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UnHinged Festival of Disturbing Theatre - 2016

 

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Written & Directed

by John Dibben.

 

Performed by

Lindsay Grisebach & Gregg Allen

 

SM & Lights

Chris Lapoint

 

Sound & Stuff

Jayne Simpson

 

Do you  know who's on the other end of the chat line?

 

Variation

         by Kristian Hallberg

 

A 'Boy Meets Girl' Production

 

Directed by Camilla Bouchet

Performed by :

 

Matt White

Gary Kirkham

Nada Humsi

Kathleen Sheehy

Gabriel Long

 

 

What do you see when you look in the mirror?

A good person?  

Maybe not.

 

Four playwrights were sent to disturbing locations.

They had 22 hours to write and hone a short play.

The plays were performed during the festival,

and all of them were performed during UnHinged.

 

PLAYWRIGHTS

 

Katharine Mills (EXSULARE)

Bryan Boodhoo (FULL OF POSIES)

Rosemary Doyle (DAMN, YOU'RE PRETTY)

Paddy Gillard-Bentley (*FAIT ACCOMPLI)

*Music by Ian Ring

 

ACTORS

 

Nike Abbott * Nicholas Cumming

Annalee Flint * Amanda Lowry

Samantha Polzin * Dan Sanderson

Arlene Thomas

 

How does your environment affect your writing?

 

 

 

 

UnHinged Festival of Disturbing Theatre - 2015

 

A Rose Upon the Blood

Written & Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley

 

Performed by

Juli Krauss & Kathleen Sheehy

With

Bruce Wolff, Zack Parsons

And Jack Cole as 'The Musician'

 

 

What could you say to the love of your life in ten minutes – hours before his execution?

 

Write or Flight DEPARTURES

At around midnight on March 27th  – these playwrights were sent to disturbing locations where they were

Isolated with 22 hours to write and hone a short play.

 

 

 

The playwrights have a little liquid courage
before going off to write. The look a little nervous.

L>R –n John, Katharine, Arlene, Terre & Nada

 

 

 

Write or Flight ARRIVALS

 

 

March 28th - 22 hours later – they've survived.

Back – Katharine Arlene & Nada

Front – John & Terre

Write or Flight REPONSE
SATURDAY APRIL 4 - 2pm

 

LIFE IS BUT A DREAM by Arlene Thomas
Directed by Katharine Mills

Performed by Nada Humsi, John Dibben

Nicholas Cumming

THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS

by John Dibben
Directed by
Paddy Gillard-Bentley\
Performed by Katharine Mills and Sam Liam Bentley

RAW MATERIAL by Katharine Mills
Directed by Terre Chartrand

Performed by Mikhal Strange & Arlene Thomas

WHEN INTERNET IS ON

by Nada Humsi
Directed by Arlene Thomas 
Performed by Nada Humsi and Jana Khteeb

BOMBING ON FRIDAY NIGHT

by Terre Chartrand
Directed by
Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Performed by Colleen Daley, Katharine Mills

& Mike E. Mike

BLACK OUT

by Bryan Boodhoo
Directed by Terre Chartrand
Performed by Ken Lefebvre & Sam Liam Bentley

SPA DAY

by Rosemary Doyle
Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Performed by Katharine Millls a&Arlene Thomas 

SAFE HOUSE by Ron Fromstein
Directed by PGB
Performed by Nicholas Cumming, Lindsay Stewart and Glen Soulis

 

 

UnHinged Festival of Disturbing Theatre - 2013

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Bennett Productions Presents

PERCEPTION PLAY

By Deborah  Yarchin

 

Directed by Robin Bennett

Performed by Liz Dennis

 

Directed by Robin Bennett

 

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Surrender Dorothy Productions

Presents

 

Way Beyond the Looking Glass

 

Written & Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley

 

Performed by

 

Maddy Kane, Sasha Gruetzmacher,

Abigail Slinger, Katharine Mills & Julia Krauss

 

 

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Without (A) Production Company Presents

 

ZAHRA AND SHAE

 

A new play

written & directed by Terre Chartrand

Developed in Urban Scrawlers

 

Performed by:

 

Arlene Thomas

&

Caitlyn Derderian

 

 

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ON THE PEAK OF MOUNT REGRET

A New Play by Dave Ruetz

 

Developed in Urban Scrawlers

 

Directed by Ben Steele

Featuring the talent of

Douglas Morton & Oriane Abrahamse

 

Thanks to Big Rude Jake for the loan of his son, Swing Baby

 

 

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Presented by

Be Right Back Productions

 

 

Written & Directed by Bryan Boodhoo

Developed in Urban Scrawlers

 

 

 

 

UnHinged Festival of Disturbing Theatre - 2012

 

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A CLEAN BREAST

by

David Copeland

Presented by

What'sInThere?Productions

 

Directed by Nicholas Cumming

Performed by Katharine Mills

 

Tamara Morgan is having a mastectomy tomorrow. Tonight, though, she wants to talk—about her life, her loves, and her fears.

