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Love Letters Cabaret: SMOKE: Friday, February 13

Love Letters Cabaret: SMOKE: Friday, February 13. 8:00pm (Doors 7:30pm) Admission: $25 Advance/ $30 @ Door.  Smoke is a romantic and seductive show; perfect for a couple on Valentines weekend! SMOKE is a glimpse into the fantasies of a woman… Toronto’s edgiest, most sexually charged dance theatre company infiltrates the passionate minds of cigar factory workers in the 50s. Take a peek as each member takes a private moment from their mundane task to daydream about love affairs, secrets and desires.
This innovative and interactive company is the creation of Artistic Director and Choreographer Pastel Supernova (dubbed by Flare magazine as “One of Canada’s most influential women”). She is a former international dancer for Nelly Furtado with appearances on the David Letterman Show and more. Pastel packs the stage with beauty and talent, using elements of vaudeville, contemporary dance, and burlesque to tell stories, explore primal instincts. Witness a cast whose collective credits include: the National Ballet, the Canadian Opera Company, Mirvish Productions and Second City Productions just to name a few. You’ve never seen them? Here’s a peek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV3nObw-7wk    www.loveletterscabaret.com

Pearl Company Winter Theatre Festival! Jan 9 – 31

 

Jesters Incognito: Shows: Jan 9, 17, 23. Times vary. Tickets: $15.00. Jesters Incognito is an exciting and life-affirming one-man show JESTERS PEARL (2)that tells two unique stories.  For over 20 years, Harrison fills sketchbooks in order to cope with his Bipolar condition.  In it he writes the story of Mr. Meister, a taxi driver who starts an undergournd group of artists and entertainers in a dystopian world where live entertainment is outlawed.
With a creative mash up of cartooning, music, and comedy, you are taken into the imagination of both Harrison and Mr. Meister, wherein they reveal the key to mental wellness, and the cure to the dreaded Doldrums.  Audiences are raving about this underground renaissance of otherworldly jesters; the value of their seemingly silly shenanigans runs deep and leaves most blinded by glee!  Celebrate human resilience and the power of art!
“The Jesters Incognito are kicking off the new year with three performances at Hamilton’s awesome Arts Centre, The PEARL COMPANY!  This space is uniquely jesterly ~ eclectic, indie, and full of surprises.  I’m looking forward to bringing the nincompoops to the Pearl, to continue my support of creativity and mental health. :)”

Best of Erin & Nara: Shows: Jan 10, 15,16, 22, 30, 31. Times vary. Tickets: $15.00. MF Arts Productions presents… Partner’s in love and laughter, Erin and Nara are Erin_and_Nara_poster_best_of.jpgpleased to announce their BEST OF THE SO FARS, Show! This couple is known for their original song “Sexy Cuz We’re Lesbians” and for being the over-the-top hysterical hosts of Shelley Marshall’s The Full Bawdy Comedy Show. This FuNNy SHoW will be comprised of some of their favourite Comedy Skits, Songs, and Dance and will have you lol-ing and possibly even rofl-ing in the aisles! Erin & Nara are both hilarious (without ever ‘reaching’) and totally adorable! Their comedy is never cruel; raunchy sometimes….but never cruel.

Democracy is Dead: Subtitled “What are we going to do about it?” Runs: Jan 15-17; 22-23; 29-31. Times vary. Tickets: $15.00. Democracy is Dead is a multi-disciplinary, multi-media theatrical work written and directed by Gary Santucci. It is a wake-up call to the generations of the 60?s and 70?s to join the young people of DemocracyisDead.jpgtoday to begin to repair the damage that we all have caused and allowed to be inflicted on our environment, our institutions and our societies. The work was inspired through and by the cathartic exercise of creating the Pearl Company Arts Centre in Hamilton’s sacrifice zone. CAST: Gary Santucci – Alpha; Jeremy Shand – Beta; JonGordon Odegaard – Gamma; Greek Chorus: Francis X. Rocchi – Jason; Val Kay – Helen; Robert Inness – Homer; Jolanta Bace – Aphrodite; David Minnick – Euclid; Steve Wilson – Orpheus.

