Upcoming Events at DART

Faculty of Humanities: Department of Dramatic Arts




Upcoming Events at DART

DART Performances in 2014-15:

join us for our final season in the Sean O'Sullivan Theatre before we move into our new home in downtown St.Catharines in 2015!


Awkward and Uncomfortable

Three interlocking stories explore how to survive the turbulence that washes over us when we question fundamental aspects of our identities. Is it better to find the answers to our secrets or to leave them locked away? And where is that elusive happy ending?

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The Department of Dramatic Arts' fourth-year production brings "Awkward and Uncomfortable" to a whole new level!

An original performance by the fourth-year Devised Theatre class (DART 4F56) will be held on April 16, 17, and 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm, in the Studio Theatre (ST107) at Brock University.

It is awkward and uncomfortable, but you’ll always have to deal with the two per cent of negative extremists.  If you’re an artist or you buck the trend of mainstream culture you’ll always be shouting out from the margins! How does one keep going when the struggle always comes looking for us? Answers are explored through spoken word, choreography and scenes that explore trust, relationships, and self-acceptance. Do we continue relationships when trust is unclear? Do we follow our future when those around us do not believe in it?
 

Tracy is a construction worker who’s just been accepted by the guys, but it all falls apart. Diane and her partner have struggled to be accepted as a lesbian couple, and won, but suddenly her relationship seems empty. Carl has successfully completed his gender transition but his past comes back to bite him in a lawsuit that has unexpected consequences. This production by graduating students of Dramatic Arts' devising class offers superhero guidance for the survival of the quirkiest at the Droopy Vine bar where all are welcome.
 
Set designer Alanna Stewart has created a playful space inspired by Brazilian Favelas that displays the distressed urban world though graffiti and bright colours, a giant community piecing together against all odds. Costume designer Gina Greco, positions the characters as parts of the urban hierarchy through a clash of modern Toronto Queen West and Church Wellesley style, in order to present a beautiful slum, haute, and fantasy world.  
 
Professor and director Gyllian Raby guided the creative process drawing on her experience of creating new plays with One Yellow Rabbit and the RSVP process. Ensemble members include: Amanda McDonnell; Nick Leno; Kendra Neaves; Hayley Malouin;  Misha Harding; Michael Caccamo; Chloe Coyle;  Bri Lidstone; Nicola Franco; Rachel Romanoski; Katie Coseni;  Sean Rintoul; Marie Barros;  Emily Ferrier;  Maggi Robertson and Kate Croome. 
 
The DART 4F56 class is one where students work together collectively. Students use the knowledge they have accumulated throughout their four years of the Dramatic Arts program to create, build, and produce a collaborative piece that embraces the physical expressivity of Grotowski and LeCoq, action study from Stanislavsky, the performance clarity of Brechtian theories, and the work in voice, speech and spontaneity that grounds research and critical theory in human relations. A good theatre process takes awkward and uncomfortable to a whole new level!

FOR TICKET RESERVATIONS: awkwardanduncomfortable@gmail.com
Location: Room ST107 (Studio Theatre), Schmon Tower, Brock Campus.
Admission: Donations accepted

 

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RUR: Rise of the Robot God
 
An updated version of Karel Capek’s 1930s classic robot play.
The past and future of artificial life, complete with phasers and show tunes!
 
Show dates/times: February 12, 13, and 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performance: February 13 at 11:30 a.m.
 
on twitter: #rurrobotrising
 
Directed by David Fancy
Set Design & Costume Design by David Vivian
Lighting Design by Jennifer Jimenez
Music by Steve Chan
 

in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University

Karel Capek invented the word ‘robot’ in 1920s Czechoslovakia and the world has never been the same since. Our updated version of this Marxist robot melodrama features lots of bots and borgs, an apocalyptic vision of the future, and, of course, a theremin. Come witness the robot apocalypse!

See the video below to learn more about the show!


In Rossum’s Universal Robots (1920), Karel Capek invites us into an uncertain future in which the world is overrun by mass-produced robots. Although their makers hoped these machines would free human beings from the bondage of labour, instead, the robots mimic their makers and resort to war against all humans. This play is a precursor to so much subsequent science fiction dealing with artificial intelligence—from Star Trek to Terminator, from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Her. Like these later stories, the play deals with the anxieties of creating artificial life-forms, the awe in the face of robot power and possibility, and the fear of the end of human life on the planet. 