 

A Clean Breast is produced by arrangement with Kensington Literary Representation, 34 St. Andrew Street, Toronto, ON, M5T 1K6, 416.979.0187kensingtonlit@rogers.com

 

And Then She Tasted

Cerulean Blue

 

A Surrender Dorothy Production

Written & Directed by

Paddy Gillard-Bentley

 

Performed by

Caitlyn Derderian, Arlene Thomas

& Derrick Ruberthge

 

Experiment #42 in fear.

 

As an integral part of this production, we needed very brave souls who wished to purchase advance tickets to sign a waiver – just to, you know, cover our bottoms. The waiver stated that they acknowledged they may be gently stalked and bits and pieces of their world became part of the play.

 

 

 

A new play written & directed by

Terre Chartrand

 

Developed in Urban Scrawlers

 

Performed by Nada Humsi & Meesha Reilly

 

When pure intentions fail…

 

 

STILL EMBERS

Presented by Puttin' on the Ruetz Productions

Developed in Urban Scrawlers

A Play By Dave Ruetz

 

Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley

Performed by:

Samuel Liam Bentley, Sasha Gruetzmacher, Amelia Hankins, Jesse TenHoopen, Arlene

Thomas & Bruce Wolff

 

War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

~ Bertrand Russell

 

 

 

A new play by Nada Humsi

Performed by Nada Humsi & Andrew Frey

 

She’s from over there.  He’s from here.  

They’ve never met, but they are about to.

We all know internet dating lacks some nuances. Sometimes a language barrier is the least of your worries.

 

Write or Flight DEPARTURE

 

      At midnight on Friday, Nov 16, these brave playwrights were taken to disturbing locations to write a disturbing 10-minute play in 24 hours.

 

Isolated. Haunted. Creepy. Uneasy. Frightening.

 

 

Write or Flight ARRIVALS

 

We met at a pub. The plays were read. Directors were assigned. Plays were cast.

 

Now there was only six days  to get these brank new plays ready for the stage.

How did it affect the writing?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Write or Flight RESPONSE

 

On Saturday November 24, the plays were produced At The Courtyard at Bonnie Stuart

 

A talk-back followed the performance, where the audience asked a slew of questions and we all found out what it was like  to write throughout the night, in spite of fright.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Plays & the Players

 

 

Bryan Boodhoo wrote

CONVERSATIONS IN FRENCH ARITHMETIC

Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley

Performed by Nicholas Cumming & Paddy GB

 

Terre Chartrand wrote

VENISON & FOG

It was directed by Stephen Gregg

Performed by Kate Gregg & Bruce Wolff

 

Terre also wrote

The CUMMING OUT

It was directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley

Performed by Sasha Gruetzmacher,

Katharine Mills & Arlene Thomas

 

Nicholas  Cumming wrote

THE NIGHT OF THE ORGY AT JUDITH THOMPSON’S HOUSE

It was directed by Terre Chartrand

Performed by Arlene Thomas

 

Rosemary Doyle wrote

PORCELAIN FACE

in an unfinished room at Bonnie Stuart.

It was directed by Paddy GB

Performed by Nicholas Cumming

& Katharine Mills

 

Shantell Powell wrote

STUPID EPIC LAUNDRY DAY

While sitting in an abandoned publishing place.

It was directed by Nicholas Cumming

Performed by Nicholas Cumming

and Arlene Thomas

 

James Purcell wrote

DAVINCI’S SHADOW

in a haunted hotel room to write,

It was directed by Terre Chartrand

Performed by Sasha Gruetzmacher,

Bruce Wolff, et al.

 

UnHinged Festival of Disturbing Theatre - 2011

 

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THE FEAR PROJECT

A collective creation.

 

Produced by The Studio Players in partnership with The MT Space and Flush Ink Productions.

Directed by Nicholas Walsh & Paddy Gillard-Bentley
Text Development by Gary Kirkham
Sound Development by Meaghan Bunce

Cast
Jessalyn Broadfoot 

Krista Hovespian
Jewels Krauss

Janice Lee
Steph-Marie Szenasi
Kalene Ticknor

The piece investigates a series of fears that many women identify with in a western society, and asks the question,

"How does fear inhibit our ability to connect?"

