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August 2 to 12: SummerWorks Theatre Festival


Sept 5-16, 2001 (Artword main theatre): Umrao: based on the classic Urdu novel about the adventure-filled life of a 19th century courtesan in Lucknow, India. Written by Geetanjali Shree, directed by Sally Jones, produced by Rasik Arts


Sept 5-Oct 21 in the Gallery: Peter Harris Woven tapestries
Tapestry: an overused metaphor; a bricklayer's art; the opposite of a snapshot.



Sept 19-30 (Artword main theatre): Ota: An adaptation of Robert Lepage's The Seven Streams of the River Ota, directed and adapted by Stephanie Saunders. OTA is comprised of three of the original "seven streams".

Chairs Image


Sept 21-Oct 14, 2001 (Artword Alternative): The Chairs: inaugurates the new Artword Alternative space.
Soheil Parsa (Modern Times Stage Company) directs this wild and wonderful production of Eugene Ionesco's absurdist play.
Designed by Jan Komarek, performed by Michelle Polak and Peter Farbridge

Sept 23 (Artword main theatre and Gallery):
Exile Literary Quarterly: issue 25.2 launch. 7 pm art reception with exhibition of Mexican artists and 8:30 pm readings and performances.

ARC Reading Series:
2001-2002 season
One Monday a month
at 7:30 pm
Actors' Repertory Company play readings, admission by donation


Sept 24, 2001: Kafka's Dick by Alan Bennett
Nov 5: After Darwin by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Dec 3: Kennedy's Children by Robert Patrick
Feb 4, 2002: Ivanov by Anton Chekhov
Mar 4: Crime on Goat Island by Ugo Betti
April 1: Memoir by John Murrell
May 6: Loot by Joe Orton
June 3: Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas (guest appearance by Sheila Copps)


Oct 3-21, 2001 (Artword main theatre): And the Girls in Their Sunday Dresses: The AfriCan Theatre Ensemble presents a play by South African author, artist and educator Zakes Mda. With keen humour and a sense of the absurd, this 1988 play, both foresees the end of apartheid and warns of other dangers that face the new South Africa. Directed by Rhoma Spencer, starring Kim Roberts and Kathy Imrie.


2001 fall season: Oct 21, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, 25
2002 spring season: Feb 10, 17, 24, Mar 3 & 24, Apr 7, 14, 21
Eugene' Sunday Series Eugene Martynec's back with his Sunday improvisational series featuring: new music, new media, and new collaborations. Sundays at 8 pm $5





Oct 23-Nov 24 in the Gallery: Bruce Parsons, Re-Visions: For World Leadership
An exhibition of constructions, laser inkjet prints on canvas and vinyl banners.





Oct 24-27, 2001 (Artword main theatre): Canboulay Dance Theatre
Dancer / choreographer Ronald Taylor pays tribute to the pioneers of the steel drum in his latest work, Symphonic Steel. Featuring six dancers.



Oct 24-Nov 17, 2001 (Artword Alternative): Miss Begotten
Miss Begotten is a powerful drama by Kevin Land based on the life of Diane Esther, author of Out of Incest and Abuse, A Book of Hope.




Night Mother Image


Nov 6-Dec 2, 2001 (Artword main theatre): 'Night, Mother
Artword Theatre presents the Eclectic Theatre production of the Pulitzer prize-winning play by Marsha Norman starring Jayne Eastwood and Alison Smiley.

Dec 17 at 8 pm (Artword main theatre): Book launch by poet Allan Briesmaster, with art by Holly Briesmaster and music by Larry Webb, Lynn Harrison and friends. $10 at the door includes a copy of Unleaving from Hidden Brook Press

Dec 27, 2001 at 8 pm (Artword main theatre): The second Bohemian Embassy Night, hosted by Don Cullen, a cabaret evening in support of the Humanist Society of Toronto. Headlined by comedian/singer Nancy White, with poet George Miller (the Bohemian Embassy's poet laureate) and the Hasek family of musicians and singers. Tickets $20. Call 416-750-0648 for reservations.


