NORTHERNERS’ CREATION UNIT 2023
OPENING NIGHT PLAYSMELTER 2023
MAY 11 8PM
SUDBURY THEATRE CENTRE, 170 Shaughnessy St, Greater Sudbury, ON P3E 3E7
TICKETS $15 At Door | Festival Pass (all events) $50
We are delighted to Open PlaySmelter 2023 with a Playwrights Cabaret featuring the artists of our inaugural Northerners’ Creation Unit. There will be plenty of food and as we hear – for the first time! – offerings of several new works all created by Northern ON artists:
Featured Artists and their work:
The Madonna-Whore Project by Jessie Bergeron (Timmins)
Part theatrical experiment, part social movement, The Madonna-Whore Project is about the sexual liberation of womxn and folks of marginalized genders. The Mother of Ceremony unabashedly shares stories of her own ever-evolving sexuality and invites the audience to share like stories. The audience is encouraged to bring their infants and toddlers with them to the experiment, and to nurse, pump, change diapers, etc., throughout the piece.
Reynolds by Samantha Buttery (Sudbury)
Baltimore, Maryland 1850, one year after the death of Edgar Allan Poe. Of all mysteries surrounding his death, the utterance of the name “Reynolds” is the one that has captivated the world, since to this day, no one knows who Poe was asking for. A provocative new mystery.
To Each Their Own by Eli Chilton (Moose Factory)
A strange underground small, sub-basement location where three men live and work on stationary motion machines. This scene establishes their character, their situation, and by extension, their dilemma.
Garson Girl and Her World by Lisa Colman-Brown (Sudbury)
In 1972 un-wed pregnant teen Alana, from Garson, arrives at Kitchener hospital for the
clandestine delivery of her baby. When comforting Nurse Winifred asks an anxious Alana to recall a time in the past when she was brave memories of her 11-year-old self’s Expo67 adventure begin to unfold.
Scatapella by Joël Giroux and Stephanie Charbonneau (Sudbury)
The Director welcomes the audience directly and sets the stage for Scatapella: a story following a band of puppets competing in a cutthroat jazz competition – The Jazzies.
Chain-Gang by Andrew Paulsen (Thunder Bay)
Chain-Gang revolves around the workers in a call center. Workplace or hellscape?
Itinerary by Avery McMillian (Sault Ste. Marie)
In the mud beside the railroad tracks, a woman finds her possessions discarded and a place at her own table at a dinner party for those travelling alone.
FUIL by Garrett M. Ryan (North Bay)
Structure in three acts and with the voices of three sons of Northern ON, Patrick, Johnny and Yitzhak tell their story. In Kabbalah, it is taught that three is the number of components of the human soul.
The Sibling Survival Guide by Karen Thistle (Sudbury)
How to survive life in a household where a brothers’ disabilities take centre stage.