alma matters productions started with humble beginnings. Launched in 2016, our collective came together with a shared goal: To amplify underrepresented stories through the power of theatre. Fast forward five years later, and we have now supported eleven new works that centre around important themes of gender disparity, cultural identity, and mental health. We proudly label ourselves as a grassroots company, which has built a community of artists eager to be the future voices of Canada’s performing arts industry. Together, we have showcased award-winning plays, built networks, and provided paid training opportunities for emerging talent.
None of these accomplishments would have been possible without your help.
With half a decade of experience under our belt, we have been touched by your support and are ready to elevate our company to the next step: alma matters productions is thrilled to announce its inaugural 2022 season: Fly Away Home.
But before we get to that, let’s first announce our programming to get you equally jazzed!:
Love at 752 by Majid Tafreshi
ABOUT THE PLAY:
Love at 752 is a surrealist exploration of the IR missile attack on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. This one act play is a poetic dedication to the victims of this tragedy, seeking justice by shedding light on painful truths.
Love at 752 will have a performed stage reading on January 8th, 2022 at Kaymeek Theatre to honour the two year anniversary of this tragic event.
Julie by Polly Stenham (after Strindberg)
ABOUT THE PLAY:
Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean. It descends into a savage fight for survival. Polly Stenham reimagines August Strindberg's Miss Julie in contemporary London.
Julie premiered at The National Theatre in 2018. alma matters productions is thrilled to partner with Untold Wants Theatre to present an amateur production for the first time in North America, at The Cultch Theatre in March 2022.
Blood Offering by Vishesh Abeyratne
ABOUT THE PLAY:
In the wake of yet another mass shooting in the United States, an American town is left reeling by the death of Kayla Gordon. Her teacher, Mr. Naqvi, and her classmate Farid begin to bond in their common grief. But when Kayla’s parents approach with a sinister plan to seek retribution for her death, Mr. Naqvi’s beliefs are sorely tested as he is drawn into nothing less than a battle for the soul of his young student.
Blood Offering was workshopped at The Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa. alma matters will be collaborating with playwright Vishesh Abeyratne to support a fully realized production of this captivating new work in Fall 2022.
Like what you see so far? So do we. Our team is fired up and ready to showcase our season with you. Except for one thing....
We need money.
HOW YOUR DONATIONS WILL BE USED:
PAYING ARTISTS As an indie-based organization, we understand the merit in honouring our artist’s careers. This isn’t just for passion (even though we love what we do), this is our work. Therefore paying our artists will always be our top priority.
VENUE RENTAL Don’t be fooled by the initial rates: renting venues is costly. Performing in the right space, however, is a crucial element for effective story-telling.
PRODUCTION COSTS We love to thrift, borrow, and find in-kind donations whenever possible, but even with our resourcefulness, production costs add up!
MARKETING AND PUBLICITY How can we share our upcoming work if you don’t know about it? Sharing our events is essential for publicity. We prefer to go the paper-free route whenever possible (save the trees!) - your support will help cover the costs of online marketing.
CHARITABLE DONATIONS We are proud to say that the majority of our productions have partnered with a credible charity: previous organizations include Stella’s Place, Sheena’s Place, The CDA Institute Afghan Refugee Program, Birthmark, and Gilda’s Club. Support local artists and notable causes within your community by donating to our company!
EVERY donation will receive a social media shout out.
$50 - Bird's Nest
Digital copy of a script of your choosing with cast & crew signatures
$75 - Egg Tooth
Signed digital script + a complimentary ticket to one of our shows
$100 - Hello Hatchling
Signed digital script + 2 complimentary tickets + your NAME hidden somewhere on our set
$150 - Badass Brood
Online Coaching Sessions (CHOOSE 1):
1 hr acting session with Untold Wants (limit of 5)
1 hr consultation with award-winning producer Sarah Marchand (limit of 5)
1 hr writing/editing services from award-winning playwright Vishesh Abeyratne (limit of 5)
$250 - First Flight
2 complimentary tickets + 1 online session + your NAME hidden somewhere on our set
$500 - Momma Bird
Associate Producer Credit + 2 complimentary tickets to ALL SHOWS in our season + 2 online sessions + your NAME hidden somewhere on our set
$1000 - Fancy as Flock
All of the above perks + our unending love and gratitude
**When donating, be sure to list the perk you would like as well as the play you are supporting.
OTHER WAYS TO HELP:
We’re still surviving a traumatic global pandemic - we get it, money is tight. Spreading the word goes a long way. If you are unable to financially support us, please consider sharing our campaign.
On behalf of our collective, thank you for your support. We are grateful to see theatre reopening its doors, and cannot wait to share our works onstage with you.
About alma matters productions:
alma matters productions is an award-winning production company that seeks to harness the social power of theatre in an increasingly disconnected world. We are an arts collective committed to producing and creating new Canadian works from underrepresented voices that explore stories about ageism, gender disparity, body image and mental health.
Our company is dedicated to Alma Decevito, who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease in 2017.
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