January 15-Feb 3, 2002  (Artword main theatre): The Bush-Ladies
Beggarly Productions presents the story of our first Canadian women authors: Susanna Moodie, Catharine Parr Traill, Anne Langton and Anna Jameson. These cultivated English gentlewomen are totally unprepared for what they find in the New World. Adapted and directed by Molly Thom, Starring: Mary Ann McDonald, Wendy Springate, Elva Mai Hoover and Meg Hogarth. Tues to Thur at 8 pm $22 and $18; Fri & Sat at 8 pm $26; Sun pwyc at 2:30 pm. .



Jan 31-Feb 1, 2002 (Artword Alternative): Desdemona: A Play about a Handkerchief by Paula Vogel. In this comic deconstruction of Shakespeare's Othello, Desdemona is hardly the quivering waif we've come to imagine. Directed by Sue Miner, starring Brooke Johnson, Sarah Neville and Anita La Selva. Tues to Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2:30. Ts-Th $16, Fr-Sat $20, Sun pwyc, ($2 discount for sen/std).



 Feb 21 to March 10: (Artword Alternative): DUOS
Une collaboration entre le metteur en scène Guillaume Bernardi et la poète francophone Anne Nenarokoff-Van Burek. In French, with English texts of the poems provided. Feb 21, 22, 23, Mar 1, 2, 8, 9, at 8 pm; Sunday matinées: Feb 24, Mar 3, 10  at 3 pm; $22, students $16.




Ethnic Heritage Ensemble Photo 


Feb 22 at 9:30 pm (Artword main theatre): Ethnic Heritage Ensemble - 25th Anniversay Concert. The trio of Kahil El'Zabar, Joseph Bowie and Ernest "Khabeer" Dawkins' unique instrumentation: trap drums, African and Latin hand-percussion, saxophone, trombone, digeridoo, bass clarinet, kalimba. 9:30 pm. Tickets $20 at door only.





March 1 to 24, 2002 (Artword main theatre):
Charly Chiarelli is back in March with
Charly goes back to Italy and finds out he isn't as Sicilian as he thought.
In fact he's a MANGIACAKE!
Written and performed by Charly Chiarelli, directed by Ronald Weihs
Weekends only: Fridays at 8:30, Saturdays at 4 and 8:30 pm,
Sundays at 3:30 pm.




Poster of Colouring Ourselves


March 5 at 7:30 (Artword main theatre): Colouring Ourselves: a festival of Jewish student creativity presents the theatre/dance/poken word element of their program at Artword.

I Furiosi - group picture


March 15 and 16, at 8 pm: (Artword Alternative) I Furiosi
Baroque Ensemble presents an evening of staged cantatas with music by Bach and Monteclair. Stage direction by Guillaume Bernardi. Guest soloist baritone Brian McMillan. I FURIOSI: Aisslinn Nosky and Julia Wedman, baroque violins; Felicity Deak, baroque ‘cello; Gabrielle McLaughlin, soprano.



March 12-14 and March 19-21 (Artword main theatre): I Want All That . . . (and a bag of chips) Rachael Griffith and Ari Wormeli, new talent out of York University, bring their puppetry to Artword. The show uses many kinds of puppets, and has no set. There are 15 actors on stage, three or four as characters and the rest as puppet operators.

March 20 to 23, 2002 (Artword Alternative)
Dancer/choreographer Michael DuMaresq's new work
and in this room . . ., an exploration of childhood memories, opening the doors of our past. With dancers Leanne Dixon, Darryl Tracy and Bonnie Kim. Wed-Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2:30 and 8 pm



April 3 (Artword main theatre) and April 6 (Artword Alternative): FADO presents "talking to my horse", a new performance by Vancouver-based First Nations artist Archer Pechawis at 8:30. On April 6, FADO hosts a talk by Pechawis at 2:30. Both events are PWYC.

