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Event: Bisclaveret & Dulcitius

Poculi Ludique Societas and Pneuma Ensemble present two rare works by medieval women writers

Bisclaveret: The Tale of the Werewolf, by Marie de France (12th century)

In “Lai de Bisclaveret” Pneuma Ensemble presents Marie de France’s classic anglo-norman werewolf tale of love, betrayal, human kindness, and revenge. The Baron, handsome and loved by all, including the King, has a secret: for three days every week; he disappears to the darkest part of the forest to become a werewolf. His wife betrays him, stealing his hidden clothing so that he cannot change back and marrying a knight who had long pursued her. Trapped in wolf shape, the Baron must find a way to return to court and wreak his revenge. The tale is told troubador-style with period music.

Dulcitius, or Sex in the Kitchen, by Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (10th Century)

Dulcitius is a fast-paced one act tragicomedy written in the 10th century by the nun Hrotsvit of Gandersheim. The production will be using a new translation by Dr. Colleen Butler from the original Latin. This rarely performed play tells the story of three virgin sisters who refuse to give up their Christian faith at the order of the emperor Diocletian. They are persecuted by various Roman officials but their prayers save them from sexual assault by the governor Dulcitius who becomes the victim of a hallucination in which he attempts to have sex with the pots and pans in the kitchen. Eventually the Romans are all foiled and the sisters achieve their desire to become martyrs for their faith.

Dates

  • Friday, April 7, 8 pm
  • Saturday April 8, 8 pm
  • Sunday April 9, 2 pm

Location

Luella Massey Studio Theatre, 4 Glen Morris St, Toronto

Tickets

  • $20 / Senior $15 / Student $10
  • Available at the door (cash payments only)
  • Reservations: 416-978-5096
  • Order online

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Audition Call: Dulcitius

NON-UNION, NON-PAYING
NB: You must be able to travel to the USA in May 2017

Poculi Ludique Societas (PLS) presents

DULCITIUS
or Sex in the Kitchen

Performance Dates:

  • Toronto: April 6 to 9, 2017
  • Kalamazoo, MI, USA: May 13 2017

The Project:

Toronto’s renowned medieval and renaissance players, PLS is a non-profit, non-Equity theatre company affiliated with the University of Toronto, dedicated to the production of early plays for research and entertainment.

Dulcitius is a fast-paced one act tragicomedy written in the 10th century by the nun Hrotsvit of Gandersheim. The production will be using a new translation by Dr. Colleen Butler from the original Latin. This rarely performed play tells the story of three virgin sisters who refuse to give up their Christian faith at the order of the emperor Diocletian. They are persecuted by various Roman officials but their prayers save them from sexual assault by the governor Dulcitius who becomes the victim of a hallucination in which he attempts to have sex with the pots and pans in the kitchen. Eventually the Romans are all foiled and the sisters achieve their desire to become martyrs for their faith.

Dulcitius will be performed for the Medieval Academy of America in Toronto in April and at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo MI in May. Transportation and lodging will be provided. Students are encouraged to audition.

What we’re looking for:

  • Men: Roman officials and soldiers any age
  • Women: young looking; able to sing a short hymn

Rehearsals:

Will take place during daytimes, evenings and weekends beginning in March

Audition Dates:

  • February 17: 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • February 18: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Please email your resume and photo as soon as possible to director@plspls.ca (with subject line: Auditions) to book your audition time. Come prepared with a short monologue. Women will be asked to sing.

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Dulcitius performance dates

 

Coming in Spring 2017

PLS presents…

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Dulcitius, or
Sex in the Kitchen

By Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (10th century nun)

In a new translation by Colleen Butler, PhD

Dulcitius is a fast-paced one act tragicomedy written in the 10th century by the nun Hrotsvit of Gandersheim. The production will be using a new translation by Dr. Colleen Butler from the original Latin. This rarely performed play tells the story of three virgin sisters who refuse to give up their Christian faith at the order of the emperor Diocletian. They are persecuted by various Roman officials but their prayers save them from sexual assault by the governor Dulcitius who becomes the victim of a hallucination in which he attempts to have sex with the pots and pans in the kitchen. Eventually the Romans are all foiled and the sisters achieve their desire to become martyrs for their faith.