A Wake For Lost Time: Starts at 1pm on the 24th/finishes 1pm on 25th… Tickets: $20.00 (Gives you the right to come and go…or stay all night!) The Elephants elephantscollective.jpgCollective is a Toronto-based collective born out of the Theatre Passe Muraille emerging artist collective program! “A Wake For Lost Time.” captures what it is to be human and the effects time has on us all. What starts out as a look at existence within time from that of an outside observer, quickly becomes the story of everyone’s experience in the moment they find within themselves, audience and performers alike. The emotion and struggle of the cast become absolutely heart­wrenching as time progresses. “I can’t imagine a script that captures the nature of this performance, nor can I picture an actor alive that could replicate what Elephants in the Room have accomplished with this powerful show.” Everything on stage is real in the truest sense of the word. An amazing achievement; half theatre, half experiment. While the individual scenes and pieces that made up a full performance cycle are moving, challenging, and entertaining, it is a thrill to watch the performers engage with this material over 24 hours, to see them fight their own exhaustion, to watch the pieces evolve and change, and discover new meaning and life with each repetition.

 

Santa’s Big Sleep: Sunday, December 21

Santa’s Big Sleep:  Sunday, December 21. Matinee, 1 pm. Tickets – $10 Adults, $8 children, $32 Family. This is the 12th Anniversary of SBS presented by Northern SantaBigSleep.jpgLights Theatre. Start your Christmas season with this magical story about children’s love for Santa and the true spirit of Christmas!
There is a worldwide mail strike and no letters are coming to the North Pole. Santa falls into a deep sleep and we discover that it is the children’s love contained in the letters that keeps Santa alive. Can the Elves solve the problem and wake Santa before Christmas Eve, or will the Spirit of Christmas be lost forever? They will need your help!  Written by Lee William Fairbanks. Directed by Luis Arrojo. Starring Alyssa Nedich, Liz Buchanan, Sean Emberley, Tyler Brent, Ella Burns, Rachel Sheridan, Kamryn Wood and Savannah Bourque. nltc@bell.net  or www.thepearlcompany.ca

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THE NAUGHTY NUTCRACKER! Sunday, December 14

THE NAUGHTY NUTCRACKER! Presented by Love Letters Cabaret: Sunday, December 14. 8:00pm – 9:30pm (Doors 7:30pm) Admission: $20 Advance/ $25 @ NaughtyNutcracker.jpgDoor.  Ever wonder what happened to all the toys too naughty to make it into Santa’s bag? Immerse yourself in Pastel Supernova’s fantasy world, as she invites you into Santa’s naughty toyshop. Witness how unruly toys behave when left to play unattended. Enjoy Burlesque from Toronto’s most edgy, exciting and sexually charged theater dance company! This innovative and interactive company is the creation of Artistic Director and Choreographer Pastel Supernova (dubbed by Flare magazine as “One of Canada’s most influential women”). She is a former international dancer for Nelly Furtado with appearances on the David Letterman Show and more. Pastel packs the stage with beauty and talent using elements of vaudeville, contemporary dance and burlesque to tell stories, explore decadence & primal instincts. Witness a cast whose collective credits include: the National Ballet, the Canadian Opera Company, Mirvish Productions and Second City Productions just to name a few. You’ve never seen them? Here’s a peek: http://youtu.be/1MvSqS1uscY  www.loveletterscabaret.com

