Dream Cast Announcement

In celebration of Shakespeare’s 455th Birthday, Driftwood Theatre is very excited to announce the cast of its 25th annual Bard’s Bus Tour production of A (Musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream

For our 25th season, Driftwood imagines A (Musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream as an outdoor summer theatre experience for the entire family. Four lovers and one group of hapless tradespeople experience a chaos-filled night in the forest as they stumble across the mischievous Puck and the magical denizens of the faery kingdom.

Directed by founding Artistic Director D. Jeremy Smith, the A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream ensemble includes founding company member Steven Burley (all three previous Dreams; The 39 Steps, Bruce County Playhouse;) as Bottome, Driftwood’s 2017 Artist-in-Residence Ahmed Moneka (Abduction from the Seraglio, Canadian Opera Company; Moskitto Bar; Moneka Arabic Jazz; Trafalgar 24, Driftwood Theatre) as Puck, returning company member Siobhan Richardson (Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Driftwood; The Penelopiad, Grand Theatre London; ) as Titania/Hippolyta, and welcomes back James Dallas Smith (Ipperwash, Native Earth/Blyth; Trafalgar 24, Driftwood Theatre) to his first Bard’s Bus Tour role since 2002’s As You Like It as Oberon/Theseus.

Returning company members are joined by fresh faces Nick Dolan (Once, Theatre St. John’s) as Demetrius, Nathaniel Hanula-James (National Theatre School) as Lysander, Kelsi James (Theatre Sheridan) as Helena, and Marissa Orjalo (Sheridan/UTM) as Hermia.

Using Shakespeare’s text A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream is a colourful, rocking, rolling, funktastic, jazz-infused musical celebration of theatrical proportions; with everything performed live and entirely A Cappella. Originally created by Driftwood in 2004 and performed again in 2012, A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream reunites composers Kevin Fox (The Swingle Singers, Cadence) and Tom Lillington (Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Hampton Avenue) with director Jeremy Smith.

“It’s about community, companionship and love,” said Driftwood Artistic Director Jeremy Smith. “Dream reminds us of the importance of putting down our devices, stepping away from our screens, and making the kind of tangible connections which encourage empathy, understanding and respect.”

A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream creative team includes production designer Julia Kim (Judas Noir, Obsidian Theatre; assistant designer, Stratford Festival), dramaturge Myekah Payne (Obsidian Theatre; Rosalynde, Driftwood), and stage manager Kelsey Rae. The creative team is supported by Movement Coach Jennifer Dallas, Movement Coach Associate Jessie Garon, and Apprentice Stage Manager Angela Mae Bago.

Solve for X Cast Announcement

Driftwood Theatre proudly announces the cast for its upcoming Play in a Pub reading of Alicia Richardson’s Solve for X, May 1 at the Social Capital Theatre (154 Danforth Avenue, Toronto), 7:30pm.

Bringing Ms. Richardson’s script to life over a few good pints will be Lovell Adams Gray (A Few Good Men, Theatre Aquarius; Judas Noir, BDB Productions/Obsidian), Natasha Mumba (School Girls: The African Mean Girls Play, Obsidian Theatre; Henry V, Dracula, Middletown; Shaw Festival; Hamlet, Driftwood), Leighton Alexander Williams (Dixon Road, Judas Noir, Obsidian Theatre) and Cliff Saunders (The Cherry Orchard, Modern Times Theatre; The Heir Apparent, Chicago Shakespeare; Les Misérables, Broadway).

Solve for X tells the story of Maxine (Mumba) trapped inside the mind of Cooper (Adams-Gray) and tasked by the mysterious maintenance worker (Saunders) of Cooper’s brain to unravel the mystery of a horrible crime hidden within the memories of Cooper’s relationship to his best friend TJ (Williams).

Solve for X was originally created and staged for Driftwood’s 24-hour play-creation festival Trafalgar 24 on March 9, 2018. Ms. Richardson was subsequently provided with a five-week paid residency to develop her work.