In the play, Rossum’s robot factory is visited by President Glory’s daughter Helena, a robot emancipationist. She attempts to convince the other humans working at the plant that the robots deserve their own freedom. Instead, she never leaves the factory, marries into the Rossum clan, and is present when the robot genocide of humans takes place. The final humans on the planet struggle to understand what has gone wrong. At a time of increasing technologization of labour and the becoming-digital of many people’s daily lives in the Economic North, this production offers an opportunity to imagine different futures beyond the ‘mechanization of everything.’

Teachers and faculty should read this letter about group bookings and discounts.
 

A Primer for Robot Audiences is available for review, prepared by Lead robot author: Andrew Godin: download to print a copy (PDF, 4.8 MB)

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 R.U.R.

We are dedicating this final production in the Sean O'Sullivan Theatre to memory of our late poet, Terrance Cox, who passed in the evening of January 16, 2015. Please see this page for more information.

 see the article in Niagara This Week!

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THE BELLE'S STRATAGEM

by Hannah Cowley

November 13, 14, and 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinee performance: November 14 at 11:30 a.m.

in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University

DIRECTED BY Gyllian Raby
Scenographer: Kelly Wolf

Hannah Cowley's most successful Town Comedy of 1783 demonstrated how to get your man and keep him in Georgian times -- but once relocated in today's Toronto, the laughing feminism lurking within the Marriage Plot is exposed in all its decadent hilarity.

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A Study Guide is available for review, prepared by Assistant Director Nicholas Leno: download to print a copy (PDF, 3.7 MB)

The Belle’s (Social Media) Stratagem
A central character in the Department of Dramatic Arts’ autumn Mainstage production, The Belle’s Stratagem, will have an active life on social media thanks to a partnership between students in one of the department's courses and the Mainstage production team. The goal of this partnership is extend the life of The Belle’s Stratagem both before and after the actual run (November 13-15) and to engage audiences in critical dialogue around the show.
 
Director and DART professor Gyllian Raby and assistant director Nick Leno have adapted and updated Hannah Cowley's 18th-century comedy to be set in today's Toronto. Through Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, tech-savvy students in DART 3P95: Studies in Praxis I: Theatre Criticism are creating an online identity for one of the play’s central characters, Mrs. Racket. Followers of @racketlife can see photos of her favourite products, read her daily aphorisms, and watch “fan” videos posted on YouTube. Mrs. Racket’s online persona not only develops the character beyond the page and stage, but also highlights some of the production’s key themes related to consumerism, celebrity, and social class.
 
The social media platforms officially launch on October 20. Each platform is interconnected through the blog www.keepingupwithmrsracket.com; the blog is also accessible via the production’s QR code, which is included in all publicity materials. Followers are encouraged to interact with Mrs. Racket across all three platforms using the hashtag #racketlife: they can repost her Instagram photos or post and tag their own, tweet with Mrs. Racket, and vlog about the production on YouTube. The possibilities for participation are endless! During the show’s run, Praxis students will be present before each performance to demonstrate this technology through an interactive lobby display.
 
This partnership is part of a key component of the Theatre Criticism course, in which students immerse themselves behind-the-scenes in creative processes with local arts organizations, and write about it for the course blog, www.DARTcritics.com. The Belle's (Social Media) Stratagem is an innovation this year, the first time that Theatre Criticism students have gone behind the scenes on a DART Mainstage and the first time that the learning outcomes involve a social media strategy.
Instagram account: @racketlife
Twitter account: @racketlife
YouTube channel: Racketlife
 
some words from our guests: 
 
...excellent adaptation with the references to modern Toronto and all its foibles.
- Associate Dean, Dr. Brian Power
 
