The following article was submitted by Mary-Lou Schagena, communications, Faculty of Fine Arts.
Heralded for its varied, provocative and entertaining theatre repertoire, York University’s Creative Ensemble is set to showcase its talents in Unfit for Precaution. This collection of six 15-minute plays will be staged in the Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre on Thurs. Dec. 9 and Sat. Dec. 11 at 7:30pm and a matinee Fri. Dec.10 at 1pm.
The fourth-year theatre students in the Creative Ensemble don’t restrict themselves to familiar territory. Reaping the rewards of working together within unbounded parameters of imagination and risk-taking, they bring to the stage shadings of dark comedy, physicality, questioning experiences and even a splashy musical number. The lineup of productions includes:
- Rule Of Thumb pushes the “LIMBits” of community service with actors/playwrights Dave Deveau, Sarah Dineen, Maya Rabinovitch, Shannon Roszell and Jason Sharman.
- Prey enacts a physical obsession in a world where the lines between predator and prey become blurred, featuring actors/playwrights Duncan McCallum and Andrea Winzer.
- Playing Dog challenges the adage “history repeats itself”, starring actors/playwrights Nisha Ahuja, Jordan Kennedy, Liam Morris, Kristy Piper and Sadie St. Denis.
- Nothing Like the Sun reflects upon waking up one day with a sense of loss, without knowing what may have been or how to retrieve it, with actors/playwrights Serge Plourde and Koby Rogers Hall.
- Tom Quixote poses the question “I think therefore I am, but can that save me?”, starring actors/playwrights Tom Kerr and Paul Lacey.
- The Way examines survival of the fittest – humanity vs. nature – featuring actors/playwrights Julia Ainsworth, Heather Annis, Amy Lee, Duncan McCallum, Cassandra Togneri and Andrea Winzer.
Unfit for Precaution may be just the ticket for theatre-goes who are interested in new theatre works and looking to experience something different on stage. Admission is pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $5. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the box office in the lobby of the Centre for Film and Theatre, by phone at 416-650-3303, by e-mail, or at the door. For detailed information about the Creative Ensemble, including the plays and cast, visit their Web site.
This showcase of short plays by the Creative Ensemble is the first of two presentations, with the second program slated for April 2005.