Zoo Motel

Zoom link will be sent prior to the performance | Limited audience capacity

Friday, June 11 at 7:00PM EDT

Saturday, June 12 at 9:00PM EDT

Sunday, June 13 at 2:00PM and 7:00PM EDT

 

Zoo Motel by Thaddeus Phillips

Internationally acclaimed director, designer and performer Thaddeus Phillips invites you into the mysterious & playful Zoo Motel, an interactive and immersive theatrical event created for the here & now. Phillips brings his signature dazzling stagecraft direct into your home in collaboration with the designer and artist, Steven Dufala.

Limited to only 25 audiences participants nightly, who check into virtual “rooms”, this wildly inventive exploration of the possibilities of live theater and the magic of cinema explores what connects us and is broadcast live and online from a small room in a village in South America.

Phillips & Dufala have transformed Phillips studio into a magical motel room where time stops, mysterious and illuminating stories emerge from across the globe & analog objects take on their own potent meaning. New York magician Steve Cuiffo has invented a series of interactive magic and illusions for this wholly unique evening of adventurous theatre about lost souls of the past, our global new reality & the possibilities for the future.

*Please Note: You will need a deck of cards handy for Zoo Motel

 

¨Glorious illusion . . . a homespun makeshift peephole into the marvels of theatre, the possibilities of the imagination and the human need to connect.¨ — LYN GARDNER, Writer, Stage Door

 

Credits:

Created, co-designed & performed by Thaddeus Phillips

Directed by Tatiana Mallarino

Designed by Steven Dufala

Magic by Steve Cuiffo

 

First presented by the Miami Light Project in September of 2020

Zoo Motel

Zoom link will be sent prior to the performance | Limited audience capacity

Friday, June 11 at 7:00PM EDT

Saturday, June 12 at 9:00PM EDT

Sunday, June 13 at 2:00PM and 7:00PM EDT

 

Zoo Motel by Thaddeus Phillips

Internationally acclaimed director, designer and performer Thaddeus Phillips invites you into the mysterious & playful Zoo Motel, an interactive and immersive theatrical event created for the here & now. Phillips brings his signature dazzling stagecraft direct into your home in collaboration with the designer and artist, Steven Dufala.

Limited to only 25 audiences participants nightly, who check into virtual “rooms”, this wildly inventive exploration of the possibilities of live theater and the magic of cinema explores what connects us and is broadcast live and online from a small room in a village in South America.

Phillips & Dufala have transformed Phillips studio into a magical motel room where time stops, mysterious and illuminating stories emerge from across the globe & analog objects take on their own potent meaning. New York magician Steve Cuiffo has invented a series of interactive magic and illusions for this wholly unique evening of adventurous theatre about lost souls of the past, our global new reality & the possibilities for the future.

*Please Note: You will need a deck of cards handy for Zoo Motel

 

¨Glorious illusion . . . a homespun makeshift peephole into the marvels of theatre, the possibilities of the imagination and the human need to connect.¨ — LYN GARDNER, Writer, Stage Door

 

Credits:

Created, co-designed & performed by Thaddeus Phillips

Directed by Tatiana Mallarino

Designed by Steven Dufala

Magic by Steve Cuiffo

 

First presented by the Miami Light Project in September of 2020

Zoo Motel

Zoom link will be sent prior to the performance | Limited audience capacity

Friday, June 11 at 7:00PM EDT

Saturday, June 12 at 9:00PM EDT

Sunday, June 13 at 2:00PM and 7:00PM EDT

 

Zoo Motel by Thaddeus Phillips

Internationally acclaimed director, designer and performer Thaddeus Phillips invites you into the mysterious & playful Zoo Motel, an interactive and immersive theatrical event created for the here & now. Phillips brings his signature dazzling stagecraft direct into your home in collaboration with the designer and artist, Steven Dufala.

