"Take d Milk, Nah?" as part of Caminos 2017

Want to see a sneak peek of our latest work in development, before the full production in April 2018? Jiv will be doing a 20 minute presentation of his solo show, Take d Milk, Nah?as a part of Aluna Theatre's performance festival CAMINOS 2017

Inclusive – discursive – daring – incorrigible – CAMINOS 2017 is a festival of new works-in-progress from local Pan-American, Indigenous, and Latinx artists who are pushing the boundaries of theatre, dance, performance art, music, visual arts, installation, and film.

They have some amaaaaaaaazzzzzing artists involved this year. We highly recommend you check out as much of their programming as you can.

Click here to learn more about this year's line-up.

"Daughter" at the Theatre Centre

Daughter is one of those shows that just never quits!

We not only have our production of it at The National Arts Centre coming up in 2018, AND just toured it to Romania, but the Theatre Centre has just announced that it will be a part of their 2017/2018 Programming! 

Look how happy Adam is... Look at that creepy smile!

Look how happy Adam is... Look at that creepy smile!

The Theatre Centre is one of our favourite companies, because they support so many indie artists and produce some of the most provocative and engaging work in the country. Check out their amazing line-up of programming here

"Take d Milk, Nah?" as part of TPM's New Season

We're having a crazy week! 

Daughter wrapped up it's run in Romania; Shove It Down My Throat presented its sneak-peek presentation as part of Queer Pride; The Only Good Indian was announced as a part of this year's SummerWorks Performance Festival; AND NOW we're ecstatic to reveal that one of our latest works-in-development, Take d Milk, Nah?, which we're co-producing with b current, is going to be a part of Theatre Passe Muraille's 2017/18 season!

Photo by Marko Kovacevic

Photo by Marko Kovacevic

This is Jiv's solo show about the time he birthed a cow... kinda. 
Click here to learn more about the project. (And the rest of TPM's amazing season!)

"The Only Good Indian" at SummerWorks

We're happy to announce that the next iteration of The Only Good Indian, which we originally performed at the Rhubarb Festival this past February, has been picked up to be performed at the 2017 SummerWorks Performance Festival. This makes it three years in a row for Pandemic's participation in the festival. 

We're super stoked to bring 2 time (!) Governor General's Award nominee Donna-Michelle St. Bernard onto this version of the project. We're excited to see how she'll contribute to the development of the piece. 

Click here to learn more about the project.

Jiv wins the Ken McDougall Award

We're absolutely ecstatic to announce that our very own Jivesh Parasram is the recipient of the Ken McDougall Award at the 2017 Harold Awards.

Here's a bit about the award according to the Harolds' website:

"Established in 1995 by Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, Platform 9 and Theatre Passe Muraille, the annual Ken McDougall Award serves to acknowledge a promising emerging director. Previous recipients have been: Franco Boni, Cathy Gordon, Michael Waller, Chris Abraham, Simon Heath, Patrick Conner, Ellen Ray Hennessey, Rebecca Brown, Nina Aquino, Kimahli Powell, Brendan Healy, Bea Pizano and Jacob Zimmer."

THAT'S SOME GOOD COMPANY, JIV!

Jiv was actually awarded a Harold Award last year. So he's won a Harold in back-to-back years. He's the Tom Hanks of the Harolds!

"Shove It Down My Throat" to play Queer Pride

We're very excited to announce that our latest project, Johnnie Walker's Shove It Down My Throat, will be a part of this year's Queer Pride at Buddies in Bad Times!

This will be a special sneak-peak presentation on June 20th, as we get the project ready for full-production in 2018.

This presentation wouldn't be possible without the generosity of our amazing supporters. Thanks to your help with our FWYC campaign we managed to raise over $4,500 for the project's development.

We will be donating $500 of these funds to the Prisoner Correspondence Project, a solidarity project for Queer prisoners in Canada and the United States, linking them with Queer communities outside of prison.

"Daughter" Goes to Romania

We're pretty excited to announce that Daughter has been picked up to perform at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Romania. If you happen to be in Sibiu on June 18th, boy have we got a show for you!

Click here for more details on Daughter's involvement in the festival. 

The Sibiu International Theatre Festival is the largest performing arts festival in Romania, and one of the biggest in the world. Over the course of ten days, the festival presents a range of international performing arts, including theatre, dance, circus, music, and more.

Support Our Next Project

Pandemic is currently seeking funding through a FWYC campaign for our latest project, Shove It Down My Throat by Johnnie Walker. 

Shove is a new gonzo true crime docu-play about homophobia, violence, incarceration, sex, and mystery. It's inspired by the true story of Luke O’Donovan, a queer man from Atlanta, Georgia currently serving a ten-year sentence for five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of attempted murder. The play examines the attack, Luke's trial, and the key figures in the story with a mixture of investigative rigour and campy irreverance.

