2015 Next Stage Theatre Festival Line-Up Announced

The Next Stage Theatre Festival returns to Toronto at the beginning of next year, showcasing the very best from indie theatre across the country. After record breaking ticket sales last year, the festival returns with a diverse line-up to liven up the stages of Toronto’s newly renovated Factory Theatre. Described as Toronto’s premiere winter event, NSTF will showcase old favourites, as well as new and exciting performances.

Returning to the festival will be The Myth of the Ostrich after its popularity last year. Written by playwright Matt Murray, the hit follows Pam, who finds an inappropriate letter from her teenage son to his mysterious girlfriend. After arriving at his girlfriend’s house to discuss their children’s relationship, the visit soon becomes a hilarious and bizarre series of misunderstandings that are bound to make you laugh. Also returning to tickle us will be comedian Graham Clark, who made his debut at last years’ festival with I Think Therefore I’m Graham. This time he brings us Graham Clark Reads the Phonebook, after a review last year claimed “this affable dude could crack you up just reading the phonebook.” And so he has.

Other amusing pieces can be expected from Gwynne Phillips and Briana Templeton, the duo that perform tongue-in-cheek dance sequences and have been previously nominated for the “Just for Laughs Best English Comedy Award.” More serious performances include DINK, the Canadian crime tale that explores gender politics, class, race and leadership, whilst Outside Inside present For A Good Time Call Kathy Blanchard, a family drama that focuses on heartbreak and the places we used to call home.

Also on the cards will be a Motown and Soul dance piece by choreographer Jasmyn Fyffe, a moving drama by the Mcguffin Company, multi-media physical theatre by group Surreal SoReal as well as improved songs by Snack Music and a debut from playwright Jenna Harris. We’re not sure what we want to see first.

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Words: Kayla Joleen