Driftwood Theatre Group

Driftwood Theatre is Ontario’s leading outdoor, summer theatre company, celebrating 25 years on the road with its award-winning Bard’s Bus Tour, reaching over 46 communities and 100,000 people across Ontario. We believe in theatre for everyone in Ontario, regardless of where you live or how much money you might have in your pocket. Driftwood Theatre is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

Play in a Pub is an informal series or readings bringing together celebrated members of the theatre community to read new Canadian plays over a pint.


Driftwood Theatre presents

Play in a Pub: Solve for X, by Alicia Richardson

Myekah Payne | Dramaturge 

Cast: Lovell Adams Gray, Natasha Mumba, Leighton Alexander Williams, Cliff Saunders

May 1, 2019 | 6:30pm doors | 7:30pm reading

The Social Capital Theatre | 154 Danforth Avenue, Toronto (just East of Broadview subway station)

Admission is by donation.


For more information please call 844-601-8057 or visit driftwoodtheatre.com/see/playinapub/

 

Trafalgar 24 raises $20,000 for Driftwood Theatre

Emerging creator Hannah Rittner selected as the 2019 Beyond The Bard resident playwright

On Friday, March 8 Driftwood Theatre kicked off its 25th season with yet another extraordinary TRAFALGAR 24, the most unique site-specific theatre event around. Over the course of one day, 24 theatre artists from across Ontario descended upon Trafalgar Castle to write, rehearse and perform six new plays set within the rooms, halls, nooks and crannies of Whitby’s very own 19th century castle.

The 24-hour event was capped off by an evening of public performance featuring Driftwood’s signature Trafalgar 24 Silent Auction and dessert reception. The event raised nearly $20,000 in support of Driftwood Theatre’s upcoming 25th annual Bard’s Bus Tour featuring William Shakespeare’s magical (musical) A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

By jury selection, emerging Toronto playwright Hannah Rittner was selected from among six participating playwrights to receive a five-week paid residency with Driftwood Theatre to develop her short play, I Am Amazed And Know Not What To Say, which was created specifically for the event. Mr. Rittner will work this summer alongside Driftwood’s company of artists to revise and expand her script, with dramaturgical support, rehearsals and public readings.

When I first heard of this opportunity, I felt like it was unlike anything I had gone after before – all night writing and putting something up on the spot amidst the distinct environment of the Whitby castle,” writes Ms. Rittner. “I look forward to discovering my relationship to this place by looking deeply into the past in order to create a sensuous, beautiful, and emotionally riveting experience for the audience.”  

The TRAFALGAR 24 jury consisted of Toronto producer Derrick Chua, Cameco Capitol Arts Centre (Port Hope) Artistic Director Susan Ferley, Living Room Arts Studio Executive Director Mary Krohnert, Driftwood Theatre Artistic Director Jeremy Smith, OnStage theatre critic Joe Szekeres, and special audience guest Sherry MacLeod.

Participating TRAFALGAR 24 artists were remaining playwrights Wallis Caldoza, Matth Hertendy, Rebecca Ostroff, Polly Phokeev, Melissa Taylor; directors Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster, Katrina Darychuk, Claren Grosz, Mark McGrinderLeighton Alexander Williams, and Alison Wong; and performers Belinda Corpuz, Sarah Deller, Oliver Dennis, Andrea Houssin, Megan Miles, Dan Mousseau, Rose Napoli, Andy Pogson, Anand Rajaram, Jamie Robinson, Neta J. Rose, and Hillary Warden.

TRAFALGAR 24 was hosted by performer and award-winning Artistic Director (Bad Hats Theatre) Fiona Sauder.


TRAFALGAR 24 is proudly supported by leading partners RBC Foundation (RBC Emerging Artists Project), Deighton Associates (Castle Sponsor) and HMA The BENEFITS People (Reception Sponsor), and performance sponsors Mason Bennett Johncox, Lloyd’s Pest Control, W.B. White Insurance and Nice Bistro.

