Crow's Theatre 2022.23 Season Announcement
For immediate release: May 31, 2022
Crow’s Theatre announces a jam-packed, 12-play season in its east-end home for 2022.23: Tom Rooney headlines Chekhov’s masterpiece UNCLE VANYA; Allan Louis brings famed actor Ira Aldridge to life in Lolita Chakrabarti’s RED VELVET; Kristen Thomson returns in the title role in Rajiv Joseph’s Pulitzer Prize–nominated BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO; FIFTEEN DOGS, based on the beloved novel by André Alexis, receives its world premiere in Marie Farsi’s adaptation; and Mitchell Cushman returns to Streetcar Crowsnest to helm Sondheim’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG.
The fabulously eclectic, 12-show season includes UNCLE VANYA in a version by Liisa Repo-Martell, directed by Artistic Director Chris Abraham; the Canadian premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti’s RED VELVET about the first Black man to play Othello in London’s West End in 1833, directed by Crow’s Theatre RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize–winner Cherissa Richards; the Toronto premiere of the Pulitzer Prize–shortlisted BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO, directed by Rouvan Silogix in a co-production with Modern Times Stage Company; Marie Farsi’s long-awaited premiere of FIFTEEN DOGS; and a co-production of PERCEPTUAL ARCHAEOLOGY with Fire and Rescue Team, a new Blind-led company with Alex Bulmer and Leah Cherniak; presentations of the Festival Players production of THE SHAPE OF HOME, SONGS IN SEARCH OF AL PURDY; Soundstreams’ ELECTRIC MESSIAH; and the Côté Danse creation X (DIX); plus, productions in association with producing partners, including Paolo Santalucia’s PRODIGAL (The Howland Company), METAMORPHOSES 2023 (Theatre Smith-Gilmour), MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (YES Theatre), and THE CHINESE LADY (Studio 180 Theatre and fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company).
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TORONTO (May 31, 2022) – Today, Crow’s Theatre Artistic Director Chris Abraham and Executive Director Sherrie Johnson unveiled a 12-show season that spans the classics, contemporary work, CanLit adaptations, musical theatre, dance, and music. Following a successful relaunch of the theatre with the 2021.22 season, Crow’s Theatre and its producing partners invite audience members to subscribe and join the adventure, as its two popular east-end theatres are transformed into new worlds between September and June.
Executive Director Sherrie Johnson
“We want to give Torontonians a great reason to make theatre-going a habit again and enjoy a night out. With 12 shows in our two venues, with our fabulous restaurant Gare de l’Est offering the best pre-show prix fixe menu in town, and with our Lobby Bar (open pre- and post-show) featuring music, comedy, and cabaret, the theatre will be full of delights next season.”
Artistic Director Chris Abraham
“We have something for everyone with a season for theatre lovers and the theatre curious. The lineup includes new perspectives on classic works from Homer, Chekov, Shakespeare, Ovid, and Handel. Prolific, international dramatists Lolita Chakrabarti, Rajiv Joseph, and Lloyd Suh will have Toronto premieres side by side with world premieres by Canadian playwrights Alex Bulmer and Paolo Santalucia. The works of CanLit heroes Al Purdy and André Alexis are transformed into unmissable theatrical experiences for fans of their work, and those about to discover them. We are thrilled to be presenting our first dance show, and three signature musical experiences are peppered throughout the year, with music also taking centre stage in our lobby post-show.
“Audiences will be treated to a theatre space that is constantly transforming—something we take pride in at Crow’s Theatre. With each production you will be immersed in a new world: a country estate in Ukraine at the end of 1890s, the dreamily surreal streets of Iraq after the fall of Baghdad, backstage on opening night at Drury Lane in London in 1833, and the contemporary streets of Toronto from a dog’s-eye view, to name a few. This is the season to rediscover the collective experience of theatre and to take a journey with us.”
The Crow’s Theatre 2022.23, 12-show season begins with Anton Chekhov’s UNCLE VANYA. A dazzling cast, which includes Ali Kazmi, Eric Peterson, Shannon Taylor, Bahia Watson, and the transcendent Tom Rooney as Vanya, breathes new life into Chekhov’s masterpiece in a version by Liisa Repo-Martell. Directed by Crow’s Theatre Artistic Director Chris Abraham, UNCLE VANYA reunites the creative team of Julie Fox, Thomas Ryder Payne, Kimberly Purtell, and Ming Wong from The Seagull, the 2017 sold-out hit co-production with Canadian Stage and The Company Theatre. Brimming with emotional intensity, comedic genius, and tragic weight, this Crow’s Theatre commission and world-premiere adaptation provides an up-close encounter with a classic of world drama that every theatre lover must see.
