Friday, June 1, 2012

2012 InspiraTO Festival, June 1-10

7th Annual InspiraTO Festival
Alumnae Theatre (Mainstage), Toronto
June 1-10, 2012

InspiraTO is back and it's bigger and better than ever!

Canada's largest ten-minute play festival launches its 7th successful season June 1-10, 2012 at Toronto's Alumnae Theatre Mainstage (view map). InspiraTO 2012 is primed to produce its largest collection of plays to date: 24 fascinating and provocative ten-minute plays, created and brought to life by an incredibly talented slate of up-and-coming emerging artists.

InspiraTO's theme this year is VISION - explored through a series of 4 shows (6 ten-minute plays per show) -- each with their own unique perspective.

Tickets are $12 each ($38 for the 4-show Festival Pass) available via TicketPeak - there are no online service fees - an incredible value. You can also get tickets at the Alumnae Theatre Box Office one hour before each show. For showtimes & tickets - click here.

The InspiraTO Ten Day Playwriting Contest is on til June 2. Write a play. Click here for details.

Decide which shows to see

View the synopsis, cast & director for each play. Each "Eye" show has 6 ten-minute plays with no intermission and quick set changes between plays: Because each show is 60 minutes, you can easily see two or three shows back-to-back; like fringing, except for ten-minute plays.

redEye show (6 ten-minute plays in one show): Visions with passion - plays that deal with our deep longings, and push our idea of obsession and desire. Fri. June 1 at 8 pm; Sat. June 2 at 4 & 10; Thurs. June 7 at 7 pm; Sat June 9 at 6 pm:

Pigeons In Love by Jeff Carter - click here

In Fine Print by Bara Swain - click here

Broken English by Nina Ki - click here

Tattoo by Dominik Loncar - click here

Seven Seconds Before the Conflagration by Jen Silverman - click here

Missing by Robin Pond - click here

blueEye show (6 ten-minute plays in one show): Visions with mystery - plays that make you think, and don't give you black and white answers. Fri. June 1 at 10 pm; Sat. June 2 at 6 pm; Wed. June 6 at 7 pm; Sat. June 9 at 2 & 8 pm:

The Common Ground by Bryan Boodhoo - click here

Camping Out by Anne Flanagan - click here

Positive I.D. by Peter Dickinson - click here

Beyond Where the Horizon Lies by Rod McFadden - click here

All Your Bosses Are Belong To Chinese by Nelson Yu - click here

Standing at the Edge of the Universe of Disunity by Stanley Toledo - click here

yellowEye show (6 ten-minute plays in one show): Visions that alert - plays that challenge the status quo, re-examine the way we live, and challenge our world view. Sat. June 2 at 2 & 8 pm; Fri. June 8 at 8 pm; Sat. June 9 at 4 & 10 pm:

For Your Viewing Pleasure by Greg Vovos - click here

Seen and Unseen by Maximillian Singh Gill - click here

The Paper Swan by Amina Henry - click here

Backfire by Leslie Powell - click here

Blondie by Meghan Gardiner - click here

YouTopia by Chaney Kwak - click here

whiteEye show (6 ten-minute plays in one show): New voices - showcasing plays from InspiraTO's Playwrights' Mentoring Project - and includes a fascinating after-show TalkBack series. Wed. June 6 & Thurs June 8 at 9 pm; Fri. June 1 at 10 pm:

Crystal Clear by M. P. Fedunkiw - click here

Belated Reunion by Jessica Anderson - click here

Pushing by Evan Russell Bawtinheimer - click here

Bucket by Katie Sly - click here

Elephants Lie Human by Kimia Pourazar - click here

Late by Lisa Aikman - click here

SHOWTIMES - get tickets (click here)

Fri. June 1

8 PM: redEye show (opens)

10 PM: blueEye show (opens)

Sat. June 2

2 PM: yellowEye show (opens)

4 PM: redeye show

6 PM: blueEye show

8 PM: yellowEye show

10 PM: redeye show

Wed. June 6

7 PM: blueEye show (TalkBack after show)

9 PM: whiteEye show (opens - TalkBack after show )

Thurs. June 7

7 PM: redeye show (TalkBack after show)

9 PM: whiteEye show (TalkBack after show)

Fri. June 8

8 PM: yellowEye show (TalkBack after show)

10 PM: whiteEye show (TalkBack after show)

Sat. June 9

2 PM: blueEye show

4 PM: yellowEye show

6 PM: redEye show

8 PM: blueEye show

10 PM: yellowEye show

Sun. June 10

2 PM: Finale show (top 2 plays for each Eye show + ten-day playwriting contest winner)

Tickets are $12. Get tickets online with no service fees! Click here for tickets. You can also get tickets at the theatre box office - open one hour before each show. Save even further and get the festival pass and see 4 different shows for only $38 (online or at the box office.)

Latecomers not admitted. Shows restricted to people 14 years of age or older.

Participate in the festival

1. Once the plays are on stage, your opinions become a key element of the InspiraTO Festival - audiences vote for their favourite plays and the top two from each colour group are showcased at the final Sunday matinee performance (June 10).

2. Stay behind and ask questions at our after-the-show TalkBack series (see the calendar for details).

3. You can also write a ten-minute play: The Ten Day Playwriting Contest, which offers audience members the opportunity to write their own ten-minute play over the ten days of the Festival. The play must be on the theme of Vision, along with two elements that will be only be revealed on May 24 when the contest opens at the start of the Festival. The winning audience playwright will receive a $250 prize plus a staged reading of their work during the final performance on June 10. For details click here.

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