You Were My Friend: Nov 7 through Nov 22

You Were My Friend: November 7 through November 22. General Admission: $20. Nortesur Productions and the Pearl Company Arts Centre presents, a new drama YWMF_PosterSm.jpgby Hamilton-based playwright Adam Riggio, opening November 7. You Were My Friend depicts the financial, personal, and moral strains we experience simply trying to live a dignified life in our harsh world. When 18 year old Vicki (Samantha Nemeth) finds herself unexpectedly homeless and broke, she moves in with a total stranger, the independent and sarcastic Madison (Hannah Ziss). Together, these new best friends become a fortress against the assaults of high costs of living, the drudgery of crap jobs in a sluggish economy, and the hardships of city life. But no fortress can hold out forever, and sometimes the world is too much to bear.
Nortesur Productions is a Burlington-based company dedicated to creating drama that speaks to our time. Nortesur’s previous productions at the Pearl Company include Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden (2013 Hamilton Fringe), and John Logan’s Red (November 2013). Audience Advisory, Because This Is For Adults: Strong Language, Sexual References, Strobe Lighting, and Smoking. https://www.facebook.com/adamriggiowrites 
SHOWTIMES: At 8:00pm: Fri. Nov. 7/ Sat. Nov. 8/ Sun Nov 9. 2:00/ Thurs. Nov. 13/ Fri. Nov. 14/ Sat. Nov. 15/ Thurs. Nov. 20/ Fri. Nov. 21/ Sat. Nov. 22: All at 8pm:
Sun. Nov. 9 at 2pm

Acting For Non-Actors w Paula Grove: 5 Saturdays: Nov15 – Dec13

Acting For Non-Actors with Paula Grove MFA: Five Saturdays: November 15th – December 13th. 1pm – 4pm. $90 for all 5 classes.
This course is based on a class Paula taught at York University that was very successful. “During the time I taught there it was amazing to watch people transform as they learned theatre games, improv skills, etc.”

Explore – Grow – Play In a Safe Atmosphere!
This class is for you if you want to:
* Learn the basics
* Step outside your comfort zone in a non-threatening class
* Develop confidence and presence
* Become a better presenter and speaker

Call: 289-684-3218 to book with Paula.

“Curtains”: Saturday, November 1

Curtains: Saturday, November 1: 8:00pm. Tickets: $15.00/ Students/Artists/Seniors $10.00. “Curtains” is a 1983 Canadian cult horror film directed by Richard Ciupka, and starring John Vernon, Samantha Eggar, Lesleh Donaldson, Linda Thorson and Lynne Griffin.  And! Lynne Griffin will be in attendance! The plot tells the story of a group of actresses CurtainsNew.jpgtargeted by a masked killer at a prestigious director’s remote mansion where they are auditioning for a role in a movie. “Curtains” didn’t create much of a stir in 1983, yet has built a passionate cult following in the years since. There are several reasons why, “Curtains” has a stellar, entirely adult cast and a layered narrative that embraces its eccentricities. The central goal is not to merely slice through the ensemble—though this does happen—but to explore the seedier cutthroat politics of moviemaking and the desperation that often comes when reality does not match up to one’s aspirations. Beyond that, the film features a truly disconcerting killer cloaked in an old hag’s mask, and a round-up of outstanding horror set pieces. The climactic chase through a backstage prop shed, the darkness of the space lit by a large “applause” sign in the background, cooks up crafty tension and a quirky visual spark. The closer one peers into the weird and macabre pleasures of “Curtains,” the more its technical mastery and subtextual implications reveal themselves. Here’s a trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOp7HbnUKic  Check out the recently and beautifully painted new poster by Juan José Saldarriaga!