Limited to only 25 audiences participants nightly, who check into virtual “rooms”, this wildly inventive exploration of the possibilities of live theater and the magic of cinema explores what connects us and is broadcast live and online from a small room in a village in South America.

Phillips & Dufala have transformed Phillips studio into a magical motel room where time stops, mysterious and illuminating stories emerge from across the globe & analog objects take on their own potent meaning. New York magician Steve Cuiffo has invented a series of interactive magic and illusions for this wholly unique evening of adventurous theatre about lost souls of the past, our global new reality & the possibilities for the future.

*Please Note: You will need a deck of cards handy for Zoo Motel

 

¨Glorious illusion . . . a homespun makeshift peephole into the marvels of theatre, the possibilities of the imagination and the human need to connect.¨ — LYN GARDNER, Writer, Stage Door

 

Credits:

Created, co-designed & performed by Thaddeus Phillips

Directed by Tatiana Mallarino

Designed by Steven Dufala

Magic by Steve Cuiffo

 

First presented by the Miami Light Project in September of 2020

Zoo Motel

Zoom link will be sent prior to the performance | Limited audience capacity

Friday, June 11 at 7:00PM EDT

Saturday, June 12 at 9:00PM EDT

Sunday, June 13 at 2:00PM and 7:00PM EDT

 

Zoo Motel by Thaddeus Phillips

Internationally acclaimed director, designer and performer Thaddeus Phillips invites you into the mysterious & playful Zoo Motel, an interactive and immersive theatrical event created for the here & now. Phillips brings his signature dazzling stagecraft direct into your home in collaboration with the designer and artist, Steven Dufala.

Limited to only 25 audiences participants nightly, who check into virtual “rooms”, this wildly inventive exploration of the possibilities of live theater and the magic of cinema explores what connects us and is broadcast live and online from a small room in a village in South America.

Phillips & Dufala have transformed Phillips studio into a magical motel room where time stops, mysterious and illuminating stories emerge from across the globe & analog objects take on their own potent meaning. New York magician Steve Cuiffo has invented a series of interactive magic and illusions for this wholly unique evening of adventurous theatre about lost souls of the past, our global new reality & the possibilities for the future.

*Please Note: You will need a deck of cards handy for Zoo Motel

 

¨Glorious illusion . . . a homespun makeshift peephole into the marvels of theatre, the possibilities of the imagination and the human need to connect.¨ — LYN GARDNER, Writer, Stage Door

 

Credits:

Created, co-designed & performed by Thaddeus Phillips

Directed by Tatiana Mallarino

Designed by Steven Dufala

Magic by Steve Cuiffo

 

First presented by the Miami Light Project in September of 2020

Some Must Watch While Some Must Sleep by Tanya Marquardt

July 9 @ 7PM EDT (8PM ADT / 5PM MDT / 4PM PDT)

Written and performed by Tanya Marquardt (they/she)
Directed by Fay Nass (she/her)
Composed by Omar Zubair (he/him)
Contributions and Beta-Testing with Ethan Brown, Sabrina Fonseca, Diana Garcia, Bobbi Sue McCollum, David B Smith, and Michael Wheeler.
Additional artwork by David B Smith.

Hi. My name is Tanya. And I’m a sleeptalker.

In 2016, I randomly found a sound activated recording app on my iPhone and I started to record myself at night. And that’s when I discovered that I have a sleeping self. Like an entirely different ‘person’ that rolls around in my head, has their own dreams, wants, desires, and needs, who talks to themself, to imaginary people, to me, and to the people that are sleeping next to me. And when I listen to the recordings, this sleeping self sounds like a younger or more innocent version of me, a happy ball of joy, cup ½ full, loving, little creature walking around in my brain when I am unconscious. Sometimes they talk like a child, other times they seem to have some kind of mysterious, poetic knowledge.

