Gertrude and Alice

“incredibly compelling… a picture of a complicated but devoted couple that had tears streaming down my face”

— My Entertainment Wolrd

Visiting the audience in the present day, Gertrude and Alice come to find out how history has treated them. The couple recounts stories of their 40-year marriage, of meetings with iconic artists and writers, and of Alice’s overwhelming, consuming devotion to Gertrude’s genius. Before they leave, they want to find out what has become of their artistic and cultural influence, and how their lives and work are – or are not – remembered.

One of the most significant and contentious female voices in the 20th century, Gertrude Stein rose to international notoriety with her memoir The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas. She influenced a generation of artists and writers, but her own work remains hotly debated for its controversial and sometimes contradictory statements. Her genius, however, was unquestioned by her partner Alice B Toklas, who dedicated her life to supporting the work of the woman she loved.

photo by Jeremy Mimnagh

a Buddies in Bad Times Theatre production


conceived + created by THE INDEPENDENT AUNTIES
directed + dramaturged by KARIN RANDOJA
written + performed by ANNA CHATTERTON + EVALYN PARRY
with additional text by GERTRUDE STEIN + ALICE B TOKLAS
set design SHERRI HAY
lighting design MICHELLE RAMSAY
costume design MING WONG
composition KARIN RANDOJA
sound design ALEDA DEROCHE
stage management CHRISTINA CICKO

Best Supporting Actress – Anna Chatterton

-Toronto Theatre Critics Association

Nominated: English Language Drama

-Governor General’s Literary Awards

Nominated: Best Ensemble + Best New Play

-Dora Mavor Moore Awards

“Their still-potent chemistry is a delight; few artists are able to blend material that’s slyly comic and warmly heartfelt in such a delicate yet sure fashion.”

-Now Magazine (read article)

“Parry and Chatterton make us thankful for the arrival of these two legendary women”

-Toronto Star (read article)

“incredibly compelling… a picture of a complicated but devoted couple that had tears streaming down my face”

-My Entertainment World (read article)

“comprehensible, comic, and on one occasion erotic… a triumph”

-My Gay Toronto (read article)

“charming… it’s the heart of the piece that hits you”

-Globe and Mail (read article)

“A love letter to the lives of Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas in a subtle, elegant, deeply felt production”

-Lynn Slotkin (read article)

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