Current Season

Presented by the Department of Dramatic Arts, Brock University

Tickets for all performances are available online through the Box Office of the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre at firstontariopac.ca, by email at boxoffice@firstontariopac.ca, or in person in downtown St. Catharines at 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, ON, L2R 3M2. Open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm.
(Holiday and summer hours may vary)

Upcoming productions

Past Productions

Fall Mainstage Production:

ANTIGONE
BY SOPHOCLES

Directed by Mike Griffin

When: Oct. 26 to Nov. 2, 2018
Friday, Oct. 26 & Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2 pm
Friday, Nov. 2 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 pm

Where: 
Marilyn I. Walker Theatre, 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines

Tickets:
 No longer available

“This is perhaps the greatest play ever written about the tension between the duties we owe the state and those we owe to our personal values.”
– Charles Spencer – The Telegraph



ANTIGONE BY SOPHOCLES

Adapted and Directed by Mike Griffin
Translated by Ian Johnston
Set and Costume Design by Kelly Wolf
Lighting Design by Chris Malkowski
Sound Design by Max Holten-Andersen


Adapted by faculty member Mike Griffin from Sophocles’ classic Greek Tragedy, Antigone questions the laws of man. What is more important: the laws of the state or the ethics of the individual? Who determines right and wrong? Rich in themes of justice, power, family, and gender equality, Sophocles’ classic Greek Tragedy is still as powerful today as it was when first written.

With a contemporary approach to an ancient text, this production blends classical text with movement and image-based story-telling and explores a rich score of ensemble choral voices. The adaptation explores a shattered world touched by both contemporary and ancient times. A collage of poetry and physical theatre, this production is an exciting adventure for all who embark on this epic tale.

*This production contains themes of violence and suicide.

CAST:

Catherine Tait : Antigone
Alexandra Chubaty Boychuk:  Ismene/Chorus
Grace Martins:  Eurydice/Chorus
Katie Cole:  Chorus
Mae Smith: Messenger/Chorus
Samantha Rideout: Guide/Chorus
Tyler Simpson: Guard/Chorus
Taj-Alexander: Crozier Teiresias/Chorus
James Dengate: Chorus/Eteocles
Diego Blanco: Chorus
Heather Janser: Chorus
Colin Williams: Chorus Leader
Tristan Holmes: Creon
Matt Burt: Haemon/Polyneices/Chorus

 

CREW:

Avery Delaney: Dresser
Peter Herbert: Stage Carpenter
Molly Lacey: Dresser
Sid Malcolm: Sound Operator
Heidi Nickel: Lighting Operator
Jackson Wagner: Props Runner

 

DART 4F56 Over Head Theatre presents:

A HISTORY OF EVERYTHING

When: Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 1 and 2 at 2 p.m.
Where: Marilyn I. Walker Theatre, 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines
Tickets: No longer available

A HISTORY OF EVERYTHING
by Ontroerend Goed, and adapted by Over Head Theatre

Company members:
Alicia Bender
Whitney Braybrook-Byl
Andria Dearden
Leah Eichler
Juan-Carlos Figueroa
Heather Janser
Holly Kurelek
Ryan Mahon
Emma McCormick
Kristina Ojaperv
Tsipporah Shendroff
Mae Smith
Catherine Tait
Geoff Tuner
Colin Williams 

Spring Mainstage Production:

King Ubu
by Alred jarry

Directed by David Fancy

When: March 1 to 9, 2019
March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
March 3 at 2 p.m.
March 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Marilyn I. Walker Theatre, 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines

Tickets:
 No longer available.

King Ubu by Alfred Jarry

Translated by David Edney
Directed by David Fancy
Scenography by James McCoy
Costume Design by Jo Pacinda
Sound Design by James McCoy

Alfred Jarry wrote King Ubu in the 1890’s in large part to poke fun at the idiocy, capriciousness and vanity of political and personal power. The character of King Ubu is a complete fool who talks about poop, loves himself a lot and kills everybody around him whenever he feels like it. He is a patriarch, a racist and a megalomaniac.

His wife, Ma Ubu, is very much like Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth and pushes King Ubu to increasing feats of violence and narcissism. When they are not bickering or having food-fights, Ma Ubu demands King Ubu kill off their adversaries and take over the world. They spend the show chasing their enemies all over a fairy-tale-like Poland before sailing off into a sunset.

In short: the Ubus are the ultimate reality TV show gone wrong.

