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Geordie Theatre Fest 2020

Geordie Theatre Presents its third edition of the Geordie Theatre fest!

This one-week special event supports Geordie’s initiative as a leader in the development of great new works for Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA). With staged readings in partnership with the National Theatre School of Canada, and our acclaimed 2Play touring shows (The Water ChroniclesandFear of Missing Out) on a mainstage platform, the Geordie Theatre Festival gives audiences of all ages the chance to get an inside look at what’s next for TYA. 

 

STAGED READINGS

February 5-7, 2020

 

This year, the Geordie Theatre Fest will be presenting four staged readings. When We Grow Up written bKalale Dalton – Lutale and directed by our former artistic director Dean Patrick FlemingCelestial Bodies written by Jake Archer and directed by Amanda Kellock and The Granddaughter written by Gillian Clark and directed by Dean Patrick Fleming. 

Finally, on Friday the 7th of February, 2020  The Ugly Ones, a special reading  to honor the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, will take place. 

The reading is written and developed by acclaimed playwright Chelsea Woolley and children’s author Candace Amarante and directed by our artistic director Mike Payette. It is a story inspired by true events that occurred prior to the Soccer World Cup 2014 and The Rio Olympic Games in 2016 where, in preparation for these events, some favelas (Brazilian slums) were cleared, resulting in the relocation of street children to detention camps. The reading will be followed by a discussion featuring special guests from UNICEF CanadaSave the Children, McGill University, and Equitas. 

 

THE WATER CHRONICLES

February 8 & 9, 2020

Developed in partnership with Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal

Every year, Geordie produces two plays by exceptional playwrights and directors, one for elementary schools and one for high schools and CEGEPS. This year the cast is made up of National Theatre School of Canada graduate Chloe Giddings, actor and playwright Stephen Booth, and Chadia Kikondjo, former favourite of La Voix (TVA) and graduate of Bishop’s University.  

The artists have been traveling thousands of kilometers to be part of this landmark theatre road-trip performing over 200 shows to more than 40 000 students! 

In a few weeks, Geordie’s annual 2Play Tour shows the Water Chronicles and Fear of Missing Out will be brought to the mainstage.  

The Water Chronicles is written by the gifted Alexandria Haber whose plays have been produced in Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, the UK and Montreal including Alice and the World We Live In (Centaur Theatre). 

The play is directed by Zach Fraser, a Montreal-based director who recently directed Louis Riel: A Comic Strip Stage Play (Rustwerk) 

The show is a playful examination of our relationship with water and the impact this has on our environment. It asks questions: Who owns water? What happens when we don’t respect water? How can we make a difference in avoiding the very real possibility of a water crisis? In an imaginative and fun way, the play explores the many ways that water impacts our lives and how small changes (and small kids!) and can make a big difference. 

 

FEAR OF MISSING OUT

February 8 & 9, 2020

Developed in partnership with Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal 

Fear of Missing Out is written by award winning playwright Michaela Di Cesare who recently won a META for Outstanding New Text for Successions (Centaur), and is directed by the talented Sophie Gee, aNTS graduate and theatre creator who recently created the show Lévriers and directed The Tropic X for Imago Theatre 

The play is the story of Olive who wants to research a string of assaults at bus stops in her neighbourhood for the school paper. Unfortunately, she’s grounded and spends all her free time working at her parents’ deli under their watchful supervision. Olive’s best friend T-Star (née Tanya) is growing impatient with this arrangement and starts to withdraw from the friendship. Vincent, an aspiring forensic scientist on the autism spectrum, befriends Olive and promises to help her crack the case. It is a beautiful coming-of-age play that looks at the tough choices facing teens today; a contemporary tale that honestly navigates conversations and realities of consent, cultural identity, and independence. 

 

GEORDIE THEATRE FEST

Staged Readings

In partnership with the National Theatre School of Canada  

When We Grow Up 

By: Kalale Dalton-Lutale 

Directed by: Dean Patrick Fleming 

Featuring: Danny Brochu, Mahalia Golnosh Tahririha, Anton May and Leni Parker 

 

Celestial Bodies 

By: Jake Archer 

Directed: by Amanda Kellock 

Featuring: Lucinda Davis 

 

  The Granddaughter 

By: Gillian Clark 

Directed by: Dean Patrick Fleming 

Featuring: Samantha Bitonti and Alex Goldrich 

 

The Ugly Ones 

By: Candace Amarante and Chelsea Woolley 

Directed by: Mike Payette 

Featuring: Camila Fitzgibbon, Gabe Maharjan, and Mariana Tayler 

 

 

Mainstages: The Water Chronicles and Fear of Missing Out 

Developed in partnership with Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal  

 

By: Alexandria Haber (WC) and Michaela Di Cesare (FOMO) 

Directed by: Zach Fraser (WC) and Sophie Gee (FOMO) 

Production Manager: Haylee Tucker 

Technical Director: Elly Tomasson 

Set and Costume Designer: Sophie El Assad  

Lighting Designer: John Cleveland 

Sound Designer: Rob Denton 

Dramaturge: Emma Tibaldo 

Featuring: Chloe GiddingsStephen BoothChadia Kikondjo 

              

PERFORMANCES: February 5-9, 2020 

FREE GTS WORKSHOPS inspired by THE WATER CHRONICLES (children ages 5 and up): February 8 & 9, 2020  

At 12:30PM 

ASL – INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE OF FEAR OF MISSING OUT: February 8 at 4:00pm 

VENUE: 3680 rue Jeanne – Mance, Montreal, QC, H2X 2K5 

TICKETS for staged readings: pay-what-you-decide 

TICKETS for mainstage: $22.43 (adults), $20.13 (seniors, students); $17.25 (teens 13-17); $15.53 (children) 

BOX OFFICE and INFORMATION: 514 845-9810 or www.geordie.ca
 

Geordie Theatreentertains, provokes thought, fires up the imagination, and challenges our audiences of all ages with the unique power of professional live theater. We celebrate theatre’s powerful impact by working with established professional artists from various disciplines and cultural backgrounds to create works that are provocative, relevant and enchanting; inspiring dialogue between communities, children and parents as well as teachers and students of all ages. We are proud to inspire 40,000 young people annually with our unique and important mission.  

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CONTACT: Farida Badrawy at (514) 845-9810 or communications@geordie.ca 

Geordie Productions Inc. 550 DelinelleMontreal, QC, H4C 3B1 Tel: 514.845.9810 Fax: 514.845.3634  www.geordie.ca 

   

 

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