CanStage, the Toronto-based Canadian Stage Company, announced its 2001-2002 season Feb. 13, heralding a slate that will include the world premiere of Judith Thompson's play, Habitat, and works by Steve Martin, Shakespeare, plus four Canadian premieres.
Artistic producer Martin Bragg announced the following for the resident professional company devoted to contemporary works:
• Tempest, the late Shakespeare romance, directed by Michael Shamata, July 10-Aug. 19, 2001, in the outdoor amphitheatre in High Park.
• Habitat, a world premiere play about a home for troubled youths and a community's response to it, by Canadian playwright Judith Thompson, directed by Katherine Kaszas, Sept. 17-Oct. 13, at the Bluma Appel Theatre.
• Tillsonburg, the North American premiere of the black comedy that looks at Canada from an Irish point of view, written by and starring Malachy McKenna, Oct. 15-Nov. 10, at the Berkeley Street Theatre. • Picasso at the Lapin Agile, the Toronto premiere of the comedy by Steve Martin, about the fictional meeting between the young Picasso and the young Einstein, directed by Randall Arney, Oct. 22-Nov. 17, at the Bluma Appel Theatre.
• The Lonesome West, the Canadian premiere of Martin McDonagh's dark comedy about two brothers sharing their father's house, directed by Jackie Maxwell, Jan. 14-Feb. 9, 2002, at the Bluma Appel Theatre.
• Lost Boys, writer-actor R.H. Thomson's acclaimed play (previously seen in Ottawa) about the lives and letters of his five uncles who served in World War I, Feb. 4-March 2, 2002, at the Berkeley Street Theatre.
• The Edible Woman, the Toronto premiere of Dave Carley's adaptation of the 1969 novel by Margaret Atwood, Feb. 18-March 16, 2002, at the Bluma Appel Theatre.
• Adam Baum and the Jew Movie, the Canadian premiere of Daniel Goldfarb's comic expose on hypocrisy and anti-Semitism in Hollywood, April 8-May 6, 2002, at the Berkeley Street Theatre.
• Indian Ink, the Canadian premiere of Tom Stoppard's drama of Anglo-Indian relations and romance, directed by Robin Phillips and starring Fiona Reid (a co production with the National Arts Centre), April 1-27, 2002, at the Bluma Appel Theatre.
The Canadian Stage Company (CanStage) bills itself as Canada's largest theatre company devoted to contemporary international works.
For more information, visit www.canstage.com.
— By Kenneth Jones