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Toronto is a major scene for theatre and other performing arts, with
more than fifty ballet and dance companies, six opera companies, and two symphony orchestras. The city is home to the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Toronto
Symphony Orchestra. Notable performance venues include the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Roy Thomson Hall, the Princess of Wales Theatre, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Massey Hall, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres and the Hummingbird Centre (formerly the "O'Keefe Centre"). Ontario Place features the world's first permanent IMAX movie theatre, the Cinesphere, as well as the Molson Amphitheatre, an open-air venue for large-scale music concerts. Each summer, the Canadian Stage Company presents an outdoor Shakespeare production in Toronto’s High Park called "Dream in High Park". Canada's Walk of Fame acknowledges the achievements of successful Canadians, with of a series of stars on designated blocks of sidewalks along
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The Distillery District is a pedestrian village containing boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, artist studios and small breweries, including the well-known Mill Street Brewery. A new theatre in the district, the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, is the home of the Soulpepper Theatre Company and the drama productions of nearby George Brown College.
The production of domestic and foreign film and television is a major local industry. Many movie releases are screened
in Toronto prior to wider release in North America. The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most important annual events for the international film industry. Europe's largest film studio, Pinewood Studios Group of London, is scheduled to open a major new film studio complex in west-end Toronto, with five sound stages, with the
first two to open by fall 2008.
Toronto's Caribana festival takes place from mid-July to early August of every summer, and is one of North America's largest street festivals. Primarily based on the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, the first Caribana took place in 1967 when the city's Caribbean community celebrated Canada's Centennial year. Forty years later, it has grown to attract one million people to Toronto's Lake Shore Boulevard annually. Tourism for the festival is in the hundred thousands, and each year, the event generates about $300 million in
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"I’ve sorted out the leprechaun bit,
but I still haven’t worked out how to woo Irelands women."
Daughter of the House
By Lucy Brennan • Directed by Jane Carnwath
The Alumnae Theatre Company is proud to present, as part of our 88th consecutive season, the world
premiere of Daughter of the House, a new work by one of our own members, Lucy Brennan.
Dublin in the 1950’s: young people trapped in dead-end jobs, seeking adventure by following their dreams to far-flung
places. Here, a young woman must decide whether to follow her love to Canada or stay in Ireland and fulfill her family’s
expectations to play her role as daughter of the house by caring for her aging mother.
These are the ingredients of a wonderful new play by Lucy Brennan, one that reverberates with the humour, traditions and
humanity of the Irish - at once nurturing and oppressive.
As director Jane Carnwath says, "You’ll fall in love with the MacCarthys - opinionated, articulate, passionate and scrappy - who bully,
cajole, console and ultimately push Eileen toward a decision that astounds everybody. The Alumnae Theatre is proud to present
this witty and insightful play."
The cast of Daughter of the House features Adrianna Prosser as Eileen (the daughter of the house), Nonnie Griffin* as Mire (Eileen’s mother), Jason Winther
as Peter (Eileen’s boyfriend), Chris Reid as Andrew (Eileen’s other admirer and the token Canadian), Liam Doherty as Fergus (Eileen’s brother), Maureen Lukie as Emma (Fergus’ wife), Derek Perks as Dermot (Eileen’s brother), and Julie Burris as Deirdre (Dermot’s
Joining director Jane Carnwath on the creative team is producer Diana Knight and assistant producer/dialect coach/sound operator/ultimate
everywoman Catherine Driscoll, stage manager extraordinaire/lighting
operator/all-around Goddess Margot Devlin and assistant stage managers Jenny Sager, Vivien Feirson and Razie Brownstone who is also acting as costume designer, set designer Marysia Bucholc, lighting designer Paul Hardy, sound designer
Jones, prop designer Brandon Kleiman and master carpenter Dave
Wit: September 26 - October 11, 2008
Talking Heads: November 14 - 29, 2008
Pride and Prejudice: January 16 - 31, 2009
21st Annual New Ideas Festival: March 11 - 28, 2009
Closer: April 17 - May 2, 2009
For more information
Theatre Company • 416-364-4170 • www.alumnaetheatre.com
TARRAGON ANNOUNCES A STIMULATING LINEUP OF PLAYS FOR THE
2008 – 2009 SEASON
Richard Rose and Camilla Holland are pleased to announce the Tarragon Theatre's 2008-2009 season. It is an
ambitious season of ten productions, with three remounts of critically acclaimed hits as well as new works by noted playwrights
from across the country. This season Tarragon Theatre is also looking forward to partnerships with theatres throughout
the country: Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Centaur Theatre (Montreal), Theatrefront (Toronto), Manitoba Theatre Centre (Winnipeg),
Citadel Theatre (Edmonton) and November Theatre (Vancouver/Edmonton).
