The Mary Play Symposium

THE CENTRE FOR PERFORMANCE STUDIES IN EARLY THEATRE / POCULI LUDIQUE SOCIETAS

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The Mary Play Symposium

Saturday, November 7

Centre for Medieval Studies
(125 Queen’s Park at Bloor)
Room 310


11-12    Chair: David Klausner

  • Alexandra Johnston, “The Mary Play – One hidden treasure among many: The Puzzle of the N-Town Manuscript Revisited”

12-1:30    Lunch

1:30-3:00    Chair: Alexandra Johnston

  • Bert Fuller, ‘Queen and Child: Mary in Chaucer’s An ABC and the Mary Play
  • Amanda Wetmore, “Holy Desire in the N-Town Mary Play”
  • Sarah Star “Reading Marian Devotion: N-Town’s Nativity Play and Mary Play

3:00-3:30    Coffee Break

3:30-4:30    Roundtable on the production with Linda Phillips to direct the discussion.

The afternoon coffee break will be provided. Participants are invited to explore near-by pubs and coffee-shops for lunch.

The production of the play by Poculi Ludique Societas will be Friday November 6 and Saturday November 7 at 7:30 pm in St Stephen In-the-Field Anglican Church 103 Bellevue Ave (at the corner of Bellevue and College on the south side of College between Spadina and Bathurst).

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Press Release: The Mary Play

Poculi Ludique Societas & Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies present:

The Mary Play
From the Medieval N-Town Manuscript

Poculi Ludique Societas, Toronto’s renowned medieval and renaissance players, continue to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a production of the N-Town Mary Play. PLS is a theatre company affiliated with the University of Toronto, dedicated to the production of early plays for research and entertainment.

The N-Town Mary Play is a Medieval English drama chronicling the biography of the Virgin Mary, from her own immaculate conception through her childhood Presentation at the Temple and the events leading up to the Annunciation when she is chosen to be the virginal mother of Christ. The Mary Play is a liturgical drama, full of choral music, which will be overseen in this production by Musical Director Andrea Budgey of the medieval music group SINE NOMINE, and chaplain of Trinity College.

Directed by Kimberley Radmacher, the production is an adaptation of a piece originally staged in Oxford in 2009 under the supervision of scholar Elisabeth Dutton.

In conjunction with the performance, PLS will also host The Mary Play Symposium on Saturday November 7 from 11 am to 4:30 pm at the Centre for Medieval Studies, 125 Queen’s Park at Bloor, Room 310.

LOCATION:

Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields, 103 Bellevue Ave at College St. Toronto

DATES:

Friday November 6 and Saturday November 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm

TICKETS:

$20 / $15 senior / $10 student

Box Office: www.uofttix.ca (416) 978-8849

Seating is limited; order in advance.

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Mary Play poster

Here is the poster for the N-Town Mary Play. Please share it!

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by | October 23, 2015 · 10:12 am

You’re invited! AGM October 16

Dear friends of PLS,

You are hereby invited to attend Poculi Ludique Societas’s Annual General Meeting on Friday, October 16 at 10:00am in Room 310 of the Lillian Massey Building, 125 Queen’s Park, Toronto. RSVPs (below) are appreciated but not required. All members of the public are welcome.

See you then!
 


 

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Audition Call: A Medieval Christmas

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Poculi Ludique Societas (PLS) and St. Thomas’s Anglican Church
Present: A Medieval Christmas

Performance dates:

  • December 11, 7:30 pm
  • December 12, 2:30 pm
  • December 12, 7:30 pm

The Project:

10838245_386629004829253_1139813915027128327_o 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. This year’s performance will include episodes from the N-Town manuscript about events leading up to the Nativity. These plays represent a solemn celebration of the birth of Christ, but there are still plenty of the shenanigans that lovers of medieval drama enjoy, plus beautiful medieval music to round out the production. Quickly becoming a holiday tradition, PLS productions with St. Thomas’s Anglican Church are appreciated for excellent production value, including beautiful costume designs set in St. Thomas’s lovely Arts and Crafts sanctuary. Under the direction of Kimberley Radmacher, our productions allow excellent emerging actors to hone their skills and to gain experience in early drama.

