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Toronto, ON – Canadian Stage today announced the details of the people and productions featured in the 2013.2014 season, programmed by Artistic & General Director Matthew Jocelyn. Showcasing artists from Canada and around the world, the season celebrates groundbreaking and new work from the leading directors, playwrights, choreographers and theatre collectives.
Celebrating Canadian Stage’s mandate to present contemporary, multidisciplinary theatre and dance that spans a variety of performance styles, the upcoming season continues to share world-renowned work with audiences through innovative productions and powerful pieces from the best story tellers working today. Thirteen productions will be featured at Canadian Stage’s three venues, the Bluma Appel Theatre, the Berkeley Street Theatre and the High Park Amphitheatre.
“The 2013.2014 season at Canadian Stage already has us dancing with excitement,” said Jocelyn. “I’m proud to bring the work of four of Canada’s most exceptional female artists, Kim Collier, Jackie Maxwell, Jennifer Tarver and Crystal Pite to our largest stage, alongside Robert Lepage, Stan Douglas, Chris Haddock and Akram Khan, four internationally acclaimed creators. This season, Canadian Stage will explore extraordinary texts, breathtaking choreography and an important, unorthodox musical. We continue to revitalize the Berkeley Street Theatre with vibrant programming, and are honoured to continue our collaboration with York University by giving our joint MFA program an important place in the season. Finally, after bringing productions from around the world to Toronto, we will be at the root of a multidisciplinary spectacle that will premiere in Canada before embarking on an international tour.”
Jennifer Tarver will direct a new production of Venus in Fur, the Tony Award nominated play that Vogue Magazine called “smart, sexy, hilarious”. International phenomenon Robert Lepage will return to Canadian Stage with a new version of his iconic 1980s hit, Needles and Opium. The Shaw Festival’s Jackie Maxwell will bring the Canadian premiere of London Road, the 5-star musical documentary, to life alongside musical director Reza Jacobs. Canadian Stage Resident Artist Kim Collier’s latest project, co-created with renowned visual artist Stan Douglas and award-winning screen writer Chris Haddock (best known as the creator of Da Vinci’s Inquest and current writer and co-executive producer of Boardwalk Empire), will have its world premiere at Canadian Stage. Called Helen Lawrence, this new media and performance art piece uses newly patented CGI technology and will tour internationally following its Toronto run. Two dance-based works round out the programming at the Bluma Appel Theatre, including Canadian dance luminary Crystal Pite’s new piece The Tempest Replica and the critically-acclaimed DESH from superstar dance creator Akram Khan, recently celebrated for his choreography in the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics Games.
As part of the upcoming season, Canadian Stage’s partnership with York University continues with the inaugural participants of the York University MFA Program in Stage Direction in collaboration with Canadian Stage, Ted Witzel and Ker Wells, directing two productions each. The landmark initiative, designed to support the development of directorial talent for the national and international stage, is a two-year program that allows students to integrate studio work at York with involvement in artistic projects at Canadian Stage, offering highly specialized, advanced training in large-scale theatre directing.
Canadian Stage and York University are pleased to announce the incoming participants, selected by jury, who will begin the program in September 2013: Estelle Shook, former artistic director of the Caravan Farm Theatre, and Matjash Mrowzeski, an internationally recognized choreographer based in Montreal who trained at the National Ballet School.
The ongoing revitalization of the Berkeley Street Theatre programming continues with the presentation of two original creations, a new production model and ongoing partnerships. Opening the season at the Berkeley Street Theatre will be two productions by Sarah Berthiaume, a rising star of Quebecois theatre, whose work has been produced in Paris and Berlin. The Flood Thereafter, directed by Ker Wells, and the English-language premiere of Yukonstyle, directed by Ted Witzel will be presented for the first time in English outside of Quebec in partnership with Hopscotch Collective and York University. Crow’s Theatre returns to Canadian Stage, co-producing Winners and Losers created and performed by Marcus Youssef and James Long and directed by Chris Abraham, with two of British Columbia’s most provocative companies, Theatre Replacement and Neworld Theatre. Tribes, a jarringly emotional play that won 2012 Drama Desk and New York Theatre Critics Circle awards, gets its Canadian premiere from Canadian Stage in collaboration with Theatrefront, with a new production directed by Daryl Cloran. The Company Theatre will also return to the Berkeley Street Theatre with a yet to be announced production.
For the first time in more than 20 years, Canadian Stage will present two Shakespearean productions in repertoire at the High Park Amphitheatre, pairing one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies, The Taming of the Shrew, and his powerful tragedy, Macbeth. Helmed by Witzel and Wells, respectively, and presented in collaboration with the Theatre Department in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University, the productions will run on alternating nights under the stars as part of this favourite summer tradition.
2013.2014 Subscriptions are on sale beginning November 28, with 4-show packages starting from $98, 6-show packages starting from $144 and 10-show packages starting from $228. Subscriptions may be purchased by phone at 416-368-3110 or in-person at the Canadian Stage Box Office: Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front St. E.) or Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley St.). Single tickets will be on sale in May 2013. Full details on the productions, casting and subscription packages are available online at www.canadianstage.com.
In addition to the work presented on stage, Canadian Stage continues to support the artistic community through a variety of professional development initiatives and investments in artistic creation. The company offers artistic and learning opportunities for children, youth, educators, young professionals and adults in schools and communities year-round.
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Canadian Stage is supported by: BMO Financial Group, CIBC, TD Bank Group, Scotiabank, RBC Foundation, Sun Life Financial, Manulife Financial and One King West Hotel & Residence, The Hal Jackman Foundation, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, The George Cedric Metcalf Foundation, The Joan and Clifford Hatch Foundation, The Henry White Kinnear Foundation and the John McKellar Charitable Foundation. The company is also supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
About Canadian Stage:
Founded in 1987 with the merger of CentreStage and Toronto Free Theatre, Canadian Stage is one of Canada’s leading not-for-profit contemporary theatre companies. Under the direction of Artistic & General Director, Matthew Jocelyn, the company presents multidisciplinary theatre with a focus on emerging performance styles that integrate theatre with other artistic mediums such as dance, film, visual arts and more. Sharing innovative and vibrant theatre from Canada and around the world, the company stages an annual season of work at three major venues (the Bluma Appel Theatre, the Berkeley Street Theatre and the High Park Amphitheatre) and runs a series of artist development and education initiatives, as well as youth and community outreach programs.
For more information visit www.canadianstage.com