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Artword Theatre
75 Portland St.

(one block east of Bathurst, south of King)
Info: 416-408-2783
Admin: 416-408-1146

How to get tickets
*STL: St. Lawrence Centre Ticket line: 416-366-7723 ext 290 or book online:
*PM: Passe Muraille Theatre ticket line: 416-504-PLAY (7529).
Tickets pickup or sale at Artword Theatre one hour before a show.

September 27, 2003 at 2 pm (Alternative)
The Animal Project: An informal work in progress showing by Susanna Hood, Artistic Director of inter-disciplinary performance company hum dansoundart. Working with director Leah Cherniak of Theatre Columbus, Susanna is developing a new solo performance work that integrates the elements of dance, voice, text, music and theatre. The audience has an opportunity to offer feedback. PWYC at the door.
October 3 to 25, 2003 (Gallery)
Barbara Caruso: The Alphabet Project & Beyond,.Drawings 2001-2003. Ink drawings that explore shape and surface. Gallery hours: Wed-Sat 1-5 pm
Sunday evenings at 8 pm, $5 at door
2003: Oct 5, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec 7
2004: Feb 15, 22, 29, Mar 7, 28 (no concerts Mar 14, 21)
Eugene’s Sunday Series: Eugene’s Sunday Series of improvised new music (in its 4th season). An exploration of new collaborations and combinations, hosted by Eugene Martynec.
Eugene's Sunday Series 2003-2004 concert info. Eugene's 2004 CD Toronto Duets features many of the musicians from the concert series.
October 9 to 26, 2003 (Main)
Anowa: by Ghanian playwright Ama Ata Aidoo, produced by AfriCan Theatre Ensemble. Originally set in the Gold Coast in 1874, Anowa tells the story of a girl who refuses to accept her parents’ choice of a suitor and chooses a suitor herself. Director Rhoma Spencer: "Ama Ata Aidoo has used the folktale of a disobedient girl to deal with a larger issue – that of capitalism and slavery and its impact on an African society." STL*
October 31 to November 23, 2003 (Main)
Stories of the Rains of Love and Death by Iranian playwright Abas Na’lbandian, directed by Soheil Parsa, produced by Modern Times Stage Company. Banned in Iran and never performed, Stories of the Rains of Love and Death is a quintet of interrelated one-act plays. Na’lbandian asks the questions "What is truth?" and "What is reality". An absurdist work that explores a new kind of cause and effect within universal themes – sexuality, violence, power, fate and death. STL*
November 13 to 30, 2003 (Alternative)
Tales of an Urban Indian written and performed by Darrell Dennis, directed by Herbie Barnes, produced by Native Earth Performing Arts. Heartbreaking and hilarious, Tales of an Urban Indian follows a young Native man from the rez to the mean streets of downtown Vancouver to Hollywood. Hit of the Weesageechak Festival last year. Fast, funny, life-affirming theatre. STL*
November 12 to December 13, 2003 (Gallery)
Debbie O’Rourke: Beautiful World. New large-scale drawings and sculptures, including work from Wild Life Count: Trinidad . Gallery hours: Wed-Sat 1-5 pm
November 27 to December 14, 2003 (Main)
Sur, a new play by Ronald Weihs, based on a short story by Ursula K. Le Guin, directed by Ronald Weihs, produced by Artword Theatre. "If Captain Scott can do it, why can’t we?" In 1909 a group of nine South American women set off – in secret, in order not to upset the men – on an expedition to the South Pole. A delightful feminist fable. STL*
December 16, 2003 to January 4, 2004 (Main)
Tea at the Palace: Puppetmongers Ann and David Powell present their Christmas favourite, a puppet show for kids of all ages. Tea at the Palace is a heart-warming Russian tale – you’ll meet a peasant who tries to make tea just like the Tsar, a wise peasant girl who tries to befriend the prince, and the Tsar himself and all his court. STL*
January 21 to February 8, 2004 (Main)
Dear Boss: written by Eric Woolfe, directed by Michael Waller, produced by Alianak Theatre Productions and Eldritch Theatre. A chronicle of the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888, performed by three actors and a rabble of multi-sized puppets, Dear Boss is a fantastical murder mystery and a romantic horror story – not for children! PM*
February 12 to 29, 2004 (Alternative)
Love Letters: by A.R. Gurney, directed by Alexander Galant, performed by D. Kirk Teeple and Carmen Gillespie. Love Letters is a play comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences -- an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies. STL*
February 26 to March 14, 2004 (Main)
The Artshow: by Alanis King, directed by Paul Thompson, produced by Native Earth.
The Artshow is a theatrical imagining of the creative life of renowned Odawa artist Daphne Odjig. The very pigments she works with come alive assembling themselves into the painting she creates. Performed by Jani Lauzon as Daphne, with Lorne Cardinal, Sean Dixon,
Gloria Mae Eshkibok, Sarah Podemski. Designed by Bonnie Devine. STL*
February 25 to March 27, 2004 (Gallery)
Eric Ladelpha: Private View / Public Places an exhibition of paintings and drawings done over the past ten years. Ladelpha's work reflects moments poignant, transitional and yet eternal. With a strong background in traditional methods, Ladelpha says, "I am moving towards a more timeless representation of my subjects, allowing irrational and dream-like elements to enter the works." (Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 1-5 pm)