THE SHAPE OF HOME, SONGS IN SEARCH OF AL PURDY, the Crow’s Theatre presentation of the Festival Players’ original song cycle and Canadian spin on country living, will run concurrently in the Studio Theatre. Al Purdy’s gregarious, muscular, and irreverent language revolutionized Canadian poetry by rejecting colonial literary values, subverting the notion that poetry must be difficult, and reinventing the mythos of “country living” for a generation. THE SHAPE OF HOME, created and performed by some of Toronto’s most beloved musical theatre performers, including Frank Cox-O’Connell, Beau Dixon, Hailey Gillis, Raha Javanfar, and Andrew Penner, probes themes of mortality, nature, artistic perseverance, and profound love.
In October, Crow’s Theatre and Modern Times Stage Company present the postponed Toronto premiere of BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO, written by Rajiv Joseph and directed by Modern Times Artistic Director Rouvan Silogix. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO directly confronts the toll of war on faith, culture, and the human spirit. Returning cast members include Christopher Allen, Mahsa Ershadifar, Sara Jaffri, Ali Kazmi, Ahmed Moneka, and Kristen Thomson as Tiger and designers John Gzowski, Lorenzo Savoini, and Ming Wong.
In November, Crow’s Theatre RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize–winner Cherissa Richards returns to Streetcar Crowsnest to direct the Canadian premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti’s remarkable RED VELVET. Based on the true but little-known story of Ira Aldridge, RED VELVET is about the first Black actor to play Othello on a West End stage. A fascinating retelling of an explosive moment of theatre history, RED VELVET is also an ever-timely examination of one of Shakespeare’s most resonant tragedies. With Allan Louis as Ira Aldridge, the impressive ensemble cast also includes Ellen Denny, Starr Domingue, Nathan Howe, David Jansen, and Jeff Lillico and designers Julie Fox, Thomas Ryder Payne, Arun Srinivasan, and Ming Wong.
In December, Crow’s Theatre’s annual holiday programming, now an east-end tradition, returns. The Dundas & Carlaw Holiday Corner includes a festive installation in the windows of Streetcar Crowsnest, live performances, an artisans’ market, and yummy treats and will feature a special presentation of Soundstreams’ ELECTRIC MESSIAH. This immersive and theatrical reimagining of the most famous piece of baroque choral music features music and dance and creates deeply personal connections with themes of love, betrayal, and redemption.
Acts of divine intervention set 2023 in motion, beginning in January with the long-awaited premiere of Marie Farsi’s FIFTEEN DOGS, adapted from the bestselling novel by André Alexis. A modern-day fable about 15 dogs who are gifted—or cursed—with human consciousness and must reckon with morality, mortality and the profound relationships they share with humans. The pawesome cast and creative team include actors Laura Condlln, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Tom Rooney, and Tyrone Savage and designers Julie Fox and Kimberly Purtell.
Crow’s Theatre is proud to be partnering with several independent producing companies this year to help bring their work to the stage. In February, The Howland Company returns to Streetcar Crowsnest after their lauded production of Casimir and Caroline and our smash-hit co-production of The Wolves. Presented In association with Crow’s Theatre, PRODIGAL, written and directed by Paolo Santalucia, examines queerness, marginalization, and forgiveness, as two young men attempt to re-engage with the families they have lost—one returning to confront his past and the other to start his future.
Theatre Smith-Gilmour in association with Crow’s Theatre present METAMORPHOSES 2023, a courageous and contemporary adaptation of Ovid’s epic 8AD poem. Theatre Smith-Gilmour tackles the opus with its innovative, physical theatre style, focusing on eight metamorphoses.
In the spring, YES Theatre in association with Crow’s Theatre present Stephen Sondheim’s misunderstood masterpiece MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. Dora Award–winning immersive director and frequent Crow’s Theatre collaborator Mitchell Cushman reinterprets this storied musical about youthful idealism with the wunderkinds of Sudbury’s YES Theatre.
