Matthew Jocelyn News

Canadian Stage's Matthew Jocelyn Directs REQUIEM in Buenos Aires to Critical Acclaim
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

At the close of the 2013/2014 theatre season, Canadian Stage Artistic & General Director Matthew Jocelyn spent a month in Buenos Aires helming Requiem, a major opera project currently on stage at the world renowned Teatro Colon. The production, for which Jocelyn also penned the libretto, opened on June 10 to great critical acclaim, garnering accolades from reviewers, audiences and opera critics across the country. (more...)

Canadian Stage to Present AS YOU LIKE IT & TITUS ANDRONICUS at Shakespeare in High Park this Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 03, 2014

Canadian Stage's Shakespeare in High Park returns this summer with a Shakespearean double bill at the High Park Amphitheatre (1873 Bloor St. W.), pairing the pastoral comedy, As You Like It, with the bard's first tragedy, Titus Andronicus. Outdoors and under the stars, the plays run on alternate nights from June 26 to Aug. 31, Tuesday to Sunday at 8 p.m. Each performance is pay-what-you can, with a suggested contribution of $20. The productions are presented by Canadian Stage in collaboration with the Department of Theatre, York University. (more...)

Canadian Stage Launches INTERMISSION, A New Event Series for the Culturally Curious, Today
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Canadian Stage today announced details for INTERMISSION, a new event series that combines multiple art forms to create an immersive cultural experience. Taking place once a month from May to July 2014, the series builds on the success of the company's Berkeley Street Block Parties, which have included a 90s-themed dance party with special guest Jason Priestley and a post-show karaoke night with the cast of Venus in Fur. INTERMISSION continues Canadian Stage's tradition of animating the historic Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street) with a variety of performances including live music, contemporary art, tasty refreshments and interactive experiences. (more...)

Canadian Stage Presents THE TEMPEST REPLICA Created by Choreographer Crystal Pite, Now thru 5/11
by Kaitlin Milligan - May 07, 2014

Award-winning choreographer Crystal Pite (Dark Matters, The You Show) returns to Toronto with her newest work, The Tempest Replica. Presented byCanadian Stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre for five performances only from today, May 7 to 11, Pite's critically acclaimed company Kidd Pivot transforms one of Shakespeare's final plays, The Tempest, into an innovative dance creation. (more...)

Canadian Stage to Launch INTERMISSION, A New Event Series for the Culturally Curious, 5/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Canadian Stage today announced details for INTERMISSION, a new event series that combines multiple art forms to create an immersive cultural experience. Taking place once a month from May to July 2014, the series builds on the success of the company's Berkeley Street Block Parties, which have included a 90s-themed dance party with special guest Jason Priestley and a post-show karaoke night with the cast of Venus in Fur. INTERMISSION continues Canadian Stage's tradition of animating the historic Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street) with a variety of performances including live music, contemporary art, tasty refreshments and interactive experiences. (more...)

Canadian Stage to Present Crystal Pite's THE TEMPEST REPLICA, 5/7-11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Award-winning choreographer Crystal Pite (Dark Matters, The You Show) returns to Toronto with her newest work, The Tempest Replica. Presented by Canadian Stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre for five performances only from May 7 to 11, Pite's critically acclaimed company Kidd Pivot transforms one of Shakespeare's final plays, The Tempest, into an innovative dance creation. (more...)

Canadian Stage Presents THE TEMPEST REPLICA Created by Choreographer Crystal Pite, 5/7-11
by Kaitlin Milligan - Apr 11, 2014

Award-winning choreographer Crystal Pite (Dark Matters, The You Show) returns to Toronto with her newest work, The Tempest Replica. Presented byCanadian Stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre for five performances only from May 7 to 11, Pite's critically acclaimed company Kidd Pivot transforms one of Shakespeare's final plays, The Tempest, into an innovative dance creation. (more...)

HELEN LAWRENCE Launches 2014 International Tour
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2014

Helen Lawrence, a highly anticipated new Canadian production at the frontier of new media use in performance art, marked its world premiere on March 19 in Vancouver before launching an international tour. The mixed-media project, produced by Canadian Stage with co-producers Arts Club Theatre Company (Vancouver) and The Banff Centre (Alberta), will travel across Canada and Europe in 2014 with stops in Montreal, Munich, Edinburgh and Toronto. (more...)

