Theatre @ York announces its 2010-2011 Season


Theatre @ York announces its 2010-2011 Season

TORONTO, October 1, 2010 − Theatre @ York is pleased to announce its mainstage playbill for the 2010-2011 season. Ranging from a contemporary Caribbean parable to a Jacobean classic, with some satire of truly biblical proportions thrown in for good measure, the lineup tackles faith, hope, redemption and morality – and promises a devilishly good time in the process.

One of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Derek Walcott’s best-known works opens the Theatre @ York season. Ti Jean and His Bothers, directed by Marvin Ishmael, runs November 7 to 13 at the Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre at York University.

This remarkable play, rarely produced in Canada, uses the structure of a simple fable to explore the complex issue of colonialism in the Caribbean. Deep in the tropical forest, three brothers contend in turn with the devil in three different guises in this magical, musical parable.

Trinidad-born Ishmael has been involved in the Toronto and Caribbean theatre scenes for over 30 years, as artistic director (Theatre Fountainhead and We Are One Theatre Productions), Dora Mavor Moore Award-winning playwright (for My Father My Hero in 1996/7), producer, director and performer. His acting credits include most of the major stages in Canada, US tours and a leading role in the Broadway musical, Bombay Dreams (2004).

Satan makes his second appearance at Theatre @ York this season as one of many eclectic witnesses in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ 2005 hit, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, running January 23 to 29 in the Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre. Set in a courtroom in Purgatory, the play re-opens the case against the Great Betrayer, with everyone from Mother Teresa to Sigmund Freud brought to the stand to testify. Paul Muir directs this hilarious, intellectually provocative dramatization of the trial of "God and the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth versus Judas Iscariot."

Muir has most recently been associated with Alberta’s Rosebud Theatre as a company actor and education director. His directing credits with Rosebud include Confessions of Paper Boy (re-mounted at the Vancouver Fringe in summer 2010), When the Sun Meets the Earth, The Homecoming, Salt-Water Moon, Crimes of the Heart, The Clearing and The Zoo Story.

The season concludes with The Witch of Edmonton, a sensational ‘tabloid’ story set in an English village, penned in 1621 by William Rowley, Thomas Dekker and John Ford. It recounts the tale of the vindictive mischief of Mother Sawyer and her devil-familiar and a young man prompted to murder to solve a desperate predicament. Directed by Anita La Selva, the production runs March 20 to 26 in the Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre at York.

La Selva is a Toronto-based actor and director. Her performance credits include Madre (Aluna Theatre), The Carpenter and Carmela’s Table (Centaur Theatre) and numerous television series, including four seasons on Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict. She recently directed The Burning Bush at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto Fringe, Frigid New York festival and Vancouver Chutzpah Festival, picking up ‘best of the fringe’ in Toronto and the audience choice award in NYC. Other directing credits include Igor Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Story for Toronto’s SummerWorks festival (applauded by NOW magazine for outstanding direction and production), and Shiksas Sit Shiva (Toronto Fringe ‘patrons pick’ and NOW’s list for outstanding production).

Ishmael, Muir and La Selva are all currently pursuing graduate studies in the MFA program in directing in York University’s Department of Theatre.

Now in its 42nd season, Theatre @ York is one of Toronto’s longest-running theatre companies. Every year, the company features some of Canada's most promising performance and production talent in a challenging and entertaining slate of plays drawn from the contemporary and classical repertoire. Based in the Department of Theatre at York University, the company has been a springboard for a generation of outstanding Canadian theatre artists. Theatre @ York alumni include stage and screen actors Rachel McAdams, Thom Marriott, Tamara Bernier, Patrick Galligan, Melody Johnson, Deborah Hay, Maurice Dean Wint and Christine Horne; playwrights Djanet Sears and Diane Flacks; and directors Richard Rose and Jillian Keiley.


 Theatre @ York’s 2010-2011 Season
 Ti Jean and His Bothers

Dates: Previews from Nov 7, opens Nov 9, runs to Nov 13

Schedule:  7:30pm nightly with 1pm matinees Nov 10 and 12

Location: Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre in York University’s Centre for Film & Theatre

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,

Dates: Previews from Jan 23, opens Jan 25, runs to Jan 29

Schedule:  7:30pm nightly with 1pm matinees Jan 26 and 28

Location: Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre in York University’s Centre for Film & Theatre

The Witch of Edmonton

Dates: Previews from Mar 20, opens Mar 22, runs to Mar 26

Schedule: 7:30pm nightly with 1pm matinees Mar 23 and 25

Location: Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre in York University’s Accolade East Building
Performances take place at York University’s Keele campus, 4700 Keele St. Toronto [Map]


$17 | students & seniors $12 | Previews $5
Come Play with Us! season subscription $40 |  students & seniors $25

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Amy Stewart, Communications, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University
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