OUR SEASON AT A GLANCE
- The hotly anticipated remount of Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad (translated by Linda Gaboriau), after
a brief Toronto run this Dora award-winning production tours nationally (Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton)
- Toronto Premiere of the acclaimed November Theatre gothic opera The Black Rider by Tom Waits,
Robert Wilson and William S. Burroughs
- English Premiere of the lyrical Bashir Lazhar by Evelyne de la Chenelière, translated by Morwyn
Brebner, Tarragon Playwright in Residence
- Toronto Premiere of the epic MOLIÈRE by acclaimed Mexican playwright Sabina Berman (translated
by Shelley Tepperman)
- Hannah Moscovitch’s East of Berlin, the smash hit of last season returns for a limited
- World premiere of the ensemble creation UBUNTU (The Cape Town Project) co-produced with Neptune
Theatre (Halifax) and in association with Theatrefront (Toronto)
- From the writer of the phenomenal Tarragon hit I CLAUDIA, Kristen Thomson’s new play THE PATIENT
- A co-production with Alberta Theatre Projects, the world premiere of long-time Tarragon playwright Joan MacLeod’s
ANOTHER HOME INVASION
- Remount of the critically acclaimed original da da kamera production of Daniel MacIvor’s A BEAUTIFUL
- World premiere of a provocative play by Jonathan Garfinkel’s THE HOUSE OF MANY TONGUES
The Black Riderby Tom Waits, Robert Wilson & William S. Burroughs,
directed by Ron Jenkins
A November Theatre Production
Mainspace Oct 8 to Nov 16 | Toronto
To prove his worth as a hunter and win his lover’s hand in marriage, a mild-mannered clerk makes a devilish
bargain with a sinister stranger. This gothic musical is the brainchild of three groundbreaking and internationally
The Black Rider is dark, delicious and utterly seductive…If you have to,
make a pact with the devil to see this dark dazzle. - Robert Enright, CBC Radio and TV
Bashir Lazharby Evelyne de la Chenelière, translated by Morwyn
directed by Jennifer Tarver
Extra Space Oct 28 to Dec 7
Bashir Lazhar is the eager substitute teacher for a grade six class reeling from the death of their teacher.
Dispensing with conventional wisdom, he has his own ideas about what’s best for his precocious new students. Written
by renowned Quebec playwright Evelyne de la Chenelière, this poetic script is translated by Morwyn Brebner who brought us
Molière by Sabina Berman, translated by Shelley Tepperman, directed by Richard Rose
Mainspace Nov 26 to Dec 28 | Toronto Premiere
In 17th century Paris, Molière’s comedies are the toast of the town, but not everybody is laughing.
Together with the infamous Archbishop, tragedian Jean Racine declares all-out war on his celebrated rival in a desperate bid
to bring the God of Laughter to his knees. Sabina Berman, one of Mexico’s most prolific and successful playwrights,
brings this epic battle to the stage.
Ubuntu (The Cape Town Project) created by the Ensemble, directed by Daryl Cloran
A co-production with Neptune Theatre (Halifax) in association with Theatrefront
Mainspace Jan 21 to
Mar 1 | World Premiere
The past and present collide as a man and woman, continents apart and drawn together by chance, unearth dark
family secrets. Featuring an acting ensemble brought together from Canada and South Africa that also performs music
and dance, Ubuntu brings to life a gripping story of the clash of cultures and generations.
The Patient Hour by Kristen Thomson, directed by Chris Abraham
Space Feb 17 to Mar 29 | World Premiere
A young man keeps vigil in a lonely hospital room as his mother wavers on the brink of death. In her
follow up to the acclaimed hit I, Claudia, Kristen Thomson takes us on a fraught and moving journey to the other
Another Home Invasion by Joan MacLeod, directed by Richard Rose
with Alberta Theatre Projects as part of the Enbridge playRites Festival of New Canadian Plays (Calgary)
Mar 12 to Apr 19 | World Premiere
The elderly Sadie has everything under control until a bizarre encounter with an intruder begins a nerve-wracking
week. From the writer of The Hope Slide and The Shape of a Girl comes this new one woman show about
the struggle for security in a world gone awry.
The House of Many Tongues by Jonathan Garfinkel, directed by Richard Rose
Apr 29 to Jun 7 | World Premiere
A house in Jerusalem is home to an Israeli general and his adolescent son, who’s busy trying to bring
peace to the Middle East through improved sexual techniques. When a Palestinian writer returns to the house he left
40 years ago, pursued by his long-lost daughter, we realize somehow these four people are going to have to live together –
if they don't kill each other first. Jonathan developed this play during his time in Tarragon’s Playwrights Unit.
Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad, translated by Linda Gaboriau, directed by Richard Rose
Mainspace Sep 2 to Sep 28 | Remount
A mother’s last will and testament sends twins Simon and Janine on a journey into her past. Plunging
into their mother’s history in a war-torn country, they struggle to solve the mystery of their origins. After
a highly successful run in 2006/2007, Scorched returns to Tarragon before taking off on a nation-wide tour to the
Centaur Theatre, Montreal, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg, and the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton.
East of Berlin by Hannah Moscovitch, directed by Alisa Palmer
Jan 6 to Feb 1 | Remount
Haunted by his own feelings of guilt, a young German ex-patriot flies home to Paraguay to confront his father.
As he steels himself for the encounter, he realizes it will take a desperate act to finally free himself from his father’s
dark past. Fresh from its success in the 2007/2008 season, East of Berlin returns to the Extra Space for a
An original da da kamera production A Beautiful View, written and directed by Daniel MacIvor
produced by Sherrie Johnson
Extra Space Apr 28 to May 24 | Remount
After an intense romantic encounter, fear and circumstance drive M and L apart. Longing for the intimacy
of shared stories and shared silences, they reconnect sporadically over the years, struggling to grasp what is it that binds
two people together. From the acclaimed writer of last year’s How It Works, the original creative team
brings you Daniel MacIvor’s humourous and poignant hit.
See Broadways show in Toronto first. Here the most famous Broadways shows are developed in
cities like Toronto; thus, this one attribute alone, makes Toronto a theatre centre for Canada and Western, New York.
Farther Afield -- Don't forget that two major theater festivals -- The Shaw Festival
 www.shawfest.com  Stratford Festival  www.stratfordfestival.ca  Stratford where if you are a Trekie , like me, Lenord Nemoy ( Spock ) and William Shatner ( Captian
Kirk ) played.
Toronto Symphony Orchestra is world a world leader in creating top world musical conductors and directors
who now work and perform world wide.
Toronto's comedy clubs, is tough room for would be comedians such as Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Dan Aykroyd,
and John Candy.
Tickets ~Ticketmaster Tel: 416/870-8000 www.ticketmaster.ca .