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DART Performances in 2012-13:
Faculty of Humanities: Department of Dramatic Arts
DART Performances in 2012-13:
An Acre of Time
by Jason Sherman (DART 4F56)
April 11, 12 & 13, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
A government land surveyor (Julia) uncovers the history of an acre of land near the Ottawa River, a barren rectangle that contains the memories of all who passed through it, from the last native hunter to the first white settler. Somehow, the layers of loss, land and remembrance enable Julia to grasp what she needs in order to let go.
Room ST107 (Studio Theatre) Schmon Tower, Brock Campus
This is part of the Industrial Fabric 3 program. For more information see:
April 2, 2013
An Acre of Time by Jason Sherman, presented on stage at the Studio Theatre, Brock University Inspired by the book of the same title by Phil Jenkins.
Graduating Dramatic Arts students enrolled in Advanced Studies in Theatre (DART 4F56) at Brock University, will perform An Acre of Time by Canadian award-winning playwright Jason Sherman, held at the Studio Theatre at Brock University, from April 11 – 13, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
An Acre of Time tells the story of government land surveyor (Julia) who uncovers the history of an acre of land on the LeBreton Flats near the Ottawa River. This barren rectangle contains the memories of all who passed through it, from the last native hunter to the first white settler. Somehow, the layers of loss, land and remembrance enable Julia to grasp what she needs in order to let go.
The LeBreton Flats is a blank urban space that has been in limbo for decades. In 1962, the government expropriated it and knocked down its community. The Flats represent not only a government's abdication of responsibility, but also an emotional void that can only be filled by recognizing and honouring the ghosts who still live there.
Julia, played in different time periods by three actors: Kaitlin Race, Cassandra van Wyck, and Olivia Jackson, learns that there are different kinds of mapping processes, and that the most important survey brings our own lives to light. Julia's government work crew colleagues, played by Kanthan Annalingam, Karyn Lorence, Shauna James and Emma Strong, become guides on Julia's journey as she encounters the ghosts of Samuel de Champlain, played by Erica Charles, and surveyor John Stegmann, played by Jessi Robinson. The speculator John LeBreton is played by Stephanie Neale. Tom, a first nations artist played by James Lowe, conjures the spirit of Constant Penency, an Algonquin hunter who has joined the spirit of Julia's daughter, Louise, played by Grace Ruppenthal. Evan Mulroney plays Bill, Julia's husband who lost their daughter Louise to a river drowning.
The set, lighting and video design, by Dylan O'Connor, James McCoy and Nathan Heuchan, is a meditation on mapping and memory that pulls the layers of story into a unified whole with props and costumes designed by Jo Pacinda and John McGowan. The production, in its complex entirety, is stage
An Acre of Time performances run: Thursday, April 11, Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., and will be held at the Studio Theatre (Rm. ST107) Schmon Tower, Brock University. Admission is by donation.
For more information about this production, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Such productions from the Department of Dramatic Arts are an integral part of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts’ mandate in building connections between the community and the breadth of creative talent that defines our academic programs at Brock University.
February 14-16, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Director: Virginia Reh
Directed by Professor Virginia Reh, The Blue Room is David Hare's 1998 adaptation of Schnitzler's Reigen (La Ronde), first produced in 1921. The plot is a "sexual daisychain": the Girl couples with the Cab Driver, then the Cab Driver with the Au Pair, etc. Each time the new participant in one scene moves on to the next scene and so on, until in the final scene the Girl returns and encounters the Aristocrat. The play looks at casual sexual encounters as a (mostly) unsatisfactory substitute for human connection. This is a universal and timeless quest. The play is an important exploration with diverse current points-of-view: as each character has encounters with two different partners, the play explores the shifting status relationships (both social and personal). The relational dynamics of the play have interesting correspondences to explorations on social media.
Tickets: Adults $15.00, Students/Seniors $12.00, Groups $10.00, eyeGo $5.00 H.S.T. extra
Theme-oriented and moderated workshops will be available. DART 3F93: Social Issues Theatre for Community Development, taught by Professor Joe Norris, will employ Process Drama and Applied Theatre techniques to explore themes that underlie the Blue Room. Scenes will be created that delve into issue of identity, innocence, risks, thresholds, secrets, awkwardness, beliefs, mores, taboos, exploitation and power. With a participatory dimension cast and audience will enter into conversations to explore the issues further.
Please contact us for more information.
High-School teachers should read this letter about the Matinee performance opportunities available for The Suicide! (November 2012) and The Blue Room (February 2013) (PDF, 247 KB)
Themes: pop culture, psychology, human sexuality, popular media representations of sexuality and power, Gender and Women's Studies.
THE BLUE ROOM: A Primer
from COGECO TV,
In the buff with Brock's Blue Room.
A fun full-first-page-of-the-section article about our upcoming mainstage
See the article about the show in
The Suicide - A Russian Comedy
November 8-10, 2012 at 7:30 PM
A Russian Comedy by Nikolai Erdman
Director: Gyllian Raby
Set Design: Nigel Scott
A classic comedy that satirizes the New society which was developing in Russia under Lenin's New Economic Policy of 1924 - a program that many communists considered to be a step backwards for communism. A fast moving, unpretentious examination of hubris and lifestyle and its expression in style: physical poise, dress and drawl. An examination of conformity. The play is ultimately very homely in its definition of human happiness with the physicalized characters, balancing serious satire and comedy.
Themes: big items in the human condition: love, ego, appetite, meaning of life and social convention.
There is NO mature language or sexual content and the violence is "keystone cops" - this show is fine for youth.
High-School teachers should read this letter about the Matinee performance opportunity (PDF, 247 KB)
A copy of this special new adaptation of the script is available for download here. (PDF, 120kb)
The Suicide, By Nicolai Erdman
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Click the image above to see pictures from the production media call, published by Naturally Niagara .
Director Gyllian Raby and Set Designer Nigel Scott present the concept of the set design for this innovative new production of The Suicide, seen above.
for the Mainstage performances:
Single Student rate: $12
Groups rates are available:
over 50=$6.00 ea.
Other Events at DART
Community Theatre Production
DART 4F56 Collective Creation Production
One Acts Festival
Gimme 2 Festival
. . . check out the other performances in the Dramatic Arts community at Brock. To read about course-related performances, student and independent productions, please see the DARTboard
Announcing $5.00 Fridays!
Tickets for all performances including the $5.00 Friday Matinees are available through the Box Office of the Centre for the Arts
For more information, please contact Marie Balsom, Co-ordinator of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, at 905-688-5550 905-688-5550 , ext. 4765; e-mail: email@example.com
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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.
Every year DART particpates in the Industrial Fabric Showcase event.