Events, Talkshows & More

Pre-show Teas

Every opening night before the show, join World Stage's Scholars-in-Residence from the University of Toronto, Denise Cruz and Matthew Sergi. Denise is a scholar of gender and sexuality in global and transnational cultures. Matthew specializes in the study of early English drama and the relationship between scripted and unscripted play. For 2015 they're partnering with World Stage to build the conversation around the work at our Pre-show Teas.

Talkshow

The second performance of each World Stage production is followed by our talkshow events, where the artists connect with the audience outside their work, fielding your questions with the moderation of their colleagues in the community.

Upcoming Events

  • April 15, 2015

    Me So You So Me – Pre-show Tea

    Join us for a series of Pre-show Teas with our Harbourfront Centre Scholars-in-Residence. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of Me So You So Me.

    Me So You So Me draws upon longstanding traditions of Japanese and European classical theatrical performance, including manga, kabuki, and mine. But the performance is also inspired by a love story: the relationship between the two artists on the stage. Drawing together these elements, the preshow focuses on how we might think about—and complicate— the West’s longstanding fascination (or love affair) with the East, from the nineteenth century view of an exotic “Orient” to the contemporary interest in anime and Korean pop music. In what forms do North Americans represent (and consume) Asian culture? In what forms do men represent women, or vice versa? And how does theatrical form, as we know it in Toronto, represent or misrepresent the Other? Join University of Toronto professor Denise Cruz for a provocative pre-show tea in which we consider the possibilities and pitfalls of theatrical representation.

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  • April 16, 2015

    Me So You So Me – Talkshow

    The second performance of each World Stage production is followed by our talkshow event, where the artists connect with the audience outside their work, fielding questions with the moderation of their colleagues in the community. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to Me So You So Me.

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  • April 29, 2015

    This Is a Costume Drama – Pre-show Tea

    Join us for a series of Pre-show Teas with our Harbourfront Centre Scholars-in-Residence. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of This Is a Costume Drama .

    It is easy, too easy, to equate superficiality with simplicity— but This Is a Costume Drama challenges us to witness the true power of what is only skin-deep. Fashion is always more complex and thoughtful than it looks—and in a thin layer of skin or clothing, we can read endlessly. What happens when we do judge a book by its cover—because that is, of course, what book-covers are for? And what happens when we look beneath these covers, and encounter what lies beneath? How do we engage with the human body – clothed and unclothed? Join us for a highly interactive and challenging pre-show discussion about the way all of our costumes—even yours—bear great meaning.

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  • April 30, 2015

    This Is a Costume Drama – Talkshow

    The second performance of each World Stage production is followed by our talkshow event, where the artists connect with the audience outside their work, fielding questions with the moderation of their colleagues in the community. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to This Is a Costume Drama.

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  • May 6, 2015

    Gudirr Gudirr – Pre-show Tea

    Join us for a series of Pre-show Teas with our Harbourfront Centre Scholars-in-Residence. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of Gudirr Gudirr.

    Gudirr, Gudirr is about a complicated legacy: the effects of Australian history on aboriginal communities. Though we may be geographically distanced from Australia, we share a complex history of violence, expansion, and their influence on aboriginal peoples. Join us for a preshow chat that will illuminate the historical context for the performance and its connections to Canada. How does Toronto’s “multicultural” identity connect to Canadian aboriginal history?

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  • May 7, 2015

    Gudirr Gudirr – Talkshow

    The second performance of each World Stage production is followed by our talkshow event, where the artists connect with the audience outside their work, fielding questions with the moderation of their colleagues in the community. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to Gudirr Gudirr.

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  • June 3, 2015

    STRAIGHT WHITE MEN – Pre-show Tea

    Join us for a series of Pre-show Teas with our Harbourfront Centre Scholars-in-Residence. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN.

