Apocalypse Play, or Bundle of Joy

(2022)

Free admission / Free Childminding On Weekends

September 8-18, 2022
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Common Boots Theatre presents A Two Birds Theatre Creation

Apocalypse Play, or Bundle of Joy

A Serious Comedy About the Future

Created & Performed by
Natasha Greenblatt & Kate Lushington 

September 8-18, 2022

Thu/Fri/Sat: 5 p.m.
Sat/Sun: 2 p.m.

Hillcrest Park
950 Davenport Road (At Christie Street)

Free admission / Free Childminding On Weekends

Walk-ups welcome or reserve your seat

Your support helps with our efforts to make our work more accessible and welcoming, including: removing barriers by providing free admission, and supporting audience members who are caregivers by providing free childcare.

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Cast

  • Dr. Veronica Mandel/ KateKate Lushington
  • Assistant/ NatashaNatasha Greenblatt

Creative & Production Team

  • Directorahdri zhina mandiela
  • Production DesignAstrid Janson
  • Sound DesignAlejandra Nuñez
  • Stage ManagerDylan Tate-Howarth
  • Substitute Stage ManagerAnnasofie 诗慧 Jakobsen
  • Production ManagerSamira Banihashemi سمیرا بنی هاشمی
  • Assistant DesignerAbby Esteireiro
  • Dance WranglerElaine Zhang
  • DramaturgCharlotte Corbeil-Coleman
  • Embodied DramaturgMonique Mojica
  • Wig StylistAlice Norton

Real-life mother/daughter feminist theatre makers Kate Lushington and Natasha Greenblatt return to beautiful Hillcrest Park to present their seriously funny, searingly personal tale about motherhood, legacy and the future… with a twist. Last year Natasha was grappling with whether or not to have a child in the face of climate change and pandemic instability… this year she’s seven and half months pregnant and the world has only gotten more terrifying!

How do we hold onto hope for our collective future when apocalyptic fears loom within our bodies? Apocalypse Play, or Bundle of Joy is a “funny, thoughtful, painful and engrossing” 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?

Childminding Information

Because the revolution cannot happen without childcare, we are pleased to announce that this year’s production will be enhanced by FREE integrated onsite childminding, in partnership with Balancing Act and Theatre Direct.

There will be childminding and animated workshops available for families at each weekend performance of Apocalypse Play, or Bundle of Joy in Hillcrest Park! Saturdays September 10 and 17 at 2 pm and 5 pm, Sundays September 11 and 18 at 2 pm.

Thanks to our recent acceptance as a strategy partner with Balancing Act, we will be piloting an experimental project to offer not only childminding for people attending the show with their children, but also an hour-long activated arts workshop for elementary school age kids based on the themes of our intergenerational play! Delivered by animators from Theatre Direct’s Creation Warehouse, children will be invited to join their caregivers and performers at curtain call for a ‘parade of the future’. Supervision by Registered Early Childhood Educators for preschoolers is also available.

If you are interested in attending performances with children in your care, please register through the link below. Spaces are limited. Childminding/Workshops open 30 mins before showtime. The show runs about 70 mins.

Seating Policy

TBA

Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather and a performance must be rescheduled, the public will be notified at least 2 hours prior to a scheduled performance. Those with reservations will be contacted via email, and information will be posted on social media.

COVID Policy

Common Boots Theatre is committed to protecting the health and safety of all its artists, collaborators and the public during the COVID-19 public health emergency. To that end, the company has adopted this series of policies and protocols with the goal of reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Common Boots Theatre will continue to enforce precautionary measures and follow the guidance of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Toronto Public Health, and err on the side of an abundance of caution.

At this time, masks are strongly recommended, social distancing will be encouraged. For the health and safety of all, please stay home to avoid spreading illness to others if you have any symptoms.

Apocalypse Play was originally conceived and presented at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre as part of the 40th Anniversary Rhubarb Festival in February 2019. Directed by ahdri zhina mandiela, designed by Astrid Janson, assisted by Farnoosh Talebpour and with dramaturgy by Mel Hague.

The show is presented in Hillcrest Park thanks to a City of Toronto Arts & Music permit.