John Dee was a 16th century adviser to Queen Elizabeth, and a scientist and magician when those two professions were indistinguishable. The Queen's Conjuror follows John Dee as he tries to decipher an enticing but ominous vision which he hopes will provide critical information that will impress the QueenElizabeth enough to gain her patronage. To do this, Dee enlists the help of Edward Kelley, a scryer, medium, and possible charlatan. Kelley proves to be as brilliant as he is disturbed, and Dee must work through the wretchedness of Kelley's soul and his erratic behaviour to access his revelatory visions and gain the Queen's support. The show explores the complexity of intimacy, the dangers of vulnerability, and the necessities of both for the alchemical transformation of the soul.
Directed by Alec Toller Written by Alec Toller & Joshua Browne
Featuring Tim Walker Joshua Browne Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah Sochi Fried John Fray
The Attic Arts Hub 1402 Queen St E Nov 3 - Nov 20 Wed - Sat, 8pm Sun 2pm $30 $20 Student/Arts Worker
Tickets on Sale Soon.
Press Photography by John Gundy
Supported by Toronto Arts Council with funding from the City of Toronto.
"Where the success of this production begins and ends is with its performers and Toller... who [are] clearly not interested in easy answers, but rather in the complex relationship between belief systems and humans’ inner and outer lives." - Karen Fricker, Toronto Star https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/stage/2016/11/07/the-queens-conjuror-tackles-complexity-of-opposing-belief-systems-review.html
"Blending drama, humour and Elizabethan politics into a tight script that focuses more on individuals than grand scope, the production is a joy to experience" - Vance Brews, Mooney on Theatre http://www.mooneyontheatre.com/2016/11/06/review-the-queens-conjurer-circlesnake-productions/
"Terrific production... refreshing in its intriguing storytelling, premise and its convincing formal language." - Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter http://slotkinletter.com/2016/11/review-the-queens-conjuror
"Lovely work from the cast in this intimate period drama... The Queen’s Conjuror is about how people interpret the information they’re given – and how their subsequent actions impact on their lives." - Life With More Cowbell https://lifewithmorecowbell.com/tag/the-queens-conjuror/
"Psychology and prophecies in Elizabeth I’s reign make for a compelling story." - Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine https://nowtoronto.com/stage/theatre/review-the-queen%E2%80%99s-conjuror-invokes-renaissance-politics-and/
Slip follows Detective Lynne Barrett as she tries to piece together a mysterious death:a woman is found dead on the floor of an abandoned apartment with debris strewn everywhere, and a symbol carved into her arm. Her attempts to uncover the truth are disrupted by the overwhelming complexity of the case, and Lynne must untangle a mystery that escapes the simplicity of a single story. A play about mental health, identity, and storytelling.
NOMINEE for Outstanding Production, Outstanding New Work, and Outstanding Actress - Alex Paxton-Beesley from My Entertainment World: http://www.myentertainmentworld.ca/2017/01/2016-theatre-noms-toronto/
March 23rd - April 2nd Tarragon Workspace, 30 Bridgman Ave $30 GA, $20 Artist/Student
Featuring: Alex Paxton-Beesley Danny Pagett Mikaela Dyke Anders Yates Nicole Stamp
Directed by Alec Toller
Set Design by Brownwen Lily Lighting Design by Wesley McKenzie
Stage Manager: Kathleen Jones Technical Director: Julian Bulof Produced by Joshua Browne, Mikaela Dyke, and Alec Toller
Graphic Design by Jen LaPerle Photography by Alec Toller
"This has been one of the best things I’ve seen while working for Mooney on Theatre. I absolutely loved everything about it. This show deserves to be seen and applauded. I cannot recommend this enough. Go see this and bring friends" - Dana Ewachow, Mooney on Theatre http://www.mooneyontheatre.com/2016/01/24/review-slip-circlesnake-productions/
"I always appreciate the inventive story-telling of Circlesnake Productions... this is a tight production done well, as usual for this company." - Lynn Slotkin, Slotkin Letter http://slotkinletter.com/2016/01/review-slip
"Too many people missed Dark Matter and I’ve yet to let them hear the end of it; please don’t also miss Slip." - Kelly Bedard, My Entertainment World http://www.myentertainmentworld.ca/2016/01/slip-germinal-elle/
Four Stars! "A devious and clever murder mystery... churns along on impressive imagination" - Steve Fisher, Torontoist http://torontoist.com/2016/02/did-that-really-happen-in-slip-and-one-night-only-thats-subjective/
"Slip is a gem in Toronto’s indie theatre scene." - Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs, The Theatre Reader http://thetheatrereader.squarespace.com/reviews/2016/2/4/slip-a-toronto-indie-gem
Drunk Enough To Say I Love You?