April 4 to 6, 2002 (Artword Alternative): Onibaba,
a dance work in the Butoh style based on Japanese legends of the witch Onibaba, created by dancer/choreographer Meiko Ando, with music performed by Roderick Zalameda and visual design by Judith Sandiford. Guest musicians, Leyla Tshongo and Greg Hopen. Thur-Sat at 8 pm.

April 10 to 28, 2002 (Artword main theatre): Theatre Gargantua and UK's 2021 Performance: Phantom Limb, written by Spencer Hazel, a bold new work with movement, text, video and music that explores the impact of loss and separation. Erica Buss, Cait Davis, Spencer Hazel, Diane Niec, Michael Spence, Jacquie P.A. Thomas. Wed-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2:30.  

April 10 to 28, 2002 (Artword Alternative): East West Theatre Company presents the Canadian premiere of David Mamet's The Old Neighborhood, directed by John Gordon. Bobby Gould returns to his home town after his marriage breaks up, only to discover that you can never really go home again. With Rae Ellen Bodie, Marvin Hinz, Daniel Luff, Wayne Ward, Danielle Brett. Tues-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2:30

May 1, 2002 at 9:30 (Artword gallery): Lynn Breedlove's multimedia book release tour for Godspeed. Breedlove is chief singer and songwriter for dyke-punk band Tribe 8. Also: Nomy Lamm ("A badass performance artist, writer and activist") and Gut Symmetry (Leyla Tshongo, Sheila Chevalier and Patricia Wilson). Tickets advance $10 at The Women's Bookstore and This Ain't The Rosedale Library, $12 at door

May 7 to 26, 2002 (Artword main theatre): Pleiades Theatre presents Counterfeit Secrets
by Marivaux, translated and directed by John Van Burek.
Starring Arsinée Khanjian, Andrew Pifko, Xuan Fraser, Julie LeGal, William Webster and Dawn Greenhalgh. Sparkling comedy about the ambiguous relationship between love and money.
Tues-Sat at 8 pm, mats Wed at 1, Sat at 4 pm and Sun at 2:30 pm


May 11 at 8 pm (Artword Alternative):
Zeus Opera Dance Company presents its gala launch "Step Into The Ring..." presenting Episode and Portable Dance onstage in a boxing ring setting. Tickets $25 includes beverage. Call 416-522-2737 for tickets



May 23 to June 2, 2002 (Artword Alternative): Reaching Symmetries presents Quintessence a new play by Stephen Near, directed by Lisa Rothman. “Four people confront the turmoil of their lives after the death of woman who has touched them all." Tues to Sat at 8 pm $12, Sunday at 2:30 pwyc. To reserve for this show only call 416-972-6707.

 June 6 - 8 (Artword main theatre): Charles Hong presents Jeng Yi, performing Samulnori, the folk music traditon of Korea, "to play four things" (small gong, large gong, hourglass drum, bass drum) to take the audience through an evening of song, dance and drumming Thurs-Sat at 8 pm. $17 and $15.


June 14-July 28, 2002 (Artword main theatre): Toronto the Good.
Artword Theatre's big summer musical.
Written and directed by Ronald Weihs. Music direction by Thomas Baker.
A musical with singing, dancing and general carrying-on, based on 1890’s original sources: (gossip columns, court reports, temperance tracts, song sheets, vaudeville routines, and more! With Ann Bisch, Alastair Love, Michelle Piller, Susanne Schneider, Robin White
Tues-Sat 8:30, mats Sat at 4 and Sun at 3

July 31 to Aug 11 (Artword main theatre):
Back again! From Trinidad,
Jean and Dinah... Who have been locked away in a world famous calypso since 1956 speak their minds publicly. Written and directed by Tony Hall, starring Rhoma Spencer and Penelope Spencer.
preview July 31 ($20), no show Aug 1, runs Aug 2 to 11, Tues to Sat at 8:30, mats Sun at 2:30, $35