Toronto Festival 2013

A big thank you to everyone who helped make Toronto’s

new theatre festival such a success!


 Here are some great pictures from the inaugural Toronto SoulOTheatre Festival by Shy Alter:


And if you didn’t catch the festival, here’s what you missed:

Soulo Theatre Festival Poster 2013

THURSDAY May 23, 2013

8:00pm – Festival Gala: Chris Gibbs in Antoine Feval

The story of Victorian London’s most overlooked detective.

“deliciously funny” (5 stars) Eye Weekly 

“full of twists, turns, and gadzooks moments” (5 stars) Now Magazine

9:30pm – Gala Party – LOCATION TBA


FRIDAY May 24, 2013

9:00am-12:00pm – Master Class with Tracey Erin Smith

7:00pm – SOULO Theatre Grad Showcase: Briane Nasimok, Martha Chaves & others

9:00pm – Daniel Stolfi in Cancer Can’t Dance Like This

With comedy at its core, this solo show uses larger than life characters to vividly portray Daniel’s experience with cancer.  Told mercilessly with a thrill and lust for the finer things in life, Cancer Can’t Dance Like This recalls the pain Dan endured during his treatment while embracing his own saving grace – the fine art of comedy.



SATURDAY May 25th, 2013

9:00am-12:00pm – Master Class with Tracey Erin Smith

1:00pm- 2:00pm – Panel discussion: Creating & Performing one person shows with Precious Chong, Rick Miller, Chris Gibbs & Haley McGee

2:30pm-3:30pm – Panel discussion: Directing Solo shows with Anita La Selva, Adam Lazarus and Tracey Erin Smith

4:00pm-6:00pm – Workshop: Self Promotion for Performers with Shelley Marshall

7:00pm – Diane Johnstone in Desperate Church Wives

Desperate Church Wives, is about unconditional love. Based on bible story of Prophet Hosea and wife, Gomer, a harlot. What would you think, about a Holy man, Minister, or Rabbi, marrying a prostitute? Especially if she went back to the stroll! Church women are upset! That ho got to go!

9:00pm – Charlie Bethel in Beowulf or Gilgamesh, You Decide!

U.S. solo theatre star, Charlie Bethel has crafted each of the centuries-old epics “Beowulf” and “Gilgamesh” into rich, entertaining one-hour presentations. On Friday evening, the audience will vote for Bethel to perform one of them and that will be the show he performs.  Rohan Preston of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune wrote, “a compelling performance [in] a subtle and riveting one-man show.” Other reviewers have called the shows “breathtaking” and “as rip-roaring a good adventure as one can imagine.”  The themes of these tales are timeless, “says Bethel, “They remind us of the impermanence of life, the certainty of uncertainty, and the courage required to engage in the simple act of living.”

11:00pm – Alex Dallas in Goddess

Goddess is a funny and poignant coming of age story set in 1970’s London and Cyprus. Sandra at 17, uncovers family secrets that question her sense of self and her relationship with the strangers that make up her family.  An hilarious journey through adolescence, sexuality and the airing cupboard as Sandra wonders where her real roots are and who the mysterious Uncle Mike really is?

” Alex Dallas is a true Goddess at this festival” – CBC Radio


SUNDAY May 26, 2013

9:00am-11:00am – Master Class with Tracey Erin Smith

11:00am-12:30pm – Master Class showing – 6 students present their work

1:00pm-2:30pm – Workshop: Soulo Theatre Teaser class

3:00pm-5:00pm – Panel: The Healing Power of Solo Theatre with Tracey Erin Smith & Andrea Thring & Sage Tyrtle

7:00pm – Sarah Murphy Dyson in The Naked Ballerina 

Discover the darkness behind the curtain, as a ballet dancer brings you backstage into her world of blood, sweat and secrets. Illusions of perfection  onstage and off are shattered as she seeks the courage to expose her truth to herself and the world.  The Naked Ballerina was honoured for Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Direction at the 2010 Toronto Fringe Festival

“There are moments of brilliance in the script, and Murphy-Dyson proves as magnetic an actor as she is a dancer.” –Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine

9:00pm – Precious Chong in Precious, like the Adjective

With a counter culture drug icon as a father, two older half sisters that are black, a chinese grandfather, and a mom who is young and sexy, Precious tries to answer the question; what was it like growing up a Chong?


Soulo Theatre Festival Poster 2013