2012/13 Theatre Season

Buddies in Bad Times is pleased to announce a season of new queer Canadian theatre. It is a season that empowers the individual as an agent of social change. It is a season that gives voice to perspectives that would otherwise not be heard. It is a season of deeply personal stories that challenge our assumptions around sexuality, gender, culture, nationhood, class, and race from some of our country’s most venerated artists and a few fresh voices. It is a season that reaffirms Buddies as an important source of solidarity and understanding for our city.


Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents


September 15 – October 7, 2012

created and performed by Tawiah M’carthy
directed by Evalyn Parry
live music by Kobena Aquaa-Harrison

Imprisoned in Canada for committing a violent crime, a young man from Ghana tells his cellmates a story on the eve of his release. Although there is great risk in sharing his tale, he must tell it to be truly free. Through storytelling, dance, and live music, Obaaberima chronicles a young African-Canadian’s journey across continents, genders, races, and sexualities.


Buddies in Bad Times Theatre proudly welcomes
Studio 180 Theatre production


October 19 – November 18, 2012

by Larry Kramer
directed by Joel Greenberg
starring John BourgeoisMark CrawfordPaul EssiembreRyan KellyMark McGrinderJeff MillerSarah OrensteinJonathan Seinen and Jonathan Wilson

Larry Kramer’s landmark play chronicles the rise of the AIDS crisis in New York City as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks, the gay Jewish founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. The Normal Heart‘s political and sexual polemics polarized the gay community when it was first performed in 1985. It has since been recognized as an important document of gay history and is widely considered to be one of the most significant plays of the 20th century.


Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents


February 20 – March 3, 2013

Festival Director Laura Nanni

For two weeks, hundreds of local and international artists transform Buddies into a hotbed of creativity and experimentation, sharing new ideas in contemporary theatre, performance art, dance, and music with adventure-loving audiences.


Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents


March 16 – April 14, 2013

by Daniel MacIvor
directed by Brendan Healy
starring Michael DufaysCara GeeTyson James and David Storch 

One of our country’s most distinct and celebrated writers pens a darkly poetic love letter to love itself. From the underground nightclubs of Tokyo to the hallowed stages of Noh Theatre, a visiting Canadian author is pulled into a world of obsession, sex, and longing. The award-winning creative team behind Blastedand The Maids brings to life this thoughtful meditation on the many meanings of love and our place in it.


Buddies in Bad Times Theatre proudly welcomes
Cabaret Company production


April 24 – May 5, 2013

written and directed by Sky Gilbert
starring Gavin Crawford and Edward Roy

Veteran actors Edward Roy and Gavin Crawford play a pair of spinster sisters who, through a series of touching and comedic disasters, are forced to deal with the question: how does one age gracefully? Perennial provocateur Sky Gilbert returns to Buddies with this gender-bending dramatic comedy.


Ecce Homo Theatre in association with
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents


May 14 – 26, 2013

written and directed by Alistair Newton
starring Bruce Dow as Leigh Bowery and Kimberly Persona as Lady Gaga
with Tyson James and Chy Ryan Spain

Performance legend Leigh Bowery hosts an irreverent musical cabaret devoted to of one of our most enigmatic and polarizing pop stars, Lady Gaga. Featuring a collection of the art world’s greatest icons, this “dance floor dialectic” celebrates the place where high culture hooks up with low art. Brought to you by queer trailblazers Ecce Homo (Alistair Newton and Matt Jackson).