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#75 - PlayME - Philosopher’s Wife - Episode 3

#75 - PlayME - Philosopher’s Wife - Episode 3

September 5, 2018

The Philosopher's Wife 

By Susanna Fournier

  

Featuring: Keith Barker, Aviva Armour-Ostroff, Chala Hunter, and Ishan Davé.

Deep in the North, a philosopher, exiled for promoting his atheist work amidst a bloody religious war, knows his theories can ignite a revolution. He wants nothing more than to return to the City, join the young Prince on the verge of inheriting political power, and usher in a new age of Reason. There’s only one thing holding him back; his personal life has collapsed into chaos. In a desperate attempt to cure his wife’s inexplicable, animalistic behaviour he hires a dog trainer. What begins as an experiment in canine obedience erupts into a power struggle between the sexes--unleashing violent reckonings with the animal within. The Philosopher’s Wife, is a modern gothic subverting notions of education, sex, power, and submission.  

 
For more information about the trilogy go to: www.empiretrilogy.com 
#74 - PlayME - Philosopher’s Wife - Episode 2

#74 - PlayME - Philosopher’s Wife - Episode 2

August 28, 2018

The Philosopher's Wife 

By Susanna Fournier

 

Featuring: Keith Barker, Aviva Armour-Ostroff, Chala Hunter, and Ishan Davé.

Deep in the North, a philosopher, exiled for promoting his atheist work amidst a bloody religious war, knows his theories can ignite a revolution. He wants nothing more than to return to the City, join the young Prince on the verge of inheriting political power, and usher in a new age of Reason. There’s only one thing holding him back; his personal life has collapsed into chaos. In a desperate attempt to cure his wife’s inexplicable, animalistic behaviour he hires a dog trainer. What begins as an experiment in canine obedience erupts into a power struggle between the sexes--unleashing violent reckonings with the animal within. The Philosopher’s Wife, is a modern gothic subverting notions of education, sex, power, and submission.  

 
For more information about the trilogy go to: www.empiretrilogy.com 
#73 - PlayME - Philosopher’s Wife. Episode 1.

#73 - PlayME - Philosopher’s Wife. Episode 1.

August 21, 2018

The Philosopher's Wife 

By Susanna Fournier

Featuring: Keith Barker, Aviva Armour-Ostroff, Chala Hunter, and Ishan Davé.

Deep in the North, a philosopher, exiled for promoting his atheist work amidst a bloody religious war, knows his theories can ignite a revolution. He wants nothing more than to return to the City, join the young Prince on the verge of inheriting political power, and usher in a new age of Reason. There’s only one thing holding him back; his personal life has collapsed into chaos. In a desperate attempt to cure his wife’s inexplicable, animalistic behaviour he hires a dog trainer. What begins as an experiment in canine obedience erupts into a power struggle between the sexes--unleashing violent reckonings with the animal within. The Philosopher’s Wife, is a modern gothic subverting notions of education, sex, power, and submission.  

 
For more information about the trilogy go to: www.empiretrilogy.com 
#72 - PlayME - Writers at Woody Point

#72 - PlayME - Writers at Woody Point

August 8, 2018

Agnes Benoit - Writers at Woody Point

  

Today’s episode featured the new piece, Agnes Benoit, which was recorded in front of a live audience as part of last year’s Writers at Woody Point Literary Festival. This event is held each year in the historic Western Newfoundland village of Woody Point.

Agnes Benoit was written by six different writers: Lisa Moore, Ed Riche, Jeanie Macfarlane, Robert Chafe, Meghan Greeley and David Ferry).

The writers were given the bare bones historical facts about the murder of a crew of British sailors in the 1800’s in Woody Point and the subsequent trial of one Emile Benoit and his sons. All six playwrights were asked to write the story from a different character’s point of view.

If you are in the area, be sure to check this year’s festival which is running from August 14-19th. More details can be found at http://www.writersatwoodypoint.com/

 
 
#71 - PlayME Mono - Daniel MacIvor

#71 - PlayME Mono - Daniel MacIvor

June 26, 2018

PlayME Mono

Episode 4 - Daniel MacIvor 

discussing his play Who Killed Spalding Grey?

  

We are excited to share the PlayME Mono series - a collaboration with the Playwright's Guild of Canada, and our first series of live episodes. 
 
Over the past months, we've been hosting conversations with some of Canada's most celebrated playwrights, recording a monologue they've written, then sitting down in front of an audience to dive deep into their inspirations and writing processes. We've had some thrilling events, and can't wait to share these conversations with our listeners.
 
Recorded live-to-tape at the Red Sandcastle Theatre in Toronto, Canada.
#70 - PlayME Mono - Keith Barker

#70 - PlayME Mono - Keith Barker

June 18, 2018

PlayME Mono

Episode 3 - Keith Barker 

discussing his play This is How We Got Here

  

We are excited to share the PlayME Mono series - a collaboration with the Playwright's Guild of Canada, and our first series of live episodes. 
 