Also running in May, Studio 180 Theatre and fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company in association with Crow’s Theatre present the Canadian premiere of Lloyd Suh’s THE CHINESE LADY, a dark, poetic, and searing portrait of Western culture seen through the eyes of a young Chinese woman. Marjorie Chan directs the true story of 14-year-old Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman to set foot in America.
The season closes in June with two astonishingly different works, both deeply informed by travel. Crow’s Theatre and Fire and Rescue Team present PERCEPTUAL ARCHAEOLOGY, an authentic experience that challenges perceptual bias and prioritizes blindness. PERCEPTUAL ARCHAEOLOGY, written and performed by Alex Bulmer and directed by Leah Cherniak, is accessible to Blind and sighted audiences.
Crow’s Theatre is proud to present X (DIX), created by Côté Danse, the newly formed prestigious dance collective of Guillaume Côté, “one of the finest male dancers in the world” (The London Times). Conceived during the pandemic when travellers were beckoned home, X (DIX) is an adventure into the unknown.
Crow’s Theatre is also getting back on the road with tours of Zorana Sadiq’s MIXTAPE–recently announced as part of The Grand Theatre’s 2022.23 season–and Cliff Cardinal’s radical retelling of AS YOU LIKE IT, including at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa January 2023 and a special return engagement in Toronto March 2023.
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CROW’S THEATRE 2022.23 SEASON
A Crow’s Theatre production
Written by Anton Chekhov
A new version by Liisa Repo-Martell
Directed by Chris Abraham
Set and props designed by Julie Fox
Costumes designed by Ming Wong
Lighting designed by Kimberly Purtell
Sound designed by Thomas Ryder Payne
With Ali Kazmi, Eric Peterson, Tom Rooney, Shannon Taylor, Bahia Watson
September 6 to October 2, 2022
Opening Night: Friday, September 9, 2022 at 7:30pm
In the waning days of Czarist Russia, Ivan “Vanya” Voinitsky, and his niece, Sonya, toil ceaselessly to run their family estate. After retiring, Sonya’s father, a celebrated professor, returns to the estate with his young, glamourous wife. When he announces his plans to sell the land and evict them all, passions explode and lives come undone.
A dazzling cast, led by the incomparable Tom Rooney as Vanya, breathes new life into Chekhov’s masterpiece in a new version by award-winning actor Liisa Repo-Martell. Brimming with emotional intensity, comedic genius, and tragic weight, this Crow’s Theatre commission and world-premiere adaptation provides an up-close encounter with a classic of world drama that every theatre lover must see.
Directed by Crow’s Theatre Artistic Director Chris Abraham, UNCLE VANYA reunites the creative team from The Seagull, the 2017 sold-out-hit co-produced with Canadian Stage.
Crow’s Theatre presents Festival Players
THE SHAPE OF HOME
SONGS IN SEARCH OF AL PURDY
Created by Frank Cox-O’Connell, Beau Dixon, Hailey Gillis, Marni Jackson, Raha Javanfar, Andrew Penner
Directed by Frank Cox-O’Connell
Performed by Frank Cox-O’Connell, Beau Dixon, Hailey Gillis, Raha Javanfar, Andrew Penner
September 11 to 25, 2022
Opening Night: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 8pm
“What the hell do we do with this brief little life of ours?” Al Purdy
THE SHAPE OF HOME, SONGS IN SEARCH OF AL PURDY is an original, theatrical, song cycle that beautifully conjures poetry and letters to tell the story of one of Canada’s most legendary artists. A musical investigation into the life and work of Canada’s unofficial poet laureate, THE SHAPE OF HOME honours Purdy’s quest to live life fully, to love deeply, and to challenge actively.
Created by award-winning artists Beau Dixon (Orphan Song, Tarragon Theatre), Hailey Gillis (Master and Margarita, Crow’s Theatre), Andrew Penner (Ghost Quartet, Crow’s Theatre), Raha Javanfar (Rose: A New Musical, Soulpepper), Marni Jackson (co-writer of the film Al Purdy Was Here), and Frank Cox-O’Connell (The Riverboat Coffee House, Soulpepper), who also directs, THE SHAPE OF HOME is adventurous and audacious and finds beauty in unexpected and unusual places.
