7th Annual GAY PLAY DAY Theatre Festival Announced
Toronto's annual Gay Play Day, a festival of LGBTQ theatre, is celebrating its 7th anniversary of queer theatre at the Alumnae Theatre studio space on Friday, September 7th and Saturday, September 8th.
This year, there are two completely unique blocks of shows encompassing 8 plays in total: the PINK show and the LAVENDER show. Each series is comprised of four short plays and is approximately 75 minutes in total running time.
The festival presents works by Toronto-area LGBTQ playwrights and their allies. This year's festival features plays by Steven Elliott Jackson, Erika Reesor and Mark Keller, among others.
Gay Play Day's founding Artistic Director, Darren Stewart-Jones, has also written a script specifically for 84-year-old Canadian theatre legend Nonnie Griffin. In the piece, Griffin plays an aging former Hollywood star who meets her young, gay #1 fan, played by Nathaniel Bacon.
Other plays in this year's festival tackle subjects such as online dating, transitioning from female to male, coming out as lesbian and, of course, falling in love. There is likely some nudity on stage this year so be forewarned!
The lineup and schedule for Gay Play Day is as follows:
PINK show - September 7 at 7pm and September 8 at 5pm & 9pm
Fade To Black by Darren Stewart-Jones An aging former Hollywood star meets her young, gay, #1 fan.
Labels by Erika Reesor Mia and Danny are a lesbian couple who are in for a big change when Mia accidentally discovers a prescription for testosterone in Danny's jeans.
Diamonds on Plastic by Philip Cairns Doris, a suburban housewife, discovers the joys of lesbian sex in middle age.
Point and Click by Steven Elliott Jackson A flippant photographer trashes everyone on his phone while waiting for a male model to arrive at his studio. Or is he already there?
LAVENDER show - September 7 at 9pm and September 8 at 3pm & 7pm
I've Just Seen A Face by Kris Davis Charlie, who has facial blindness, attends a Queer Date Night with their friend Mel.
Missed Connections by Mark Keller When does the quest to find love and companionship turn from longing to unhealthy obsession?
The End is the Beginning by Tina McCulloch Snapshots of the relationships between three women played out in reverse order.
Coming Clean by Laura Piccinin A lesbian finds humour in the sometimes painful stories of coming out to the different people in her life.
Visit gayplayday.blogspot.com for further information and for tickets. Tickets are $15 for each of the two series, available online at gayplayday.blogspot.com or at the door one hour prior to each performance.
Gay Play Day founding Artistic Director Darren Stewart-Jones is an award-winning theatre producer, director and a member of Playwrights Guild of Canada. He has produced/directed plays at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto Fringe, Hamilton Fringe and the United Solo Festival in New York City. His plays include Sherlock & Watson: Behind Closed Doors, The Judy Monologues and Ramblings of a Middle-Aged Drag Queen.
Celebrate Toronto indie LGBTQ theatre at the Gay Play Day festival!
Gay Play Day A festival of LGBTQ theatre Friday, September 7 & Saturday September 8, 2018 Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley St, Toronto PINK show - September 7 at 7pm and September 8 at 5pm & 9pm LAVENDER show - September 7 at 9pm and September 8 at 3pm & 7pm Tickets: $15 for each series For info and tickets, visit gayplayday.blogspot.com