By re-historicizing Hannah Cowley, [Gyllian Raby, the director] is able to liberate her message. Cowley’s hesitant feminism is sharpened in Raby’s adaption. And shifting the play’s locale from eighteenth-century London to twenty-first century Toronto, Raby adds biting commentary – much of it delivered through choruses of rap music – on the ravaging cultural and economic effects of unfettered financial capitalism, which goes well beyond Cowley’s predictable tut-tutting about the vulgar spending displays of England’s nabobs. . . . . Mixing rap music with formal eighteenth-century drama sounds depressingly like a sterile post-modern conceit. But it works wonderfully well in this instance, partly because Raby is the director of the play she adapted. She directs an exuberant student cast who seem just as much at home mincing through the formalities of a masqued ball as they do gyrating to the strains of Rick Ross, Lil’ Mama, and Salt ’n’ Pepa.

- from a review by Professor Emeritus John Sainsbury in the online British Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies published by the The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

The Belle's Stratagem

 "Marie Antoinette" by Yuling Deng

The Belle's Stratagem QR code
Please scan here to buy tickets and
follow us on social media.
www.keepingupwithmrsracket.com

 

The Belle's Stratagem

painting the set floor for Belles Stratagem
L-R Nikka Collison, Caroline Coon,
Andrew Von Lukawiecki, and
Brian Cumberland (Production Manager)

 

see the Cogeco TV report on
The Belle's Stratagem:

Published on Nov 8, 2014
The Department of Dramatic Arts at Brock University presents The Belle's Stratagem from November 13th to 15th. Katie Jones reports.
 

 

From Brock TV, a look into The Belles Stratagem opening this Thursday!

Published on Nov 11, 2014

Meet the cast and crew of DART's latest production of Hannah Cowley's The Belle's Stratagem.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

for the Mainstage performances:

  • appropriate for High School-Age Audiences
  • Shows may contain mature language and situations
  • Post-performance Q&A with the actors and creative team are available for both productions.
  • Teacher Workshops are available
  • Audience Maximum: (535) Sean O'Sullivan Theatre
  • contact Brian Cumberland, Production Manager, for more information: bcumberland@brocku.ca
    purchase tickets here

Prices: (total=price + HST)

$18.00   Adults
$15.00   Seniors/Students
$12.00   Groups

Groups rates are available:
10-20 = $12.00 ea;
21-30 = $11.00 ea;
31-40 = $10.00 ea;
41-50 = $9.00 ea;
over 50 = $8.00 ea.

 

Upcoming Events at DART

Gimme 2 Festival (DART 1P99)
November TBC, 2014 & March TBC, 2015 at 8 p.m.
2 minutes, 2 actors! This festival showcases short original works by first-year performance students.
Location: Room ST107 (Studio Theatre), Schmon Tower, Brock Campus
Admission: Free

One Acts Festival (DART 3P54)
March TBC & TBC, 2015 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Upper year directing students present a series of short plays featuring student actors.  See Department website for program and schedule.
Location: Rooms ST107 (Studio Theatre) and ST103, Schmon Tower, Brock Campus
Admission: Donations accepted

DART 3F61 Theatrical Design Exhibition
(DART 3F61)
March TBA to April TBA; Times TBA
A public showing of Theatre Design projects by senior design students
Location: Room ST102
Admission: Free

Collective Creation (DART 4F56)
April TBA, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee times are TBA
The fruits of 8 months of new play development and creation by our graduating students.

Community Theatre Production
Production scheduled March, 2015
Time and Location TBA

Independent Productions
TBA

see the comprehensive events calendar for all public presentation activity at the MIWSFPA

 

 

Announcing $5.00 Fridays!
all holders of Brock ID cards - students, staff and faculty - are invited to take advantage of a special new price for the Matinee mainstage performance. Please present your ID card upon purchase of your ticket.

Tickets for all performances including the $5.00 Friday Matinees are available through the  Box Office of the Centre for the Arts
or  905.688.5550905.688.5550  x 3257  Toll Free 1 866 617 32571 866 617 3257

For publicity opportunities and media information please contact Marie Balsom, Co-ordinator of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, at 905-688-5550905-688-5550 905-688-5550905-688-5550 , ext. 4765; e-mail: mbalsom@brocku.ca

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Visiting High School students meet with members of the Ring Round the Moon company after the Schools' Matinee in November, 2006.