Crow’s Theatre and Modern Times Stage Company present
BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO
Written by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Rouvan Silogix
Set, props, and lighting designed by Lorenzo Savoini
Costumes designed by Ming Wong
Sound designed by John Gzowski
With Christopher Allen, Mahsa Ershadifar, Sara Jaffri, Ali Kazmi, Ahmed Moneka, Kristen Thomson
October 11 to November 6, 2022
Opening Night: Friday, October 14, 2022 at 7:30pm
Performed in English with Arabic
“It’s a black comedy, a grisly horror show, and a metaphysical ghost story.” The Hollywood Reporter
Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominated, and National Endowment for the Arts award winner for Outstanding New American Play, BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO is set amid the chaos of the American occupation of Iraq. In this darkly comic tale, the lives of two American marines intersect with an Iraqi gardener as they search through the rubble of war for friendship, redemption, and a toilet seat made of gold.
Playwright Rajiv Joseph is a two-time Obie Award winner for Best New American Play, a writer for the Netflix series Nurse Jackie, and co-screenwriter of the film Draft Day, directed by Ivan Reitman. Director Rouvan Silogix is a Pakistani-Tanzanian immigrant and award-winning theatre creator. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Theatre ARTaud and was Crow’s Theatre Associate Artistic Director before being appointed Artistic Director of Modern Times.
A Crow’s Theatre production
Written by Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Cherissa Richards
Set and props designed by Julie Fox
Costumes designed by Ming Wong
Lighting designed by Arun Srinivasan
Sound designed by Thomas Ryder Payne
With Ellen Denny, Starr Domingue, Nathan Howe, David Jansen, Jeff Lillico, Allan Louis
November 22 to December 18, 2022 at 7:30pm
Opening Night: Friday, November 25, 2022
“... frankly, thrilling. ... they burn the place down.” Time Out New York
Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed onstage while playing Othello. Ira Aldridge, a young, Black American actor has been asked to take over the role, but a Black man has never played Othello on the English stage before. His groundbreaking performance upends centuries of British stage tradition and changes the lives of everyone involved.
As anti-abolition riots take over the streets of London, how will the cast, critics, and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?
An imagined version of true events, Lolita Chakrabarti’s multi-award-winning play raises the curtain on a fascinating figure in theatre history and provides a microcosm of our current struggle for progressive change, both on and off the stage. Director Cherissa Richards (Harlem Duet, Bard on the Beach), winner of the 2021 Crow’s Theatre RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize, returns to Crow’s after working as Assistant Director on MixTape last season.
Crow’s Theatre presents Soundstreams
Inspired by Handel’s Messiah
Stage director Rob Kempson
Music director Adam Scime
December 22 to 24, 2022
Soundstreams’ ELECTRIC MESSIAH is a theatrical and utterly immersive reimagining of Handel’s masterpiece featuring music and dance. It creates a deeply personal connection to universal themes of love, betrayal, and redemption. The musical influences are as wide ranging as jazz, blues, hip-hop, gospel, classical, and global. Four extraordinary singers from diverse genres are accompanied by an eclectic instrumental ensemble who seamlessly melds the baroque with electronica. Never the same two years in a row, ELECTRIC MESSIAH introduces new voices and interpretations—this year it is the world premiere of a new interpolation by composer Lieke van der Voort.
Soundstreams is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with an exciting mix of new music by Canadian and international composers that encompasses a wide range of genres from chamber and vocal/choral music to contemporary opera. The company is recognized for creating compelling thematic programming, aiming through new music to explore significant issues, including social justice, that have deep resonance with our time and place.
A Crow’s Theatre production
Adapted and directed by Marie Farsi
Based on the novel Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
Set, props, and costumes designed by Julie Fox
Lighting designed by Kimberly Purtell
Sound designed by David Mesiha
With Laura Condlln, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Tom Rooney, Tyrone Savage
January 10 to February 5, 2023 @ 7:30pm
Opening Night: Friday, January 13, 2023
“You can't know what a life has been until it is over.” Fifteen Dogs, André Alexis
Is it possible to die happy? That is the question the gods Hermes and Apollo ponder over a beer at the Wheatsheaf Tavern in Toronto. They make a bet, grant 15 dogs human consciousness, and watch from above as the pups discover the poetry and the pitfalls of complex thought and emotion. In this modern-day fable of fate, faith, love, and language, the pack must reckon with morality and mortality and the profound relationships they share with humans.
Fifteen Dogs, the beloved, global bestseller by Toronto writer André Alexis, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and Canada Reads. Adapter and director Marie Farsi directed the wildly successful Ghost Quartet in 2019 for Crow’s Theatre, where she was Associate Artistic Director for two seasons.
