Toronto Masque Theatre in 2016/17
a season of desire & transformation

Mainstage

Apollo & Daphne
Enoch Arden

17, 18, & 19 November 2016, 8:00 p.m. 
Pre-show event at 7:15 p.m. each evening 
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity Street, near the Distillery District

Following our acclaimed production of Acis & Galatea, we present a fully-staged production of George Frideric Handel’s great Italian dramatic cantata Apollo e Dafne. Featuring Canadian opera superstars Jacqueline Woodley & Geoffrey Sirett, this early work of Handel is a deeply moving exploration of the devastation unrequited love can have on those caught in its thrall. Larry Beckwith will lead a baroque orchestra. Directed by Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière.

The evening will also feature a complete performance of Enoch Arden, the heartbreaking story of a long-lost fisherman returning home. This drama with music was created by Richard Strauss is based on the epic narrative poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Performed by actor Derek Boyes and pianist Angela Park.

The Man Who Married Himself
10 & 11 March 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Pre-show event at 7:15 p.m. each evening
11 March 2017,
matinee 2:00 p.m.
Pre-show matinee event at 1:15 p.m.

Crow’s Theatre, 345 Carlaw Avenue at Dundas Street East

The world premiere of The Man Who Married Himself, a stunning, South Asian-inspired masque, is created by composer Juliet Palmer and librettist Anna Chatterton. Based on a traditional Karnataka folk tale, this is a powerful & timely story about choosing to reject or embrace the different layers of oneself: the feminine and the masculine, the beautiful and the ugly. 

Captivatingly told through music, words and movement, the production features singers Scott Belluz, Subiksha Rangarajan and Alex Samaras as well as dancers from Toronto’s innovative dance company InDance, which blends South Asian & Western dance traditions. The orchestra will combine Baroque and traditional South Asian instruments. Directed & choreographed by Hari Krishnan.

Salon Series

Music Amongst the Trees
19 September 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Poetry and songs inspired by trees. Featuring Derek Boyes, actor; Robert Kortgaard, piano and members of the Elizabeth MacDonald Voice Studio.

O Tannenbaum, The Tree of Life
12 December 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Seasonal songs and stories, including No Tongue Will Tally, written in 1974 by Harry Somers and Dr. Claude Bissell for the annual Christmas Gaudy at Massey College. Make merry with food, drink and silent auction.

The Ben Jonson Project: A Vision of Delight
1 May 2017, 7:30 p.m.
A stage reading of Ben Jonson’s A Vision of Delight as re-imaged by a contemporary playwright, with a wide array of music styles - a charming celebration of Spring. 

Salons take place at The Atrium at 21 Shaftesbury Avenue and are hosted by Walter & Marina Unger.

Subscription packages and tickets will be available online and by phone in late June. 

Welcome from the Artistic Director

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to our 2016/17 season: a season of desire & transformation. 

Each season we seek to provide programming that features the traditional & the new, with productions that mix music, theatre & dance in classic & innovative ways.

In November, we return to a venue our audience’s love, the historic Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, for works by Handel and Strauss. In March we are at the brand-new Crow’s Theatre, to proudly present our eighth world premiere, the South Asian-influenced The Man Who Married Himself.

This is a vibrant time for Toronto Masque Theatre. As we press our roots into the rich soil of Toronto’s diverse artistic communities, our work branches out in new & exciting directions. Please join us. I know you will enjoy the experience. 

Larry