Roseneath Theatre’s 36th season – Hope for a Better World – encourages audiences to consider how we can better understand and support each other in today’s society. These five plays offer hope and a positive way forward for us all. First up is a remount of Beatriz Pizano’s La Maleta (The Suitcase) which focuses on the refugee and immigrant experience, incorporating both Spanish and English. In February, we will be presenting Djennie Laguerre’s Rendez-vous With Home for Black History/Future Month, which tells the story of two sisters, who are sent by their mother on a trip to Haiti to bury their father. At the end of February we’re remounting Paul Dunn’s Outside which encourages the creation of Gay-Straight Alliances, and will also be spending two weeks in Saskatchewan schools. In March and April, we revisit our unique production of Meet Cute, which looks at consent from multiple perspectives by playing the same conversation between two teens at a bus stop in three distinctly different ways. To round out our season in the spring, Roseneath will be presenting the Bad Hats Theatre production of Princess Frownsalot. This fun Canadian children’s book by John Bianchi has been given an incredibly creative adaptation for the stage by Fiona Sauder.
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November 4 – 29, 2019
LA MALETA (THE SUITCASE)
by Beatriz Pizano
Themes: Immigration, Imagination, Bullying
The story of Roca, a ten-year old refugee who escapes her native Colombia. Incorporating both Spanish and English, ‘La Maleta (The Suitcase)’ will engage students’ imaginations and provide insight into what a new student who doesn’t speak their language might be feeling and thinking.
February 18 – 26, 2020 (Northern Ontario)
by Paul Dunn
Themes: Homophobia, Bullying, Mental Health, GSAs
The story of Daniel, a teen who triumphs over homophobic bullying, depression, and suicide. During a meeting of the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at his new school, Daniel shares his story. Meanwhile at his old school, struggling to come to terms with what happened, his friends Krystina and Jeremy attempt to start their own GSA.
February 20 – 28, 2020 (Toronto Region)
Roseneath Presents: RENDEZ-VOUS WITH HOME
by Djennie Laguerre
Themes: Black History, Immigration, Family, Storytelling
Two sisters are sent by their mother on a trip to Haiti to bury their father. But what the sisters experience in Haiti proves to be more moving than they had expected – a journey of discovery combined with love, humour, and Haitian oral and dance traditions.
March 30 – May 1 2020
by Erin Norah Thompson
Themes: Consent, Healthy Relationships, Critical Thinking
Two teens meet at a bus stop – could there be romance? ‘Meet Cute’ explores their conversation in three different ways using the same text and explores not only what you say, but HOW you say it.
April 20 – May 15 2020
Roseneath Presents: PRINCESS FROWNSALOT
by Fiona Sauder
Produced by Bad Hats Theatre
Themes: Empathy, Respect, Responsibility, Emotions
Have you ever been told when you make a face that it could get stuck that way? When Princess Frownsalot frowns one too many times that’s exactly what happens! Adapted from a story by John Bianchi, Princess Frownsalot is a screamingly funny story about four people wrestling with the beautiful and complicated task of expressing their feelings.