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 12 – 16, 2019
SOUND OF THE BEAST
Written & performed by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Black Theatre Workshop, Montreal and Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto.

“Sound of the Beast is an unusual, disarming display of poetic justice.” —GLOBE & MAIL

“A compelling and engaging storyteller, St. Bernard shifts easily from pointed remarks and calling out prejudice, to casual and conversational moments…Speaking truth to power in raw, real, fierce and funny Sound of the Beast.” —LIFE WITH MORE COWBELL

An unflinching work that examines the need for freedom of artistic expression not only in oppressively governed countries but also in our own. Donna-Michelle St. Bernard creates a vivid picture of the difficulties artists of colour have in creating their art whether it’s in Tunisia or Toronto. —SLOTKIN LETTER

“Donna-Michelle St. Bernard is a mercurial talent — emcee, theatre artist, and award-winning playwright. Her latest piece is an evening of performance poems, raps, and mini-lectures”  —TORONTO STAR

In Sound of the Beast Toronto emcee Belladonna the Blest (Dora award winning playwright DM St. Bernard) shares stories of coming up in Toronto’s budding hip-hop scene, the intersections between conscious rap and political activism, and the sacrifices we make for the things we believe in. Part concert/part theatre the show blends the personal and the political, with a bold and brutally honest take about policing in Black communities.


MARCH 19 – 23, 2019
PATHETIC FALLACY
Created by Anita Rochon
THE CHOP THEATRE, VANCOUVER

Over the past 40 years, there have been more frequent extreme weather events than ever before in human history. Up until 40 years ago, hurricanes were only given female names. Hurricanes with female names kill more people than hurricanes with male names because people don’t prepare for them as thoroughly. People will accept any colour of sky in a painting as realistic. A green sky means a storm is coming.

Using a temperamental broadcast media green screen, this piece explores our complicated relationship to weather. Landscape painting, small talk, meteorological science and pathetic fallacy – the attribution of human feelings to non-human things, like the weather – come together in this personal and factual work.

Creator Anita Rochon set herself the challenge of creating a touring piece with a touring party of zero. Each performance, a different local stand-in takes on the central role in a curious and hopeful show that draws a line between ancient weather gods and our present-day climate crisis.

Commissioned by Theatre Replacement in 2018 as part of the COLLIDER Residency. Premiered at the Darwin Festival in Summer 2018. Currently on tour.

 


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 / DONNA-MICHELLE ST. BERNARD IN SOUND OF THE BEST – PHOTO BY GRAHAM ISADOR/ BEN CAPLAN IN OLD STOCK: A REFUGEE LOVE STORY – PHOTO STOO METZ

 

The SPARK Festival is generously supported by