Archive | June, 2015

The 2015 Dora Awards

23 Jun

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Credit: John Lauener

The 36th annual Dora Awards, honouring Toronto’s best performing arts and artists, were handed out last night at the WestJet stage at the Harbourfront Centre. The open-air setting was a fun nod to amphitheatres of classic theatre history, and proved to be a good match for the casual and bohemian atmosphere. Before the ceremony, Toronto-raised choreographer (and Broadway heavyweight), Sergio Trujillo, was recognized by Toronto City Council for recently having won a prestigious Olivier award (the British equivalent of the Tony award) for his work on Memphis, playing in London’s West End.

The official proceedings began with Host Gavin Crawford making a grand entrance dressed as Kathleen Wynne, charming the crowd with a zinger and inside joke-laced monologue and a sassy musical number. His ad-libs throughout the evening were equally memorable, and played off the ceremony’s inevitable idiosyncratic moments with levity.

The big winners of the night included Blood Wedding (Modern Times Stage Company / Aluna Theatre), Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Soulpepper), Spoon River (Soulpepper), and Once (Mirvish Productions), all of which walked away with multiple awards. The full list of winners is below. For a list of nominees, click here. Congratulations to all!

GENERAL THEATRE DIVISION
 
Outstanding Production
Accidental Death of an Anarchist  Soulpepper Theatre Company
 
Outstanding New Play
Hannah Moscovitch   Infinity
 
Outstanding Direction
Eda Holmes  Tom at the Farm
 
Outstanding Performance – Male
Kawa Ada   Accidental Death of an Anarchist
 
Outstanding Performance – Female
Nicky Guadagni   Hooked
 
Outstanding Performance – Ensemble
The Ensemble of Twelve Angry Men Soulpepper Theatre Company
 
Outstanding Scenic Design
Börkur Jónsson  The Heart of Robin Hood
 
Outstanding Costume Design
Astrid Janson   Trudeau and Lévesque
 
Outstanding Lighting Design
André Du Toit   Take Me Back to Jefferson
 
Outstanding Sound Design/Composition
original sound poetry/composition: Rafael Barreto-Rivera, Paul Dutton, Steve McCaffery & bpNichol. additional sound design/ creation: Bill Brennan, Graham Hargrove,
John Millard and the cast   The Four Horsemen Project
 
 
INDEPENDENT THEATRE DIVISION
 
Outstanding Production
Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre)   A Modern Times Stage Company/ Aluna Theatre co-production
 
Outstanding New Play
Jordan Tannahill   Concord Floral
 
Outstanding Direction
Soheil Parsa  Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre) 
 
Outstanding Performance – Male
Sergio DiZio   The Motherfucker With the Hat
 
Outstanding Performance – Female
Beatriz Pizano   Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre)
 
Outstanding Performance – Ensemble
The Ensemble of Mouthpiece      Quote Unquote Collective in association with Why Not Theatre
 
Outstanding Scenic Design
Trevor Schwellnus   Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre)
 
Outstanding Costume Design
Angela Thomas   Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre)
 
Outstanding Lighting Design
Trevor Schwellnus   Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre)
 
Outstanding Sound Design/Composition
Composer: Amy Nostbakken; Sound Designer: James Bunton   Mouthpiece
 
 
MUSICAL THEATRE DIVISION
 
Outstanding Production
Once   David Mirvish in association with Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr,
Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo
 
Outstanding Touring Production (open to General Theatre & Musical Theatre/ Opera)
Kiss & Cry   Charleroi Danses presented by Canadian Stage
 
Outstanding Performance – Male
Daren A. Herbert   The Wild Party
 
Outstanding Performance – Female
Trish Lindström    Once
 
Outstanding Performance – Ensemble
The Ensemble of Once    David Mirvish in association with Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr,
Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo
 
 
 
MUSICAL THEATRE / OPERA DIVISION
 
Outstanding New Musical or Opera
Mike Ross/ Albert Schultz   Spoon River
 
Outstanding Direction
Atom Egoyan   Die Walküre
 
Outstanding Scenic Design
Paul Steinberg   Falstaff
 
Outstanding Costume Design
Brigitte Reiffenstuel   Falstaff
 
Outstanding Lighting Design
David Finn   Die Walküre
 
Outstanding Choreography
Stephanie Graham   The Wild Party
 
Outstanding Musical Direction
Mike Ross  Spoon River
 
 
OPERA DIVISION
 
Outstanding Production
Falstaff   COC co-production with Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro alla Scala; Metropolitan Opera and Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam
 
Outstanding Performance – Male
Gerald Finley   Falstaff
 
Outstanding Performance – Female
Christine Goerke   Die Walküre
 
Outstanding Performance – Ensemble
The Ensemble of Falstaff        COC co-production with Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro alla Scala; Metropolitan Opera and Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam
 
THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES DIVISION
 
Outstanding Production
Beneath the Banyan Tree   Theatre Direct
 
Outstanding New Play
Created by Beau Dixon, Lyrics and Music by Susan Newman and Rob Fortin   Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story
 