Less than 10% of the adult population talk in their sleep as much as I do, and I talk every single night. Some sleep researchers think that this has something to do with trauma. As I understand it, your brain is attempting to neurologically reroute the trauma while you sleep, like trying to press a reset button. Other researchers think it could be genetics, eating too much before bed, watching too much TV, or having an extra glass of wine before sleep. And though I have experienced trauma, not everyone who talks in their sleep has. Ultimately, the reason sleeptalking happens is a bit of a mystery.

At first the recordings I got were not overly extraordinary – a word, some mumbling, a sentence or two. But the longer I kept recording, the longer and more complex the recordings became. Early on my sleeping self introduced themself to me: “Hi, my name is X,” and then said, “We can talk if we need to.” At one point X said, “I want to see you.”  This really baffled me. At first I thought maybe this sleeping voice was trying to heal my trauma. Then I thought I might have dissociative personality disorder, which my therapist quickly ruled out. At one point I thought, maybe I was speaking to a ghost. I feel like I have some sort of proof of our collective dream world. Which freaks me out. And totally intrigues me.

I make theatre and recently made a piece that was the subject of an Invisiblia episode on NPR. I thought that artmaking might help me come to terms with this voice. I was wrong. All it did is open up more questions. I really feel that my sleeping self is attempting to give me a message. X is literally leaving messages for me on my phone. And I feel like they want a response, a dialogue. But I have no way of contacting X. What I wish I could do is create a space between sleeping and waking, where we could meet and talk, and maybe even heal. Maybe X’ll want to play a game of Parcheesi or maybe they have a message that will change the course of my life. But I think I should at least attempt to figure it out.

Which is what I am starting to do through Fold A. Alongside director Fay Nass and composer Omar Zubair, Fold A, and a few beta-testers, I am going to try various ways of giving X a voice, with everyone acting as an objective eye, listening to the recordings, do some dream exercises with me, some meditation and sleep research. At this point I’d be willing to talk to someone in the spiritualist community of Lily Dale, and I’m not sure what’s going to happen. I’ll talk about whatever we find July 9. Maybe through this journey, we will get in touch with X, find out what they want?

This presentation is the culmination of the 2020 FOLDA Innovation residency.

HAVEN by Murdoch Schon and Angelica Schwartz

Watch at folda.ca/livestream or the SpiderWebShow Facebook page

June 12 @ 9PM EDT (10PM ADT / 7PM MDT / 6PM PDT) and June 13 @ 7:30PM EDT (8:30PM ADT / 5:30PM MDT / 4:30PM PDT)

 

Two strangers, one shared meal and 6 unanswered questions waiting in sealed envelopes: HAVEN is a two-part theatrical experiment exploring how kindness and ritual can come together online.

In our noisy media-driven world we are inundated by comments and messages, often anonymous, that reveal judgmental and cruel opinions. Liked and shared posts signal what we accept and reject; creating algorithms that keep us in the bubbles of our own biases. Inspired by video sharing and chatting services HAVEN creates a digital space that explores generosity, vulnerability and connection. 

 

 

Phase One:

Two strangers sit down and share a meal over Zoom. Over the course of the meal, they are prompted to ask their dining companion a series of questions. Without preparation or artifice, the participants are asked to bring themselves and their lived experiences to the table. The questions and spontaneous answers are punctuated by moments of pause, and reflection.

HAVEN: Phase One invites the audience to witness two strangers coming together to discover shared values, care and connection through this digital haven.

 

 

Phase Two:

Phase Two transforms the previous night’s dinner interaction into a script. Without having witnessed it the night before, two professional actors (themselves strangers) are asked to perform the conversation and ritual as honestly as they can while their lines are fed to them live through an earpiece. Each performer, without the context of body language or tone, must make spontaneous decisions about how they will embody the words of another.

HAVEN: Phase two invites the audience to a theatrical experiment that asks: Can connection, community and kindness be found in the anonymous words of strangers?   

Haven has several prompts for its audience to reflect upon, we suggest bringing a candle and ignition source to enhance your experience. 

