Welcome to Theatre Passe Muraille’s eclectic and soul-stirring 22.23 season
From left to right: Naomi Jaye, Christine Quintana, Molly MacKinnon, Shakeil Rollock, Tristan R Whiston, Moynan King, Suvendrini Lena, Marjorie Chan, Njo Kong Kie, Kanika Ambrose
“Over the past few years, we re-examined our relationship with the world and each other. Even as we return to in-person performances, the landscape has changed. One thing remains to be true: Theatre and art continue to fill our hearts and answer our need to connect, be seen and collectively witness. Sharing the stories of our communities, we continue to affirm the humanity of those not often represented on our stages and do so in the most innovative and accessible ways possible. By doing so, we create space for dialogue, bridges for connection and hope for a kinder, inclusive society.” — Marjorie Chan
Tickets for the RUTAS festival are available now while the remaining 22.23 season will become available on September 1st. Pricing is Pay-What-You-Can-Afford at three price points, $10, $30 and $60.
Coming up this season
Wen takes us back to Hong Kong, in The Year of the Cello, where her and her friend Li-an’s lives are forever changed by their encounter with the Cellist, whose music unlocks all that was left unspoken.
Co-created by the prolific duo Marjorie Chan and Njo Kong Kie, The Year of the Cello is told poetically alongside a live Cello performance, culminating in a lament for loves lost, and a Hong Kong that once was.
*In-person, or enjoy the digital format at home (immersive audio experience via binaural recording)
our place takes us to Jerk Pork Castle in Scarborough— “if you don’t know about it, you better be about it and ask about it!”— where newcomers Andrea and Niesha work in exchange for cash under the table. As the two scrape out a life in Canada, they must also navigate their status as undocumented workers.
This funny, keenly observant script unveils the lives of these undocumented Caribbean workers who go to desperate lengths to get Canadian citizenship — a moving, timely story of those rendered invisible in a ‘welcoming’ Canada.
*Black Out Night November 25!
*Captioned run, AD available on select shows.
Through stacks of books, Theatre Passe Muraille becomes an immersive multimedia experience, Miriam’s World. Based on Martha Baillie’s Giller long-listed novel, The Incident Report, patrons are invited to move from screen to screen inside the library room. This voyage into librarian Miriam Gordon’s life exposes the dark, and often humorous side of urban life and issues.
Okay, you can stop now is a physical theatre experience that explores how we deal with, manipulate, and come to terms with information. Four performers are invited into a landscape full of newspapers: a tangible form of history. Over time, knowing that history is continual, the weight of the news gets the better of each individual.
Through personal accounts and collective experience, each performer navigates their relationship to privilege and power: how do we move forward once history has indelibly been changed?
*In-person and Digital Formats available
Rubble by Suvendrini Lena
A Theatre Passe Muraille and Aluna Theatre co-production world premiere
Playing February 25 to March 19, 2023
Gaza. A mother and her family receive a courtesy call: “You have 58 seconds to leave your home before an explosion. Run.” From this point on, we travel backwards through time, through a siege spanning 2000 years.
In a theatre, broken but not abandoned, hear the voice of late Palestinian National Poet Mahmoud Darwish, and examine the urgent question: what is the meaning of poetry in the midst of war? What is our responsibility as we read, write, hear, and witness the survival of the human spirit in poetry?
Presented in Arabic and English, with captions. Rubble is made with the poetry of Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Fady Joudah and Mahmoud Darwish, used with permission.
This is a story of the fascinating woman composer from the last century, Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Grammatté, whose work was almost lost in the male-dominated classical music field, until she immigrated to Canada.
Never The Last follows Sophie and her passionate relationship with the expressionist painter Walter Grammatté. The couple’s 10 years of marriage is marked by adventure, poverty, artistic strife and tragedy. Woven with violin solo and original text, we are invited to witness the two artists in love, and the increasing space between them.
trace is a sound-based, interdisciplinary performance piece that focuses on the ongoing nature of queer being and becoming.
Beginning with the literal and metaphorical exploration of Whiston’s singing voice during gender transition, traceintegrates sound art, music, video, and live performance. Original compositions made from archival recordings of Whiston’s singing and speaking voice at different stages of his gender transition are mixed live into a multi-track soundscape to create an immersive and interactive experience.
The piece explores representation and identity as embodied processes, paying particular attention to queer vocality and the voice in gender transition. trace asks how we reconcile all of who we have been, with who we are now, and who we are yet to become.
RUTAS 2022: An International Festival of Performances. RUTAS festival comes back after four years with its 5th edition festival. Artists from across the Americas will be invited to re-think the routes to a world that includes all of us.
Produced by Aluna Theatre in partnership with Theatre Passe Muraille, Factory Theatre, York University, and Hemispheric Encounters.
We’ve expanded on our Buzz in-development program, introducing a new creation unit called VUKA, led by Tsholo Khalema, an initiative aimed at further supporting Black artists. Other current artists in residence include Jenn Forgie (Seven Pieces, 2nd year); Coleen Shirin MacPherson (Erased, 3+ years); Silk Bath Collective (Woking Phoenix, 3+ years); Charlie Petch (No one’s Special at the Hot Dog Cart, 2+ years); Nancy Kenny and Edwige Jean-Pierre (2 Francophone works with Dramaturgy by Merlin Simard). Working with digital technologies are Nautanki Bazaar (Kanishka); Luke Reece (Building Relationships with the World, 2+ years); Merlin Simard and Gabe Maharjan (Gender Euphoria, 2nd year).
TPM continues our commitment to accessibility by offering features such as Audio Description, Translations, Captions, ASL Interpretation and Relaxed Performances. Additionally, we will be offering our accessible transportation fund, for the duration of our 22.23 season patrons who may require accessible transportation to and from the theatre (available until fund is depleted).
Community engagement is at the heart of how TPM sees its impact beyond the walls. Community programming this year will include both in-person and virtual events, most of which are available for free. As well, TPM will be programming ancillary community art projects, with details to come.
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