Pandemic Theatre has entered into an Artist Residency with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (the world’s longest-running queer theatre) to further develop Shove. We're currently looking for donations to fund our development of the play through this residency. 

If you want to help fund this important play about homophobic violence, check out our FWYC Campaign. (We have some pretty awesome perks!)

 

"Daughter" at the NAC

We're excited to announce that our and QuipTake's production of "Daughter" will be a part of the National Arts Centre's 2017/18 season.

This marks the first time Pandemic has been to Ottawa since our TEDx lecture in 2012!

There will be three performances in February 2018, followed by panel discussions after each showing with esteem speakers to discuss the larger themes of the piece. You can read more about the NAC's season here.

Adam's pretty excited about it:

#Rhubarb38

We're excited to announce that Pandemic will take part in Buddies in Bad Time's 38th Rhubarb Festival! We will be premiering a new piece from our Artistic Producer, Jivesh Parasram. 

Stay tuned for more details on the project!

The Rhubarb Festival is crucial to the Toronto theatre scene, not just because it's Canada’s longest-running new works festival, but because it is a hotbed of experimental performance art. We always leave Rhubarb having seen a bunch of new aesthetic practices and diverse perspectives.

We even once saw a piece where a guy ate cabbage 'til he puked!
(...Okay, maybe that isn't selling it very well, but it was super funny!)

What we're trying to say is: we're honoured to be included this year.

You can click here to check out all the artists in this years line-up.

Pandemic Takes SummerWorks by Storm

SummerWorks was freakin' awesome this year! We saw some killer shows (shout outs to our friends d'bi.young anitafrika, Thomas McKechnie, Shadi Shahkhalili, Keith Barker, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, ted witzel, Falen Johnson, Adam Paolozza, and Gabriel Dharmoo on some spectacular theatre), and we had two, count'em, TWO productions in the festival this year. And not to brag, but we think they were kinda the shit!

And so did others! Situational Anarchy was shortlisted for the SummerWorks Prize for Production. And Daughter was shortlisted for the Spotlight Award for Performance. AND to top it off, both were selected as "Best of SummerWorks" by NOW Magazine.

Accolades aside, festivals are great because they bring the community together. After show talk-backs, the special presentations by PechaKucha, countless late-night drinks. These are the things we enjoyed most. These are the things that harboured the discussion after the house lights came up. These are the reasons to make art in the first place. 

Speaking of late-night drinks: here's Tom, Graham Isador, and Jiv at the SummerWorks closing night party. What a bunch of toooooooooools!

Pandemic at the Doras

We had a blast last night at the Dora Awards, as we got to cheer on Tara for her Outstanding Performance nomination for Mahmoud!

So much fun. So much wine. So much headache this morning.

Congrats to all the winners and nominees, especially our good friends Andy McKim, Marjorie Chan, and Ravi Jain. 

Awards are kinda dumb, we know. But they're a great excuse to bring the community together to celebrate us all being crazy enough to devote our lives to the performing arts.

"Birth" Goes to NYC!

Birth (by our AD Tom Arthur Davis) has just been picked up as a part of the 2nd Annual Lift-Off New Play Series in NYC! The series, which takes place in late August, is presented by The Navigators, a New York based company who seek to produce new Science Fiction and Fantasy inspired theater that departs from the traditional theatre-going experience. 

Check out the full line-up on their website: www.navigatorstheater.com
(Americans spell it "theatER"... Who knew?)

We can't wait to see how New York audiences react to our little dystopia!

Jiv Gets Harolded!

Artistic Producer, Jiv Parasram was honoured at this year's Harold Awards at the Cadillac Lounge in Parkdale, Toronto last night. A community based awards ceremony from the Toronto Independent theatre community, the Harolds celebrate and ridicule those fools of us who keep on making our scene a thing.

The awards were founded in 1994 to memorialize Harold Kandel - one of the most loyal theatre goers and avid hecklers in the history of Toronto theatre. 

After being inducted by Joseph Recinos, in proper form, as Jiv attempted to grasp at some form of make shift speech, he was aptly heckled by ahdri zhina mandiela who stated "anyone can get a Harold these days."  True enough! 

As a side note, despite the fact that Jiv is actually an award winning public speaker, improviser, and debater from his younger years, all he was actually able to put together on the spot was "uhhh....fuck all y'all!" - which was well received at this kind of event. Way to keep it classy, Parasram.


To read more on the awards and a full list of the inductees, check out Jon Kaplan's article from NOW Magazine by clicking here.