 

 

 

Credits:

Created and directed by Murdoch Schon and Angelica Schwartz

Dramaturg: Rose Plotek

Winnipeg Technical Coordinator: Zoe Leclerc-Kennedy
Toronto Technical Coordinator: Elizabeth Richardson
Montreal Technical Coordinator: Angelica Schwartz
FOLDA Technical Coordinator: Ellen Brooker

Special thanks to: Sarah Garton Stanley, Michael Wheeler, Matjash Mrozewski, Schelby Jean-Baptiste, Alex Petrachuk, Jimmy Blais, Erin Meagan Schwartz, Emelia Hellman, Tanner Manson, Erin Mackey, Wahsonti:io Kirby, Tori Popp, Hannah Green, The National Theatre School of Canada.

Bios:

Murdoch Schon is a theatre maker, director and puppeteer. Winnipeg-born, they have been involved in the Montreal English theatre scene for almost a decade. Murdoch is fascinated by provocation, vulnerability, and the role of risk and failure in art making. They insist on the wondrous nature of theatre as a transformative space where rulers can fail, heroes can rise and monsters seem more familiar than angels.

Selected directing credits: it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now  by Lucy Kirkwood, The Dumb Waiter  by Harold Pinter, Celestial Serendipity  by Russell Wiitala, The Woods Witch  by Murdoch Schon, and  Little One  by Hannah Moscovitch. Murdoch is a graduate of the National Theatre School’s Directing Program and has a BFA, Specialization in Theatre and Development, from Concordia University.

Angelica Schwartz is a director and collective creator born on Treat 1 Territory (Winnipeg, MB), where they founded the performing arts company Happy/Accidents. A recent graduate of The Directing Program at The National Theatre School, Schwartz is now based in Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal, QC). Drawing on their background in technical production and their passion for storytelling, Schwartz is devoted to creating an authentic connection between performer and spectator. Whether across distances through online platforms or in the intimacy of live, theatrical experiences, Schwartz is determined to create a sense of community in our highly digitalized era. Schwartz aims to trouble the public imagination in terms of identity, queerness, and bodies. In their work, society norms and pressures take a backseat to the complexity of the human condition. Schwartz is invested in highlighting the perspective of the Other, giving an alternative lens on how stories can be told.

Schwartz has had the pleasure to work with Jonathon Young, Jackie Maxwell, Marcus Youssef, Anita Rochon, and Chelsea Haberlin, among others. Schwartz is a Technical Production graduate of Studio 58 in Vancouver, BC

HAVEN was developed at The National Theatre School of Canada, as part of its Directing Program. This presentation is made possible with the support of TEC, NTS’ Theatre Engaging Communities fund.

HAVEN by Murdoch Schon and Angelica Schwartz

Watch at folda.ca/livestream or the SpiderWebShow Facebook page

June 12 @ 9PM EDT (10PM ADT / 7PM MDT / 6PM PDT) and June 13 @ 7:30PM EDT (8:30PM ADT / 5:30PM MDT / 4:30PM PDT)

 

Two strangers, one shared meal and 6 unanswered questions waiting in sealed envelopes: HAVEN is a two-part theatrical experiment exploring how kindness and ritual can come together online.

In our noisy media-driven world we are inundated by comments and messages, often anonymous, that reveal judgmental and cruel opinions. Liked and shared posts signal what we accept and reject; creating algorithms that keep us in the bubbles of our own biases. Inspired by video sharing and chatting services HAVEN creates a digital space that explores generosity, vulnerability and connection. 

 

 

Phase One:

Two strangers sit down and share a meal over Zoom. Over the course of the meal, they are prompted to ask their dining companion a series of questions. Without preparation or artifice, the participants are asked to bring themselves and their lived experiences to the table. The questions and spontaneous answers are punctuated by moments of pause, and reflection.

HAVEN: Phase One invites the audience to witness two strangers coming together to discover shared values, care and connection through this digital haven.

