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NOTE FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTORS Last summer, after being selected as the Artistic Directors of playGround 2018, we met up in a coffee shop in Richmond Hill on a rainy day and outlined what was important to us in theatre. Then, we created a mandate for the festival: the playGround festival will be a host to the development of original and experimental pieces involving ideas that push the boundaries of traditional theatrical form. This year’s initiative includes collaboration between students in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design to facilitate and nurture an interdisciplinary festival. We implemented this mandate primarily through the show selections. With the help of a panel comprised of students within AMPD, we sought out shows that would push the boundaries of theatrical form and content in three categories: script, concept and monodrama. We believe that collaboration between artists is vital in show creation, so we also hope you enjoy the live jazz music that the festival boasts this year! Additionally, we wanted to push the creators of each show in their process as well. And so we introduced the GameChangers. When each creator applied to the festival, they were to sign the GameChanger Agreement. This agreement stated that there would be a ceremony wherein every creator would draw a slip of paper at random from a pool of theatrical challenges. They would then have to implement this theatrical challenge into their piece. Our GameChangers were also to challenge the artists to consider the following questions: Why does this story have to be told live? Why playGround? Why theatre? We encouraged the creators of each piece to consider these questions with hopes of creating a dynamic festival for the York University community. Led by Eleanor Kschischang, this year’s initiative also included a diverse “Dramaturgy Army”. A group of dramaturges who helped guide their pieces. Over the course of the last 5 months, we have been challenged as artists and as people. We would like to thank the contributors to this festival for their dedication, creativity, and passion as well as our assistants, production team, and media team for their hard work that made the festival possible. Thank you so much for joining us and we hope you enjoy the show! Sincerely, Sierra and Yasaman


T h e a t r e @ Yo r k Pr e s e n t s

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Yasaman Nouri

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Sierra Marilyn Riley

PRODUCTION MANAGER Cara Baum

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Johnathon North

PROD. STAGE MANAGER Madeleine Harkness

ASST. PROD. STAGE MANAGER Caitlin Brennan

DRAMATURGY COORDINATOR Eleanor Kschischang

VISUAL ART CURATOR Liana Marissa Shaw

ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Jacob Hope

ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Tom Middleton

PUBLICITY Tanner Wur-Lucko

SERIES A

SERIES B

Music: The Daron McColl Duo The Other People PreJudas iMasterbate Shack in the Forest Rose’s Thoughts from the Raft Manmade Stardust Tashbaby

The Mario Posella Group P(issed) O(ff) Box Wishing You a Lifetime of Mutlukluk Birth Day Clit Clair de Lune Yiya & Ligia The Secret Project

The 2018 playGround festival is dedicated to Naiereh Damavandi and Louis DiFlorio


SERIES A THE OTHER PEOPLE The Other People is a Frank Zappa tribute show that combines absurdity, mayhem, and music. Featuring live performance by YorkU Jazz students. CW: Loud noises, stobe lighting Connor Moe - Creator Gwyneth Whalen-Hughes - Costume Sam Hacking - Director Designer Caitlin Mears - Lighting Designer and Performers: Sean Mccarthy, Jack GreenStage Manager Marcoe, Seamus McDermott, William Charlotte Ayaz - ASM Dietrich, Sam Ruttan, Nico Levy

PREJUDAS

I too have been betrayed” [Pre]Judas is a beautifully crafted collective of marginalized voices who experience betrayal on a day to day basis. Through telling their own stories, they intend to make the audience think about how they view people (with prejudice) like the actors who make up our cast. CW: Loud noises, flashing lights, gunshots, racism, transphobia, identity Christina Sousa- Creator/Director Celeste Bianca -Stage Manager/Dramaturg Lamia Abozaid - Lighting Designer

Performers: Robin Kadirgamar, Thilini Seevakireedam, Heffat Hussaini, Megan Legesse, Tony Ofori

