Grief is hard, especially when you have to deal with it alone. So we decided to produce two plays about it.
THE ELEVATOR PITCH:
Alma Matters Productions is proud to launch its first 2020 project with Good Grief! A Double Bill Stage Reading which will run at Factory’s Studio theatre May 27-30th. Featuring acts from some of Toronto’s finest up and coming talent, we are especially thrilled to be premiering two new Canadian works: Cooking for Grief by Breanna Maloney and The Quantum Sufi-Mystic by Rouvan Silogix. We need YOUR HELP to support all of the hard working artists involved!
COOL, WHAT ARE THESE PLAYS ABOUT?
After a sudden death in his family, Rob is forced to come to terms with with his own identity and the actions that inform his role and character in society. Cooking for Grief explores familial relationships, toxic masculinity, and what it means to take ownership of one's actions.
The Quantum Sufi-Mystic is an exploration of an immigrant story between a dying father from a culture passed, and a son at cross-roads. The piece explores death, loss, familial bonds, immigration, inter-generational dichotomy, and our purpose in this life. The father, in his last few days alive, seeks to impart his ancient Sufi knowledge to his son, who is stuck in an existential funk and a young-adult life-crisis.
Left to right: Breanna Maloney, Rouvan Silogix, Sarah Marchand
OKAY, SO WHAT’S THE THEME?
On the surface, these works seem like polar opposites: What might a play about cooking set in Hamilton, Ontario, share with Sufi Mysticism? Although these scripts are different in narrative structure, both Rouvan and Breanna have boldly and bravely chosen theatre as a lens to explore their experience with death, grief and loss. Specifically, these works centre around a young adult son reconciling with the sudden/imminent passing of their father.
Alma Matters prioritizes new Canadian works that challenge traditional theatre norms: While it can be a difficult subject matter, grief can also bring together healing and community. No one has to deal with grief alone.
SO...WHO EXACTLY IS INVOLVED?
Glad you asked! We are utterly thrilled to be working with an amazing team of artists:
Cooking for Grief: Playwright - Breanna Maloney; Performers - Anand Rajaram, Graham Isador, Banafsheh Taherian and Marina Gromes; Director - Keshia Palm; Dramaturg - Merlin Simard.
Quantum Sufi Mystic: Playwright/Director - Rouvan Silogix; Performers - Sepehr Reybod and Shawn Lall.
Curated by Sarah Marchand
Promotional Video - Taras Lavren
Promotional Photos - Brendee Green
Left to right: Breanna Maloney, Merlin Simard, Rouvan Silogix, Sarah Marchand
ALRIGHT, I’VE MADE IT THIS FAR. WHAT DO YOU NEED MY MONEY FOR?
We get it. Money is tight, so we’ll keep this brief: we need your donations to support all of the hard working artists involved, as well as our venue rental costs.
OH WAIT, I’M BROKE. ARE THERE OTHER WAYS I CAN HELP?
YES!! Every like and share goes a huge way. If you would like to support but are financially unable, we deeply appreciate spreading the word around to those who have a few extra bucks to spare. Also, be sure to follow us on social media for updates!
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On behalf of Alma Matters Productions, THANK YOU for your support! We'll see you in May xo
ABOUT ALMA MATTERS PRODUCTIONS :
Founded in 2015, Alma Matters Productions is an arts collective committed to producing and creating works that examine social prejudices against mental health, ageism, gender disparity, body image and racial inequality. Since 2018, Alma Matters has worked in partnership with Sheena’s Place to produce Comedy Calorie, a bi-annual cabaret that explores self-healing from eating disorders.
Recent credits: Co-Producers of Winter of ‘88, which premiered at the 2020 Next Stage Festival (NNNNN NOW Magazine), is a piece inspired by Director/Playwright Mohammad Yaghoubi’s (Nowadays Theatre) experience living in Iran during the Iran-Iraq war; Swim Team, a newly translated one act piece Inspired by real stories from the world of women’s sports in post-revolutionary Iran (NNNN NOW Magazine); Drink of Choice, a create-your-own adventure piece that explores sexuality and modern romance (Winner of the 2019 Toronto Fringe Patron’s Pick); and Non Gratas, a bilingual improv duo (Instagram Influencer Mariela Pabon and Canadian Comedy Award Winner Patricia Tab) that explores the twists and turns of being Latinx immigrants in North America.
Our company is dedicated to the memory of Alma Decevito, who passed away in 2017 from Alzheimer’s disease. we love and miss her very much.
[a promo video features two artists talking about their new plays, and how your donations will help support a double bill stage reading taking place May 2020]
- Matthew Chiasson
- Sophia Wiens
Fundraising team: Team Quantum Grief (3)
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