Behind the Scenes

Talking Fringe – Fourth Gorgon Theatre Perform You Know I Know At Toronto Fringe 2015

you know i knowYou Know I Know by Fourth Gorgon Theatre, playing at Toronto Fringe Festival, is an intriguing collection of everyday secrets presented in a highly creative way.

I could relate to quite a few stories recounted by the performance, and wanted to find out more about how the creators/performers conceived and developed them. Here’s what I found out after speaking with the group: Continue reading Talking Fringe – Fourth Gorgon Theatre Perform You Know I Know At Toronto Fringe 2015

Fringe Town Hall Meeting: Notes From The Underground

Last week’s Toronto Fringe Town Hall meeting may have been light on attendees but it was heavy on productive conversation, including remote contributions from friends via Twitter. Everyone in attendance was encouraged to raise questions and concerns and to share commentary as Kelly Straughan, the Executive Director, ran the show.

First up was a report on the success of the 2014 festival. Last year was a record breaker for Toronto Fringe: the highest selling festival in the organization’s history. No small feat. The Fringe Club was another success as evidenced by artist and audience feedback as well as bar sales $15,000 higher than expected.

We didn’t wait long before addressing the BIGGEST change: ticket sales. This past year, Fringe introduced a new ticketing policy where 100% of show tickets were made available for purchase in advance. In previous years, 50% of tickets were available in advance while 50% went on sale at the door starting one hour before show time. Continue reading Fringe Town Hall Meeting: Notes From The Underground

Profile: Panfish Productions New Play Contest

 

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Meet the finalists of Panfish Productions New Play Contest: Toronto theatre’s promising new playwrights

Panfish Productions is more than a theatre company. Yes, yes, they make theatre—but more importantly, they incubate it. Every Panfish production is an opportunity for emergent artists to mix with more established and professional mentors: to network, to polish, to develop and to grow. Results so far have been promising, and when Mooney on Theatre heard about their latest project, we got very, very excited.

The Panfish Productions New Play Contest (November 26th to 28th) showcases three young playwrights. Each of them will present a one-night-only workshop performance, and the most successful will receive a full mount as part of Panfish’s 2013 season. It’s an exciting opportunity for three of the city’s most promising new artists, and MoT is pleased to present an inside look at what’s in store for audiences.

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Stage Managing The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine

A Toronto stage manager takes us “behind the curtain” of Unit 102 theatre’s upcoming production of The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine

I am a stage manager.

Most people outside the theatre community don’t really know what that means. Many of my friends have no idea what I do for a living.

Currently I’m working on a comedy called The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine, which opens next week (November 6) and plays through November 24, 2012 at Unit 102. It stars some fabulous actors, Jennifer De Lucia and Daniel Stolfi, and has an equally fabulous director, Robert Morgan, who, along with Martha Ross and Leah Cherniak, wrote the play 25 years ago. The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine is a hilarious look at repressed anger in long-term relationships, because “you always hurt the ones you love”.

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Behind The Scenes of Mýthos: A Crimson Chorus

When I arrived at the Buddies in Bad Times theatre for the Mýthos: A Crimson Chorus workshop showcase on Saturday August 25, it was dominated by dim red lighting, smoke that would erupt out of mysterious places, and random bursts of guitar from the rehearsing band.

At about 7:15pm, writer and director, Heather Jopling came onto the stage to welcome us, point out the audience surveys in our programs and to urge us to leave the theatre immediately following the performance as there was another event immediately following the show. Continue reading Behind The Scenes of Mýthos: A Crimson Chorus