IMASTURBATE Two young adults explore how masculinity, femininity, and masturbation has shaped their lives. The show hopes to bridge the male voice back into the feminist movement after many moons of exclusion and misinformation. CW: Loud noises, quick light changes, sexuality, rape Madeleine Harkness and Eleanor Raechel Kula - Lighting Designer Kschischang - Writers and Directors Julian Iacob - Stage Manager Katya Norton - Set/Costume Designer Performers: Emily Hughes and David Adam Breen - Sound Designer Browne

SHACK IN THE FOREST A group of Albertan teenagers get into more than they bargained for when they go on one last adventure in the forest behind the haunted town they grew up in. You’ve heard of Cabin in the Woods, now get ready for: Shack in the Forest. CW: Light in eyes of audience, flashing lights, sudden noises, spirits Karley Jagusic and Jade Silman Julia Carrano - Sound Designer Co-Directors/Creators Julian Iacob - Costume Designer Celeste LaCroix - Asst. Director Thulacy Sriskantha - Set Designer Michael Reynolds - Stage Manager Jessica Copetti - Dramaturg Amelia O’Grady&Braden HendersonNicholas Beardsly, Catherine Brown, Ian ASMs Henteleff, Ethan Langlois, Vitoria Matias, Eleanor Kschischang - Lighting Designer Sam Page


ROSE’S THOUGHTS FOR THE RAFT Have you ever wondered what was going through Rose’s mind when she laid on that (fairly reasonably sized) raft the night the Titanic sunk? Rose’s Thoughts is a retelling of that fateful moment with a twist that will forever change the way you look at that iconic scene. CW: loud noises, pulsing lights, death, sex Noah Sisson – Project Lead Ashley Frederick – Assistant Director Julia DeMola – Assistant Director Lauren Westbury – Stage Manager Fiona Vandermyden, Arielle Voght – ASM Katie Alford – Lighting Designer Tanner Wur-lucko – Costume and Makeup Designer Emily Currier – Set Designer

Shae-lynn Applegate – Set Designer Nathan Bruce – Sound Designer Performers: Alexandra Floras-Matic, Amber Dagenais, Alex Colle, Sabrina Livesey, Matthew Rossi, Alona Schulman, Martin Gomes, Olivia Fisico, Lauren Wilson

MANMADE STARDUST

(MONODRAMA)

A bad acip trip distorts to reality of an unbreakable person and forces them to see things from a breakable point of view CW: drug use, identity, extitentialism Eleanor Kschischang – Lighting Designer and Dramaturg

Catherine Brown–Creator/Stage Manager Sadie Wells – Performer

TRASHBABY Trashbaby explores the mania and absurdity behind performative gender and female sexuality. A creature is birthed into an alternate dimension and is taken on an auditory tour of the sexy, dirty, nasty, irresistibly feminine persona and the icons that have played this role throughout history CW: Sudden sound/lighting changes, loud noises, sexual violence, female exploitation Katherine Doering – Project Lead/ Nina Milanovski – Choreographer Performer Acadia Walsh – Costume Designer Julia Carrano– Stage Manager/Makeup Adam Bromley – Sound Designer Kayla Thomas - ASM Designer

MUSIC BY THE DARRON McCOLL DUO Darron McColl– Guitar Sam Ruttan - Drums


SERIES B P(ISSED) O(FF) BOX

P.O. Box explores what unfiltered anger looks like through ranting with different topics that are different each show; ending in a rap inspired by Tyler the Creator. CW: Loud noises, sound distortion. Due to the nature of the performance we can not guarentee what will be said on stage. Here are some things that may be discussed: family, drug use, aggression. Sam Hacking– Project Lead/Performer Nicholas Sluyk –Director Rachel Henfrey - Stage Manager Araceli Ferrara – ASM

Rachael Henfrey – ASM Katie Alford - Lighting Design Dylan Alsop – Sound Designer

WISHING YOU A LIFETIME OF MUTLULUK

Writing a speech for your best friend’s wedding? Sure. Writing it for some non-english speaking family? Okay. Writing it for a slightly homophobic audience and it’s a gay wedding? This just might be impossible. CW: Homophobia, family. lkiz Gurbuz – Project Lead Barbara Morrone-Sanchez – Co-Director Araceli Maria Ferrara– Assistant Director Sarah Grindal – SM /Costume Design Nicholas Beardsly, Amelia Mielke-O’Grady – ASM Georgia (George) Wong–Asst. Costume Design Isaiah-John (Jay) Sison – Sound Designer Leanne Connor – Assistant Sound Designer Samuel (Sam) Alexis Page, Hannah McIntyre – Set Designers