Driftwood Theatre is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council. The Bard’s Bus Tour is grateful for the ongoing support of Tour Sponsor Ontario Power Generation.

Trafalgar 24 Directors Announced

Driftwood Theatre’s biggest fundraising event of the year is tomorrow night, March 8

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All the castle’s a stage as Driftwood Theatre kicks off its 25th season with the most unique site-specific theatre event around, TRAFALGAR 24. Over the course of one day, 24 theatre artists from across Ontario will descend upon Trafalgar Castle to write, rehearse and perform six new plays set within the rooms, halls, nooks and crannies of Whitby’s very own 19th century castle.

Bringing together a cast that blends award-winning artists with the finest emerging talent, Driftwood Theatre is thrilled to announce this year’s Trafalgar 24 performers.

It all starts tonight, Thursday March 7 at 10pm as six playwrights get locked into Trafalgar Castle overnight with eight hours to each create a short, site-specific play within the castle. Picking up the finished scripts tomorrow morning and guiding them to performance in only eight hours will be six of Ontario’s most promising and exciting directors.

Heading to the castle tomorrow morning with twelve actors are Trafalgar 24 directors Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster (The Wolves, Howland/Crows; Cannibal, Scrap Paper/Next Stage), Katrina Darychuk (No Clowns Allowed, Blood Pact; Orlando, Soulpepper), Claren Grosz (CHICO, Theatre Passe Murraille/Pencil Kit Productions), Mark McGrinder (Trafalgar 24, The Jedi Doth Return, Driftwood; Oslo, Theatre 180), Leighton Alexander Williams (Judas Noir, Obsidian/BDB Productions; Residue, CBC) and Alison Wong (Trafalgar 24, Driftwood; La fedeltà premiata (Royal Opera House, Mumbai).

TRAFALGAR 24 is Durham Region’s most unforgettable annual theatre event where twenty-four artists receive a scant 24-hours to write, rehearse and perform six site-specific plays in Whitby’s beautiful 19th century castle. At TRAFALGAR 24 the audience is right on top of the action as each of the 10-minute scripts play out around them in locations throughout the castle. TRAFALGAR 24 audience members play a vital role of their own, helping to select on winning playwright to receive a five-week paid summer residency with Driftwood Theatre to develop their work.

Previously announced participating playwrights are Wallis Caldoza, Matt Hertendy, Rebecca Ostroff, Polly Phokeev, Hannah Rittner, and Melissa Taylor.

Previously announced actors are Belinda Corpuz, Sarah Deller, Oliver Dennis, Andre Houssin, Megan Miles, Dan Mousseau, Rose Napoli, Andy Pogson, Anand Rajaram, Jamie Robinson, Neta J. Rose and Hillary Warden.

As Driftwood’s signature gala event of the season, TRAFALGAR 24 raises $20,000 annually in support of theatre for everyone in Ontario – no matter where you live or how much money you have in your pockets. It is a sumptuous affair featuring both a wine & cheese and dessert buffet, and a silent auction with some of the best deals around in entertainment, electronics, services and art.

For the first time, the TRAFALGAR 24 will feature a special pre-event online auction, allowing people everywhere to make bids on a curated selection of ten spectacular auction packages. The TRAFALGAR 24 online auction is now live and runs to March 8.   

TRAFALGAR 24 is proudly supported by leading partners RBC Foundation (RBC Emerging Artists Project), Deighton Associates (Castle Sponsor) and HMA The BENEFITS People (Reception Sponsor). Driftwood Theatre is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council.


Driftwood Theatre Group presents

TRAFALGAR 24

Friday, March 8, 2019

Trafalgar Castle, 401 Reynolds Street, Whitby, ON

Doors/Silent Auction start: 6:30pm.

Performances begin: 7:30pm.

Tickets: $65 (General Admission), $25 (for guests 25 and under).

For tickets and information: www.driftwoodtheatre.com/see/trafalgar24/