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The Department of Communication Arts produces a series of performances each year created by faculty, students, and visiting artists. Performances are open to the public. Please join us!

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TomorrowLove  |  Welcome to the Tree Museum


tomorrowlove blankPerformances: November 14 - 17, 2018

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Matinees: November 14 & 15 at 12 p.m.

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building

Tickets: $15 General / $10 Students and Seniors / $5 eyeGO

Box Office: 519-888-4908, purchase at the door, or order here

Fall in love with the future. Fall in love with TomorrowLove.

As technology develops further toward virtual realities, TomorrowLove takes on love, sex and relationships of the future.  How will technology play a role in our future relationships? Will we recognize love?  TomorrowLove has been described as ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ meets ‘Black Mirror’.

Written by Rosamund Small in 2015, TomorrowLove is comprised of seven thematically linked playlets.  Rosamund states that the play “is about love and set in many different versions in the very near future, where one piece of amazing technology exists. It is about exploring different relationships and how this one thing activates change in the way that two people relate to each other. Sometimes it ends up bringing people closer together and sometimes it pushes them further apart.”

Guest director Andrea Donaldson collaborates with Toronto designer Anna Treusch (set), Hamilton designer Christopher Stanton (sound), as well as resident designers, Sharon E. Secord (costume), and Paul J. Cegys (lighting).  Together, they have created an ephemeral world of paper and light that exists outside technology and allows the viewer to see the relationships through an unfiltered lens.

The production is book-ended by two engagement events.  Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the performance so the audience can immerse themselves in a thematic display meant to extend the world of the play to the world right in front of us.  Following each performance, the audience can participate in a talkback with the cast about the themes and content of the play.

In addition, the program is piloting ASL interpreted shows. Guest ASL interpreter, Peggy Zehr and Rosalie Vissers, will be fully integrated into the Wednesday, November 14 performances.

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Welcome to the Tree Museum

Written by: Robert Plowman

Directed & Devised by: Andy Houston

Associate Director: Brooke Barnes

Performances: March 18 - 23, 2019

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Matinees: March 20 & 22 at 12 p.m.

Venue: Hagey Hall Studio 180

Tickets: $10 / $5 eyeGO

Box Office: 519-888-4908 or purchase at the door 

black trees

The always exceptional Brash children, Hazy and Queenie and Thunder and Toot, grew up knowing they were the generation that would save the world. In fact, the first time Hazy saved the world she was 13 — and that was the start of all her misfortunes. Years later, when the sisters and brother are brought together by a wedding and by illness, they are forced to confront the impending death of the woodland where they spent their childhood. Welcome to the Tree Museum is a multimedia performance, featuring a lumberjack choir, set in a world (much like our own) that is casually racing toward ecological disaster.

This performance is the development of a research and creation process that has its roots in the winter 2018 Performance Creation course. During this process, students learned the meaning of ecology, and their agency in relation to this concept, through knowledge gained via performance techniques and extensive research of the subject.

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