TAINTED: A reading of this powerful play about the blood crisis. Tuesday, October 21

TAINTED: A cross-Ontario reading of this powerful play about the blood crisis. October 21: 7:30. NO CHARGE. A family fights to stay intact when theTAINTED_ONTARIO_TOUR.jpg unimaginable happens. Set against the backdrop of the tainted blood crisis, Tainted is a story about, love, loss, justice, and the enduring power of forgiveness.
Tainted is an original work and premiered in Toronto in 2013, sparking a debate on the current issues facing our public blood system today. Inspired by the true stories of families who endured the worst public health disaster in our history, Tainted is a harrowing, unforgettable story.
This one night event is a special presentation of the play as a rehearsed reading. A short panel discussion and Q&A will follow. Come and share this night with us!
Written by: Kat Lanteigne, Directed by: Vikki Anderson, SM: AJ Laflamme
Cast: Beryl Bain, Dmitry Chepovetsky, Dillan Chiblow, Neil Foster, Alex Furber, Kat Lanteigne, & Maria Vacratsis
http://gromkat.com/tainted/  

Democracy is Dead: Preview: October 14. Runs: October 15 – 18

Democracy is Dead: Subtitled “What are we going to do about it?” Preview: Oct 14. Runs: Oct 15 – 18. 8:00 pm. Tickets: $15.00/ DemocracyisDead.jpgStudents/Artists/Seniors $10.00 or Pay What You Can. Democracy is Dead is a new multi-disciplinary, multi- media theatrical work written and directed by Gary Santucci. It is a wake-up call to the generations of the 60’s and 70’s to join the young people of today to begin to repair the damage that we all have caused and allowed to be inflicted on our environment, our institutions and our societies. The work was inspired through and by the cathartic exercise of creating the Pearl Company Arts Centre in Hamilton’s sacrifice zone. We have made this show affordable for all because we want to see you and hear from you! Info & tickets 905 524 0606

CAST: Gary Santucci – Alpha; Rod Mctaggart – Beta; JonGordon Odegaard – Gamma; Greek Chorus: Francis X. Rocchi – Jason; Val Kay – Helen; Robert Inness – Homer; Jolanta Bace – Aphrodite; David Minnick – Euclid; Steve Wilson – Orpheus.

Tickets available online at: http://www.ticketscene.ca/ (At The door subject to availability) Or from the Ticket Tab at www.thepearlcompany.ca

Parents Night: By George F. Walker: September 25 – October 12

Parents Night: A New Play by George F. Walker: September 25 – October 12. $25 at the door. Discounts for teachers/students/groups. Directed by Wes Berger. Parents Night is a one-act, three-character comedy/dramedy set in a Grade Three classroom. The action takes place in ParentsNight.jpgreal-time, starring Sarah Murphy-Dyson as concerned and unhinged teacher Nicole, sitting down for a serious discussion with the parents of two of her most troublesome students. John (Matthew Olver) a wealthy and neurotic businessman whose wife has recently walked out on him and Rosie (Dana Puddicombe) a brassy and strong-willed working class woman with a drug-addicted husband, each star as delightfully defensive parents, loyally and valiantly advocating for their children against Nicole, one another and society itself. John’s son and Rosie’s daughter may be having their problems in Nicole’s class – mostly with each other – but when these parents go to school for a Parent/Teacher interview, their own problems soon bubble over and take over the classroom.
A funny, touching and truthful play for anyone who’s ever been a teacher. Or had a teacher. Or had a parent. Or wanted another kind of parent. https://parents-night.squarespace.com   https://www.facebook.com/events/614927911955658/
Read Review from Gary Smith at The Spec:  http://bit.ly/1qVi7AN
October 9-11: 8PM:
October 12 MATINEE: 2PM

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The Pearl Company Canadian Summer Theatre Festival: August 8 – 23

The Pearl Company Canadian Summer Theatre Festival: August 8 – 23. $15 per show. Three brilliant world-class PearlCo_Night3.jpgperformers bring their career-topping works to The Pearl Company this year for 3 weekends of captivating, enchanting, intense, thrilling, mesmerizing, challenging and flat-out exciting entertainment. All 3 will perform on each date, so catch ‘em all. Festival opens Aug 8 at 7 pm. All shows $15 each.

Check out a great review of all three plays under  “Read More” below!

