STAGES Theatre Festival STAGES 2020: Behind the Curtain
This year, with the impact of social distancing, we are presenting a re-imagined online festival. The festival will take place from July 8 to August 21, 2020, on Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7:30pm.
We will be taking a look behind the scenes at what goes into the productions at our festival. Each production in the 2020 lineup will be leading a session on a topic relevant to their show.
The Schedule: *All events will take place online. While events are FREE, you do need to reserve a ticket through Eventbrite. You will receive your viewing link for the event closer to the date.*
Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30pm - LEGacy Circus - Accessibility and Creative Movement Join Vanessa Furlong and Erin Ball in a workshop that explores a brief introduction to Disability Theory and creative processes to incorporate accessibility and inclusion for audiences and performers. Target audience: Performers and instructors of dance/circus/theatre
Friday, July 10 at 7:30pm - That's Us - The Art of the Solo Show: Shifting Between Distinct Characters In their production of Monster, actor Taylor Olson played 12 different characters, often moving rapidly between each. Olson and director Julia Schultz will take you behind the scenes of how they used the language of viewpoints, music and choreography to create intuitive switches from on character to another. Participants will practice their own rapid character shifts.
Friday, July 17 at 7:30pm - LizCo Creative - UNCONFINED – OPEN REHEARSAL Please visit us via Zoom for a sneak peek at scenes from LizCo Creative’s, UNCONFINED. Writer/Performer Elizabeth Richardson and Director Ed Thomason look forward to describing the gestation of the idea, the development of the script, the exciting challenges of a show involving one actor and three characters, and to hearing from you in a Q & A session.
Friday, July 24 at 7:30pm - RBC EFT/PARC Emerging Playwrights Unit -Meet the Playwrights and their Projects EFT/PARC Playwrights Unit leader, Pamela Halstead, talks with members about the challenges of their plays and processes, and each will read an excerpt from their works in progress. Also, check out presentations in STAGES by Playwright Unit members Lily Falk (Gale Force Theatre) and Edie Reaney Chen (New Pants Project)
Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30pm - Surplus Production Unit - Old Words / New Stakes Members of the creative team for A Timed Speed Read of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Trial Transcript with Additional Notes will talk about the project's unique theatricality. They will touch on the challenges of approaching a 100-year-old verbatim text, of trying to make each night's show faster than the one before, the organizational feat of preparing for the performance, and trying not to panic in the process. And who knows, they might even reveal a few of the secrets contained in the show's central prop -- an eight foot tall stack of paper that isn't quite what it seems.
Friday, July 31 at 7:30pm - Tea Time Creation Co - Tea and Conversation: A Fishbowl Discussion For this Behind the Curtain session, we at Tea Time wish to highlight and amplify voices that are not our own. We acknowledge our privilege as an all-white company and we feel we have a responsibility to support underrepresented voices in our community. Tea Time will be holding space for a group of artists from the BIPOC community to have a conversation about racism and theatre in Halifax where BIPOC voices are at the centre. Pour yourself a cup of tea and listen in.
Wednesday, August 5 at 7:30pm - Parlour Tricksters - Parlour Tricks: The Musical... It's About Time! With host/Musical Director, Lisa St. Clair, Jamie Bradley (playwright/lyricist) & Scott Owen (composer/lyricist) discuss their new musical farce set in mid-Nineteenth Century Halifax and why it took 33 years to finish it. Jamie & Scott talk about how "Parlour Tricks" started as a buffet theatre improv show, then a sit-com (rejected by CBC!), then a novel, and finally a twisted musical comedy.
Friday, August 7 at 7:30pm - Sinking Ship Theatre Creations - Making a Gentlewoman Lara Lewis and Mark Foster are artistic cohorts who have been working together for five years. Over the course of their relationship, Mark, a writer, and Lara, a dramaturge, have developed different perspectives on the dramaturgical process. Join the two as they discuss their experiences with the evolution of Foster's one-act play The Waiting Gentlewoman, and all the forms it has taken over the years.
Wednesday, August 12 at 7:30pm - The Club Inclusion - Backstage with Club Inclusion Theatre In this all access interview with some of our cast members, we will take a deep look at our actors and actresses. We ask why they love acting, what inspires them to create the characters they play, how the theatre makes them feel and other personal questions. We hope this will give everyone more of an idea of who we are!
Friday, August 14 at 7:30pm - Gale Force Theatre - Crypthand, Beyond the Code Crypthand is based off of the 19th century diarist Anne Lister's first love at boarding school with her roommate Eliza. An exploration of primary source documents that shaped the play.
Wednesday, August 19 at 7:30pm - Neptune Theatre TourCo - Presenting TYA in the New Normal Laura Caswell will host a discussion with artists and creators to discuss ways we have been creating and will continue to create and present Theatre for Young Audiences in these challenging times.
Friday, August 21 at 7:30pm - New Pants Project - from: Florine An interactive-immersive-multimedia-mailout-performance-art-piece which asks the user to engage in a new way with the work of Florine Stettheimer.