Outstanding Direction
Lynda Hill   Beneath the Banyan Tree
 
Outstanding Performance – Individual
Beau Dixon   Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story
 
Outstanding Performance – Ensemble
The Ensemble of Beneath the Banyan TreeTheatre Direct
 
DANCE DIVISION
 
Outstanding Production
So Blue   Luminato presents So Blue Produced by Fou Glorieux. Co-Produced by the Festival TransAmeriques, Tanzhaus nrw, Theatre de la Ville, Hellerau and National Arts Centre
 
Outstanding Choreography
James Kudelka   #lovesexbrahms (Intermezzi)
 
Outstanding Performance – Male
Vincent Mantsoe   NTU (DW208)
 
Outstanding Performance – Female
Caroline Fraser   Skills & Soul Battles (TUDS)
 
Outstanding Performance – Ensemble
The Ensemble of This Is a Costume DramaHarbourfront Centre’s World Stage presents The Deitrich Group
 
Outstanding Sound Design/Composition
new arrangement Nicolás Hernández after Nicolás Hernández and Jose Luis Valle “Chuscales” Pueblo (Letters to Spain)
 
Outstanding Lighting Design
Simon Rossiter   #lovesexbrahms (Intermezzi)

Preview: Stitch

1 Jun

Cliff Cardinal, the young playwright who is best known for making waves at the Summerworks Festival with dark and provocative pieces like 2012’s Huff, is finally (and deservedly) going to have one of his scripts brought to life as part of the regular theatre season. The work in question is Stitch – which, when it was presented as part of the 2011 Summerworks Festival, proved to be a breakout project for both Cardinal and for star Cara Gee who has since gone on to star in the CBC’s critically acclaimed drama Strange Empire.

Stepping into the part for this production at the Aki Studio Theatre as part of the Native Earth Performing Arts‘ 2014/15 season is Georgina Beaty. It’s a relatively limited run, playing from the 3rd of June to the 14th, but well worth catching! More details about the production and ticket details in the press release below:

The raw, gripping drama, Stitch by Cliff Cardinal, comes to Toronto this June in a production produced by Culture Storm and presented by Native Earth Performing Arts. Stitch, starring Georgina Beaty as Kylie Grandview, is the runaway hit from Cree playwright Cliff Cardinal first seen at SummerWorks Performance Festival in 2011. Stitch was awarded the SummerWorks Spotlight Award for Performance, as well as Theatre Passe Muraille’s Emerging Artist Award for its notable artistic merit.

 

 

Stitch is a transgressive, daring drama about one of the nameless faces that blip through the world of internet pornography. One female performer plays twelve different characters, including the central role of Kylie Grandview, a porn star who has suffered massive psychological abuse and consequently makes questionable life choices. After a series of self-sabotaging decisions that lead to her own disfigurement and the loss of her child, Kylie makes one last attempt to redeem herself and to be heard. Stitch explores a woman’s desperate attempt to be understood.

“We are honoured to support Indigenous writer, Cliff Cardinal, and his artistic freedom in storytelling,” said Heather Haynes, Culture Storm. “This award-winning drama recognizes the importance of fostering Indigenous talent in Canada.”

Stitch stars 2013 Jessie-Award Winner for Outstanding Performance Georgina Beaty, whose fierce performance is nothing short of captivating. Beaty is a Toronto-based actor and graduate of Studio 58 and the University of Alberta who has performed on stages across Canada.

Stitch also brings together a tour de force creative team, led by Director Jovanni Sy. Sy, born in Manila and raised in Toronto, is a veteran of the theatre industry and has been with the play from the early drafts as Dramaturge. Artistic Director of Gateway Theatre in British Columbia, Sy wrote and performed in his twice Dora Award-nominated one-man play A Taste of Empire.

Multi-award winner and nominee, Andy Moro (Euro/Cree) is the production designer for Stitch. Twice named among NOW Magazine’s Top-10 theatre artists, Moro’s vast experience creating profoundly affecting minimalist stage designs made him the ideal choice. Moro’s vision of black-box design traps Kylie Grandview in a setting fraught with danger.

Culture Storm is proud to introduce Luca Caruso-Moro who makes his professional debut as composer for Stitch. Rounding out the team is stage manager, Jen Stobart, who has been stage managing large and small shows for over 25 years.

Stitch by Cliff Cardinal is a Culture Storm Production presented by Native Earth Performing Arts

Written by Cliff Cardinal
Directed by Jovanni Sy
Starring Georgina Beaty Producer/Production Manager: Heather Haynes Production Designer: Andy Moro
Stage Manager: Jennifer Stobart

Aki Studio, Daniels Spectrum 585 Dundas Street East
Run Dates: June 3 – 14, 2015
Opening Night: Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Performances Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm • Sundays at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $15-$25
and can be purchased online at www.nativeearth.ca or by calling 416.531.1402 Student/Elder/Arts Worker discounts and Pay-What-You-Can Tuesday tickets available