Crow’s Theatre Announces 2017-2018 Season

Streetcar Crowsnest
Our first season in our new home was deeply rewarding. The support from the east end community and from the theatre-going public was truly galvanizing. Over 32,000 people came through our doors in five months and we can’t wait to get back at it this fall.   Our sophomore season at Streetcar Crowsnest is also the company’s 35th and, with the help of some incredible partners and artists, we have assembled another fabulously eclectic line-up for our growing audience. I can’t wait to start working with musicians Kevin Drew and Ben Kowalewicz, who will star in Kevin’s playwrighting debut A&R Angels – we’re loving seeing more of the music scene in our theatre. This is another big tent season – featuring opera, dance and theatre, with unmissable world-premieres, must-see productions and the return of audiences favourites including the laugh-out-loud hit The Wedding Party. New works by Ellie Moon and Rose Napoli tackle sexual consent, and Hannah Moscovitch’s deeply moving new work looks at the ever-present threat to reproductive rights by examining our history. The season features the work of some of my favourite directors including Brendan Healy, d’bi.young anitafrika, Mitchell Cushman, Andrea Donaldson and Christian Barry. We also welcome our first resident theatre company – The Watah Theatre – as a producing and education partner. We will continue to offer classes and camps for kids, concerts for families, and pop-up events throughout the year, looking for even more ways to connect with our neighbourhood and to share this beautiful space we are so lucky to inhabit.

Chris Abraham, Artistic Director

2017-18 Season Lineup


    OCTOBER 5 – 21, 2017
    An In Association Production in association with Crow’s Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, and Necessary Angel Theatre Company
    Written by Ellie Moon
    Directed by Brendan Healey

    A documentary play that looks at gender roles and sexual consent in the wake of the Ghomeshi scandal, Moon speaks with people of all ages and backgrounds about their assumptions and experiences around consent to sexual relations, and with crown prosecutors and legal experts about the current state of sexual assault law in Canada. Part 1 of The Consent Event – Double Bill.

    OCTOBER 25 – NOV 11, 2017
    A Nightwood Theatre Production in association with Crow’s Theatre
    Written by Rose Napoli
    Directed by Andrea Donaldson

    It was ten years ago that Laura was Alan Wells’ student at Corpus Christi High School. She was uncharacteristically intelligent for fifteen years old—perceptive and vulnerable—a dream student for an uninspired English teacher. Now, at twenty-five years old, Laura has written her first book. She calls it ‘Dear Mr. Wells’ and Alan is the first person she wants to read it. Part 2 of The Consent Event – Double Bill.

    OCTOBER 27 – NOV 4, 2017
    Soundstreams presents
    By Claude Vivier
    Directed by Chris Abraham

    Soundstreams proudly presents the world premiere of the first fully staged production of this work by legendary Québécois composer Claude Vivier. Choir 21, award-winning director Chris Abraham, and music director John Hess collaborate to create an intimate and unforgettable ritual that symbolizes some of the dominant themes of our time: exile, immigration, and “otherness”.


    NOVEMBER 2017
    In Development with Project: Humanity and Crow’s Theatre

    Playwright and Director Andrew Kushnir has traveled the world alongside U of T’s Dr. Kathleen Gallagher to observe how drama provides an inimitable window onto the realities of young people today. Bringing together the voices of youth and teachers in India, England, Taiwan, Greece and Canada, Towards Youth is a series of original interconnected plays exploring the concept of radical hope among youth in our current times of global unrest.

    NOVEMBER 20 – DEC 9, 2017
    A Crow’s Theatre Production
    Written by Kevin Drew
    Directed by Chris Abraham
    Starring Kevin Drew, Ben Kowalewicz, Ngozi Paul and Maurice Dean Wint

    A World Premiere rock-fable by Kevin Drew, co-founder and de facto bandleader of Canada’s baroque-pop collective Broken Social Scene. Kevin Drew co-stars with a talented ensemble, including punk rock band Billy Talent’s front man Ben Kowalewicz. Straddling our world and the afterlife, Loud Angel and Soft Angel have been pulling people back from the brink for decades. They have only one shot left before being eternally benched by the higher-ups: can they write that killer song that will give life to the living?

    NOVEMBER 25 & 26, 2017
    A Theatre Direct Production in association with Crow’s Theatre
    Created by Lynda Hill and Thomas Morgan Jones
    Concept, Dramaturgy and Direction by Lynda Hill
    A grumpy old man lives in his little house in the woods by the river. Every day is the same and he likes it this way, until one day, a magical creature leaps into his world and everything changes! This beautifully designed puppetry work performed without words to an enchanting musical score reveals a world where rivers sing, trees laugh, and curious dragonflies come to visit. Perfect for the youngest theatregoer!