    Young Jean Lee’s work is powerfully allusive: each of her plays builds upon reference to an ongoing and difficult debate about identity and representation. Last year, World Stage audiences examined and debated the complex meanings of the word feminism before seeing UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW. This year, Lee’s subject is STRAIGHT WHITE MEN—so Denise Cruz and Matt Sergi will initiate another discussion, this time about straight white male privilege: its visibility and its invisibility, from without and within. Each audience participant will be challenged to chime in on her or his own terms—over tea, of course.

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  • June 4, 2015

    STRAIGHT WHITE MEN – Talkshow

    The second performance of each World Stage production is followed by our talkshow event, where the artists connect with the audience outside their work, fielding questions with the moderation of their colleagues in the community. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to STRAIGHT WHITE MEN.

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Past Events

  • February 11, 2015

    Free Open Class with Stan’s Cafe at the University of Toronto

    10am-1pm
    Robert Gill Theatre (214 College Street)
    Presented in partnership with Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage

    What do we talk about when we talk about the avant-garde? Join a class at the University of Toronto conducted by Professor Nikki Cesare Schotzko and Professor Lawrence Switzky and their special guests, Stan’s Cafe from Birmingham UK, to discuss where The Cardinals fits within experimental theatre and performance of the last 15 years. Among other topics, we will discuss puppetry and object performance, participatory theatre, the place of ritual in a technologized world, and the representation of global history and geography within the circumscribed space of the stage. This special session of “The Contemporary Avant-Garde” is free and open to the public.

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  • February 11, 2015

    All Our Happy Days Are Stupid – Pre-show Tea

    Join us for a series of Pre-show Teas with our Harbourfront Centre Scholars-in-Residence. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of All Our Happy Days Are Stupid.

    All Our Happy Days Are Stupid brings together an array of Toronto-based artists and performers to create a new kind of indie theatre that looks, perhaps, distinctly Torontonian. When cultural tourists visit Toronto—as the Oddis and Sings visit Paris—what do they look for, and what do they see? Join Harbourfront Scholar-in-Residence Matthew Sergi for an open-ended, informal pre-show tea, in which we invite participants to help us figure out what Toronto theatre looks like now, what they have looked like before, and whether and how Toronto distinguishes itself from other cities culturally.
    Can you think of an indie performance you’ve seen that feels “very Toronto?” Tweet it #artlive to start the discussion early!

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  • February 12, 2015

    The Cardinals – Pre-show Tea

    Join us for a series of Pre-show Teas with our Harbourfront Centre Scholars-in-Residence. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of The Cardinals .

    The first thing that strikes us about The Cardinals is its powerful evocation of Catholic belief—when many of us usually think of the modern theatre as a very secular place. But theatre is a church, in its way—and religion has always had a rich relationship with it, if a sometimes uneasy one. Join Harbourfront Centre Scholar-in-Residence Matthew Sergi for an open and free discussion-based session, presented in conjunction with two University of Toronto courses on religious drama, in which we will ask tough questions about early examples of dramatized belief (a Passion play, it turns out, is not what you think it is!). We will ask: how does religion find its place in present-day theatre? Does theatre have a place in religion?

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  • February 12, 2015

    All Our Happy Days Are Stupid – Talkshow

    The second performance of each World Stage production is followed by our talkshow event, where the artists connect with the audience outside their work, fielding questions with the moderation of their colleagues in the community. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to All Our Happy Days Are Stupid.

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  • February 13, 2015

    The Cardinals – Talkshow

    The second performance of each World Stage production is followed by our talkshow event, where the artists connect with the audience outside their work, fielding questions with the moderation of their colleagues in the community. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to The Cardinals.

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  • February 18, 2015

    The Object Lesson – Pre-show Tea

    Join us for a series of Pre-show Teas with our Harbourfront Centre Scholars-in-Residence. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of The Object Lesson.

    Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson is inspired by our relationship to everyday objects: the junk drawer in your house, the pile of papers you need to file, the things you dream of buying. The performance is timely given the contemporary fascination with those who hold onto and can’t let go of stuff. But while it’s easy to watch a show like Hoarders as a form of entertainment, how often do we think about our own relationship to objects and things? And what does this relationship have to say about our engagement with our stuff, the world, and each other?

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  • February 19, 2015

    The Object Lesson – Talkshow

    The second performance of each World Stage production is followed by our talkshow event, where the artists connect with the audience outside their work, fielding questions with the moderation of their colleagues in the community. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to The Object Lesson.

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  • March 4, 2015

    vox:lumen – Pre-show Tea

    Join us for a series of Pre-show Teas with our Harbourfront Centre Scholars-in-Residence. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of vox:lumen.

    In recent years, we have become increasingly aware that we have consumed and are consuming our planet’s resources at an alarming rate. Sustainability movements have begun to work against the prospect of a dark future. Arising from this context, vox:lumen asks: What does a show that is powered by sustainability look like? How can theatre, and our participation in it, lead to a more sustainable world? Join Scholar-in-Residence Denise Cruz for a pre-show tea and conversation about sustainability, the arts, collaboration, and their consequences for our planet.

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  • March 5, 2015

    vox:lumen – Talkshow

    The second performance of each World Stage production is followed by our talkshow event, where the artists connect with the audience outside their work, fielding questions with the moderation of their colleagues in the community. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to vox:lumen.

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  • March 19, 2015

    Call For Workshop Participants

    In partnership with World Stage, Theater HORA will host a unique 5-day workshop and theatre creation lab open to local performers (actors, dancers, singers, musicians) with developmental/intellectual disabilities to work collaboratively with Theater HORA company members.

    Under the direction of Theater HORA’s artistic director, Michael Elber, the workshop will use improvisation and theatre games to create new work with participants. Working primarily without talking, participants will get a taste of Theater HORA’s creation process through demonstration and active contribution. Theater HORA is also excited for an exchange of information and techniques , and will encourage participants to share their established practices and knowledge.

    Held around the world, the workshops create a network of artists in the field of inclusive theatre and performance who are interested in an exchange of artistic concepts and ways of working. Over the five days in-process works created during the workshop will be shown to the invited public through informal presentations.

    The workshop is FREE. To apply: send a brief description of your performance background and experience, an explanation of why you’d like to take the workshop, and a short bio to the workshop facilitator, Ara Glenn-Johanson, at aglennjohanson@gmail.com by Monday, March 2. A maximum of 20 participants will be accepted.

    The workshop will run March 19-23 from 9:30am-4pm, location TBD (but in the downtown core of Toronto). Participants are expected to attend all of the workshop days. Participants should be accompanied by a support person, and will need to arrange their own transportation and lunches.

    *Please note that artists with physical disabilities are not the target participants for this workshop.

    *This workshop is for adults only. Ages 18 and up.

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  • March 25, 2015

    Disabled Theatre – Pre-show Tea

    Join us for a series of Pre-show Teas with our Harbourfront Centre Scholars-in-Residence. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to the opening performance of Disabled Theater.

    One of the objectives of Disabled Theater is to encourage us to question our notions of ability, power, and visibility. Jerome Bel’s production aims to take a hands-off approach—”to step back and let them have their freedom.” But how can an artist or advocate who is not disabled facilitate work from the perspectives of artists who are—without her or his own perspective taking over? Join Scholar-in-Residence Matthew Sergi, with guest respondent Ara Glenn-Johanson (a specialist in developmental disability’s representation in theatre), for a provocative and open pre-show tea and debate—in which we aerate some of the tough questions that Bel’s bold work must raise.

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  • March 26, 2015

    Disabled Theater – Talkshow

    The second performance of each World Stage production is followed by our talkshow event, where the artists connect with the audience outside their work, fielding questions with the moderation of their colleagues in the community. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to Disabled Theater.

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