YOU Show

The YOU Show was started in 2010 as a platform for local emerging artists to launch their new work. We hand over the keys to the theatre to the artists for a day and they test-drive a new project. Since its inception, this program has launched nearly 40 new shows from a diverse group of local artists, and many of these have gone to be presented at festivals across the country.

Announcing The YOU Shows for 2017

Perestroika and Drops in a Broken Fountain: A Reading of New Work (January 26, 7pm)
Two groups of aspiring artists join forces to present a double bill of staged readings of their new plays Perestroika and Drops in a Broken Fountain. Perestroika is the story of Rachel, a university student coping with loss and illness and exploring the intricacies of growth, grief, and Gorbachev. Drops in a Broken Fountain features Sergey, a former member of a Russian extremist group, coming to terms with his own morality and coping with his past.
Perestroika is written by Kelly O’Donnell, Emma Carter, and Rahat Saini, and will be directed by Rahat Saini. Drops in a Broken Fountain is written by Emma Leck and will be directed by Nadine Cordery.

A Woman’s Guide to Peeing Outside and Other Adventures (February 4, 7:30pm)
Written and Performed by Holly Brinkman
Directed by Andrew Barrett
A workshop presentation of Holly Brinkman’s all-new one-woman storytelling show about growing up, navigating a world which favours men, and consistently getting into strange situations where she really has to pee.

The Métis Story Box (March 11)
Written by Wayne Grafton.
By Souviens Productions.

What happens when you are told to go up on a hill and scout for buffalo, but when you come down everything is different? And who can you talk to about it? What happens next is one of the stories from the Métis Story Box.

The Pansy Craze (April 1)

Written by Avery Brennan, Dramaturgy by Christopher Weddell

A new musical presented as a stage reading. In the early 1930s, an expectant father is forced to partner with a political drag queen in a Manhattan speakeasy. There, he discovers a revolution waiting to launch, and the weight of his voice as they perform for New York’s finest. Is he willing to sacrifice the life and family he’s built for the sake of speaking out? Optional audience talk-back session to follow the performance.

The Waterman’s Daughter (May 8)
Written and performed by Katrina Kadoski.
The Waterman’s Daughter tells the story of Lillian Corbin,  an impoverished girl from a broken home in a small east coast fishing town, early 1900’s.  Against many odds, she became an author, banker, philanthropist, actress and the person they named the town library after.  A one-woman show, musical, multimedia drama,

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