Toronto: Crow’s Theatre announces its 2022/23 season

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Today, Crow’s Theatre Artistic Director Chris Abraham and Executive Director Sherrie Johnson unveiled a 12-show season that spans the classics, contemporary work, CanLit adaptations, musical theatre, dance, and music. Following a successful relaunch of the theatre with the 2021.22 season, Crow’s Theatre and its producing partners invite audience members to subscribe and join the adventure, as its two popular east-end theatres are transformed into new worlds between September and June.

Executive Director Sherrie Johnson

“We want to give Torontonians a great reason to make theatre-going a habit again and enjoy a night out. With 12 shows in our two venues, with our fabulous restaurant Gare de l’Est offering the best pre-show prix fixe menu in town, and with our Lobby Bar (open pre- and post-show) featuring music, comedy, and cabaret, the theatre will be full of delights next season.”

Artistic Director Chris Abraham

“We have something for everyone with a season for theatre lovers and the theatre curious. The lineup includes new perspectives on classic works from Homer, Chekov, Shakespeare, Ovid, and Handel. Prolific, international dramatists Lolita Chakrabarti, Rajiv Joseph, and Lloyd Suh will have Toronto premieres side by side with world premieres by Canadian playwrights Alex Bulmer and Paolo Santalucia. The works of CanLit heroes Al Purdy and André Alexis are transformed into unmissable theatrical experiences for fans of their work, and those about to discover them. We are thrilled to be presenting our first dance show, and three signature musical experiences are peppered throughout the year, with music also taking centre stage in our lobby post-show.

“Audiences will be treated to a theatre space that is constantly transforming—something we take pride in at Crow’s Theatre. With each production you will be immersed in a new world: a country estate in Ukraine at the end of 1890s, the dreamily surreal streets of Iraq after the fall of Baghdad, backstage on opening night at Drury Lane in London in 1833, and the contemporary streets of Toronto from a dog’s-eye view, to name a few. This is the season to rediscover the collective experience of theatre and to take a journey with us.”

The Crow’s Theatre 2022.23, 12-show season begins with Anton Chekhov’s UNCLE VANYA. A dazzling cast, which includes Ali Kazmi, Eric Peterson, Shannon Taylor, Bahia Watson, and the transcendent Tom Rooney as Vanya, breathes new life into Chekhov’s masterpiece in a version by Liisa Repo-Martell. Directed by Crow’s Theatre Artistic Director Chris Abraham, UNCLE VANYA reunites the creative team of Julie Fox, Thomas Ryder Payne, Kimberly Purtell, and Ming Wong from The Seagull, the 2017 sold-out hit co-production with Canadian Stage and The Company Theatre. Brimming with emotional intensity, comedic genius, and tragic weight, this Crow’s Theatre commission and world-premiere adaptation provides an up-close encounter with a classic of world drama that every theatre lover must see.

THE SHAPE OF HOME, SONGS IN SEARCH OF AL PURDY, the Crow’s Theatre presentation of the Festival Players’ original song cycle and Canadian spin on country living, will run concurrently in the Studio Theatre. Al Purdy’s gregarious, muscular, and irreverent language revolutionized Canadian poetry by rejecting colonial literary values, subverting the notion that poetry must be difficult, and reinventing the mythos of “country living” for a generation. THE SHAPE OF HOME, created and performed by some of Toronto’s most beloved musical theatre performers, including Frank Cox-O’Connell, Beau Dixon, Hailey Gillis, Raha Javanfar, and Andrew Penner, probes themes of mortality, nature, artistic perseverance, and profound love.

In October, Crow’s Theatre and Modern Times Stage Company present the Toronto premiere of BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO, written by Rajiv Joseph and directed by Modern Times Artistic Director Rouvan Silogix. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO directly confronts the toll of war on faith, culture, and the human spirit. Returning cast members include Christopher Allen, Mahsa Ershadifar, Sara Jaffri, Ali Kazmi, Ahmed Moneka, and Kristen Thomson as Tiger and designers John Gzowski, Lorenzo Savoini, and Ming Wong.

In November, Crow’s Theatre RBC Rising Star Emerging Director Prize–winner Cherissa Richards returns to Streetcar Crowsnest to direct the Canadian premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti’s remarkable RED VELVET. Based on the true but little-known story of Ira Aldridge, RED VELVET is about the first Black actor to play Othello on a West End stage. A fascinating retelling of an explosive moment of theatre history, RED VELVET is also an ever-timely examination of one of Shakespeare’s most resonant tragedies. With Allan Louis as Ira Aldridge, the impressive ensemble cast also includes Ellen Denny, Starr Domingue, Nathan Howe, David Jansen, and Jeff Lillico and designers Julie Fox, Thomas Ryder Payne, Arun Srinivasan, and Ming Wong.

