Two Birds Theatre in Association with Common Boots Theatre presents Apocalypse Play.
A serious comedy about motherhood, feminist legacy
and the future.
Created & Performed by
Natasha Greenblatt & Kate Lushington
Director ahdri zhina mandiela
Production Designer Astrid Janson
Sound Designer Alejandra Nuñez
Production Stage Manager Dylan Tate-Howarth
Assistant Designer Abby Esteireiro
Dance Wrangler and Apprentice Producer Elaine Zhang
Embodied Dramaturgy Monique Mojica
Dramaturgy Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman
September 10 – 19, 2021
Friday 5PM, Saturday and Sunday 2PM
Talkback with the artists Saturday September 18, 2021
*In case of cancellation due to inclement weather, patrons will be contacted with the opportunity to reassign tickets to other shows as available. Extra performances may be added.
Tickets are FREE, reservations are required.
ABOUT THE SHOW
Apocalypse Play is a seriously funny show about what we inherit and what we pass on, as the clock ticks towards climate catastrophe. Who will take care of the future? And will there be dancing?
As Apocalypse Play begins, Natasha hauls her mother Kate onstage in a local park to revive her vintage performance pieces about grief, sex and childcare after the Bomb. Natasha plans to unearth and celebrate her mother’s hidden history, as they create a new play together on the edge of the abyss. Packed in her wagon, Kate holds onto family photos, archival artefacts and souvenirs, along with a giant placenta complete with umbilical cord. Is there a ritual for raising children in the apocalypse she wonders? Can it be passed on? But the audience is here now, and the play’s the thing. But are they making the same play?
Natasha and Kate in real life are two feminist theatre makers who are also mother and daughter. They first created Apocalypse Play as a short experimental cabaret piece in collaboration with ahdri zhina mandiela and Astrid Janson for the 40th anniversary of the Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in 2019.
Apocalypse Play has now been completely reimagined by an expanded multigenerational company of artists for pandemic performance in beautiful Hillcrest Park.
TWO BIRDS THEATRE
Two Birds Theatre was co-founded in 2016 by Natasha Greenblatt and Rimah Jabr to create and produce their play Two Birds One Stone, with a mandate of collaboration across difference. Apocalypse Play is a collaboration across generations, and this is reflected not only on stage, but in our intergenerational company of artists.
Two Birds Theatre is an independent theatre company run by artists on a shoe string. If you would like to support their production of Apocalypse Play, please visit their GoFundMe campaign.
Two Birds Theatre engages under the terms of the INDIE 2.2, professional Artists who are members of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
Natasha Greenblatt – Co-creator & Performer
Natasha Greenblatt is a writer, performer, educator, and the co-artistic director of Two Birds Theatre. Selected acting credits include: Audrey Dwyer’s Calpurnia (Nightwood/b current), Alice Through the Looking Glass (NAC and Charlottetown Festival) and Jordan Tannahill’s Get Yourself Home Skyler James (Roseneath, Dora Award). Her plays include The Peace Maker (Next Stage Festival, Playwrights Canada Press), Two Birds One Stone, written and performed with Rimah Jabr (Riser Project, Tarragon Workspace, Impact Festival, and the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre) and The Election, a play she wrote with Yolanda Bonnell (Common Boots Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, Theatre PasseMuraille, and Theatre Direct). Natasha is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph.
Kate Lushington – Co-creator & Performer
Kate Lushington “is always a political artist…a pioneering theatre creator since the 1970’s” wrote late beloved critic Jon Kaplan in SummerWorks Artists to Watch 2011. Directing highlights include My Name is Rachel Corrie at Tarragon Extra Space & Your Dream was Mine by Shirley & Greta Cheechoo, both designed by Astrid Janson, and A Fertile Imagination by Susan G. Cole. Kate’s play Up Against the Wallpaper co-written with feminist lip synch troupe The Clichettes was a 1988 hit for Nightwood Theatre; she subsequently served six seasons there as Artistic Director. Her 10-minute film Subway Transfer about a baby exchanged between strangers on the TTC won the Mouche D’Or at the On the Fly Festival, and her CBC Radio adaptation of Josef Skvorecky’s The Bass Saxophone won a Nellie. Easy Money created with injured workers was shown at the Mayworks Festival and she is currently developing DSM: The Musical by Kerry Westell from Workman Arts. Formerly a member of PAND (Performing Artists for Nuclear Disarmament) she now supports SCAN! (Seniors for Climate Action Now!)
ahdri zhina mandiela – director
since the late 70’s ahdri zhina mandiela has worked as a performance poet with readings, performances, lectures, and workshops around the world. she’s the founder and past artistic director of the legendary b current performing arts in toronto, canada. her work in artistic mentoring and training, and as dramaturg or director of countless play scripts, performance pieces, mainstage and touring productions has profoundly influenced new and seasoned artists across canada and beyond. mandiela’s current artistic push includes developing a large-scale multi-arts project (my world.a village), a new playscript called fly with factory theatre in toronto, amplifying the voices of young folx in black stage canada, developing speak! as alternative arts training for students at canada’s national theatre school, and directing theatre shows for companies in toronto and montreal.