What we’re looking for:

Versatile actors who are comfortable speaking verse and are able to sing. Good vocal ability is necessary because of the size of the performance venue.

Rehearsals:

There will be two rehearsals per week: Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Cast members will not be required to attend all rehearsals.

Audition Dates:

  • October 6, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • October 10, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Callbacks October 13 7:00 – 9:00

Auditions:

Please email your resume and photo (if available) as soon as possible to director@plspls.ca (with subject line: Auditions) to book your audition time. Come prepared with a short classical monologue. You will be asked to read from the plays, which have been modernised, and may be asked to sing. Find out more about PLS at plspls.ca.

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UPDATE: Audition Dates added September 18 and 19

We’ve added new audition dates for The N-Town Mary Play. Please see the Audition Call for full details.

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Audition Call: The N-Town Mary Play (UPDATED: new audition dates)

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Poculi Ludique Societas (PLS) and the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto
Present: The N-Town Mary Play
Performance dates: November 6 & 7, 7:30pm and November 8, 2 pm

Mary and the cherry tree, from a previous PLS N-Town production

Mary and the cherry tree, from a previous N-Town production

The Project

Toronto’s renowned medieval and renaissance players continue to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a production of the N-Town Mary Play. 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.

The N-Town Mary Play is a Medieval English drama chronicling the biography of the Virgin Mary, from her own (less-publicized) immaculate conception to her eventual (more famous) virgin birth. The Mary Play is a liturgical drama, full of choral music, which will be overseen in this production by Musical Director Andrea Budgey of the medieval music group SINE NOMINE, and chaplain of Trinity College.

The production is a re-mount/adaptation of a piece originally staged in Oxford in 2009, as a collaboration between scholar Elisabeth Dutton and director Clare Smout. For our production, Elisabeth Dutton will be advising and overseeing, joined by Kimberley Radmacher as director.

Performances will take place at the Church of The Redeemer, November 6-8 2015: evening shows on Friday and Saturday, matinee on Sunday.

What we’re looking for

  • 1 child actor (to play 3-year-old Mary)
  • Women and men actors who are comfortable speaking verse and are able to sing
  • Men and women singers who are comfortable acting in small roles

Rehearsals

Will take place during daytimes, evenings and weekends.

Audition Dates

  • September 15: 4pm-9pm
  • September 18: 3:30pm–8pm
  • September 19: 2pm–6pm

To Apply

Please email your resume and photo as soon as possible to dawnnearing@gmail.com (with subject line: Auditions) to book your audition time. Come prepared with a short classical monologue. You will be asked to read from the plays, which have been modernised, and will be asked to sing. Please prepare a short song of your own choice which demonstrates your vocal range and timbre; you may also wish to sing one of the pieces appended: Ave verum (plainchant) or Ther is no rose (melody line).

Find out more about PLS: www.plspls.ca

Roles Available

  • Young Mary – 3 years old (played by up to 6-year-old)
  • Adult Mary – female, young, mother of Christ, sweet, patient
  • Joseph – male, older man, caring, but understandably confused!
  • Joachim – male, Mary’s Father
  • Anna – female, Mary’s Mother
  • Angel Gabriel – male, tenor. Messenger of God
  • Ysaker/Bishop/Zachary – male/singer (baritone)
  • Elizabeth – female, older cousin to Mary
  • Male Choir – male members of the Choir also double as:
    Senior Tribe Member, Vox, Father, Minister, Son, First Pastor, First Generation of David, Holy Spirit, Second Pastor, Second Generation of David, Third Pastor, Third Generation of David
  • Female Choir – female members of the Choir also double as:
    Meditation, Messenger, Contrition, Susanne, Truth, Compassion, Rebecca, Mercy, Cleanness, Sephore, Righteousness, Fruition, Peace

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FESTIVAL OF EARLY DRAMA: CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!

