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The 2021 Directors’ Showcase will take place online via YouTube and be livestreamed featuring 5 short plays in a fringe-style festival.

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ONLINE EVENT - the performances will be livestreamed on YouTube on the following dates and times:

Friday, December 3 at 7:30pm - Fetch, Sea Sick, Silence

Saturday, December 4 at 2:00pm - Fetch, Sea Sick, Silence

Saturday, December 4 at 7:30pm - Drowning Ophelia, Norma Jeane Baker of Troy

Sunday, December 5 at 2:00pm - Drowning Ophelia, Norma Jeane Baker of Troy

The performances will be followed by a directors' talkback session hosted on Zoom meetings.

DROWNING OPHELIA

Written by Rachel Luann Strayer and directed by Kimia Karachi

Saturday, December 4 at 7:30pm and Sunday December 5 at 2:00pm

Drowning Ophelia is a one act dark comedy that explores the long-term consequences of childhood abuse, and a reminder that hope is always there for those who seek it. It follows the story of Jane, and Ophelia, the literary character who has taken up residence in Jane’s bathtub. As Jane’s past intrudes dangerously on her present, it becomes clear that Ophelia is not simply a character from Hamlet, but a long-forgotten messenger with a question from Jane’s own troubled mind: How do you move on when reconciliation is not an option? Drowning Ophelia is a brutal, yet delicate, and theatrically enthralling love letter to those who have suffered. This powerful and beautifully crafted survivor's tale lives between memory and imagination, thought and action, all supported by a wise Ophelia who walks alongside Jane as she grapples with her trauma and survivor's guilt.

FETCH

Written by Cat Walsh and directed by Jordan Chan

Friday, December 3 at 7:30pm and Saturday, December 4 at 2:00pm

Originally written and performed at the Fringe Festival by Canadian playwright Cat Walsh. The play is set in a parallel dimension, where two supposedly identical girls compete to be the only Hannah Morgan in existence. As they tell and relive the memories of their family and the tragic event during a family trip to the amusement park, a mysterious haunting stuffed dog named Mr. Anderson starts appearing in their lives.

Who is Mr. Anderson?

NORMA JEANE BAKER OF TROY

Written by Anne Carson and directed by Sydnie Phillips

Saturday, December 4 at 7:30pm and Sunday December 5 at 2:00pm

“I expect you’ve heard of the Trojan War

and how it was caused by Norma Jeane Baker,

harlot of Troy.

Well, welcome to Public Relations.

That was all a hoax.” In Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, poet and classicist Anne Carson conflates the famously beautiful and notoriously abused figures of Norma Jeane Baker, better known as Marilyn Monroe, and Helen of Troy. From her hotel room at the Chateau Marmont, Norma Jeane tells the story of the Trojan War - a war in which her hands are clean and yet her name carries all the blame.

SEA SICK

Written by Alanna Mitchell and directed by Angelli McGuigan

Friday, December 3 at 7:30pm and Saturday, December 4 at 2:00pm

Originally a book, Sea Sick. The Play is the result of scientific journalist Alanna Mitchell’s expeditions across the world’s oceans. In it, she describes how humans have altered the chemistry of the global ocean, and what that means for the ocean’s inhabitants, humans, and the future of our Earth. Sea Sick is a journey of discovery, both personal and global, in which Mitchell copes with the harsh reality of climate change, and she eventually learns how to respond, share her discoveries with the world, and calls for change.

SILENCE

Written by Harold Pinter and directed by Darcy Gerhart

Friday, December 3 at 7:30pm and Saturday, December 4 at 2:00pm

Silence is an experimental drama, set in a world of memory. Three characters sit on a divided stage, and attempt to define themselves and their place in the world outside. They do so by retelling and reliving moments of intimacy and loneliness; connection and missed connection. The world outside the play is Britain in the late 1960s, with its confining social code and gender roles. The characters, a young woman and two older men, exist in triangular relationship, with both men romantically involved with Ellen. As the play evolves time becomes increasingly disjointed, and the story dissolves into a whirl of thought and image. Ultimately, Silence asks whether it is possible to separate the past from the present, to truly know one’s self, and if human connection is possible.

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