Astrid Janson – Production Designer
Astrid Janson’s production design work for theatre, dance, opera and film, has been seen on stages across Canada, from the Arts and Culture Centre in Newfoundland, to the Pacific Opera in BC. Canadian theatres include the Stratford Festival, Soulpepper Theatre, The Canadian Opera Co., Canadianstage, Citadel Theatre, The National Ballet, the National Arts Centre, and most Toronto Theatres, and 15 plays for Videocabaret, including the costumes for 13 of Michael Hollingsworth’s award winning History Plays. Her television career includes award winning films, specials and series. Civic projects include the exhibitions for the Ontario Pavilion at Expo ’86 and a new Discovery Gallery for the ROM. She has been recognized with numerous honours for her design work including the Silver Ticket Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, and an Honorary Doctorate from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Alejandra Nuñez – Sound Designer
Alejandra Nuñez is a vocalist, percussionist, composer and mother to Natalia and Mathew, who holds a Masters in Theatre Studies from York University. Born in Santiago Chile, Alejandra has lived and worked as a musician in Canada and the United States, she has performed in Europe as well as North and Central America. Her training on percussion has taken her to Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico, New York and Egypt. She is the band leader of Latin Jazz Band Projecto Urbano Self titled CD with Mano Music. Alejandra has performed with The Toronto Dance Theatre and written scores for various plays, including Djanet Sears’ Adventures of A Black Girl in Search of God (Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination – Musical Direction). Other highlights include musical direction for the Mirvish production of Trey Anthony’s Da Kink in My Hair, and musical direction and soundscape for Michael Miller’s The Power of Harriet T? at Young People’s Theatre, Anne-Marie Woods’ Scotian Journey and Trey Anthony’s How Black Mothers Say I Love You, both productions for Black Theatre Workshop in Montreal.
Dylan Tate-Howarth – Production Stage Manager
Dylan Tate-Howarth is a theatre artist based in Toronto, working primarily as a stage manager for new and/or devised plays. Selected stage management credits include Two Birds One Stone (Two Birds Theatre), Flashing Lights, Italian Mime Suicide, Paolozzapedia (Bad New Days) and Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers (b current Performing Arts). She has also worked as a production manager with The AMY Project and Jumblies Theatre. Dylan is a co-creator of Probably Theatre Collective and co-curator of Probably Poetry.
Abby Esteireiro – Assistant Designer
Abby Esteireiro (she/her) is a theatre maker and designer based in Toronto. She is a part of All Day I Dream About…Theatre, a theatre and film group which premiered What Are You Supposed To Be? at the 2021 Toronto Fringe Festival. Recently, Abby and company won the University of Toronto Drama Coalition 2020-2021 Award for Best Play, Best Production Design, and Best Set Design for their production of Porcelain Tigers. In 2019, she showcased her work at the Canadian Student Exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. Abby’s work experiments with digital culture, identity, and alternative worlds.
Elaine Zhang – Apprentice Producer & Dance Wrangler
Elaine Zhang is a hip hop and open choreography based dancer born and raised in Vancouver, BC. Since moving to Toronto in 2017, she has trained at Dark Dance Company, FLUX Competitive Dance Team, and theTEAM. With over 35 experiences in teaching, directing, and performing dance, Elaine is excited to step into a new field and learn about the theatre community in Toronto. Through her U oft T Women and Gender Studies course taught by Professor Judith Taylor, Elaine joined Two Birds Theatre Company as a research intern developing an in depth outreach survey for their upcoming production. In her current position, she brings her experience as the former director of FLUX to helping organize a successful Apocalypse Play.
Apocalypse Play is supported by the Ontario Arts Council, Women & Gender Studies Institute at University of Toronto, b current Performing Arts, Flux and Triple C. The show is presented in Hillcrest Park thanks to a City of Toronto Arts & Music permit.
Apocalypse Play in Hillcrest Park has been conceived with the safety of artists, audience and staff/volunteers as our top priority. Two Birds Theatre and Common Boots Theatre are monitoring government policy changes and will follow the latest advice from public health authorities to ensure we are creating the safest experience possible.
– Masks: Audience, volunteers and staff will be required to wear masks at all times.
– Contactless: As much as possible, interactions between volunteers, staff and audience members will be contactless. This includes check-in / health screenings.
– Physical Distancing: Company representatives, indicators and signage will be in place in the picnic area to encourage physical distancing.
– Sanitation: Hand sanitizing stations will be available. All high-touch surfaces will be sanitized both prior to and following each performance.
Please do not attend Apocalypse Play if you have a fever or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of attending, or if you have had close contact with anyone suspected or confirmed of having COVID-19.
While we have put measures in place to enhance safety and help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission from person to person, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in public places where people gather. By attending Apocalypse Play, you voluntarily assume all risks related to possible exposure of COVID-19.
All residents and visitors of Toronto must follow the City of Toronto’s current Public Health regulations.
Click here to view the current Public Health Regulations for the City of Toronto.
Failure to follow COVID-19 protocols will result in removal from the venue.