New Voices Festival 2023
Produced by Manon Bourgeois and Avery Rose
Festival Production Manager, Annasofie Jakobsen
with guidance from Jennifer Tarver
Christopher-Elizabeth: Festival Sound Designer
Kian Wong: Festival Lighting Designer
February 15th - 17th, 2023
Stale houses by Nathan Simpson follows a trio of soon to be ex-roommates on New Year’s Eve. Tensions rise when one of them confesses their love for another and the clock ticks ever closer to midnight.
Director - Landon Nesbitt
Playwright - Nathan Simpson
CAST: Kiara-Kumail, Avery De Gouveia, Jeffery Clement
CREW: Sam Alonzo, Ayden Elworthy, May Canning, Alyssa Duhaney, Sabrina Pye
In a world where individuals are quite literally running out of words, only one person knows how to save everyone—problem is, she ran out of words herself. In this story exploring the desperation and dangers of connection, her daughter Eden scours through her unresponsive mother's memories using music.
Playwright and Co-Director - Ali Farhadi
Co-Director - Kiara-Kumail
CAST: Elena Milo, Landon Nesbitt, Manon Bourgeois
CREW: Sofia Di Cicco, Robin Kadirgamar, Niall Durcan, Kate Chubbs, Manon Bourgeois, Evelyn Barber
Rationality is Dead (excerpt)
Quin, a 17 year old in foster care ends up getting hit by a car where they are stuck in their own brain. Quin must find the exit to stay alive and return to their younger sibling, Charlie. With the help of their daring tour guide, Waiter they try to find the exit to wake up before it’s too late.
Director and Playwright - Jade Tardif Da-Silva
CAST: Daibei Wang, Sarah McLinton, Ella Johnston, Nolan Byrne, Manon Bourgeois
CREW: Charlotte Carmichael, Kiara-Kumail, Daniella Browne, Ali Farhadi, Avery De Gouveia, Jaelynn Thora Brooks
Ever see a Mummy try to deliver a baby? Wanna know what happens when the Loch Ness Monster becomes the manager of your local subway franchise? Well too bad! None of that happens in this show… no for real, none of that happens in this show. If you wanna know what does you should probably get a ticket.
Co-creators - Ella Berger, Kendra Cordick, Jaelynn Thora Brooks
CAST: Ella Berger, Kendra Cordick, Jaelynn Thora Brooks
CREW: Bella Szpala, Kate Chubbs
Stall written by McKenzie Rose Somppi and directed by Tom Shoshani explores the modern day party life of college students and the relationship dynamics formed. Taking place in the washroom of a house party, the vulnerability of a small space away from the liveliness of the party and allows time to be stalled and focused on the issues of these young adults.
Director - Tom Shoshani
Playwright - McKenzie Somppi
CAST: Jessica Konkle, Thea Hesler, Ayden Elworthy, Josh Palmer, Shailyn Pierre-Dixon
CREW: Annasofie Jakobsen, Avery De Gouveia, Irene Ly
DENNY'S: AN IMPROVISED MUSICAL
At 8:44am on a Thursday, the lives of four people become irreversibly intertwined.
Director - Josh Palmer
Co-creators - Jeffery Clement, Josh Palmer, Ayden Elworthy
CAST: Jeffery Clement, Ayden Elworthy, Ella Berger, Jaelynn Thora Brooks, Kendra Cordick
CREW: Josh Palmer, Jeffery Clement, Ayden Elworthy, Ali Farhadi, Jaelynn Thora Brooks