GASH by Caitie Graham
Directed by Madeleine JulLian
November 22 - 26 in the Studio Theatre
Cata wakes up with an infected tattoo on her leg. When the memory of everyone involved is clouded by either drugs, denial, or desire, whose version of the truth is Cata supposed to believe? GASH is a fierce exploration of a young girl’s sexuality, an act of violence that devastates a friendship, and the question; can truth be subjective?
Photos by Bruce Peters
Thursday November 23 Free Panel Discussion: Navigating Consent
Moderated by Anne Wessels, director of education at Tarragon Theatre. Our panelist is Andrew Townsend, coordinator of teen programming at Planned Parenthood Toronto.
Saturday November 25 Writer/Director Talkback with Caitie Graham and Madeleine Jullian
Caitie Graham, Playwright and acting as Isa
Caitie is a playwright, performer, and committed member of the theatre and education community in Toronto. Since completing her BFA in Performance at Ryerson, her work has appeared in Brave New Theatre’s UNHOLY (The Retreat), Tarragon’s Live Wires Series (Pose Ball), The 10/10/10 Project (swimmer), and Alumnae’s New Ideas Festival (Pose Ball pt.1). Last year her play, Paradise Comics, concluded Filament Incubator’s inaugural season. She is also the current director of the Young Playwrights Unit at Tarragon.
Madeleine Jullian, Director
Madeleine has worked as an actor, writer, and director in Berlin, London, and Toronto. She produced and directed Nick Dipchand’s solo show The Nature of a Bullet as part of the Toronto Fringe in 2013 and produced a double bill of Sheldon Rosen’s one-act plays, New Order and The Grand Hysteric, at Ryerson University’s Abrams Theatre in 2015. Madeleine’s written works include Prize Horse, performed at the 2012 New Voices Festival, as well as bagged, created with the 2013 InspiraTO Playwriting Academy. She also won Pat the Dog’s 24-Hour Playwriting Contest with her play Bunk*R in 2014. Other directing credits include Caitie Graham’s earlier work Paradise Comics (2014), Positive I.D by Peter Dickinson (2012), and Laurie Campbell’s Just to See You Smile (2012).
CAROLYN ZAPF, Dramaturge
Carolyn Zapf is a Toronto-based writer, dramaturge, and publishing professional. She is currently co-artistic director of Alumnae’s New Ideas Festival and has served as dramaturge at the festival for several years. Her plays have appeared in various venues across Canada. She is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, Editors Canada, and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and sits on Alumnae Theatre Company’s Board of Directors.
Blake Murray, Jules
Blake Murray is a Toronto-based actor and recent graduate of York University's BFA Acting Conservatory Program. This is his Alumnae Theatre debut. Recent theatre credits include Lucius in Titus Andronicus (Matthew Earnest), Officer 3 in A Dream Play (David di Giovanni), and Colonel Vershinin in Three Sisters (Tanja Jacobs). Upcoming: It's Me,and We Weren't Sure What They Came For, to be streaming online soon.
Meara Khanna, Cata
Meara Khanna hails from the cookie cutter suburbs of Mississauga. This is her Alumnae Theatre debut. Passed credits include: Perfect Couples (Pencil Kit Productions) which was apart of the Toronto Fringe Festival, Julius Caesar, and Stop Kiss (Ryerson School of Performance).
Sama Kokabi, Stage Manager
Sama is a graduate of Ryerson University's Performance Production BFA program. She has had numerous creative responsibilities including roles in stage management, front of house management, and production management in both theatre and film.
Nick Dipchand, Composer/Sound Designer
Nick Dipchand is a writer, director, actor and composer based in Toronto, working in film and theatre. His compositions for stage include, New Order and The Grand Hysteric (2015), both as part of a double bill by Sheldon Rosen which Nick directed in Ryerson’s Abrams Studio Theatre. He wrote, directed, and composed for the short film Birch. in 2017 and his short, Cold Call, which is in pre-production to be released in 2018. Nick worked and trained with the Actors Centre UK and City Academy in London, UK and he holds a BFA in Theatre Performance: Acting from Ryerson University.
Sandra Burley, Operator
Sandra has acted on stage, directed productions, worked behind the scenes for props and as ASM. Throw in box office, set painting and fund raising, and now she embarks on a new role as a tech person. Sandra looks forward to this new adventure with Alumnae.