Drunk Enough To Say I Love You
By Caryl Churchill
Part of The Playwright Project 2014
at The Downstage, 798 Danforth Ave
April 24th - May 4th, select dates
Drunk Enough ToSay I Love You? places the world’s love-hate relationship with the United States in the form of a romantic relationship. When Guy is seduced by Sam, who represents the U.S., she feels intoxicated by her but shocked by her ruthlessness. Guy must determine whether the love she feels for Sam is worth staying with her, and if she can ever leave.
Directed by Alec Toller
Claire Armstrong as Sam
Caitlin Driscoll as Guy
"A terrific production of a terrifying, unsettling play." - Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter http://slotkinletter.com/2014/05/reviews-three-more-sleepless-nights-and-drunk-enough-to-say-i-love-you
WINNER: Best Independent Production and Best Actress (Kat Letwin)
Dark Matter is a science fiction adaptation of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness that sets the story of psychological destruction amongst the blackness of space. When Captain Marlow is sent on a mission to retrieve the brutal Kurtz from a distant colony she finds an unlikely connection with the man, and she must decide whether to terminate his command permanently or peacefully.
Directed by Alec Toller
Written by the company
with Joshua Browne, Mikaela Dyke, Kat Letwin and Colin Munch
March 14th - April 6th at the Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor St West.
"A must see... Dark Matter is more enjoyable and emotional than Heart of Darkness without losing the damning commentary of Conrad’s classic" - Kelly Bedard, Myentertainmentworld http://www.myentertainmentworld.ca/2014/03/must-see-dark-matter/
"Despite the genre and subject matter, the script doesn’t rely on spaceship tech-speak or nihilistic doom-and-gloom, instead creating believable, accessible characters in an otherworldly setting" - Carly Maga, The Grid http://www.thegridto.com/culture/theatre/dark-matter/
"It relies on the audience to have an imagination and the actors to be magnificent. I can’t speak for the audience, but I can speak for the cast: they were superb and took me on a trip I won’t soon forget" - Georgy Perry, Mooney On Theatre http://www.mooneyontheatre.com/2014/03/17/review-dark-matter-circlesnake-productions/
"An inspired finished product that was as funny as it was heartbreaking, as philosophical as it was experiential." http://www.myentertainmentworld.ca/2015/04/2014-my-theatre-award-winners-toronto/
Interviews with the cast and director available here:
Special Constables is an action-filled comedy that chronicles the return of Toronto's most elite police force: the TTC Transit Police. Jameson, a former constable, is responsible for the crumbling of the Special Constables, but when a Metropass counterfeiting ring threatens to take over the TTC, Jameson has one shot to redeem both the his former unit and himself.
Directed by Alec Toller
with Amy Kitz, Conor Bradbury, Mikaela Dyke, Tim Walker, Chris Wilson & Colin Munch
Dec 5th - 21st at the Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor St West. Wed - Sun @ 8pm and 2pm Saturday matinees
Tickets $20 @ www.secureaseat.com
"The pacing never lags! Never! I cannot recall even a single dull moment... it was enormous fun." - Istvan Dugalin, Mooney-On-Theatre
Cast of Special Constables - Conor Bradbury, Amy Kitz, Mikaela Dyke, Tim Walker, Colin Munch, Chris Wilson
The Dinosaur Revolutions
The End Is Near!
A post-apocolyptic story of the dinosaur survivors of the Cretaceous meteor impact! T-rex wakes up after the blast only to find that his friend, Raptor is missing. He finds a refuge run by mammals, who see the coming ice age as a sign of their destined ascension - and the end of the dinosaurs.
A reptilian improvaggedon featuring dinosaurs, action figures, and tiny arms.
Rabbit brown, a reclusive artist, is summoned to the oil-slick heart of the film industry, Angel City. There, Rabbit meets Wheeler, the dying man behind the movies, who tasks him with creating a disaster film so shocking it will purge the audiences of the disease that afflicts Wheeler and the entire city. Trapped in an office for his own safety, Rabbit struggles to create something before the city's corruption threatens his integrity and his very life.
"A fast-paced, sporadic and multi-layered piece that brings together a strong ensemble of actors" - Adelina Fabiano, Mooney-on-Theatre