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Theatre Erindale's Season 2011-2012 (Our 20th Anniversary)

» Nicholas Nickleby Part 1

» 1917: The Halifax Explosion

» Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

» Our Country's Good

» Stage Door

 

Nicholas Nickleby Part 1
by Charles Dickens
adapted by David Edgar (abridged version)
directed by Peter Van Wart with Kevin Bowers

The comic masterpiece from one of the world's greatest storytellers
Virtue and villainy, joy and despair - the RSC's epic 1980 West End, Broadway and TV adaptation of Dickens' 1838 novel thrilled millions and won multiple awards to become one of the great events of 20th-century theatre. Part 1 follows the title character and his sister from the tortures of Dotheboys Hall and the machinations of their evil uncle to the feats of the Crummles' Theatre Company. "[The year] will not bring us a more entertaining, deeply moving, and truly theatrical experience." - Toronto Star "A thoroughgoing triumph!" - Boston Globe

OCTOBER 20-22, 27-30, 2011
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1917: The Halifax Explosion
adapted by the Company
under the direction of Meredith Scott
from Mary Ann Monnon's Miracles and Mysteries
and Janet Kitz & Joan Payzant's December 1917
with music direction by Anthony Bastianon and movement by Marc Richard

A Theatre Erindale World Première!
On December 6, three years into WWI, a French ship laden with explosives collided with another in Halifax Harbour and created the greatest man-made catastrophe before the atom bomb - causing unparalleled destruction to the unsuspecting city and its people. Our new third-year class creates a colourful original docu-drama with music focused on the recollections of actual survivors - stunning tales of confusion, injury, loss, and the eventual resurgence of hope.

NOVEMBER 10-12, 17-20, 2011
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Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)
by Ann-Marie MacDonald
directed by Daniel Levinson

The surreally absurd classic Canadian comedy
Mousy academic Constance Ledbelly, driven to despair by her sleazy mentor at Queen's University, falls into a subconscious journey of self-discovery in a world of sword-fighting, gender-swapping, and Shakespearean characters like you've never seen them before! Winner of the Governor General's, Chalmers Canadian Play and Canadian Author's Association Awards, with over 40 productions world-wide. "A feast: funy, fast-paced, and unforgettable!" - Greenmanreview.com
"Exuberant... a tour de force ...
A Canadian classic!" - Toronto Star

JANUARY 19-21, 26-29,2012
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Our Country's Good
by Timberlake Wertenbaker
directed by Patrick Young

The true story of the first play ever staged in Australia
This disturbing and often surprisingly funny tour-de-force by one of Britain's most provocative writers won the BBC and New York Drama Critics Awards and has been produced the world over. In 1789, in the penal colony that will become a new country, under threat of starvation as well as the lash and the noose, a young lieutenant struggles to rehearse The Recuiting Officer with a cast of criminals. "A triumph ... a tribute to the transforming power of drama." - The Guardian
(Note: Course language and mature subject matter.)

FEBRUARY 9-11, 16-19, 2012
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Stage Door
by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman
directed by Heinar Piller

The dreams of young women with their sights set on Broadway
From the legendary authors of Showboat and You Can't Take It With You comes this 1936 blockbuster - fresh from hit revivals in Chicago and Los Angeles. The largest cast we've ever fielded creates two years in the life of a boarding-house filled with hopeful actresses at the height of the Depression, as they fight to hold onto their hope and artistic integridy despite the odds. "As a carnival of characterization, Stage Door is tough to beat." - GeorgeSKaufman.com "[An] historical valentine to the theatre ... superb!" - Los Angeles Times

MARCH 8-10, 15-18, 2012
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