March 2019

2019 SPARK Festival

Show Info

Our annual SPARK Festival will feature four productions, along with workshops and a host of free events.

Season Ticket holders can purchase a SPARK Pass to save save up to 33% on these shows. SPARK Passes are on sale now and single tickets for SPARK go on sale this fall.



MARCH 8 + 9, 2019
MAMA’S BOY
Written and performed by Mike Delamont

★★★★★ “A spectacular evening of theatre! Delamont has an almost supernatural gift for storytelling.” — CBC RADIO

“Endearing, powerful, intimate and honest…The performance is equally full of belly laughs as it is of tears and will leave you with a renewed zest for life.” — VUE WEEKLY

Mama’s Boy is the heart breaking and endearing true story about a young boy being raised by a single mother who struggled with an addiction to alcohol her entire life. An intimate and beautiful performance told through stories and music.

 


MARCH 12 – 16, 2019
GOOD MORNING, VIET MOM
Written and performed by Franco Nguyen

“…this was an honest, touching and irreverent investigation of family, heritage and love.” —GLOBE & MAIL

“Nguyen has the charisma and energy to sell any line. The show’s insights into the immigrant experience and relationship between parent and child are universal; this is a show that deserves to have a long life.” —NOW MAGAZINE

Part stand-up comedy, part storytelling, and part documentary film, award-winning comedian-filmmaker-writer-multi-hyphenate Franco Nguyen takes centre stage to share stories about growing up, living with mom, and a remarkable trip to Vietnam.


MARCH 20 – 24, 2019
OLD STOCK: A REFUGEE LOVE STORY
Created by Hannah Moscovitch, Ben Caplan, & Christian Barry
2B THEATRE, HALIFAX

★★★★★ “A thing of raw and unmissable beauty.” HERALD SCOTLAND

“…a hugely entertaining experience.” THE GUARDIAN

 Bewitching ★★★★ TIME OUT NEW YORK

 ★★★★★ “Breath-taking brilliance.” BROADWAY BABY

★★★★ “Irresistible” THE SCOTSMAN

“…playful, mysterious, brave and astonishingly captivating.” —MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is a humourously dark folk tale woven together with a high energy concert. This music-theatre hybrid, starring international Klezmer sensation Ben Caplan, is inspired by the true story of Hannah Moscovitch’s grandparents who came to Canada in 1908. It’s about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war. It’s about looking into the eyes of God.

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards (New York) including Outstanding Musical.


MARCH 9, 16 & 23
WORLDPLAY

Presented by Puente Theatre and hosted by the Belfry, Worldplay is a mini-festival of staged readings within SPARK. Worldplay is an incredible opportunity to hear exciting voices from around the world. A talkback follows each staged reading.

 


PHOTO CREDITS – MIKE DELAMONT / FRANCO NGUYEN – PHOTO BY DAHLIA KATZ WITH DESIGN BY MARIAH MEAWASIGE / BEN CAPLAN IN OLD STOCK: A REFUGEE LOVE STORY – PHOTO STOO METZ

 

The SPARK Festival is generously supported by