Feb. 8-10, 2018
Adjudicated by Jill Carter
Every February, a plethora of original one act plays compete for five coveted awards over the three nights of this annual adjudicated festival. The University of Toronto Drama Festival has spawned numerous performers who have gone on to become stars of stage and screen: Ted Follows, David Gardner, Don Harron, Arthur Hiller, William Hutt and Donald Sutherland – to name a few. 80 years since its inception in 1936, and now 25 years since Trevor Rines resurrected it in 1993, the U of T Drama Festival continues to provide a high profile showcase for up-and-coming theatrical talent as well as an accessible avenue for U of T students to perform and direct on the historic Hart House Theatre stage. This year also marks the 16th Drama Festival of only accepting original student written plays, serving as a much needed showcase for talented U of T playwrights.
About the Adjudicator
Jill Carter (Anishinaabe/Ashkenazi) is a Toronto-based theatre practitioner and Assistant Professor with the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies; the Transitional Year Programme; and Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto. Her research and praxis base themselves in the mechanics of story creation (devising and dramaturgy), the processes of delivery (performance on the stage and on the page), and the mechanics of Affect. She has worked with Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble (Assistant Dramaturg and Performer), the Chocolate Woman Collective (Researcher, Assistant Director, Remount Director, Workshop Director), and Omuskego Cree Water Stories (Workshop Director). In Fall 2014, she directed the Canadian Premiere of Gloria Miguel’s Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue at Native Earth Performing Arts’ Aki Studio. Most recently, she has participated in Native Earth’s Weesageechak Begins to Dance (2016, dramaturg; 2017, performer); performed in Talking Treaties (Jumblies Theatre, 2017); and served as researcher and tour guide for First Story, Toronto for which she also devises land activations, mapping interventions, and personal cosmography workshops.
Thursday, February 8
- Chronically / UTM Drama Club
By Lauren Lacey
Directed by KhaRå Martin
About: Chronically takes a look at chronic illness and its relationship to time. Specifically, how does time change for a person experiencing long term illness? How does this affect their future outlook, not knowing if they will feel any better tomorrow? How do you cope with the monotony of your days – does time feel slower or faster due to this? We often associate sickness with the elderly, but what is it like to be sick as a young person, knowing this will affect you for your whole life?
- Cloud 8 / Trinity College Drama Society
By Vivian Xie
Directed by Q-Nahm Park
About: A Chinese mother’s timeline runs forward. Her Chinese-Canadian daughter’s timeline runs backward. They’ve got a chinaman’s chance of making something out of their lives but damn it if they won’t stop trying, even if it means the irreparable splintering of their relationship.
- 2018 McGill Drama Festival / UofT Improv
Hosted and Conceived by James Hyett
Friday, February 9
- I Can’t Trust Anyone, Everyone Hurts Me: A Comedy? / UC Follies
By Aba Amuquandoh and Celeste Yim
Directed by Abigail Whitney, Khadijah Salawu, Ahlam Hassan
About: I Can’t Trust Anyone, Everyone Hurts Me: A Comedy is a sad, comedic, late-night look into the lives of three young people of colour who find out that their favourite artist has just become–or has devastatingly always been–their problematic fave. Three best friends Shola, Dane, and Zooey decide whether they can forgive those who mistreat them, those who lie to them, and, those who turn out to be different than they thought.
- The Green, The Gold, The Grey / St. Michael’s College Troubadours
By Liam McConnell
Directed by Shay Santaiti
About: Two men from opposite sides of a conflict find themselves in an inescapable situation and are forced to confront the others ideals as well as their own. It’s hard to fight an enemy when you see the face behind the mask.
- Tinsel Town Bartleby / Victoria College Drama Society
By Emily Powers
Directed by Emily Powers
ABout: The play takes place in the mail room of a Hollywood Agency. The Intern is sorting out and throwing away fan mail. A collection of desperate celebrity letters are performed as monologues. There are less sex offers than one would expect.
Saturday, February 10
- Pills and Mangoes / UC Follies
By Hannah-Rae Sabyan
Written by Hannah-Rae Sabyan
About: Pills and Mangoes is a play that peers into the everyday lives of Ben and Lucy, a young couple living in the city. Ben suffers from social anxiety and depression and Lucy works hard to be his support, despite his occasional rejection for help. Inspired by true experiences, this project focuses on the successes, struggles and the continuous fight a couple goes through when dealing with mental illness and love.
- Raining Petals / St. Michael’s College Troubadours
By Q-Nahm Park
Directed by Q-Nahm Park and Serina Keh
About: As a first generation immigrant, Soo-Ho faces the treacherous reality of being raised by a traditional Korean household in relation to his experience in Canada. Filled with love, fear, and regret, Soo-Ho and his family encounter a pivotal life-changing moment that will inevitably alter the family dynamic forever.
- The Rhythm Method / Independent
By Micaela Robertson
Directed by William Dao
- AWARDS CEREMONY
IATSE Local 58 Award for Technical Achievement
Awarded to Nicole Bell of The Green, the Gold, The Grey / St. Michael’s College Troubadours; Tinsel Town Bartleby / Victoria College Drama Society; Raining Petals / St. Michael’s College Troubadours
Donald Sutherland Award for Best Performance
Awarded to Joanne Perez of Raining Petals / St. Michael’s College Troubadours
Robert Gill Award for Best Direction
Awarded to KhaRå Martin of Chronically / UTM Drama Club
Robertson Davies Award Playwriting Award
Awarded to Emily Powers of Tinsel Town Bartleby / Victoria College Drama Society
President’s Award for Best Production
Awarded to the company of The Rhythm Method / Independent – Friends From High School
Awards of Merit and Viewer’s Choice
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