 

Performances:

  1. Location TBA, Toronto
    • April 7-9, 2017
  2. Mostly Medieval Play Festival at the International Congress on Medieval Studies
    • Kalamazoo, MI, USA
    • May 13, 2017

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Mankind & Pride of Life Toronto photos

Presenting… Linda’s photos from the Toronto post-tour performances!

Mankind & Pride of Life Toronto (2016)

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Fresh from tour:
‘Mankind’ and ‘The Pride of Life’

Our intrepid company has returned from the UK! Click on the arrows to see more photos below.

UK tour: Mankind, The Pride Of Life (2016)

Want to see Mankind and/or The Pride of Life for yourself back here in Toronto? Your chance is coming up these next two weekends, July 30-31 and August 6-7, at Majlis Arts Garden (163 Walnut Avenue). All shows are free and no tickets are required. Tell your friends!

Sat 30 July, 2:30pm: MANKIND
Sat 30 July, 6:30pm: PRIDE OF LIFE
Sun 31 July, 2:30pm: PRIDE OF LIFE
Sat 6 Aug, 2:30pm: MANKIND
Sat 6 Aug, 6:30pm: PRIDE OF LIFE
Sun 7 Aug, 2:30pm: PRIDE OF LIFE

Full details are available here.
 

This could be YOU!

This could be YOU!

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PLS Talkback Survey

 

If you saw this summer’s PLS productions of MANKIND and/or THE PRIDE OF LIFE, we’d love to hear your feedback (however short or long)! Please visit and share:

PLS Talkback Survey

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Mankind and Pride of Life Toronto Dates

Toronto’s PLS (Poculi Ludique Societas),
with the generous support of the Connaught Fund, presents
two medieval English morality plays:

THE PRIDE OF LIFE
(a mor[t]ality play,
whose lost second half is reimagined differently at every show!)

MANKIND
(a mischievously cautionary tale, with poop)

at the Majlis Art Garden (163 Walnut Avenue, Toronto, ON)

Sat 30 July, 2:30pm: MANKIND
Sat 30 July, 6:30pm: PRIDE OF LIFE
Sun 31 July, 2:30pm: PRIDE OF LIFE
Sat 6 Aug, 2:30pm: MANKIND
Sat 6 Aug, 6:30pm: PRIDE OF LIFE
Sun 7 Aug, 2:30pm: PRIDE OF LIFE

ALL SHOWS ARE FREE (donations gratefully accepted!)
AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. NO TICKETS NECESSARY!
SPREAD THE WORD!

Ridiculous, irreverent, raucously relevant: join PLS for two uproarious glimpses into the dynamic, scatological, and often hilarious world of English plays as they were performed six centuries ago. We translate original scripts into contemporary English and combine them with real medieval music, costume design, and performance practices — hints of a culture that was, in some ways, more liberated and freethinking than our current one.

In our silly, scatological MANKIND (from the year c. 1464), the stodgy Mercy and the unhinged Mischief strive for the attention of a very distractable Mankind, overwhelming him with grandiose speeches, ridiculous songs, bodily humour, and a cheerful demon who creates human error.

In THE PRIDE OF LIFE, from the late 1300s, the bombastic King Life believes he will live forever… He and his jolly knights ignore the Queen’s urgent warnings that a rival king, has recently landed in their realm. Since only the first half of the original manuscript has been found, we will draw on audience input to improvise the play’s lost but inevitable mortal conclusion differently at every showing!

In a subversion of the original scripts’ anti-feminist themes, both shows are performed by six non-male actors. Family-friendly, free of charge, and accessible, all of our shows will be Relaxed Performances.

