It’s not too late to donate to Roseneath Theatre and help us in our mission to bring thoughtful and progressive theatre to schools across Canada. Your donation will help subsidize performances in schools who might not be able to otherwise afford our fee, and will provide camp scholarships to our local community to attend our P.A.Day and week-long march-break and summer camps. Donations are eligible for a tax-receipt which comes just in time for the end of the year.
Since 1983, Roseneath Theatre has been touring high quality professional theatre for young audiences. As a not-for-profit registered charity, we rely on donations to reach approximately 100,000 children and youth each year. Your gift directly supports our touring productions and is fully tax deductible.
Since our earliest days, Roseneath has endeavoured with a high degree of success to create new theatrical works of the highest quality (as evidence, look to our over 50 Dora Award Nominations). Shows anchored in subject matter that resonates with young people, presented in a dynamic inspiring fashion and never talking down to our audience.
This is the only opportunity to see the show outside of one of our school performances. Take your family to see this award winning play this weekend!
La Maleta (The Suitcase) is the story of Roca, a ten-year-old refugee who escapes her native Colombia clutching her suitcase – inside which she believes her grandmother is hiding. Struggling to adapt to a new city, a new school and a new way of life, Roca befriends Paz, a boy with a secret who is being bullied by their classmates. Opening the suitcase leads them to embark on an adventure where Roca finds the courage, hope and strength to adapt to her new home. Incorporating both Spanish and English, this production will engage students’ imaginations and provide insight into what a new student who doesn’t speak their language might be feeling and thinking.
Michael Kras is a Hamilton-based playwright, actor, and director. He is the recipient of the prestigious Herman Voaden National Playwriting Prize for his play The Team, which was also a 2018 Tom Hendry Award nominee and a national finalist for the Safe Words New Canadian Play Award. The Team made its world premiere in the 2018/19 theatre seasons at Essential Collective Theatre and Theatre Aquarius, and is published by Scirocco Drama in the anthology FIERCE: Five Plays for High Schools alongside new Canadian plays by Dave Deveau, Judith Thompson, Tanisha Taitt, and Ali Joy Richardson. Other works include Lydia, commissioned and presented by the Frost Bites Festival; The Year and Two of Us Back Here, which was developed at Theatre Aquarius and has seen multiple productions in Canada and the United States; and #dirtygirl, which premiered at the Hamilton Fringe Festival and won the festival’s Audience Choice Award. Michael is a graduate of Humber Theatre School, the artistic director of Broken Soil Theatre, and a member of the Theatre Aquarius Playwrights Unit.
The play in development:
The Boys While working at an amusement park in the summer between high school and college, Grayson and Ariel’s longtime friendship is threatened by a prank involving physical contact that goes a step too far. The Boys is a play for high school audiences about toxic masculinity and consent.
This residency is made possible through the support of the Ontario Arts Council.