For this year's Alumni Performance Project, we have changed the format due to the restrictions around COVID-19. As we cannot host an in-person performance in one of our theatres, we have instead given three of the artists who submitted proposals a chance to take part in an incubator project. Each artist will share a 10 to 15-minute pre-recorded scene or vignette from their project proposal. The artists will then discuss their project and the challenges they faced in preparing their piece during a pandemic in a live moderated discussion following the screening.
The following three performances will be showcased:
Bros / Les boys/ Ախպերներ
By Art Babayants / Արտ Բաբայանց
Bros/Les boys/Ախպերներ is an episodic play based on personal experiences of queer and racialized people moving to live in Canada. It presents eight realist scenes interspersed with short Grindr-themed interludes. The eight scenes represent seemingly disparate stories: stories of immigration, radical displacement, everyday inhospitality, extreme religiosity, casual racism and homophobia. One of the subplots involves an Armenian-Iranian gay couple moving to a Canadian fly-over province where they find the same levels of conservatism – even though very carefully concealed under a thick layer of cold politeness – that they faced in their countries of origin. In turn, the Grindr interludes occurring between the realist scenes provide comic relief and remind the audience that they are engaging with the medium of theatre: as the actors start interacting with the mobile app lines, emoticons and blank photo frames appearing on the stage as projections.
By Becca Willow Moss
Becca Willow Moss is a Jewish actor, singer, writer and visual artist based in Toronto. In this piece, she explores the performativity of mourning in the context of her Jewish upbringing. Through mishigas*, Mourner’s Kaddish, mortality, and music, Shiva is inspired by Becca Willow’s one-woman show: Fried Onions.
Written by Brad Gira, Frosina Pejcinovska, and Stephanie Zeit
Directed by William Dao and Margaret Rose
France, in the Middle Ages. An elite group of monks invite all the nuns in the country to live in their prestigious monastery during the men's sudden hiatus. Only four disparate and desperate women manage to answer the letter’s call. Problems arise when the monastery was not what was promised: the soil is dry, the building is in shambles, a wolf stalks the premises at night, and there are far too few of them. Everything starts to seem like a scam. The women's faith and friendships are tested more and more by increasingly mysterious events. They disagree about what is happening and the basic facts of their life.
This digital exposé of The Work will introduce you to our group of young women and their isolated world. As a compilation of scenes and artefacts of a larger story, this video project is a relic of the developing play and popcorn entertainment in its own right.
The Zoom registration link and meeting details will be posted closer to the event.