 

Social expectations of physical attractiveness, heterosexuality, and motherhood are so prevalent in a culture wrought with conservative ideology; it is only when the fear of adhering to these social expectations is identified within and later embraced, that we can truly feel what it means to be free. Featuring a cast of six women, 'The Fear Project' is at times very real, at others surreal – but above all, call it theatre for social change.

Fear is separating. Fear is exclusive. Yet we all share it.

 

 

HAUNTING THE PENUMBRA

A Surrender Dorothy Production


Written & Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley

With Lindsay Stewart

Performed by

Jeff Ulrich


A sane person might confront their demons, Julian embraces his and rides them like a black stallion. Is it the culmination of many narcissistic past lives ripe with sin and crime that chisels away at the soul? Or was he born without one?  A dark and fascinating adventure inside the mind of Julain Cimmerian when he questions who is responsible for his state of being. Is it God?

When it comes to delving into the minds of others, even those you consider friends, some bananas shouldn't be peeled.



PSYCHO'S CROSS

Written and Directed by Nicholas Cumming

With Katharine Mills

Performed by Nicholas Cumming

 

A piece of epic theatre weaving in and out of and against a backdrop of the high moral standards, economic policies, and ethical abuses practised in semi and fully privatized heath care organizations in the US and Canada — cross pollinated with the shooting / projection of an adult version of Snow White.

 

 

Write or Flight

How did it affect the writing?

FIND OUT!

Directors were assigned, 
the plays were cast & rehearsed.

On Saturday November 26, all the plays written during the event/experiment, were performed as part of UnHinged.

 

The first crazy writing experiment was a success!

HERE IS WHAT WAS CREATED UNDER DURESS.


THE END OF CASUAL

by Terre Chartrand


NIGHT WATCH

by Bryan Boodhoo


CABBAGE SOUL / CABBAGE HEART

by Nicholas Cumming


UNICORN APOCALYPSE

by Nicholas Cumming

THREE STRIKES

by Rosemary Doyle

THE TIME FOR DOLLS

By Shantell Powell

CALLBACK

by James Purcell

blink. stare. at my sick face.

by Miroki Tong


A talk-back followed the performance, where the audience asked a slew of questions and we all found out what it was like – to write – throughout the night, in spite of fright.

 

 

 

UnHinged Festival of Disturbing Theatre2010

Readings to investigate moving from site-specific to disturbing theatre

 

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PSYCHO'S CROSS

The inside and disturbing aspects

of mental health care

 

Written, directed and performed

by Nicholas Cumming

 

 

 

 

ANOTHER LIFE

A new dramatic poem

Written by Karen Malpede

 

Directed by Jenni Mundy

Performed by

Tracey Kenyon,

Abigail Slinger

Brian Kelly

Robin Bennett

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HAUNTING THE PENUMBRA

A dark journey

inside the mind of a psychopath

 

Written by Paddy Gillard-Bentley

With Lindsay Stewart

 

Performed by

Paul Stafford

 



UnHinged Festival of Site-Specific Theatre - 2009

 

Written & Directed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley

A Surrender Dorothy Production

 

Performed in an empty store downtown

we affectionately called 56.

 

An original comedic piece by

Miss Ruby Jones

Performed at a craft store.

 

An Ironic Curtain Medeo presentation

 

A new play by Nicholas Cumming

Developed in Urban Scrawlers

 

A What'sInThere?Production

 

Performed by

Nicholas Cumming & Katharine Mills

At Exhibit Café

 

 

WOMAN…WOMEN

Written & Directed by

Muhamed Karesly

A Mosaic Art Production

 

Performed by Nada Humsi

 

In the Registry Theatre Basement

 

 

 

Kitchen Sync

A co-production of

Friends of the Floor

&

WiT Productions

 

Performed & Developed by

Tanya Williams & Nicholas Cumming

Collaberators

Emma Dines & Adam Euerby

UnHinged Festival of Site-Specific Theatre – 2008

 

NONA’S PARTY

 

 

 

 

 

Written/Directed/Performed by

Ashley Burton

At the Victoria Park Gazebo

 

QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT

 

 

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by Paddy Gillard-Bentley

Directed by Robin Bennett

Performed by Jennifer Cornish and Will Kernohan

Performed at The Art Bar

 

 

 

 

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Rock 'em Dead

 

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Written & Directed by Tracey Kenyon

 

Performed by Tracey Kenyon,

Cameron Wood, Bernie Roehl,

Kevin Magri, Denise Gismondi,

Lindsay Quinn, Tracy Bigger.

 

 

Dead Cat Bounce

 

 

 

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Written by Catherine Frid

Directed by Nicole Lee Quesnel

Performed by Athena Guy, Noah Hicks & Brendan Schaefer

Original music by Ana Mulrooney Band

Performed at One-Eyed Jack’s