 

 

Phase Two:

Phase Two transforms the previous night’s dinner interaction into a script. Without having witnessed it the night before, two professional actors (themselves strangers) are asked to perform the conversation and ritual as honestly as they can while their lines are fed to them live through an earpiece. Each performer, without the context of body language or tone, must make spontaneous decisions about how they will embody the words of another.

HAVEN: Phase two invites the audience to a theatrical experiment that asks: Can connection, community and kindness be found in the anonymous words of strangers?   

Haven has several prompts for its audience to reflect upon, we suggest bringing a candle and ignition source to enhance your experience. 

 

 

 

Credits:

Created and directed by Murdoch Schon and Angelica Schwartz

Dramaturg: Rose Plotek

Winnipeg Technical Coordinator: Zoe Leclerc-Kennedy
Toronto Technical Coordinator: Elizabeth Richardson
Montreal Technical Coordinator: Angelica Schwartz
FOLDA Technical Coordinator: Ellen Brooker

Special thanks to: Sarah Garton Stanley, Michael Wheeler, Matjash Mrozewski, Schelby Jean-Baptiste, Alex Petrachuk, Jimmy Blais, Erin Meagan Schwartz, Emelia Hellman, Tanner Manson, Erin Mackey, Wahsonti:io Kirby, Tori Popp, Hannah Green, The National Theatre School of Canada.

Bios:

Murdoch Schon is a theatre maker, director and puppeteer. Winnipeg-born, they have been involved in the Montreal English theatre scene for almost a decade. Murdoch is fascinated by provocation, vulnerability, and the role of risk and failure in art making. They insist on the wondrous nature of theatre as a transformative space where rulers can fail, heroes can rise and monsters seem more familiar than angels.

Selected directing credits: it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now  by Lucy Kirkwood, The Dumb Waiter  by Harold Pinter, Celestial Serendipity  by Russell Wiitala, The Woods Witch  by Murdoch Schon, and  Little One  by Hannah Moscovitch. Murdoch is a graduate of the National Theatre School’s Directing Program and has a BFA, Specialization in Theatre and Development, from Concordia University.

Angelica Schwartz is a director and collective creator born on Treat 1 Territory (Winnipeg, MB), where they founded the performing arts company Happy/Accidents. A recent graduate of The Directing Program at The National Theatre School, Schwartz is now based in Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal, QC). Drawing on their background in technical production and their passion for storytelling, Schwartz is devoted to creating an authentic connection between performer and spectator. Whether across distances through online platforms or in the intimacy of live, theatrical experiences, Schwartz is determined to create a sense of community in our highly digitalized era. Schwartz aims to trouble the public imagination in terms of identity, queerness, and bodies. In their work, society norms and pressures take a backseat to the complexity of the human condition. Schwartz is invested in highlighting the perspective of the Other, giving an alternative lens on how stories can be told.

Schwartz has had the pleasure to work with Jonathon Young, Jackie Maxwell, Marcus Youssef, Anita Rochon, and Chelsea Haberlin, among others. Schwartz is a Technical Production graduate of Studio 58 in Vancouver, BC

HAVEN was developed at The National Theatre School of Canada, as part of its Directing Program. This presentation is made possible with the support of TEC, NTS’ Theatre Engaging Communities fund.

Talk to Me by Cellar Door Project

Watch at folda.ca/livestream or the SpiderWebShow Facebook page

June 10 @ 9PM EDT (10PM ADT / 7PM MDT / 6PM PDT)

 

Part phone call, part talk radio show, Talk to Me is an original lo-fi radio play that explores intimacy, liveness, exposure and consent through broadcast. The show’s creators, the Kingston-based Cellar Door Project, will be broadcasting this performance live from Canada’s oldest radio station, CFRC 101.9FM.

Please note: this show contains offensive language and adult content. Listener discretion is advise. 

“Talk to Me” is written by Sean Meldrum; dramaturged and directed by Wallis Caldoza; and produced by Mariah Horner.