The Howland Company in association with Crow’s Theatre present
Written and directed by Paolo Santalucia
February 21 to March 12, 2023
Opening Night: Friday, February 24, 2023 @ 7:30pm
“If it’s a war of attrition you want, Dad, then you better start digging the trenches. Because I’ve been waiting a long time for this.” Edmund in Prodigal, Paolo Santalucia
PRODIGAL, a world premiere, follows the return home of Edmund Clark, the gay, alcoholic, eldest son of a prominent Toronto family, after he is cut off from the family trust. On the way home, Edmund meets Levi, a man with whom he impulsively engages in a passionate encounter before realizing Levi is also en route to Edmund’s family home. The reason: Levi is the brother of the Clark family’s estate manager.
PRODIGAL, from the critically acclaimed The Howland Company (Casimir and Caroline, The Wolves, Punk Rock), examines themes of queerness, privilege, marginalization, and forgiveness.
Paolo Santalucia (Orphans for the Czar, Crow’s Theatre) is an award-winning theatre artist and one of the founding artistic leaders of The Howland Company, for which he adapted and directed Casimir and Caroline and, soon, Three Sisters. As a member of the Soulpepper ensemble for 11 seasons, Paolo appeared in The Seagull, La Bête, Of Human Bondage, and Bed and Breakfast, among others.
Theatre Smith-Gilmour in association with Crow’s Theatre present
Written by Michele Smith and Dean Gilmour with the company
Directed by Michele Smith
March 21 to April 9, 2023 at 7:30pm
Opening Night: Friday, March 24, 2023
“Everything changes. Nothing dies. The soul wanders here and there, occupying whatever body it chooses.” Metamorphoses, Ovid
Survival is at the core of METAMORPHOSES 2023, an inventive adaptation of Ovid’s 8AD epic poem. Ovid paints the landscape of a cruel world that could be our world: rape, revenge, gruesome violence, and women’s rage and resilience. To be alive is to be constantly changing, constantly transforming.
METAMORPHOSES 2023 is post-mime, it is illusion, it is spoken word and silence. And it is a dialogue between European Mime and Bharatanatyam dance style, incarnating the original text’s mythic elements.
An innovative, physical theatre company, which has enjoyed international acclaim, Theatre Smith-Gilmour, co-founded by Michele Smith and Dean Gilmour, is committed to creating a theatre mobilizes the imagination.
YES Theatre in association with Crow’s Theatre present
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Based on the original play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Directed by Mitchell Cushman
April 19 to May 7, 2023
Opening Night: Friday, April 21, 2023 at 7:30pm
“We had a good thing going, going, gone.” Merrily We Roll Along, Stephen Sondheim
From Broadway’s greatest songwriter, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG is a daring musical that ticks backwards in the story of three lifelong friends who fall apart and come together trying to make their dreams come true.
An elderly man returns to the familiar rooftop of his optimistic younger years to contemplate decades of misspent friendship, fame, and fortune in Stephen Sondheim’s misunderstood masterpiece. A searing take on the value of friendship and the cost of throwing it all away, this stripped-down and essential production of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG explores the high price of success and its relentless pursuit.
Dora Award–winning immersive director and frequent Crow’s Theatre collaborator Mitchell Cushman returns to Streetcar Crowsnest following acclaimed productions of Jerusalem and The Flick to reinterpret this storied musical about youthful idealism with the wunderkinds of YES Theatre, Northern Ontario’s premiere musical theatre company.
Studio 180 Theatre and fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company in association with Crow’s Theatre present
THE CHINESE LADY
Written by Lloyd Suh
Directed by Marjorie Chan
May 2 to 21, 2023
Opening Night: Friday, May 5, 2023 at 8pm
“It is a beautiful thing to look at something long enough to really understand it. But it is so much more beautiful to be looked at long enough to be understood.” The Chinese Lady, Lloyd Suh
Afong Moy is 14 years old when she’s brought to the United States from Guangzhou Province in 1834. Purportedly the first Chinese woman to set foot on U.S. soil, she has been put on display for the American public as “The Chinese Lady.” As the decades wear on, her celebrated sideshow comes to define and challenge her very sense of identity. Alternatingly dark, poetic, and whimsical, the play is a searing portrait of Western culture seen through the eyes of a young Chinese woman.