Ashley Whitten –Lighting Designer Natasha K. Lee – Media Designer Fiona Vandermyden – Assistant Media Designer Konstantinos (Kosta) Athanasellis– Choreographer Performers: Ikiz Gurbuz, Barbara MorroneSanchez, Liam James can den Wildenberg, Bulut Gumulu, Hailey Perrault, Wesley MageeSaxton, Russell Blower, Christine Toth Leanne Conno - Live Performers

BIRTH DAY

An absurdist post-apocalyptic show that explores the uncertainty of choosing a future and how important a parent’s support can be. CW: Loud sudden noises, light changes, existentialism, capitalism, war. Megi Kaca– Playwright

Sydny Blois – Project Lead Jade Silman - Dramaturge Emily O’Hara – Stage Manager Gloria Mampuya – ASM Ashley Whitten – Lighting Designer Arielle Voght– Costume Designer Gabrielle Levesque – Costuming

Chloe Currie – Set Designer Samantha Uhl – Set Crew Matthew Sabido – Sound/Media Designer Kiana Hagir – Props Master Performers: Kenneth Jones, Hailey Perrault, Kosta Athanasellis, Lauren Moore, Josh Hughes, Megi Kaca, Julia Murphy, Selena Otello

CLIT.

A performance art piece discussing female sexuality and masturbation. Through drag and lipsync we see the discover and exploration of the body and how masturbation can be used as a healing tool to reclaim independance and love. CW: Sudden lighting and sound changes, loud noises, sexual Imagery, sexual abuse. Acadia Walsh– Project Lead/ Performer Jessica Copetti – Creative Collaborator Madeleine Monteleone –Stage Manager Emily Hughes – Costume Designer

Dakota Stevenson – Lighting Designer Deanna Marie Gisborne –Art/Set Design Alexandra Caprara –Sound Designer Monica MacFadyen–Props Master


CLAIR DE LUNE

A lucid dream, fragmented memories, the same two lines of a song - how much of your life does the moon see? Clair de Lune is a show about silence, identity, and courage. CW: Sudden/loud noises, sexual assault, self-fharm, depression, sexuality, sudden death, self image Karley Jagusic - Director and Playwright Performers: Avery Ash, Carly Romano, Jade Silman - Director and Dramaturge Gloria Mampuya, Erin McAdams, Braeden Celeste Lacroix - Asst. Director Samuel, Alexandra Floras-Matic Shae-lynn Applegate - Stage Manager Emily Currier and Robyn Mercanti- ASMs

YIYA & LIGIA Two sisters struggle to make peace with death after one is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Through the tears, laughter, and fear Yiya y Ligia highlights the importance of family and sisterhood. Inspired by the two most courageous women I know, It’s my honor and privilege to share their story. CW: Sudden/loud noises, flashing lights, cancer Yassmin Altamirano - Playwright and Director Beth Ransom - Stage Manager and Sound Design Amir Bahador&Felix Hao - ASMs

Caitlin Mears - Lighting Design Nishina Loft-Costume and Props Design Amir Bahador - Sound Design Performers: Sadie Wells, Velrose Pereira, Jessica Copetti

THE SECRET PROJECT

Can we tell you a secret? Parts of the show are real. Parts are fake. Parts are improvised and parts are based on true stories about terrible and funny and painful things that have happened to real people in the real world. Everything in this show is a secret. CW: Loud noises and sudden LX changes. Due to improvisation in the show we can not garentee what will be said on stage, the show may deal with topics of: family, death, identity, homophobia, violence. Jason Weston-Wong - Creator and Director Katya Norton - Stage Manager Cilaine Maurin - Sound Designer

Eleanor Kschischang - Lighting Designer Jessica Coppetti - Dramaturge Performers: Dylan Vogelaar, Russel Blower, Taylor Sabourin, Onella deZilva