March 23 to April 4, 2004 (Alternative)
The Rogues of Urfa written and performed by Araxi Arslanian. A grandfather. Escape from the Armenian Genocide. A grandaughter. Brain lesion the size of an orange. In Rogues of Urfa, Araxi Arslanian recounts the true story of her grandfather and her own story. With live percussion. Produced by Alianak Theatre Productions. PM*
April 3 to May 1, 2004 (Gallery)
Tim Noonan: New Paintings: Downstream Large-scale acrylic abstract landscapes derived from photos The paintings are an extension of the investigations begun in the Red Tree series. The new works are views of streams and lakes, as seen from a shoreline. The focus is water energy: movement, pattern, light-reflection or stillness. (Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 1-5 pm)
April 13 to May 9, 2004 (Main)
Beaux Gestes and Beautiful Deeds
by Marie-Lynn Hammond, directed by John Van Burek, produced by Pleiades Theatre. In Beaux Gestes and Beautiful Deeds, singer-songwriter Marie-Lynn Hammond looks at her rich cultural duality, Canadian English and French, through the stories of the two women who, in 1944, were about to become her grandmothers. STL*
April 23, 24 at 8 pm, April 25 at 5 pm, 2004 (Alternative)
Fire, Air, Earth, Water Butoh dance and choreography by Meiko Ando, visual design, lighting and projections by Judith Sandiford, a collaborative project based on the four elements, with live music performance by Roderick Zalameda. Tickets $12 at the door only. Performance is 45 minutes.
May 14 to 30, 2004 (Main)
Death and the King's Horseman by Nigerian author Wole Soyinka (Nobel Prize 1986). Death and the King's Horseman, set in 1945, is based on a true incident. A Yoruba King has died, and the great chief Elesin, the King's Horseman, is expected to accompany him to the next world. A British colonial officer tries to interfere, with disastrous consequences.
Directed by Ronald Weihs, choreographed by Yinka Farinde. A collaborative production by AfriCan Theatre Ensemble and Artword Theatre. Reserve STL*
May 12 to 30, 2004 (Alternative)
Biography, A Game by Swiss author Max Frisch.Atrium Players Theatre Company announces a new staging in English of Biography, A Game. The main character, Herr Kurmann, experiments with different episodes in his life to see if they could have been played differently. Reserve STL*
June 8 to 12, 2004 (Main)
G'bassikolo Percussion Unlimited Dance Immersion presents an evening of drum and dance performed by G'bassikolo Percussion Unlimited, the drum ensemble from New York City, under the direction of M'bemba Bangoura from Guinea. Tuesday to Saturday at 8 pm, plus a matinee Saturday at 1 pm. Adults $30, seniors/students/children $20. Reserve STL*
June 15, 16, 17 at 8 pm and Sunday June 20 at 2 and 8 pm, 2004 (Main)
Antigone: In 1944 noted French writer Jean Anouilh's Antigone, a version of Sophocles' classical drama, gained a wide audience. The play was seen as a thinly disguised attack on the Nazis and on the Vichy government of occupied France. In the play the heroine rejects the authoritarian King Creon and chooses death. The issue of resistance no matter what the cost is one of the issues raised by the play.
Pushover Productions was founded in 2002 to allow observant Jews the opportunity to participate in theatre production. No performances are scheduled on the Jewish Sabbath (Friday and Saturday). Tickets for the 8 pm shows: $12, reserve STL* Sunday mat pwyc.
June 30 to July 11, 2004 (Main)
Toronto Fringe Festival: Artword Theatre is one of the 10 mainstage venues for the Toronto Fringe Festival 2004. Shows at Artword: Bird, Boats, Wind, Traffic and a Felliniesque Experience, Cuppa Jo, The Divine Heretic, Dreams of Baby, Exposed in High Park, Fringe Show: A Love Story, Gulag Fairytale, The Kupps Runneth Over, Liminal, Postcards from the *Heart (The World Tour), Second City Presents: The Imponderables in 'Etch A Sketch' CANCELLED
Advance tickets $10 up to 3 hours before showtime by phone ((416) 260-5294), on-line ( or in person (292 Brunswick Ave., south of Bloor). Regular tickets $8 on sale 1 hour before showtime, at the venue, cash only, limit of 4 tickets per purchaser. For Festival Passes, call (416) 966-1062. For schedule and show details, visit the
Fringe website.
August 10 to 15, 2004 (Alternative)
Frida and Herself / Bageshree Vaze : Brandy Leary and Anandam Performance Group presents a fFIDA Off-Site dance event -- a double-bill. "Frida and Herself", a piece about Frida Kahlo,with live actors, Bunraku puppets and shadow puppets. Bageshree Vaze performs "Jahanara", a solo work in the Kathak tradition. Aug 10 to 15, 2004, Tues to Sun at 8 pm (tickets $10), Sunday at 2 (pay-what-you-can). For information and reservations. call 416-516-9426.
NEWS Flash! New dates -- August 18 to 22 2004 (Main)
IYASA and Mogwana
Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts (IYASA) performance of "Afrika", has been cancelled. Mogwana, a stunning dance and music group from Botswana, performs from August 18 to 22 Tues to Sat at 8pm, Sat and Sun at 4 pm.
September 9 to 12 2004 (Main)
At the Wrecking Ball III Ambitious Enterprises presents its third "Wrecking Ball", an evening of new choreography by emerging choreographers collaborating with artists of ofther disciplines Thursday to Sunday at 8 pm, plus matinees Sat and Sun at 2 pm.