Over the past months, we've been hosting conversations with some of Canada's most celebrated playwrights, recording a monologue they've written, then sitting down in front of an audience to dive deep into their inspirations and writing processes. We've had some thrilling events, and can't wait to share these conversations with our listeners.
 
Recorded live-to-tape at the Aki Studio in Toronto, Canada.
#69 - PlayME Mono Eps 2 - Judith Thompson

#69 - PlayME Mono Eps 2 - Judith Thompson

June 12, 2018

PlayME Mono

Episode 2 - Judith Thompson 

discussing her play Palace of the End

  

We are excited to share the PlayME Mono series - a collaboration with the Playwright's Guild of Canada, and our first series of live episodes. 
 
Over the past months, we've been hosting conversations with some of Canada's most celebrated playwrights, recording a monologue they've written, then sitting down in front of an audience to dive deep into their inspirations and writing processes. We've had some thrilling events, and can't wait to share these conversations with our listeners.
 
Recorded live-to-tape at the Red Sandcastle Theatre.
#68 - PlayME Mono Eps 1- d’bi young anitafrika

#68 - PlayME Mono Eps 1- d’bi young anitafrika

May 28, 2018

PlayME Mono

Episode 1 - d'bi young anitafrika

discussing her play She Mami Wata & the Pussy Witchhunt

  

We are excited to share the PlayME Mono series - a collaboration with the Playwright's Guild of Canada, and our first series of live episodes. 
 
Over the past months, we've been hosting conversations with some of Canada's most celebrated playwrights, recording a monologue they've written, then sitting down in front of an audience to dive deep into their inspirations and writing processes. We've had some thrilling events, and can't wait to share these conversations with our listeners.
 
Recorded live-to-tape at the Red Sandcastle Theatre.
#67 - PlayME - Interview with Sara Farb and Britta Johnson

#67 - PlayME - Interview with Sara Farb and Britta Johnson

May 18, 2018

Musical Stage Company's - Reframed Series

 

Interview with Sarah Farb and Britta Johnson:

 

Writer, Sara Farb and composer, Britta Johnson talk about their careers, their writing process, and about working together to create Musical Stages’ short musical, He Is Coming.

#66 - PlayME - He is Coming

#66 - PlayME - He is Coming

May 15, 2018

Musical Stage Company's - Reframed Series

 

He Is Coming:

Book by Sara Farb

Music and Lyrics by Britta Johnson

 

Featuring: 

Andrew Scanlon, Kaylee Harwood, Eliza-Jane Scott

 

Orchestra:

Tara Litvack, Alex Grant, Tara Davidson

 

Musical Direction by: Tara Litvack

  

Synopsis:

A few years before she died, the eccentric artist Editta Sherman was evicted from one of the last remaining rent-controlled Carnegie-Hall apartments. In He Is Coming we meet Irene Newman, our heroine, who is facing the same unjust future. She is surrounded by her beloved portraits and paintings when one by one they come to life just moments before Irene is forced to vacate her legendary apartment.

 

 

Sara Farb - Playwright

As an actor, Sara worked at Stratford for five seasons, with credits including Juliet, Anne Frank, Cordelia, Jessica (Merchant of Venice), Petra (A Little Night Music) Lucy (The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe), Constance (She Stoops to Conquer), and creating the role of Mary in Kate Hennig’s world premieres of The Last Wife and The Virgin Trial. She just finished playing Brigid in the Canadian premiere of The Humans, and is currently playing Medium Alison in Musical Stage/Mirvish’s production of Fun Home. As a writer, she was nominated for a Dora award for co-writing He Is Coming for Musical Stage Company/AGO’s Reframed, and she wrote and starred in her one-woman show R-E-B-E-C-C-A for Theatre Passe Muraille. She is currently writing a new musical with Britta Johnson.

 

Britta Johnson - Composer

Britta Johnson is a Toronto-based composer, lyricist and writer. Her writing credits include: Life After (Canadian Stage/Musical Stage Company), Alligator Tears (Blyth Festival), Big Box Story (Stratford Festival special presentation). With her sister Anika Johnson: Brantwood (Theatre Sheridan; Dora Award for Audience Choice), Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang (YPT; Dora Nominee Best new musical), Trap Door (Theatre Sheridan; book by Morris Panych), Dr Silver: A Celebration of Life (Musical Stage Company/ Outside the March; Opening Fall 2018). With Sara Farb: Reframed (Acting Up Stage Company/AGO; Dora nominee Best New Musical). With Katherine Cullen: Stupidhead! (Theatre Passe Muraille; Dora Nominee Best New Play). This past Spring, she was librettist for choreographer Robert Binet’s adaptation of The Kreutzer Sonata with Ballet Moscow. She is the Crescendo Artist-in-Residence with the Musical Stage Company which includes a commitment to produce three of her shows in three years.

 

Painting: Otto Willem Albertus Roelofs (Dutch 1877-1920). He Is Coming, (detail) late 19th, early 20th c. Oil on panel, 37.5 x 30.5 cm. Bequest of F.W.G. Fitzgerald, 1949. Copyright 2016 Art Gallery of Ontario.