Canadian Stage's VENUS IN FUR Will Travel to Montreal, Return to Toronto for Engagement this Winter
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Canadian Stage today announced additional details for the 2014.2015 theatre season, including a third run of the phenomenally popular Venus in Fur at the company's intimate Berkeley Street Theatre in December 2014 and directors for two Shakespeare in High Park productions presented under the stars. Venus in Fur is back - again! (more...)

Canadian premiere of Nina Raine's award-winning play TRIBES set to open February 2
by Toronto Newsdesk - Jan 27, 2014

Canadian Stage presents the Canadian premiere of Tribes, the sharp, daring and jarringly emotional play by Nina Raine recognized by the 2012 Drama Desk and New York Theatre Critics Circle Awards. Tribes is directed by Daryl Cloran and features Stephen Drabicki, Patricia Fagan, Holly Lewis, Nancy Palk, Dylan Trowbridge and Joseph Ziegler on stage at the Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street) fromFeb. 2 to Mar. 2, 2014. (more...)

Canadian Stage to Present TRIBES, 2/2-3/2
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2014

Canadian Stage presents the Canadian premiere of Tribes, the sharp, daring and jarringly emotional play by Nina Raine recognized by the 2012 Drama Desk and New York Theatre Critics Circle Awards. Tribes is directed by Daryl Cloran and features Stephen Drabicki, Patricia Fagan, Holly Lewis, Nancy Palk, Dylan Trowbridge and Joseph Ziegler in stage at the Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street) from Feb. 2 to Mar. 2, 2014. (more...)

Canadian Stage to Present LONDON ROAD, 1/19-2/9
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2013

Canadian Stage brings England's London Road to Toronto with North American premiere of 5-star musical documentary Written by Alecky Blythe and Tony Award-winning composer Adam Cork; directed by Jackie Maxwell at the Bluma Appel Theatre January 19 to February 9, 2014 Toronto, ON - Canadian Stage presents the North American premiere of London Road, the captivating 5-star hit from the UK created by playwright Alecky Blythe and set to music Tony Award-winning composer Adam Cork. Part musical, part documentary, the new Canadian production is directed by the Shaw Festival's artistic director Jackie Maxwell with music direction by Reza Jacobs. Featuring a stellar ensemble cast (Sean Arbuckle, Damien Atkins, Ben Carlson, Michelle Fisk, Deborah Hay, George Masswohl, Julain Molnar, Glynis Ranney, Fiona Reid, Steve Ross and Shawn Wright) London Road transforms the stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front St. E) from January 19 to February 9, 2014. (more...)

New Works from Stan Douglas, Chris Haddock & More Set for Canadian Stage's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2013

Highlights include new work from Canadian artists Stan Douglas, Chris Haddock and Jennifer Tarver; remount of Robert Lepage's sold-out Needles and Opium; Spotlight South Africa festival; great theatre, dance, circus and music Toronto, ON - Canadian Stage today announced the 14 productions and collaborations featured in the 2014.2015 season. Artistic & General Director Matthew Jocelyn continues to make Canadian Stage a home for innovative live performance from Canada and around the world with a genre-defying line-up that celebrates the company's mandate to share daring work guided by a strong directorial vision. In addition to featuring acclaimed artists and productions from around the world, the upcoming season will share newly commissioned Canadian work with an international audience. Transfixing theatre, dance, circus, and music with a particular focus on multimedia performance will span Canadian Stage's three venues: the Bluma Appel Theatre, the Berkeley Street Theatre and the High Park Amphitheatre. (more...)

Canadian Stage's Hit Production of VENUS IN FUR Returns for the Holiday Season, 12/13-29
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2013

Canadian Stage's Venus in Fur is back, just in time to heat things up for the holidays. The company today announced a remount of the hit production fromDecember 13 to 29 at the Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley St.). Directed by Jennifer Tarver with Rick Miller and Carly Street reprising their unforgettable roles as Thomas and Vanda, the production (initially staged at the Bluma Appel Theatre) will feature a reworked set design in the intimate 244-seat Berkeley Downstairs Theatre space. During a season dominated by sugar plum fairies and mice kings, the show called "sexy, sophisticated and side-splittingly funny" (Toronto Star) will be billed as 'the other nutcracker'. (more...)