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Sean Sullivan: Baby Redboots Revenge:  “A virtual Nijinsky of performance art” – New York Times. “Sullivan, with the range of a Chaplin or Keaton, with a touch of Baryshnikov and Danny Kaye, is one in a million” – Performing Arts Review, New York City. “Baby Redboots’ Revenge keeps us on the edge of our seats for 65 breathless minutes.” -NYtheatre.com, 2012.  A “Best of the New York Fringe” play.
Fri. Aug. 8, 7:00; Sat. 9, 9:30; Thu.14, 8:15; Fri. 15, 7:00; Sat.16, 9:30; Thu. 21, 8:15; Fri. 22, 7:00; Sat. 23, 9:30.

The Naked Ballerina: Sarah Murphy-Dyson “Discover the darkness behind the curtain, as the former Royal Winnipeg BalletNakedBallerina.jpg first soloist & Gemini Award winner brings you backstage into her world of blood, sweat and secrets. Illusions of perfection onstage and off are shattered as she seeks the courage to expose her truth to herself and the world.” Glenn Sumi, Now Magazine.
Fri. Aug. 8, 9:30; Sat. 9, 8:15; Thu.14, 7:00; Fri. 15, 9:30; Sat.16, 8:15; Thu. 21, 7:00; Fri. 22, 9:30; Sat. 23, 8:15.

Resurrection: Learie McNicolls: – Classical Dancer, actor, director and Two-Time Dora Award Winner Learie McNicolls performs his spoken word and movement magnum opus about Redemption and the Resurrection of one’s Soul.LearieArms.jpg A semi-autobiographical story woven through the experience of a young boy and complex family relationships, expressed through the lexicon of the music of the 50’s and 60’s.
Fri. Aug. 8, 8:15; Sat. 9, 7:00;  Thu.14, 9:30; Fri.15, 8:15; Sat.16, 7:00; Thu. 21, 9:30; Fri. 22, 8:15; Sat. 23, 7:00.

The Pearl Company Canadian Theatre Festival Schedule: Summer 2014 

Date Time    
  7:00 8:15 9:30
 
Friday, Aug 8 Baby Red Boots Resurrection Naked Ballerina
Saturday, Aug 9 Resurrection Naked Ballerina Baby Red Boots
 
Thursday, Aug 14 Naked Ballerina Baby Red Boots Resurrection
Friday, Aug 15 Baby Red Boots Resurrection Naked Ballerina
Saturday, Aug 16 Resurrection Naked Ballerina Baby Red Boots
 
Thursday, Aug 21 Naked Ballerina Baby Red Boots Resurrection
Friday, Aug 22 Baby Red Boots Resurrection Naked Ballerina
Saturday, Aug 23 Resurrection Naked Ballerina Baby Red Boots
 

Tickets available online at www.thepearlcompany.ca Tickets: $15 for EACH show.

For more information: info@thepearlcompany.ca;  905.524.0606 or nltc@bell.net

Link to the Festival Facebook Site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Pearl-Company-Canadian-Theatre-Festival/149388245141853

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Erin and Nara: Breast Friends! With Robin Benedict: Saturday, July 5

Erin and Nara: Breast Friends! SPECIAL GUEST~ Robin Benedict: Saturday, July 5. 8:00pm. Advance $15/ $20 at the door. Erin_NaraJuly5.jpgMF Arts Productions presents Erin and Nara with their NEW SHOW “Breast Friends”! Partners in love and laughter, Erin and Nara are best known for their original song “Sexy Cuz We’re Lesbians” and for being the over-the-top hysterical hosts of Shelley Marshall’s The Full Bawdy Comedy Show at The Pearl. Robin Benedict: Placing in the top contenders of Canadian Idol, and being scouted by NBC’s The Voice, She’s the REAL THANG! No auto-tune here folks. ADULTS ONLY (Nara excluded) Limited Seating, Reservations recommended. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH-In4G53bo  https://www.facebook.com/erinandnara

Pearl Company “RENT” Party: Friday, June 27:

