Yaga


Written and Directed by Kat Sandler

September 17th – October 20th, 2019
Mainspace


“Bad children are the softest, and the easiest to eat; but a bad man’s bones hold power, power tastes like salt, and we love salt more than anything.”

From the mind that brought you Mustard, a genre-bending fairy tale meets whodunit inspired by the notorious figure of Baba Yaga, the hideous old witch who lives alone in the woods grinding the bones of the wicked.
A gruesome murder in a small town leads a local sheriff, a young detective and a university professor with a taste for younger men into a labyrinth of secret lives, ancient magic and multiple suspects.
A play that gives voice to the wicked old witch, Yaga is part thriller, part revenge play and lots of comedy.


 

Copy That


Written by Jason Sherman
Directed by Jamie Robinson

November 6th – December 8th, 2019
Mainspace


“So what people watch on TV, it’s got nothing to do with the real world?”

Renowned playwright Jason Sherman’s caustic look at the entertainment industry, Copy That takes us behind the scenes of network television. Four writers struggle to get their new cop show approved for production. When the team’s only Black writer is roughed up by an actual cop, the fallout threatens to not only kill the show, but expose the systemic racism at the heart of popular entertainment itself.

From the author of last season’s moving account of the life of Marshall McLuhan (The Message).


 

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes


Written by Hannah Moscovitch
Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley

December 31st, 2019 – February 2nd, 2020
Mainspace


“Do you know you’re coming on to me?”


An author and star professor, wracked with self-loathing after a third divorce, catches himself admiring a student – a girl in a red coat. Turns out the girl is a huge fan of his work. She also lives just down the street and gets locked out one afternoon…

Hannah Moscovitch takes an archetypal scenario, the ‘student-teacher romance’, and turns it on its head, re-envisioning it for our post-#MeToo era.


 

The Herd


Written by Kenneth Williams
Directed by Kevin Loring

February 25th – March 29th, 2020
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“That’s the way with prophecies though, it’s how you interpret the story.”

When twin White Bisons are born to a First Nation ranch, an ambitious blog reporter posts it and the story goes viral. Is this a miracle in the spiritual life of a Saskatchewan First Nation or a one in a billion scientific event?

Culture, science and politics collide as the world descends on the herd to witness the sacred prophecy of the White Bison while one Indigenous scientist fights to keep her ethics intact and her herd alive.


 

Orphan Song


Written by Sean Morley Dixon
Directed by Richard Rose

April 21st – May 24th, 2020
Mainspace


“In a lightning strike of inspiration, I claimed another child”


40,027 BCE (when the average human could count to five), a grief stricken Homo-Sapien couple adopts a Neanderthal child. But language separates parents and child only to then separate mother and father – how do we love when we can’t communicate?

With that, a mythic journey of danger and sacrifice ensues to connect to the Neanderthals and to protect the child at all costs.

A heroic tale of clashing cultures and how the bonds of family are truly formed.


 

The Jungle


Written by Anthony MacMahon and Thomas McKechnie
Directed by Guillermo Verdecchia

October 1st – November 3rd, 2019
Extraspace


“I worked ‘til I was ready to die. I made it. I belong here. I have carved myself into this country.”

She’s from Moldova, he’s the son of Chinese immigrants. She’s a factory worker by day and a waitress by night. He’s a cab driver.

One night he picks her up running from job to job and their whirlwind romance begins…

A typical Toronto love story, stolen in the moments between shifts. But can their love survive a city in late capitalism?

 


 

Buffoon


Written by Anosh Irani
Directed by Richard Rose

November 12th – December 15th, 2019
Extraspace


“Mothers, what makes it so hard to accept they might not love us?”

A Clown, a Trapeze Artist, a love triangle, a one-man tour-de-force performance.

WATCH as Felix, the clown takes you on a journey from cradle to grave.

WITNESS a life of chance haunted by inevitable fate.

MARVEL at Buffoon, a heartbreaking, tragic, and hilarious tale of a clown finding love at the circus.


 

This Was the World


Written by Ellie Moon
Directed by Richard Rose

January 28th – March 1st, 2020
Extraspace


“I’m no longer sure what’s allowed.”


John, a 60-something white professor of Constitutional Law and Indigenous Rights is unhappy with a new faculty hire. He seeks to draw a student into his conflict with the Dean’s office, which leads to a complaint, which leads to a reprimand, which leads to a breakdown of the man, his daughter, and their understanding of the world.

A play about old power and new ideas, academia and decolonization, language and authority.

Warning: White Fragility.


 

Three Women of Swatow


Written by Chloé Hung
Directed by Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster

March 17th – April 19th, 2020
Extraspace


“Swatow women are supposed to be fierce.”


That’s what Grandmother tells her daughter. Grandmother’s a butcher and to her disappointment, her daughter’s a vegetarian. But to her satisfaction, her granddaughter killed her first chicken at the age of three. In this ferocious comedy, the three generations of women grapple with their dark history, emotional inheritance and the legacy of mothers’ life lessons and daughters’ love lives.

And there’s blood. Lots of blood.