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Red Betty Theatre celebrates 10th year with new lineup of plays

 

Red Betty Theatre celebrates 10th year with new lineup of plays

Red Betty Theatre is celebrating ten years as Hamilton’s Indigenous, Black, People of Colour (IBPOC) feminist theatre company.  The Inaugural  Decolonise Your Ears New Play Festival is a three day virtual festival running from June 24 to 26, 2021.

Decolonising theatre doesn’t mean tossing out the likes of Tennessee Williams, Joe Orton or the Bard. It means brown and black bodies having space and time to explore their voices, develop their practices and explore lesser-known cultural forms without having to negotiate, conform or squeeze into the parameters of Western aesthetics.

Festival playwrights were chosen through an open submission call and juried process. Playwrights then worked with their partnered dramaturges to develop three drafts of a script. The development process culminates in a staged reading of the pieces at the inaugural festival. The festival will be Deaf Accessible with ASL Interpretation throughout. 

The Plays include:

Thursday, June 24, 2021 from 7-10pm EST

Unwanted

Writer: Melissa Murray-Mutch Director: Marilo Nuñez Dramaturg: DM St. Bernard

Post Show Q&A: Melissa Murray-Mutch & Radha S. Menon

Eventbrite:       https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/decolonise-your-ears-new- play-festival-june-24th-unwanted-tickets-154100878877

Tickets: $6.32 – $38.15/each

Playwright Melissa Murray-Mutch’s never ending journey exploring slavery in North America led her to come across fugitive slave ads. These ads offered rewards for men, women and children who escaped from bondage. Her curiosity drove her to create a story about a person or persons depicted in a fugitive slave ad from the Quebec Gazette in 1785. While she didn’t know the outcome of the notice, whether or not they were found, she was Inspired to imagine what may have happened to a mixed-raced man last seen travelling with another man presumed to be white.

Melissa Murray-Mutch

Melissa Murray-Mutch is a professional actress, playwright, arts educator and recent transplant from the New York Metro area. She made her theatrical debut in Hamilton with the Canadian premiere of David Auburn’s play Lost Lake for the Hamilton Fringe Festival. She recently performed in the Ryga Festival’s production of Night Desk directed by Heather Davies and The Vagina Monologues’ at the Staircase Theatre. In NY and New Jersey she performed with Hudson Theatreworks, The American Slavery Project, The Fire This Time Festival as well as the New Perspectives Theater. Off-Broadway: Death of the Liberal Class (The New Ohio Theater), Playboy of the West Indies, and Babes in Boyland (Lincoln Center Theater) and in the regional theater production of This by Melissa James Gibson at the Shaker Bridge Theater in New Hampshire. She has also written solo shows including Obnoxious and Meanie at La Mama, ETC. Film and T.V. credits include the award winning film Hungry, The Umbrella Academy, Law and Order: SVU, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Sesame Street.

Friday June 25, 2021 from 7-10pm EST

How Much for Tranquility? Writer: Joanne Roberts

Director: Karen Ancheta

Dramaturg: DM St. Bernard

Post Show Q&A: Joanne Roberts & Radha S. Menon

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/decolonise-your-ears-new-play-festival-june-25th-how-much-for-tranquility-tickets-154101243969   

Tickets: $6.32 – $38.15/each

How Much For Tranquility? is an anthology of three plays: Anak, The Drive, and White Room. A coming of age piece, Tranquility explores specific dynamics prevalent in Filipino households and sheds light on familial issues that are too often kept in the shadows due to societal and cultural stigma.

Joanne Roberts

Joanne Roberts is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker, writer and actress best known for her short film I Am with CBC Creator Network. She won the prestigious Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition at the 2020 Gimli Film Festival to produce her personal film, Anak. She hopes to encourage people to seek the help they need in understanding and improving their relationships and mental health. Joanne is a very outspoken individual when it comes to systemic racism and safety in the arts community. She is not afraid to speak about her own experiences. She participates in revealing discrepancies in the treatment and hiring of minorities in the arts, and advocates for diversity, equal treatment, and opportunity through interviews, consulting, and her own hiring practices.

Saturday June 26, 2021 from 7-10pm EST

The Sheep

Writer: Radha S. Menon Director: Jennie Esdale Dramaturg: Judith Thompson

Post Show Q&A: Radha S. Menon & Judith Thompson

Eventbrite:       https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/decolonise-your-ears- new-play-festival-june-26th-the-sheep-tickets-154101486695

Tickets: $6.32 – $38.15/each

The Sheep is a full-length, semi-autobiographical play set in Birmingham, UK where playwright Radha S. Menon lived when she was a teen. The story began as an exploration of the terribly turbulent relationship she had with her mother before her premature passing. Actively, this play concerns an actual sheep that she met one day when she was seventeen and walking to work in an industrial district. The animal had escaped from a Halal abattoir; it was blood and feces spattered. She watched butchers drag it back inside; that sheep’s screams haunted her. She became a vegetarian that day and never looked back. Of course, this event and its aftermath are fictionalised but the intent remains the same.

Radha S. Menon

Radha S. Menon is the Artist-in-Residence at McMaster University SOTA (2019/20), recipient of  the  City  of  Hamilton  2020  Arts  Innovation Award and 2016 Theatre Award. Menon is an interdisciplinary artist whose plays and short films have been presented at festivals in Canada, U.K. & U.S.A. Menon is an activist, arts educator, founder of Red Betty Theatre and holds an MFA in Creative Writing.

Website: https://www.redbettytheatre.org/

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