Talk to Me” stars Mariah Horner and Sean Meldrum and features Erica Hill, Simon Gagnon, Dhanish Chinniah, and Maleeka Thaker.

The ASL Interpreted visual version of “Talk to Me” stars Ebony Gooden and Landon Krentz and features Chris Dodd, Catherine Joell MacKinnon, Mathew Kuntz, and Natasha Bacchus. The ASL Interpreted visual version of “Talk to Me” is coordinated by Carmelle Cachero and Clayton Baraniuk with coaching by Sage Lovell. This show is available as an ASL performance and is low vision friendly. For more on our access plan click here.

 

Special thanks to Dinah Jansen, Dean Haydon, and CFRC 101.9FM, Bruce Kauffman, the FOLDA team, Madison Lymer, and Jesse MacMillan.This project is produced with CFRC 101.9FM and will be featured in the CFRC Shortwave Radio Theatre Festival this coming November. This project received financial support from the National Theatre School of Canada via the Art Apart program.

This project is produced with CFRC 101.9FM. This project received financial support from the National Theatre School of Canada via the Art Apart program.

 

 

 

 

May I Take Your Arm

 

If we walk together, does the way we “see” our neighbourhood change?

May I Take Your Arm emerged from audio recorded walks between blind performer Alex Bulmer and storytellers who provided sighted guide. The artists ‘takes us by the arm’ to walk, listen, and share stories of place in this tactile performance installation. May I Take Your Arm is about interdependence, relationships between people, our relationship to the St. James Town and Cabbagetown neighbourhoods in Toronto, and the land upon which these neighbourhoods are settled.

May I Take Your Arm is a live performance; however, audience are invited to interact with the installations/within the environment 30 minutes prior to the performance.

CREDITS
Producer: Red Dress Productions
Co-Creators: Alex Bulmer, Anna Camilleri, and Tristan R Whiston
Performer: Alex Bulmer
Sound Designer and Editor: Tristan R Whiston
Environment/Installations Designer and Maker: Anna Camilleri
Live Video Animation: Katie Yealland
Storytellers: Henry Campos, Trisha Lamie, Silvia Marques, Benton McKnight, Vikesh Mehta, Zahra Naqvi, Dwayne
Shaw, and Ronnie Thompson
Graphic Designer: Tariq Sami
Sound Consultant and Technician: Charles Ketchabaw

TIP Innovation Residency

This year’s Thousand Islands Playhouse Innovation Resident in Governor General-winning playwright Nicolas Billon. Nicolas joined several playwrights for a 2-day virtual reality workshop with The Games Institute at The University of Waterloo and SpiderWebShow in Fall 2018.  We left with some mind-opening questions about how the narrative and dramaturgy will work in the future using this medium. Nicolas will use the residency for time to both write and experiment with actors about these questions. We will talk about what he thought about and learned through this process in an open presentation at The Playhouse.

Search Party

 

Join local site-specific theatre makers Cellar Door Project for Search Party: a three-hour, immersive experience guiding participants on an adventure through Kingston’s downtown. 

Search Party, is a special secret party that we’ll plan with you online. And yes, you can bring the kiddos, however they like to party. Part digital-scavenger-hunt part celebration-crawl, Search Party closes foldA on June 15th.

From now until then, we’ll get to know each other online and you’ll help us plan the perfect party. Through the online platform you prefer you’ll help us pick the music. Order food. Write the toast. Then, on the last day of foldA, we’ll hide the party somewhere in Kingston. And you have to find it. (We’ll make sure you do, it’s your party after all).

Planning is already underway with Cellar Door Project artists gathering local knowledge and preferences from Kingston residents. To help plan the party, follow us on instagram @ygksearchparty or join the FB group YGK Search Party. 

CREDITS

Created by Mariah Horner, Laura Chaignon, and Taylor Norris

Tickets Pay What You Want – Suggested donation $5 for individuals, $15 for families