Robert Lepage to Return to Canadian Stage with NEEDLES AND OPIUM, 11/22-12/1
by BWW News Desk - Nov 06, 2013

20 years after its first production, Canadian visionary Robert Lepage revisits his breakout show, Needles and Opium, creating a new production that will receive its English-language premiere with Canadian Stage from November 22 to December 1 at the Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front St. E). Starring Marc Labreche reprising his leading role, with Wellesley Robertson III joining him on stage bringing a second character to life, the production features new scenography with original images combined through highly visual staging that is as much magic as it is theatre. 'Needles and Opium was one of the first productions to set Robert Lepage on the world scene with his unparalleled capacity to use the most ingenious of theatrical technologies to deepen the emotional voyage played out on stage,' said Matthew Jocelyn, artistic and general director, Canadian Stage. 'Taking advantage of more sophisticated projection and technological savoir-faire, Lepage has chosen this piece above all others as the work he wants to revisit for today's audiences. After the success of 2010's The Andersen Project, we couldn't be more excited to bring Lepage and Ex Machina back to Canadian Stage.' (more...)

Canadian Stage to Open 2013-14 Season with THE FLOOD THEREAFTER and YUKONSTYLE, Sept-Oct 2013
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2013

Canadian Stage opens the 2013.2014 theatre season at the Berkeley Street Theatre with two plays by Quebecois playwright Sarah Berthiaume, directed by the inaugural graduates of York University's MFA Program in Theatre - Stage Direction in Collaboration with Canadian Stage, Ker Wells and Ted Witzel. The Flood Thereafter, a twisted fairytale helmed by Wells (who recently directed the company's popular production of Macbeth as part of Shakespeare in High Park), is on stage September 22 to October 6. Set in a small fishing community and featuring Oliver Becker, Maggie Huculak, Courtney Ch'ng Lancaster, Kevin MacDonald, W. Joseph Matheson andPatricia Marceau, the play is a timeless fable, stretching from the historic roots of ancient Greece to a small village in Quebec today. Yukonstyle (directed by Witzel) begins previews October 13. (more...)

Canadian Stage to Present DESH with Akram Khan, 10/31-11/2
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2013

Canadian Stage presents the North American premiere of the Olivier Award-winning dance production DESH with a limited three performance run. Featuring masterful choreographer and performer Akram Khan in a full-length solo performance, the production is on stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front St. E) from October 31 to November 2. Collaborating with Oscar-winning visual artist Tim Yip, lighting designer Michael Hulls, writer and poet Karthika Nair and composer Jocelyn Pook, Khan has created a theatrical dance experience that is at once intimate and epic. (more...)

Canadian Stage to Present YUKONSTYLE at Berkeley Street Theatre, 10/13-27
by BWW News Desk - Oct 04, 2013

Yukonstyle, the second of two plays by Quebecois playwright Sarah Berthiaume presented by Canadian Stage this season, marks its English-language premiere at the Berkeley Street Theatre from October 13 to 27. The production featuresKate Corbett, Ryan Cunningham, Francois Klanfer and Grace Lynn Kung, and is directed by Ted Witzel, one of the inaugural graduates of York University's MFA Program in Theatre - Stage Direction in Collaboration with Canadian Stage. (more...)

Canadian Stage Announces Surplus for Second Year Running
by BWW News Desk - Oct 01, 2013

For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, Canadian Stage announced a surplus of $114,532, marking the second year in a row the company has ended the theatre season in the black, following a surplus of $30,880 for the 2012 fiscal year. Under the leadership of Artistic & General Director Matthew Jocelyn, Managing Director Su Hutchinson and board chair Ron Lalonde, the not-for-profit company continues to support its artistic mandate as a home for innovative live performance from Canada and around the world by reducing the organization's accumulated deficit by seven per cent in fiscal year 2013 from fiscal year 2012. (more...)

Rick Miller & Carly Street to Lead Canadian Stage's VENUS IN FUR, 9/29-10/27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2013

This fall Canadian Stage turns up the heat with an original Canadian production of David Ives' smart and sexy play Venus in Fur, starring Dora Award-winner Rick Miller (MacHomer, Just for Laughs, Lipsynch) as Thomas and Carly Street(The Good Wife, Broadway, The Stratford Festival) as Vanda. Directed by Jennifer Tarver (The Stratford Festival, Necessary Angel), the production is on stage at the Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front St. E) from September 29 to October 27. (more...)

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