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Scenes from an Execution has opened, and even as someone working on it I was floored by how well the ambitious design turned out and how far the actors have come since the first rehearsal. As the dramaturg I have been watching the production night after night from the comfort of my living room. Though some performers a…

In the week before Scenes from an Execution opens, everyone I talked to has wanted to know how it works. We are staging the production online, a convention in theatre that has become necessary in the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no precedent for how to rehearse and perform theatre live online; the team has been adapting…

As the first online Mainstage, Scenes from an Execution has the whole team live-streaming in from their homes. There is one cast member who is bridging an exceptional distance through his participation in the Mainstage: Diego Blanco (pictured above) is performing and rehearsing from Querétaro, Mexico. Diego’s experienc…

Holly and Asenia serve up some basic information about what the DART Mainstage production is, and about the play Scenes from an Execution by Howard Barker.

Rehearsals for Scenes from an Execution are underway and the show is beginning to take shape. This process is not without its speed bumps, from actors with older computers to internet issues to loud roommates. The list goes on. Already the creative and production teams are devising strategies to handle online rehearsal…

It is another school year, but a school year like no other. DART is online, the Mainstage is online, and there are new DARTcritics. The Mainstage is a play produced by the department in the fall and winter each year, typically in the main theatre space. DARTcritics is a website for Brock students to get hands-on experi…

Shaista Latif’s one-person production The Archivist came to St. Catharines as part of a southern Ontario tour in late February, 2020, produced by Why Not Theatre. Via Why Not, Latif reached out to BIPOC in Brock’s Department of Dramatic Arts and invited them to respond to the production – one of several recent gestures…

Watching Glory Die is a call to action. Judith Thompson’s play is based on the true events surrounding the death of Ashley Smith, a teenage inmate at Kitchener’s Grand Valley Institution. If you’ve heard of the tragic story, you’ll know that after an exceedingly long period in solitary confinement, Smith strangled hers…

“You must take your rightful place as Queen.” What a refreshing line to hear after countless stories about men murdering each other for a crown, men waging wars for royal power, and men pulling swords out of stones to become King. Kate Hennig’s Mother’s Daughter is the third play in her Queenmaker Trilogy that puts wom…

Sometimes, what you really need is to see grown adults dressed as turkeys dancing with pilgrims. It’s good for the soul. As is the rest of Holiday Inn – a feel-good Christmas-y musical now playing at the Shaw Festival for the holiday season. Based on the 1942 movie starring Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, Holiday Inn is…