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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

FOR

FESITVAL OF EARLY DRAMA

JUNE 5 – 7 2015

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Poculi Ludique Societas (PLS), Toronto’s renowned medieval and renaissance players, continues its year-long celebration of 50 years of performance research practice at the University of Toronto with our FESTIVAL OF EARLY DRAMA (#FoED2015).

FoED2015 includes productions by 15 medieval and renaissance theatre groups from across North America. Helping us to celebrate will be university theatre groups that hail from New Orleans to Indiana, as well as the University of Western Ontario, Brock, and McMaster Universities, among others. PLS will also present our own production of Mankind, which is travelling to The Cloisters in New York City May 23 – 24, 2015 before returning to Toronto to headline our roster of productions.

To make our festival a real success, we need the support of our fantastic volunteers. We need people to be costumed guides who can direct our audiences to the various venues on campus; help set up venues; help with our tickets and information desk; and other general help.

WHEN: We need people who can help us out for 4-hour shifts (as many as you can take) over three days of the festival.

May 25:     Volunteer Orientation 6pm – 7:30 pm

May 30      Volunteer Orientation 1 pm – 2:30 pm

June 4:

Setting up venues 5pm – 8 pm

June 5:

Venue set-up 8:30 am – 5 pm

June 6:

Venue set up 8:30 am – 11 am

Guides and Ushers 10 am – 8:30 pm

June 7:

Guides and Ushers 10 am – 5 pm

Venue break-down and clean-up 5pm – 7 pm

WHO WE NEED:     A variety of enthusiastic volunteers who are either

*punctual and can help move props and help our companies set up for each show.

*or punctual and enjoy working with the public and helping them get the most out of our festival.

*and can sit or stand for up to 2 hours at info or ticket booths.

Please join us as we celebrate our 50th. There will be lots of free shows to attend and a great team to work with.

Contact us at producerplspls@gmail.com if you are interested in helping us out!

 

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The Festival of Early Drama is June 5 – 7 2015

PLS’s next event in celebration of our 50th Anniversary is coming soon.

There’s more information on our website

Or check the FoED2015 website right here.

We hope to see you there!

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Press Release: A Medieval Christmas 2014

Email: director@plspls.ca
Website: plspls.ca

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2014

An annual holiday tradition returns with

A Medieval Christmas: With Song We Seek Our Saviour
A Celebration of the Nativity with Pageants and Song

When: Friday December 12 at 7:30 pm; Saturday December 13 at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Where: St Thomas’'s Anglican Church, 383 Huron St., Toronto
Tickets: $20 adult • $15 senior • $10 student
Reservations: 416-978-5096

Once again the University of Toronto’'s renowned early drama players, Poculi Ludique Societas (PLS) are teaming up with St. Thomas'’s Anglican Church to offer up a unique song-filled celebration for the holiday season. This year’'s production features a sequence of Nativity pageants drawn from what is known as the York Corpus Christi Cycle, and will include the delightful pageant called “Joseph’'s Trouble about Mary.” In this amusing play, a rather woe begotten and incredulous Joseph must be convinced that his chaste wife is indeed the Virgin Mother of God. Understandably, poor Joseph is confused, hurt, and more than a little skeptical. But with a small measure of divine intervention, Joseph eventually comes around and takes Mary to Bethlehem where destiny will play itself out.

The production is directed by Kimberley Radmacher who notes, "”Although we select Nativity pageants from various medieval texts, we try to keep things fresh by conceptualizing the productions in new and interesting ways each year.” This is achieved through production design, which is overseen by PLS Artistic Director Linda Phillips and through music selection." Toronto Masque Theatre Artistic Director, Larry Beckwith, joins the team for the first time and has worked with Radmacher to create a song-scape that includes solemn medieval Christmas hymns, as well as cherished well-known carols and even a hint of contemporary music that will appeal to everyone. PLS is celebrating 50 years of medieval and renaissance drama performance research and is part of the Centre for Performance Studies in Early Theatre (CPSET). Their robust productions have had lasting appeal with general audiences and are of particular interest to scholars and students of drama, theatre and social history.

For further information on PLS visit our website at: plspls.ca

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