In December, Crow’s Theatre’s annual holiday programming returns. Now an east end tradition, The Dundas & Carlaw Holiday Corner includes a festive installation in the windows of Streetcar Crowsnest, live performances, an artisans’ market, and yummy treats and will feature a special presentation of Soundstreams’ ELECTRIC MESSIAH. This immersive and theatrical reimagining of the most famous piece of baroque choral music features music and dance and creates deeply personal connections with themes of love, betrayal, and redemption.

Acts of divine intervention set 2023 in motion, beginning in January with the long-awaited premiere of Marie Farsi’s FIFTEEN DOGS, adapted from the bestselling novel by André Alexis. A modern-day fable about 15 dogs who are gifted—or cursed—with human consciousness and must reckon with morality, mortality and the profound relationships they share with humans. The pawesome cast and creative team include actors Laura Condlln, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Tom Rooney, and Tyrone Savage and designers Julie Fox and Kimberly Purtell.

Crow’s Theatre is proud to be partnering with several independent producing companies this year to help bring their work to the stage. In February, The Howland Company returns to Streetcar Crowsnest after their lauded production of Casimir and Caroline and our smash-hit co-production of The Wolves. Presented In association with Crow’s Theatre, PRODIGAL, written and directed by Paolo Santalucia, examines queerness, marginalization, and forgiveness, as two young men attempt to re-engage with the families they have lost—one returning to confront his past and the other to start his future.

Theatre Smith-Gilmour in association with Crow’s Theatre present METAMORPHOSES 2023, a courageous and contemporary adaptation of Ovid’s epic ninth-century poem. Theatre Smith-Gilmour tackles the opus with its innovative, physical theatre style, focusing on eight metamorphoses.

In the spring, YES Theatre in association with Crow’s Theatre present Stephen Sondheim’s misunderstood masterpiece MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. Dora Award–winning immersive director and frequent Crow’s Theatre collaborator Mitchell Cushman reinterprets this storied musical about youthful idealism with the wunderkinds of Sudbury’s YES Theatre.

Also running in May, Studio 180 Theatre and fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company in association with Crow’s Theatre present the Canadian premiere of Lloyd Suh’s THE CHINESE LADY, a dark, poetic, and searing portrait of Western culture seen through the eyes of a young Chinese woman. Marjorie Chan directs the true story of 14-year-old Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman to set foot in America.

The season closes in June with two astonishingly different works, both deeply informed by travel. Crow’s Theatre and Fire and Rescue Team present PERCEPTUAL ARCHAEOLOGY, an authentic experience that challenges perceptual bias and prioritizes blindness. PERCEPTUAL ARCHAEOLOGY, written and performed by Alex Bulmer and directed by Leah Cherniak, is accessible to Blind and sighted audiences.

Crow’s Theatre is proud to present X (DIX), created by Côté Danse, the newly formed prestigious dance collective of Guillaume Côté, “one of the finest male dancers in the world” (The London Times). Conceived during the pandemic when travellers were beckoned home, X (DIX) is an adventure into the unknown.

Crow’s Theatre is also getting back on the road with tours of Zorana Sadiq’s MIXTAPE, recently announced as part of the Grand Theatre’s 2022.23 season, and Cliff Cardinal’s radical retelling of AS YOU LIKE IT, including at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa in January 2023 and a special return engagement in Toronto in March 2023.


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SUBSCRIPTIONS

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UNCLE VANYA | THE SHAPE OF HOME | BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO | RED VELVET | FIFTEEN DOGS | PRODIGAL | METAMORPHOSES 2023 | MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG | THE CHINESE LADY | PERCEPTUAL ARCHAEOLOGY | X (DIX)

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A flexi-pass of four or six tickets to your choice of shows in the 2022.23 Crow’s Theatre season.

*All subscription prices include fees and HST.

Special Add-On for Subscribers

Tickets for the Crow’s Theatre presentation of Soundstreams’ ELECTRIC MESSIAH can be added to any subscription package for $45‡ per ticket, a savings of 30%. Regular ticket price $65.

Single Ticket Prices‡

Previews $45

Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:30/8pm $60

Wednesday matinees at 1:30/2pm $50

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30/8pm $65

Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30/2pm $60

Student, senior, arts worker, pay-what-you-can, and under-30 prices available.

‡ Each ticket is subject to a $2.50 service fee and HST.


COVID-19 update

Crow’s Theatre will be eliminating the current vaccine mandate with the completion the 21.22 season and the run of SINGULIÈRES on June 10, 2022.

For now, we are maintaining our mask mandate but expect to proceed with optional mask wearing for the 22.23 Season. Crow’s Theatre will always follow public health guidelines and industry standards and will continue to exceed the minimum requirements for health and safety protocols year-round in our facility.

SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGES AND SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE TODAY!

Purchase online at www.crowstheatre.com or email boxoffice@crowstheatre.com or call 647.341.7390 ext. 1010 or in person at 345 Carlaw Avenue (at Dundas Street East).