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IDEAS AT CROW'S THEATRE

Dec 14, 2023

 
TORONTO (December 14, 2023)—CBC Radio's IDEAS and Toronto’s Crow’s Theatre are announcing a new collaboration to explore the ideas that animate great art and the crucial questions that shape our world. IDEAS AT CROW’S THEATRE is a five-part talk series to be recorded at Crow's Theatre in Toronto from January to June 2024, inspired by five plays in the theatre's 2023.24 40th anniversary season. This series is a forum for artists and scholars to develop new ideas, and for audiences to engage directly with the pressing questions of our time.
 
Each IDEAS AT CROW’S THEATRE event will feature a 45-minute onstage talk followed by an interview conducted by award-winning IDEAS host Nahlah Ayed and will take place on a Sunday morning prior to a matinee performance. The events, which are free to attend but should be booked in advance, will be recorded for later broadcast on IDEAS*.
Upcoming Events

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 25
IAN WILLIAMS AT THE CAA THEATRE: THE ENDLESS PROCESSION OF DAY

Giller Prize-winning novelist and poet Ian Williams (Reproduction) will explore the relationship between the past and future, inspired by the Crow’s Theatre’s production of Anton Chekhov’s timeless classic UNCLE VANYA being presented by David Mirvish at the CAA Theatre.

> Reserve your free tickets for February 25 here.

 

SUNDAY MARCH 24
MIGLENA TODOROVA AT FACTORY THEATRE: THE MAKING AND UNMAKING OF VIOLENT MEN

The series continues March 24, 2024 in the Mainspace at Factory Theatre, when Social Justice Education scholar Miglena Todorova explores the roots of patriarchy and violence against women in a talk inspired by Lucas Hnath’s DANA H., the true story of his mother’s abduction.

> Reserve your free tickets for March 24 here.

 

SUNDAY APRIL 28
RILEY YESNO AT STREETCAR CROWSNEST: (LAND) BACK TO THE FUTURE

Anishinaabe scholar Riley Yesno will explore Indigenous futurism and the connection between dreams and new realities, inspired by Governor General Award-winning playwright Cliff Cardinal’s HUFF, his solo show about how three brothers cope with the death of their mother and struggle with solvent abuse.

> Reserve your free tickets for April 28 here.

 

SUNDAY JUNE 2
JAMIE CHAI YUN LIEW AT STREETCAR CROWSNEST: COMMUNITY, CITIZENSHIP AND BELONGING

Novelist and immigration and refugee lawyer Jamie Chai Yun Liew explores how our ideas of kinship and family shape the way we understand community, citizenship, and belonging. Her talk will accompany THE WRONG BASHIR, a laugh-out-loud farce that explores personal freedoms, familial expectations, and cultural traditions, by Zahida Rahemtulla.

> Reserve your free tickets for June 2 here.

Additional Information
All talks take place from 10:30am-12:00 noon in advance of the afternoon play performances. All events take place at Streetcar Crowsnest (345 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto) except for the February 25th talk and play being presented at the CAA Theatre (651 Yonge Street, Toronto). 

PLEASE NOTE: The free ticket is for the talk series only and is available to anyone who wishes to participate. A separate ticket must be purchased for each play performance in order to attend the show as well.

CBC IDEAS Host Nahlah Ayed:
“At a time of polarization and division, we are proud to be part of an effort aimed at bringing meaningful conversations to audiences old and new. Theatre has long been one of the best venues for fostering debate and discussion, where plays tell stories that resonate deeply with our lives.

“These five thinkers will bring deep knowledge and wide curiosity to our collective stage, bringing fresh perspectives to some of the most urgent problems of our time.”

 
Crow’s Theatre Associate Artistic Director Paolo Santalucia:
“This partnership captures the importance theatre holds in modern culture. It serves as a powerful platform through which the questions shaping our time find meaningful discourse, hopefully fostering a deeper understanding of each other and the world around us.
 
Through these interviews, patrons will be granted the opportunity to engage more deeply with our productions and the themes that drive them. I hope the impact of these conversations will resonate long after the final curtain falls and leave audiences with a heightened appreciation of the enduring value of our craft.”
 
* IDEAS streams free anytime on  CBC Listen, and can be heard weekdays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC Radio.  IDEAS AT CROW’S THEATRE will broadcast on CBC’s IDEAS throughout the 2024 season. For more information visit www.cbc.ca/ideas and subscribe to the weekly IDEAS newsletter.
 
Completed Events

SUNDAY JANUARY 7
SANDEEP BANERJEE AT STREETCAR CROWSNEST: SINGING IN DARK TIMES

The IDEAS AT CROW’S THEATRE series will begin on January 7, 2024, with McGill professor and world literature scholar Sandeep Banerjee delivering a talk on love and art in times of war, inspired by NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 by Dave Malloy.