MUSIC BY THE MARIO POSELLA GROUP Mario Posella - Guitar Will Dietrich, Zack Reynolds - Bass Marcus Baskie, Chris Lundy - Saxaphone Simon Thomson, Kevon Webb - Drums


NOTE FROM THE CHAIR

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 26th annual playGround festival premiering original works by our talented students. This year we are especially excited to include students from the Departments of Computational Arts, Music and Visual Art&Art History. We take great pride in the work of our students in the Department of Theatre as well as members of the AMPD community. Your presence means a great deal to us. With the cast, crew and creative team, you are an integral part of their journey as they become Canada’s next generation of artists. I look forward to seeing you at the Devised Theatre Festival March 12-17, and the final production of our season, the remarkable Dido, Queen of Carthage by Christopher Marlowe and directed by the renowned Peter Hinton, March 18-24, 2018.

THEATRE@YORK

York University’s Department of Theatre is the largest and most comprehensive in Canada, combining in-depth academic studies and rigorous practical training in all aspects of theatre. Each year, the Department mounts a season of fully-staged productions through Theatre@York, as well as workshop performances and student-run works-inprogress. Theatre students are encouraged to take courses throughout the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, including the Departments of Cinema & Media Arts, Computational Arts, Dance, Design, Music, and Visual Arts & Art History. Combined with their General Education course work, these learning opportunities make our students well-rounded collaborators, ready for all aspects of professional work in the theatre. Through our courses, students deal with the creative processes and technical skills involved in the theatre. Acting, directing and production/design are offered alongside dramatic literature, theatre history and theory, theatre criticism and playwriting. Our Theatre program is divided into the following areas of study: Production/Design / Devised Theatre / Performance Creation & Research / Acting Conservatory / Playwriting and Dramaturgy / Drama and Education We offer the following Undergraduate degrees: BA (Honours) Theatre / BFA (Honours) Theatre / BA (Ordinary) Theatre We also offer the following Graduate degrees: MFA Theatre (Acting, Directing, Design, Performance Creation) / MA Theatre and Performance Studies / PhD Theatre and Performance Studies

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Aaron Kelly, Steve Ross, James McKernan, Ines Buchli, Katya Norton, Julia Demola, Emily Hughes, Andrei Pora, Anthony Brezovsky, Kathy Lucko, Deanne Gisborne, Nicole Williamson, Serena Kobayashi-LeBel, Victoria Moreno


PLAYGROUND CREWS

Production Manager............................................................................................................Cara Baum Production Stage Manager............................................................................Madeleine Harkness Assistant Production Stage Manager.................................................................Caitlin Brennan Technical Director....................................................................................................Johnathon North Head of Lighting.........................................................................................................................Yu Liang Assistant Lighting......................................................................................................Courtney Binnie Head of Sound........................................................................................................................Sara Salahi Assistant Sound.............................................................................Celeste LaCroix, Chelsea Pieper Head of Publicity.....................................................................................................Tanner Wur-Lucko House Manager.............................................................................................................Ashley Whitten Department Accessibility Coordinator..................................................................Katya Norton Poster Design.................................................................................................................Mirabelle Wang Visual Artists Curator: Liana Marrisa Shaw Artists: Deanne Gisborne, Nicole Williamson, Serena Kobayashi-LeBel, Victoria Moreno Dramaturgy Dramaturgy Coordinator: Eleanor Kschischang playGround Dramaturg: Jake Heisler Dramaturgy Team: Eleanor Kschischang, Genevieve Canavan, Jade Silman, Jake Heisler, Jessica Copetti, Maddy Harkness, Nicholas Beardsley, Kathleen Dickson, Celeste LaCroix

Deanna Gisborne CW: Some of the images in following pages represent nude bodies


Serena Kobayashi-LeBel

Nicole Williamson


Victoria Moreno


Nicole Williamson

Serena Kobayashi-LeBel


Serena Kobayashi-LeBel

Deanna Gisborne


Deanna Gisborne

Nicole Williamson


Serena Kobayashi-LeBel

Deanna Gisborne


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