Escape to Garbage City in the year 2049 where an Ancient Philosopher helps you search for the spectacularly combustible Wine of Enlightenment.
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A Glass of wine is a two year new play development funded by the City of St. Catharines, the Ontario Arts Council, Brock University and you, our precious followers.
The play, based on the writings of linguist and political activist Dr. Noam Chomsky, looks to articulate in a theatrical way his deep insight onto our current political system. It follows the Story of Nena, a resident of Garbage City which is a colonized naturally occuring Island of Garbage. Haephestus, AKA Haephe, is in charge of the island, having devised a business model based on collecting undesired garbage and climate migrants from countries aorund the world. Nena, who lost her parents as a child in the unending garbage cave complex that underlies Garbage City, is coming of age and discovering that the world she lives in is a lie concocted to keep a few at the top. When she finds and wakes up a philosopher of old, who had been asleep for thousands of years, things take a dramatic turn. Haephestus must take action or risk loosing it all.
A 30 minute kernel piece was presented to great acclaim at In The Soil Arts Festival in June 2019. The full production is scheduled to be presented in St. Catharines in September 2020.
By Gyllian Raby and Fede Holten - Andersen
"A Glass Of Wine With Noam Chomsky"
Theatre is one of the last bastions of resistance to the capitalistic way of life because it is not susceptible to mechanical reproduction, it cannot be mass reproduced and sold; a theatre piece is intrinsically dependant on a live audience in order to exist. This means that each time a piece is performed it constitutes a unique moment that cannot be repeated. Cameras fail to capture the complexity of the interaction between audience and performers, as well as the three dimensionality of the form, impossible to render in the two dimensions of the celluloid.
Stolen Theatre Collective was founded to investigate innovative ways of doing theatre. It is our objective to create or produce pieces especially developed for live performance; challenging the conventional relationships between audience, performers and theatre styles. As a consequence, in our productions, the audience often find themselves immersed in the world of the project in quite intimate and profound ways.
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Max Holten - Andersen was Born and raised in Argentina. Max is a guitarist and composer who has been heavily influenced by South American harmonies, rhythms and techniques. This truly shows in his original music, as well as in his performances. He actively teaches guitar, sound design and music programming, in addition to performing a wide range of musical genres throughout southern Ontario. Max has been a featured guitarist in several recordings, as well as a commissioned sound designer and composer for theatre companies in Toronto and the Niagara Region.
Danielle Wilson is a full-time faculty member in DART teaching voice and performance. She is an actor, voice and acting teacher and director and has been active in the local theatre scene since moving to St. Catharines in 2006. She is the co-founder of Stolen Theatre Collective and has collaborated on the company’s shows The Diaries of Adam and Eve and The Nona which toured to the London Fringe Festival and directed their l latest show The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter. For DART, she has directed Blood Relations by Sharon Pollock, Lion in the Streets by Judith Thompson, co-directed Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare with her colleague Gyllian Raby and directed Good night Desdemona (Good morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald. Danielle holds an MFA in performance and a graduate Voice Teaching Diploma, both from York University.
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Fede Holten - Andersen has been involved in the theatre as an actor, director, writer and producer since 1998 both in Argentina and Canada. Since arriving to Canada in 2005 he has actively participated in the emerging theatre scene in St. Catharines. In 2007 he co-founded Stolen Theatre Collective for whom he is presently the Co-Artistic Director. When not dabbling in the thespian arts he is a winemaker and handy-person.
Nigel Scott is Currently working in Niagara as an Architect and Designer, Nigel has enjoyed a long history of design in theatres across Canada and in the United States. He is the founding designer of Calgary's One Yellow Rabbit Performance Troupe and has designed sets for Theatre Calgary, Phoenix Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Northern Light Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, The National Arts Centre, Neptune Theatre and others. South of the border he has designed projects for the entertainment industry that range from large-scale Six Flags Theme park sites to pre show elements for an IMAX 3-D motion-based ride in Las Vegas as well as a skating rink on the 24th floor of a residential tower in Dubai. Last year Nigel designed Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) for DART’s Mainstage and The Dumb Waiter for Stolen Theatre. Nigel is a member of both the Associated Designers of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects.
Gyllian Raby was the founding artistic director of One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre in Calgary (1981-88), chronicled in Martin Morrow’s book Wild Theatre. She started her work devising theatre with the Rabbit. She was also artistic director of Northern Light Theatre in Edmonton (1988-93) and president of Atlantic Playwright¹s Research Centre (1993-7). She has worked as a director, dramaturge, producer, playwright and adaptor across Canada and in the US. Now she teaches these things as Associate Professor at DART, and is thrilled to continue her practice with Stolen Theatre Collective.
Original adaptation from Argentine classic "La Nona" by Roberto Cossa. It tells the story of Jim and Laura, recent weds who find an old lady living in their attic and decide to keep her. Little do they know that the seemingly harmless little old lady is anything but. It premiered in April 2011 at the Couthouse Theatre in St. Catharines, Ontario as part of the In The Soil arts Festival and later travelled to the London, On Fringe.
“My mother is possesed by the devil. My father is the saddest man in the world. My sister is in love with a dog. The one I love does not love me and I got not place to live.” Victor has issues. When his life takes an unexpected turn he questions everything he knows ashe recounts the bizzare incidents that triggered his breakdown. A one-man stand-up-sit-down comedy-nightmare. The Play Opened in Sept 2017 at the Folk Arts Centre Theatre in St. Catharines, On.
A play by STC
Directed by Danielle Wilson, Graham Shaw and Fede Holten.
Featuring Amy Teetzel, Fede Holten, Terrance Cox, Virginia Reh
Sound/Music Design and Direction by Max Holten.
Meet Lorna who, in 1950 something, is the 31st lady dentist in Canada. A bit of a social misfit herself, Lorna works on Pretty Girl Street, treating people with all kinds of disorders. Gradually, Lorna meets the dark forces lurking beneath the too-perfect fantasy of her life - where even the Royal Mail Canada Man might carry a threat. Betty Crocker's smile has never been so frightening. The play Premiered in Sept 2016 at Brock University's MIWSFPA Theatre
Original piece based on unfinished writings by Mark Twain. It blended text-based theatre with circus acribatics, black light theatre and dance to tell the story of the original couple as imagined by the famed satirist.
The play premiered in April 2009 in the Studio Theatre at Brock University’s Dramatic Arts Department.
The story of two cooped up assassins who wait for instructions on their next target. Tension between the older and younger criminals reaches boiling point just as they discover a hidden dumb waiter. The device delivers food orders that become increasingly sophisticated. Despite the couple’s inability to fulfill the requests, nonetheless they try, leading to mad and hilariously sinister consequences. The play opened in April 2015 at the Courthouse Theatre in St. Catharines, On.
Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung- but wait, Sabina Spielrein? Who?
Sabina was a patient and then lover of Carl Jung; a student and friend of Sigmund Freud-- in her own person as a psychoanalyst, however, she moved beyond them both.
Carol Sinclair conjures a tenacious and passionate Sabina who struggles through the circumstances of her family, her education and her therapy, the professional barriers facing women, and wartime anti-Semitism.
“Hilariously funny at times, but also insightful and moving” “Brilliant, important and inspiring" - Audience responses
The play Premiered in Sept 2018 at Brock University's MIWSFPA Theatre
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