Theatre@York’s fringe festival breaking new ground

Theatre@York presents the edge of the theatre world Feb. 7 to 10 in the Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre during its annual fringe-theatre festival, playGround. Well known for its uncurbed spirit and risk-taking mindset, the festival is just the ticket for adventuresome theatre-goers looking to experience something fresh and unique.

Now in its 14th season, playGround is a collection of new, experimental plays, plays-in-progress, works “ready in the wings,” and promising performance projects, all conceived, written and performed by up-and-coming playwrights, directors and actors from all levels of York’s undergraduate theatre program.

Mounted alongside Theatre@York’s mainstage productions, playGround serves as an incubator for student creativity, presentation and production development. It is a crucial step in the development process, especially for playwrights who have an opportunity to see an audience’s response to their new works. For patrons, the festival offers a glimpse of the creative process and a chance to experience brand new works which are the cornerstone of Canadian theatre.

PlayGround rides the rollercoaster of taste, offering the audience an exciting and diverse theatrical experience through comedy, drama and everything in between,” said artist directors Andrew Cheng and Maya Rabinovich.

Seventeen new plays will be showcased over four days and in two series.
Series A, running Feb. 7 & 8, at 7:30pm and again Feb. 10 at 1pm, features nine performances:

 Just Like Pirandello Blues 

   Written and directed by Glyn Bowerman

 Jigsaw    Written by Natalie Frijia
   Directed by Zohar S. Romm
 Two Hundred and Forty Seconds     Written and directed by Diana Skelhorne-Gross
 in the garden    Written and directed by James Fanizza
 a boy and his bear    Written by Andrew Gaboury
   Directed by Nathaniel Brettle
 Spare Change    Written by Natalie Shmulik
   Directed by Emma Byrne
 The Willhelm Agenda    Written and directed by Simon Esler

The Cyclical Existence of You
and Me 

   Written by Trevor Haldane
   Directed by Miriam Goldstein
   and Trevor Haldane 

 The Valentine    Written and directed by Chris Rouse


Series B, running Feb. 9 & 10 at 7:30pm and again Feb. 8 at 1pm, features eight performances:

Letters to my Grandma     Written by Anusree Roy
    Directed by Dawn Nearing
Cigar Box     Written and directed by Adam Crisman
Stay of the Nation     Written by Shari Lava
    Directed by Taylor Graham
Little Red     Written and directed by Chris Rouse
Waiting for the Go     Written and directed by Joe Vermeulen
The Cuckoo     Written by Helen Androlia
    Directed by Dahlia Katz
Scene for Two Friends in a Crisis     Written and directed by Christopher Douglas
playITforward     Written and directed by Erin Fleck, Lara Stokes,
    Natalie Frijia, Christine Pellerin, Nathaniel Brettle
    and Leif Conti-Groome

Admission is $5. For tickets, call the box office at 416-736-5172, ext. 3.