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OUR TEAM:

Ara Glenn-Johanson (Strength / Mischief)
Polly Phokeev (Health / Mankind)
Tricia Postle (Bishop / Nought)
Cassidy Sadler (Queen / New Guise)
Heather Sanderson (King Life / Nowadays)
Nicole Wilson (Mirth / Mercy)

with special musical guests PNEUMA ENSEMBLE
(Eleanor Verrette on vielle; Gaven Dianda on citole, gittern, recorder, percussion; Tricia Postle on psaltery, voice)

directed by Matthew Milo Sergi
choreographed by Ara Glenn-Johanson
costumes by Linda Phillips
management by Dawn Nearing and Chandos Ross

 

Getting There

Finding the site:
Majlis Arts Garden is located at 163 Walnut Ave. between King and Queen, just south of Trinity Bellwoods Park, north of Stanley Park. Look for the wooden gate between two factory buildings.

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Mankind and Pride of Life UK Tour

PLS Presents, with the generous support of the Connaught Fund,
two medieval English morality plays — on tour across the UK:

MANKIND
(a mischievously cautionary tale, with poop)

THE PRIDE OF LIFE
(a mor[t]ality play,
whose lost second half is reimagined differently at every show!)

TOURING THE UK IN JULY 2016!

ALL SHOWS ARE FREE (donations gratefully accepted!)
AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. NO TICKETS NECESSARY!

Please SPREAD THE WORD
to FRIENDS IN THE UK
(and NERDS EVERYWHERE)!

Wed 6 July, 7pm, Leeds: MANKIND
— at the University of Leeds Beechgrove Plaza
(directions: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/campusmap?location=1135)

Fri 8 July, 12:30pm, Durham: MANKIND
— in Durham’s Town Square (you can’t miss us!)

Sun 10 July: PRIDE OF LIFE World Premiere, 12:30pm
— at Durham University’s Joachim Room
(directions: https://www.dur.ac.uk/about/location)

Wed 13 July, 6:30pm, east London: PRIDE OF LIFE
— at the People’s Palace Great Hall
(directions: http://www.qmgreathall.co.uk/location)

Thu 14 July, 12:45pm, east London: MANKIND
(“surprise” outdoor performance at the NCS lunch hour!)
— at Queen Mary University of London Libaray Square
(navigate to 327 Mile End Road; look for library square)

Sat 16 July, 7:30pm, Birmingham: MANKIND
produced in association with Stan’s Cafe
— in the Courtyard @ A E Harris
(directions: http://www.aeharrisvenue.co.uk/directions.html)

Sun 17 July, 7:30pm, Birmingham: PRIDE OF LIFE
produced in association with Stan’s Cafe
— in the Theatre @ A E Harris
(directions: http://www.aeharrisvenue.co.uk/directions.html)

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Our 6 July show will be presented in conjunction with the International Medieval Congress at Leeds (http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/publicevents.html)

Our 8 and 10 July shows will be presented in conjunction with the SITM Theatrum Mundi Festival
(http://www.sitm.info/durham-performance-program)

Our 13 and 14 July shows will be presented in conjunction with the New Chaucer Society Congress
(http://newchaucersociety.org/pages/entry-sub/schedule-13-july)

Check out the Stan’s Cafe write-up for our shows 16/17 July: http://www.stanscafe.co.uk/?p=3996

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Ridiculous, irreverent, raucously relevant: join PLS on our UK TOUR for two uproarious glimpses into the dynamic, scatological, and often hilarious world of English plays as they were performed six centuries ago. We translate original scripts into contemporary English and combine them with real medieval music, costume design, and performance practices — hints of a culture that was, in some ways, more liberated and freethinking than our current one.

In our silly, scatological MANKIND (from the year c. 1464), the stodgy Mercy and the unhinged Mischief strive for the attention of a very distractable Mankind, overwhelming him with grandiose speeches, ridiculous songs, bodily humour, and a cheerful demon who creates human error.

In THE PRIDE OF LIFE, from the late 1300s, the bombastic King Life believes he will live forever… He and his jolly knights ignore the Queen’s urgent warnings that a rival king, has recently landed in their realm. Since only the first half of the original manuscript has been found, we will draw on audience input to improvise the play’s lost but inevitable mortal conclusion differently at every showing!

In a subversion of the original scripts’ anti-feminist themes, both shows are performed by six non-male actors. Family-friendly, free of charge, and accessible, all of our shows will be Relaxed Performances.