Director’s Notes:
Although this play is over 120 years old, it is almost like its author, Alfred Jarry, could see into the future and predict the very political climate we are living in today. He imagined a scenario where politics and entertainment became indistinguishable from each other: politicians are entertainers, and entertainers become politicians. Jarry’s vision was a world where citizens struggled to tell truth from fiction — a projection eerily similar to the era of “fake news” we find ourselves in at the moment.

When King Ubu originally opened in Paris, France, it caused such a ruckus that it actually also closed on opening night. Jarry would later bring it back to life as a puppet show a few weeks later. Since then, it has been staged thousands of times in countries around the world as an entertaining and powerful political satire. But the play also has a heart: who are these people? Why do they become such trainwrecks? We can laugh at them with recognition of our own follies, but aren’t they just like us? Shouldn’t we also have compassion for their lunacy and folly?

Our creative team in the Department of Dramatic Arts is emphasizing the fact that Ma and King Ubu use all kinds of theatrical means to fortify their power position. As part of our show, we have puppets, oversized animatronic robot faces, karaoke numbers, sing-a-longs and giant catapults launching beachballs into the audience. All of these aspects of the production, combined with intense and moving performances from Brock’s actors-in-training, make for an entertaining experience.

But this show also probes important questions at the heart of any theatrical experience: what does it mean to sit on the sidelines and watch politics as spectacle play out before us? What are my responsibilities as a citizen in the face of a world that seeks to pacify me by entertaining me? And, perhaps most importantly: what will it take for me to have compassion for people who are very different than me?

DART 3P54 Presents:

One Act Festival

The Department of Dramatic Arts presents short, one act plays directed by third-year DART 3P54 (Directing II) students. The One Act Festival 2019 is presented over two evenings.

When: Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Marilyn I. Walker Theatre, 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines
Tickets: No longer available.

Plays:

Inside the Department of the Exterior
“An endless wave of bureaucracy spins the power, rules, and postal delivery system in circles from the back corner of an office building.”

Director: Josh Loewen
Playwright: Philip Hall

Another Sense
“Emily is in a coma and Charlotte wants to know why. Emily tries to tell. Charlotte tries to listen.”

Director: Rina Wilkins
Playwright: Melissa Major

Winter Games 
“After watching a hauntingly emotional performance, Mary cannot stand her depressing, small-town life. When faced with her exuberantly positive co-worker Jamie, will she discover something new about herself, or be pushed farther away into her own world?”

Director: Chris Murillo
Playwright: Rachel Bonds

The Worker
“In a world ravaged by humanity and technology, a man and wife discuss the importance of family; but everything is changed when a suspicious stranger arrives. Will they be able to save their marriage, or will it come crumbling down around them?” 

Director: Rachel Frederick
Playwright: Walter Wykes

Baby Factory 
“When the 50’s meets the future, we find a young couple consulting with a passionate doctor about the new way in which ‘Perfection’ can be purchased.”
Director: Tyler Simpson
Playwright: Stephen Bittrich

Nightstand
“Two unlikely strangers— Jack and Jasmine— embark on a journey to find out exactly how wrong things could go on a night out. What appeared to be a fun night is quickly unraveling. These two people unknowingly impact each other but, will never truly get the chance to nurture their new found friendship.”
Director: Uchenna Edozie-Egbuna
Playwright: Fergus Church

One Night Fran
“Holly, Marie and Rachel take you on the journey of a date they’ll never forget. Their interweaving monologues spare no details on their one night with Fran.”
Director: Frances Johnson
Playwright: Adam Szudrich

On the Porch One Crisp Spring Morning
“A mother and daughter share a nice cup of coffee before they expose each others darkest secrets and find themselves in a battle for life and death.”

Director: Lauren Reid
Playwright: Alex Dremann

DART 4F56 presents:

Sunday On The Rocks
by Theresa Rebeck

When: Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m.

Where: Marilyn I. Walker Theatre, 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines

Tickets:
No longer available.

All 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: varies depending upon the production, contact the Production Manager
  • Contact Brian Cumberland, Production Manager, for more information: bcumberland@brocku.ca.
  • Purchase regularly priced 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.

Publicity opportunities and media information:

Please contact Sarah Ackles, Communications Officer, MIWSFPA
905 688 5550 x4765
e-mail: miwsfpa@brocku.ca

PARKING

Parking is not available on-site, however, there are more than 1,000 spots available in nearby parking garages, surface lots and on city streets within a five-minute walk to our address at 15 Artists’ Common. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/en/livein/ParkingLotsGarages.asp for a list of parking locations, or see below.

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