Thought-Provoking Theatre to Emerge from the Buddies Residency Program
Black Boys at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is a raw, intimate, and timely exploration of queer male blackness. It was created from the lives of three people seeking a deeper understanding of themselves, of each other, and of how they encounter the world. As they explore their unique identities on stage, they subvert the ways in which gender, sexuality, and race are performed.
Theatrical and intimate, Black Boys weaves together the ensemble’s own personal stories in search of an integrated self and a radical imagination. The production was originally developed through the Buddies Residency Program, the only program in the country solely devoted to the creation of original queer performance works. After embarking on a nation-wide tour, Black Boys is back on the Buddies stage! In honor of this exciting return, we are celebrating the remarkable main stage pieces the emerged from the Buddies Residency Program since its inception in 2010.
1. LuLu V.7: Aspects Of A Femme Fatale
This year’s Buddies in Bad Times Residency brings us LuLu V.7: Aspects Of A Femme Fatale by ted witzel, Susanna Fournier, and Helen Yung. In LuLu…, a young femme fatale f*cks her way across Europe and through a series of lovers who all wind up dead, until she meets her end at the hands of Jack the Ripper. Based on German playwright Frank Wedekind’s 1894 play, this blood-soaked adaptation tears apart a classic text to create a viscerally sexy and energetic treatise on art, sex, and death in the 21st century. Lulu will be presented at the Buddies from May 1st to May 20th, 2018.
2. Body Politic
Created during the 2015-2016 residency, The Body Politic tells the story of the birth, life, and eventual demise of Canada’s first gay liberation newspaper of the same name. After years spent interviewing people involved in The Body Politic, playwright Nick Green brought to life the legal, political, and personal struggles surrounding one of Canada’s most important queer publications. Green’s sweeping historical drama re-imagines the events and personalities surrounding one of the most potent journalistic forces in our country, and the legacy it has left behind.
3. Gertrude and Alice
The 2015-2016 residency also brought to life Gertrude and Alice from the acclaimed feminist theatre collective, The Independent Aunties, comprised of Anna Chatterton, Evalyn Parry, and Karin Randoja. The new work explored the lives, love, and legacy of queer icons Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas. Visiting the audience in the present day, Gertrude and Alice come to find out how history has treated them. The couple recounts stories of their 40-year relationship, of meetings with iconic artists and writers, and of Alice’s overwhelming, consuming devotion to Gertrude’s genius. Before they leave, they want to find out what has become of their artistic and cultural influence, and how their lives and work are – or are not – remembered.
4. Freda and Jem’s Best of the Week
Lois Fine was a Buddies resident from 2014-2015, where she created Freda and Jem’s Best of the Week. The title characters Freda and Jem are two women who fell in love, had kids, and built a family together. When they decide to split up, their family discovers that their love for each other doesn’t have to end at divorce – but it will have to change. Freda and Jem’s Best of the Week is a heartwarming story about family making and family breaking.
5. The Gay Heritage Project
The Gay Heritage Project was created over the course of several years in residency. Damien Atkins, Paul Dunn, and Andrew Kushnir, three of Canada’s most gifted creators, set out to answer one question: is there such a thing as a gay heritage? In their search, they uncovered a rich history not often shared and were able to shine new light on contemporary gay culture. The result was a hilarious and moving homage to the people who came before us and the events that continue to shape our lives. Following its smash-hit production at Buddies, The Gay Heritage Project embarked on a successful nation-wide tour to The Citadel, The Cultch + The Belfry.
6. Of A Monstrous Child: a gaga musical
Ecce Homo Theatre, residents from 2012-2013, created the thrilling Of A Monstrous Child: a gaga musical. Performance legend Leigh Bowery hosted the irreverent musical cabaret devoted to one of our most enigmatic and polarizing pop stars, Lady Gaga. Featuring a collection of the art world’s greatest icons, the “dance floor dialectic” celebrated the place where high culture hooks up with low art.
Imprisoned in Canada for committing a violent crime, a young man from Ghana tells his cellmates a story on the eve of his release. Although there is great risk in sharing his tale, he must tell it to be truly free. Through storytelling, dance, and live music, Obaaberima chronicles a young African-Canadian’s journey across continents, genders, races, and sexualities. The moving production by Tawiah M’carthy was created during the Buddies 2012-13 along with National Arts Centre + The Cultch from 2014-2015
You won’t want to miss the return of the product of last year’s residency, Black Boys. It’s now easier than ever with our mobile Rush! Unlock the Rush now for $15 tickets, available starting at 9:00am daily. Tickets are limited so don’t miss out!