    JANUARY 2 – 20, 2018
    A Crow’s Theatre and Talk Is Free Theatre Production
    Written By Kristen Thomson
    Directed by Chris Abraham
    Based on the characters created with: Trish Lindström, Tony Nappo, Moya O’Connell, Tom Rooney, and Bahia Watson
    Starring Jason Cadieux, Virgilia Griffith, Trish Lindström, Moya O’Connell, Tom Rooney and Kristen Thomson

    Back by popular demand, and on the heels of Kristen Thomson’s Dora nomination for Best New Play, The Wedding Partyreturns! One of the biggest hits of Winter 2017, The Wedding Party is a comedy about two families, a wedding, mistaken identities, and love! love! love! Take a seat ringside on the big day, while an astonishing cast hits the dance floor, drinks too much, and tries to get along.

    JANUARY 16 – 20, 2018
    Crow’s Theatre presents a Castleton Massive Production
    Created by and starring Torquil Campbell
    Co-created with Chris Abraham in collaboration with Julian Brown

    Back by popular demand after an acclaimed world premiere in April 2017, iconic ranter and rocker Torquil Campbell (Stars) returns for a limited 1-week engagement at Streetcar Crowsnest before True Crime takes off on a national tour. Don’t miss this mind-twisting encounter with an artist obsessed about how we all fake it, one way or another.

    JANUARY 30 – FEB 17, 2018
    The Watah Theatre in Residency with Crow’s Theatre presents

    Once Upon a Black Boy
    by d’bi.young anitafrika
    A new Biomyth Dubtheatre piece, exploring the coming-of-age of Tsuki, a 13 year old Black boy living in Toronto with his mother who was recently diagnosed with cancer, and with his younger brother Fenik. Tsuki defiantly navigates the complex landscapes of race, class, gender, sexual orientation and Black masculinity.

    I Cannot Lose My Mind
    by Najla Nubyanluv
    When Dr. Jada Black finds that over 1000 patients living with mental health issues have come to her with the same dreams, she finds herself drawn into an unexpected magical quest uncovering ancient secrets. Follow her on this afro-futuristic adventure as she fights to support them all.


    FEBRUARY 13 – 23, 2018
    An Outside the March and The Company Theatre Production in association with Starvox Entertainment
    By Jez Butterworth
    Directed by Mitchell Cushman

    Award-winning Canadian screen icon Kim Coates (FX’s Sons of Anarchy) returns to the stage after almost thirty years for a limited engagement—teaming up with two of Toronto’s leading theatre companies to present the Canadian premiere of Jez Butterworth’s explosive masterwork. A pied piper tale for the Tarantino generation, Jerusalem is the story of aging daredevil Johnny “Rooster” Byron, purveyor of drugs, alcohol, mythic tales and sanctuary to the troubled teens of Wiltshire County.


    MARCH 8 – 10, 2018
    A Broadview Collective Production in association with Human Cargo and Crow’s Theatre
    Directed and dramaturged by Christopher Morris

    In the Queen and Broadview neighbourhoods of Toronto, there was a group of 41 newly built townhomes whose owners are working and retired professionals. Less than four hundred meters from there is Rivertowne, a Toronto Community Housing project that incorporates government subsidized and private-owned housing. Broadview is a theatre performance written and performed by Riverside residents which reveals the day-to-day lives of this distinct and vibrant community.

    MARCH 20 – APR 7, 2018
    Crow’s Theatre presents a 2b Theatre Production
    Written by Hannah Moscovitch
    Directed by Christian Barry
    Starring David Patrick Flemming, Rebecca Parent, and Liisa Repo-Martell

    An unflinching look at love, sex, and fertility, inspired by real stories of young mothers during the Canadian birth control movement of the early 20th century. One of Canada’s most celebrated playwrights, Hannah Moscovitch, tells the story of Sophie, a young working class wife whose journey through womanhood and motherhood is sometimes tragic, sometimes ridiculous, and always recognizable.

Subscriptions and Single Tickets

Frequent Flyer Subscriptions are available today in 3-Play or 7-Play bundles…the more you see, the more you save. Limited release of single tickets to all 2017-18 productions will be available at 7:00am July 10, 2017. Single tickets for 2017-18 performances range from $20.00 to $60.00 CDN. Subscription and single ticket deals are available for seniors and students.

Streetcar Crowsnest
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