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Soulpepper Theatre features female, minority artists in 2018-2019 season

July 10, 2018 7:06 PM
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Soulpepper reported more than $12.5 million in revenues in 2017, around 16 per cent of which came from grants, according to an annual report released in June.

After an embattled year, the theatre’s lineup for next season will showcase female and minority playwrights, directors and characters.

Productions include Oraltorio: a Theatrical Mixtape, which follows two Toronto girls as they grapple with womanhood and identity through Afro-inspired soundscapes, and Caryl Churchill’s Escaped Alone, mounted by an all-female creative and production team.

Joanna Garfinkel will direct Japanese Problem in October, about Japanese-Canadians who were sent to internment camps during the Second World War.

This will be followed by the world premiere of the Silk Bath Collective’s Yellow Rabbit, directed by Jasmine Chen, which centres on a battle for racial supremacy in a post-nuclear wasteland. The play will be performed in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Kate Hennig’s The Virgin Trial, a companion piece to last year’s The Last Wife, about the sexual intrigue of the Tudor court will enjoy a limited run at the theatre early next winter.

Around the holiday season, the theatre will stage family-friendly offerings such as classics A Christmas Carol and Peter Pan, in addition to new musical Rose, based on Gertrude Stein’s The World is Round, which will make its worldwide debut in January with a book written by Sarah Wilson and Soulpepper music director Mike Ross.

Ross will wrap up the season with 88 Keys, a concert paying tribute to piano masters from Ray Charles to Chopin.

In addition to interpreting select performances into American Sign Language, Soulpepper will be offering “relaxed performances” for patrons who may benefit from a less restrictive approach to movement and noise in the theatre, including those with autism spectrum conditions, sensory and communications disorders and learning disabilities.


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