed on stages at the Stratford Festival, the NAC, Persephone Theatre and was nominated for a Dora award for her performance in Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin/ Gállábártnit. She was also the Indigenous artist recipient of the Jayu Arts for Human Rights Award for her work and has taught at schools like York University and Sheridan College. Yolanda proudly bases her practice in land-based creation, drawing on energy and inspiration from the earth and her ancestors.


Tool For Rebellion

Written by Taylor Trowbridge

April 21, 2022

7:30 PM

Digital Presentation

When the Toronto van attack occurred in April of 2018 it brought countless urgent questions to the fore. Born out of a gnawing and personal need, Tool for Rebellion is a verbatim theatre piece that asks how we can possibly disrupt the societal cycles that foster incel culture. A quest that explores the limits of empathy, this piece seeks to generate a vital discussion on how to tenderly move forward and heal.

WARNING: Verbatim theatre can lead to uncomfortable truths and challenging revelations.

Taylor Trowbridge is one of our RBC Emerging Playwrights for our 2021/22 Season.

Taylor Trowbridge

Taylor Trowbridge

Playwright

Taylor Trowbridge (she/her) is an actor, educator, and emerging playwright. As an actor, she has performed in productions for theatre companies such as Canadian Stage, Shaw Festival Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Thousand Islands Playhouse and SummerWorks Festival. She holds an MFA in Acting from York University and her thesis work explored mining greater artistic and personal freedom through a practice of playful discipline. As a playwright, Taylor’s work examines near-impossible reconciliation, societal oversight, collective healing and connection found in unexpected places.