Playwright Lloyd Suh’s previous works includes Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, American Hwangap, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, and Jesus in India. He was a 2020 recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.
Director Marjorie Chan is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist, Artistic Director of Theatre Passe Muraille, and Governor General’s Literary Award in Drama nominee for China Doll, her playwriting debut.
Crow’s Theatre and Fire and Rescue Team present
Written and performed by Alex Bulmer
Directed by Leah Cherniak
June 1 to 25, 2023
Opening Night: Tuesday, June 6, 2023 at 8pm
“I see better with my feet.” Perceptual Archaeology, Alex Bulmer quoting James Holman
In 1996, Blind theatre artist Alex Bulmer had a life-changing encounter with a swimming pool. It sparked a new ambition to become a travel writer and to venture across Europe and North America.
PERCEPTUAL ARCHAEOLOGY reveals unexpected relationships with time, geography, and meaning. It asks questions about how to perceive and make meaning of space, and recounts a story that is playful, unpredictable, and revelatory.
Alex Bulmer and Leah Cherniak are established leaders in disability arts and physical theatre, respectively, and have previously collaborated on several projects, including the 2021 short film Postcards from My Balcony. Recently, Alex Bulmer curated CoMotion Festival at Harbourfront Centre, a multidisciplinary celebration of new ideas and expressions by Deaf and disabled artists.
PERCEPTUAL ARCHAEOLOGY is accessible for Blind and sighted audiences.
Crow’s Theatre presents Côté Danse
Choreography by Guillaume Côté
June 14 to 18, 2023
Opening Night: Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at 7:30pm
“The piece is very powerful and shows an evolution of Guillaume Côté’s style as a choreographer."
Chroniques de danse
Principal Dancer and Choreographic Associate at The National Ballet of Canada, Guillaume Côté, with his newly formed dance collective Côté Danse, explores the myth of Odysseus with his work X (DIX). Conceived during the pandemic, a time when travellers were beckoned home, X (DIX) is about the adventure into the unknown, trusting your inner compass, and the challenges of finding your way home, whether it be a state of mind or a physical place.
Hailed as “one of the finest male dancers in the world” by The London Times, Guillaume Côté is respected internationally for his outstanding musicality, technique, and dramatic interpretation. He has danced most of the major classical roles with The National Ballet of Canada and has had several lead roles created on him. In 2013, he was appointed Choreographic Associate at The National Ballet of Canada and, since 2014, has been Artistic Director of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur in Québec.
Crow’s Theatre and our producing partners gratefully acknowledge support from the Toronto Arts Council, Toronto Arts Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Province of Ontario, Canada Council for the Arts, and Department of Canadian Heritage.
ABOUT CROW’S THEATRE
For more than 30 years, Crow’s Theatre has been a leading force in the Canadian theatre landscape, recognized for provocative and award-winning new theatre work that has toured nationally and internationally. Led by Artistic and General Director Chris Abraham and Executive Director Sherrie Johnson, Crow’s Theatre ignites passionate and enduring engagement between our audiences and artists by creating, producing, and promoting unforgettable theatre that examines and illuminates the pivotal narratives of our times.
In 2017, Crow’s Theatre moved into our first permanent home, the purpose-built Streetcar Crowsnest at the corner of Carlaw Avenue and Dundas Street, in Toronto’s east end. Since opening the building with Kristen Thomson’s smash-hit The Wedding Party, Crow’s Theatre has produced many notable productions, including Emil Sher’s adaptation of Ian Brown’s The Boy in the Moon, Julius Caesar with Groundling Theatre Company, Annie Baker’s The Flick with Outside the March, Dave Malloy’s haunted song cycle Ghost Quartet, George F. Walker’s Orphans for the Czar, and Cliff Cardinal’s radical retelling of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
Our home at Streetcar Crowsnest comprises four venues for cultural programming and community events: Guloien Theatre (200 seats), Studio Theatre (80 seats), Nada Ristich Studio-Gallery (80 seats), located at 1210 Dundas Street East, and our Lobby Bar. We also have a full-service restaurant that features 60 seats indoors and 75 seats on the outdoor patio. Our facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technical and specialized theatrical equipment, full-streaming and digital-event capabilities, and artistic and administrative offices. Crow’s Theatre is distinguished as a preeminent cultural destination for its far-reaching imagination, exchange of ideas, diversity, and grassroots belief that the arts are essential to healthy and thriving communities.