—–

OUR TEAM:

Ara Glenn-Johanson (Strength / Mischief)
Polly Phokeev (Health / Mankind)
Tricia Postle (Bishop / Nought)
Cassidy Sadler (Queen / New Guise)
Heather Sanderson (King Life / Nowadays)
Nicole Wilson (Mirth / Mercy)

with special musical guests PNEUMA ENSEMBLE
(Eleanor Verrette on vielle; Gaven Dianda on citole, gittern, recorder, percussion; Tricia Postle on psaltery, voice)

directed by Matthew Milo Sergi
choreographed by Ara Glenn-Johanson
costumes by Linda Phillips
management by Dawn Nearing and Chandos Ross

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PLS’s backyard AGM is June 18

It's time for PLS's Annual General Meeting. We will be approving new by-laws, reviewing the past season, looking ahead to future plans, and discussing PLS matters in general. All volunteers, participants, friends and people interested in our work are invited.

In keeping with the spirit of summer, we will meeting in the backyard of PLS Board President David Klausner and there will be beer and wine!

Time and Date: 4pm, Saturday, June 18
Location: 303 Sumach Street, Cabbagetown, Toronto
RSVP: info@plspls.ca

See you there!

—Katherine, PLS office manager

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O Come all ye faithful… and get your medieval on this Christmas 2015

A Medieval Christmas 2015: This is a Marvellous Hearing!

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poculi ludique societas & st. thomas’s anglican church present

A Medieval Christmas:

This Is A Marvellous Hearing!

 

Performance dates: December 11, 7:30 pm; December 12, 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm.

St Thomas’s Anglican Church, 383 Huron Street, one block south of Bloor

Tickets : $20 / $15 senior / $10 student

Buy tickets online at: U of T Tix (cash only at the door)

 

Toronto’s renowned medieval and renaissance theatre company, Poculi Ludique Societas, is once again partnering with St Thomas’s Anglican Church to celebrate A Medieval Christmas. Continuing our exploration of the life of the Virgin Mary which we began earlier this fall with The Mary Play, this year’s performance will include episodes from the N-Town manuscript about events leading up to the Nativity. These plays  celebrate the birth of Christ, but also reflect the skeptical yet real-life attitudes that any regular person might feel when confronted with such outlandish notions such as a virgin birth!  The N-Town manuscript poignantly draws its audience into its characters’ incredulity and then deftly belies our collective lack of faith through the modesty and ultimate revelation of the Virgin’s purity. The power of the N-Town manuscript lies in its insistence on the corporeality of Mary’s body and the totally realistic reaction her peers would have had toward her claims of chastity. The basest of our human tendencies are depicted in these plays, yet even at our lowest moments of faith, God eventually intervenes and offers His grace. 

This year we are offering a Medieval Triple Threat. A Medieval Christmas will feature Toronto’s medieval troubadours, Pneuma Ensemble, and if you buy tickets through UofT tix, you can bundle your tickets with a purchase of Sine Nomine’s In presepio: medieval songs for the Christ-child to receive 20% off the regular price of tickets. That’s as little as $32 to see three of Toronto’s best-loved medieval performance groups in celebration of this festive season.

As usual, our cast features a bounty of up-and-coming talent joined by St. Thomas’s avid and talented parishoners. This year we feature soprano, Megan Adam as Gabrielle; comic actor, Alan Belerique as Joseph; and Bristol Old Vic alumna Helen Cashin as the Virgin Mary. They will be joined by our music coach and soprano, Jennifer McCallum; Alice Degan; Jack Hunter; Rob Mitchell; Ermina Perez;  Madeleine Redican; and Second City improv grad, Abram Taylor. The ensemble is directed by PLS resident director, Kimberley Radmacher,  and designed by Artistic Director Linda Phillips.

Quickly becoming a holiday tradition, PLS productions with St. Thomas’s Anglican Church are appreciated for excellent production values, including beautiful costume designs set in St. Thomas’s lovely Arts and Crafts sanctuary.

 

 

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