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Mortified Reading, photo by Dahlia Katz
Elley Rae Hennessy in an IN DEVELOPMENT Reading of Mortified by Amy Rutherford. Photo by Dahlia Katz

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.

“One of my greatest joys as a writer is watching a piece develop and evolve every time I work on it… This partnership with Studio 180 Theatre was a gift to allow me to explore this play without the pressure of a finished product.”

Rachel Mutombo, IN DEVELOPMENT Playwright 2020/21

For playwrights, Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT gives you a helping hand as you develop new work exploring provocative social and political issues. We provide you with the time, space, and resources required to bring your insightful ideas to the stage, culminating in a public reading in our Studio Series.


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Rebecca Auerbach

Season Launch & Discount Dave and the Fix

Written by Rebecca Auerbach
Directed by Aviva Armour-Ostroff

October 12, 2023

7:00 PM

Studio Theatre
Factory Theatre
125 Bathurst Street

When a rockstar crashes a backstage party at a Shakespeare Festival, a thrill-seeking young actor is set on a path of self-reckoning. A provocative blend of truth and fiction, Discount Dave and The Fix is a suspenseful, hilarious, and harrowing examination of our obsession with celebrity, how addiction can bury our wounds, and what it takes to heal.

Rebecca Auerbach

Rebecca Auerbach


Rebecca is an award-winning actor, singer/songwriter, and playwright. As an actor, she has worked extensively in theatre across the country including The Arts Club (Jessie Nomination), Theatre Calgary (Betty Award), Alberta Theatre Projects, The Vancouver Playhouse (Jessie Award), Caravan Farm, The Belfry, The Globe, The Citadel, Royal MTC, WJT, Factory Theatre, Nightwood, Studio 180, Musical Stage Company (Dora nominations) National Arts Centre, Summerworks, The Charlottetown Festival and many more. Highlights include 2 season’s with Bard on the Beach, and 9 season’s with Blyth Festival where most recently she co-created and co-composed The Pigeon King (Blyth/NAC). As a writer, in addition to her new solo piece Discount Dave & The Fix, she is currently developing The Wilder Sisters (working title), a play with music commissioned by the Blyth Festival about a country music duo inspired by the women of the CKNX Barndance era. Rebecca also works as a voice artist, narrating numerous audiobooks, voicing commercials and animation. She is a recipient of the Jessie Award for Most Promising Newcomer and a graduate of Studio 58. Recent Film/TV highlights: Sunset Superman (TUBI/Feature), Bike (BELL/Series), and Riley Rocket (Sphere Media/Oasis Animation). Rebecca also plays in the folk/roots/country band Regal Road, and she is most grateful to her soulful German Shepherd, Archer, for changing her life.

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