We Quit Theatre
The Theatre Centre, BMO Incubator
Aug 5, 8:30PM
Aug 8, 8:30PM
Aug 9, 8:30PM (AD)
Aug 10, 8:30PM
Aug 11, 8:30PM
Aug 12, 4:00PM (RP)
Aug 13, 4:00PM
$15, $25, $35
Shakespeare with bite.
Welcome to a beginner’s lecture on Shakespare’s First Folio text analysis. The lecture covers: grammar and spelling, historical context, misplaced memories, climate disaster, violence, Sam Rockwell movies, shoplifting, masculinity, nepotism, propaganda, inflation, T4T, and talking dogs. No lunch provided.
i am your spaniel, or, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare by Gislina Patterson is a drag performance lecture in which a female Shakespeare scholar named Gislina Patterson, played by an undereducated trans man named Gislina Patterson, reads A Midsummer Night’s Dream too closely and turns into a dog. It’s about the family as a site of control, theatre as state propaganda, being in love, becoming a traitor, transformation, desire, Iggy Pop, being good, being bad, and what it means to be a man.
“Dasha & Gislina’s works remind me of Jarman, Greenaway & Abramovitch in their ability to articulate a singular vision & create revolutionary works.”
– Sadie Berlin, Performance Artist and Author
Created by We Quit Theatre
Gislina Patterson – Playwright, performer
Dasha Plett – Director, dramaturg, performer
Presented in partnership with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
Development of i am your spaniel was supported by the Stratford Festival Lab.
We Quit Theatre acknowledges the support of Canada Council for the Arts and Manitoba Arts Council.
Open Audio Description (AD) will be provided on Aug 9th. There is a Relaxed Performance (RP) on Aug 12th.
All performances are COVID-Conscious Performances; all audience members are required to wear masks in the theatre.
Content: references to and descriptions of animal abuse, familial abuse, forced marriage, classism, homophobia, eugenics, masochism, landlords, murder, gender dysphoria, childhood sexual trauma, child abuse, transphobia, dog attacks, institutionalization, memory loss, capital punishment, suicide, racism, racial capitalism, agoraphobia, violence.
Sensory: Sudden light changes, loud sound effects and music, layered discordant sound and image. Footage featured in the performance includes some flashing light, brief nudity, implied violence and dog attacks.
Part of the SummerWorks Presentations programming – a vital collection of theatre, dance, music, and live artworks from across the country offering you a snapshot of contemporary performance.