Pearl Company “RENT” Party: Friday, June 27: PWYC (Pay What You Can). 8:00 pm. Help us survive the summer! Great music,PearlCoNight.jpg great food, great vibe! Despite obstacles, in 8 years we have presented over 1000 artistic events. We now need to go public with our very ‘tight’ situation; we are launching a fundraising/refinancing campaign that will continue to build upon our past successes to keep our dream alive and thriving for years to come. This fun and fabulous “Rent Party” will help us make through our most difficult time, those summer months. This will culminate – or continue – with another glorious gathering in September. Now playing at this point!  Lisa Winn and Andrew Aldridge. Mimi Shaw with Orange McFarland and Tor Lukasik-Foss, Chris & Christa (All Local Musical PearlPartyB_G.jpgLegends!).  The inimitable Charly Chiarelli is guaranteed to do something entertaining…. Not sure of what sort yet.  There will be even MORE entertainment and though Gary is cooking, he might even play a tune or two…. The possibilities are endless.

THE FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW: June 20

THE FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW: Friday, June 20: 9:00pm. Admission: $20 advance/$25 door. Shelley Marshall, HAMILTON’S OWN world-renowned Comedienne and winner of Hamilton’s 2013 Best Local Theatre Production View Magazine for her Full_BawdyJune20Sm.jpgOne Woman Show “Hold Mommy’s Cigarette” brings her production of the edgy and irreverent THE FULL BAWDY COMEDY SHOW back to The Pearl Company. TFBCS is an always SOLD OUT vaudevillian variety show that celebrates the diversity of comedy through Music, Burlesque, Stand-up, Circus and more! Featuring original material from the funniest and raciest Stars this country (and beyond) has to offer. The show has featured some of the creamiest of the Canadian funny crop such as: Nikki Payne and Debra Digiovanni both Canadian Comedy Award and  Gemini Winners; Canadian Comedy Award Winner’s: Sandra Battaglini and Christele Bartalese; Fringe Festival Winners: Precious Chong, Rachelle Elie; Hamilton Music Award Winners: Ginger St James and Robin Benedict; Juno Award Winner Lori Yates and many more!  June 20 Line-up: Shelley Marshall Hosts: Phil Luzi Winner Canadian Comedy Award. Morgan Joy Toronto International Clown Festival 2014. Musical Guest: Mimi Shaw, Burlesque Performer: Fionna Flauntit, Stand Up: Amanda Day, Character Performer: Rachelle Elie.  Come with an open mind and you’ll leave with a Full Heart! Adult Content. www.shelleymarshall.com Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=omL9gW9h04g (905) 524-0606 CALL FOR RESERVATIONS or visit http://www.ticketscene.ca/events/10818/LF972

60 DAYS OF SUMMER: May 30, 31, June 1

60 DAYS OF SUMMER: Fri, May 30. Sat, May 31. Sun, June 1. Tickets: $10 students. $15 adults. $5 for all tickets on May 30. This Eco Theatre project has emerged from a partnership between Scene Change and Ecotheatre.jpgEnvironment Hamilton.  60 Days of Summer is a story is written by local students and teachers which follows the misadventures of a group of students who attempt to live a full summer with no eco-footprint. Earth is personified through song and movement. Packed with interpersonal tensions, dream sequences and plot twists, the outcome is not what the students expect.
“60 days of Summer takes us on a theatrical adventure where young people challenge themselves to leave “no impact”on the earth – not just for “Earth hour”- but for an entire summer. The variety of backgrounds and world experiences in this diverse cast allows them to explore some tough questions about the price of climate change and who pays. Infused with music, dance, and eco-inventions – the play has something for everyone in this fun, at times wacky, but ultimately inspiring production. Leaving “no-impact” on the earth – leaves a lasting impact on the audience!” ~ Catherine Silverglen (OCT)
Times: Fri, May 30 @ 12:30pm.
Sat, May 31 @7pm.
Sun, June 1 @ 2:30pm.

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