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THE FIRST MONDAY RETURNS FOR A SECOND SEASON!In partnership with Persephone Theatre, we will present a new Saskatchewan play every month for eight months (October through May). So, mark your calendars. It's the FIRST* Monday of every month.
*Except for January. See exact dates below.
WHEN: Monday, March 4th, 2024 @ 7:00pm
THIS MONTH'S FEATURE: The Olive Suitcase by Jalisa Gonie
Jalisa is a versatile theatre artist that balances acting, stage management, clown and writing. They hold a BFA in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan and have trained at the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance. She has been a part of the Saskatoon Theatre scene for 10 years in different capacities, working with 25th Street Theatre, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, SUM Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Short Cuts and one half of a clown duo with Charlie Peters (Oblong & Oboe). Recipient of a Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award for outstanding supportive performance as #2 in Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves (Live Five/LittleBig Theatre). Recent Work: Pot Roast (Playwright, Shortcuts 2021), The Velveteen Rabbit (SM, Persephone Theatre), The Unplugging (ASM, Belfry Theatre).
Kayvon (he/him) is the current Artistic Director of Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, as well as an actor, director, writer and musician. Born and raised in Saskatoon, Kayvon studied at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC. Kayvon has had the great fortune to work in theatres across Canada, the United States and abroad.
Dean Stockdale grew up in Treaty 6 territory Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and is a player and writer of music, a dancer, and a pacifist. They want to create art that educates, informs, questions, and brings people together through the expansion of perspectives. Some of their most recent productions include Baba’s Magic Mitten (Nicky) with Dancing Sky Theatre, The Maids (Claire) with Whirligig Theatre, Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliette (Feste, Tybalt) with Freewill Shakespeare, Zero Gravity (Phoenix) with SUM Theatre, Les Corneilles (Ash) with Gwandaak Theatre, and Little Women (Jo March) with Theatre Calgary.
Clare (She/her) has BFA in Acting U of S, MFA in Creative Writing UBC has been working in and around theatre for the past several decades. Clare loves to teach adults and kids alike and has held several Artist in Residence positions around the province. She has taught theatre classes for U of S, U of R, and UBC, and is a founding member of Live Five theatre season in Saskatoon. Her passion for theatre takes her in all directions and she especially loves when she gets to work on projects that involve her doing puppetry, clowning, new plays, storytelling, theatre for young audiences and directing. Clare lives in Treaty 6 territory (Saskatoon) with her husband, two kids, three dogs and plants – too many plants.
COMING UP THIS SEASON ON THE FIRST MONDAY!
Episode 1: October 2nd, 2023 - "One Night" by Paige Francoeur & Bob Wicks
- A new take on Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams. A family gathering descends into chaos when truths are told. A story about the lies we tell each other and the lies we tell ourselves and the lies we need to believe in order to make it through.
Episode 2: November 6th, 2023 - "The Boat" by Todd Devonshire
- Canada. 1964. Abortion is illegal.
But 15 miles off the coast, The Boat is ready to challenge everything.
Episode 3: December 4th, 2023 - "The Tragedy of Gregory and Balthasar" by Johanna Arnott
- Gregory and Balthasar are two men from two houses, both alike in dignity. They are told that they should be enemies, and so they are. But on the shore of Lake Verona Ontario, they are just two dudes who want the same thing: to catch the big fish. Narrated by the big fish himself through a Big Mouth Billy Bass and adapted lines from Romeo and Juliet, The Tragedy of Gregory and Balthasar is a love story dealing with the issue of the impact those with power have over the people who do not.
Episode 4: January 8th, 2024 (SECOND MONDAY) - "I AM WHO I AM" by Peace Akintade-Oluwagbeye
- I Am Who I Am follows the poetic and philosophical exchange between A-kin, the embodiment of storytelling and poetry, and Ọrunmila, the embodiment of guidance, knowledge, and divination. The play is largely based on Yoruba philosophies of death, life, deities, and the abstract concepts of identity.
Episode 5: February 5th, 2024 - "Matriarchy" by Jacelyn Perret
- With the counsel of her ancestors a young Métis woman contemplates motherhood, the significance of the matriarch in Métis culture, and what it means to leave a legacy while grappling with a quickly approaching secret.
Episode 6: March 4th, 2024 - "The Olive Suitcase" by Jalisa Gonie
- The outside world is terrifying, especially when you haven’t left the house in over a decade. But Olive always has her suitcase packed and ready for any danger that could come knocking and when it does, Olive will learn if she is truly prepared for the outside world.
Episode 7: April 1st, 2024 - "Final Notice" by Jordan Harvey
- Final Notice centers around a university house and its tenants as they prepare for an impending eviction following a failed rental strike, and their one last party before vacating. Storylines intersect in a barely post-adolescent cacophony of drugs, sex, queerness, and those perilous half-understandings which accompany such a time in life.
Episode 8: May 6th, 2024 - "My Name Is..." by Megan Zong
- Xiao Tong is on a quest to reclaim what has been taken from her, and take down the bad guy in school. Alongside her friend, Diva Dave, she discovers hidden superpowers. But to use them, she will have to embrace a part of herself that she has pushed away for too long. First developed with Persephone Theatre's TYA Playwrights Unit, this play is about embracing our unique differences and finding a sense of belonging when faced with adversity.
Meet the Playwrights
Meet the Dramaturgy
Jennifer Dawn Bishop