MARCH 5 - 27

“Talent is talent is talent… You’ll find plenty of it, along with humour, satire and affection”

— Now Magazine

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A new work from acclaimed feminist theatre collective Independent Aunties exploring the lives, love, and legacy of queer icons Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas.

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 relationship, 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 Toklas, who dedicated her life to supporting the work of the woman she loved.

Gertrude and Alice was developed in Buddies Residency Program, sponsored by BMO Financial Group. buddiesinbadtimes.com/residency

image of Evalyn Parry and Anna Chatterton by Tanja-Tiziana.

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Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Independent Aunties Productions present


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 TOLKAS
set + video design TREVOR SCHWELLNUS
lighting design MICHELLE RAMSAY
costume design MING WONG
props buyer JENNY SO
stage management CHRISTINA CICKO

The Independent Aunties are a company dedicated to creating original theatrical work by and about women, delving into women’s societal roles, constraints and obsessions, both historically and contemporarily. Over the last thirteen years the Independent Aunties have created five highly acclaimed, original plays together – Buddies audiences will remember them from their 2006 production of Clean Irene and Dirty Maxine and 2010’s Dora-nominated production of Breakfast.


“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)

“The best theatrical partnerships have a chemistry as strong as text and performance. You won’t find more powerful atomic bonding than that supporting the Independent Aunties trio – Anna Chatterton, Evalyn Parry and Karin Randoja.”

–Now Magazine

“There’s no one quite like Toronto’s Anna Chatterton, Evalyn Parry and Karin Randoja…They write dark yet funny cautionary tales for our time – Edward Gorey meets Hilaire Belloc meet the Brothers Grimm.”

–Toronto Star


Saturday, March 5 // 8pm (preview)
Sunday, March 6 // 8pm (preview)

Tuesday, March 8 // 8pm (preview)
Wednesday, March 9 // 8pm (preview)
Thursday, March 10 // 8pm (opening night)
Friday, March 11 // 8pm
Saturday, March 12 // 8pm
Sunday, March 13 // 2:30pm

Tuesday, March 15 // 8pm
Wednesday, March 16 // 8pm
Thursday, March 17 // 8pm includes post show talk with cast and Soraya Peerbaye
Friday, March 18 // 8pm
Saturday, March 19 // 8pm
Sunday, March 20 // 2:30pm

Tuesday, March 22// 8pm
Wednesday, March 23 // 8pm
Thursday, March 24 // 8pm includes post show talk with cast and Dr. Laura Levin
Friday, March 25 // 8pm
Saturday, March 26 // 8pm
Sunday, March 27 // 2:30pm

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Whether you want to see just one show or keep coming back for more, Buddies has affordable ticket options that are right for you. We have Rush Tickets during the week and Pay-What-You-Can shows every Sunday. We also have $25 tickets to almost every show for folks who buy their tickets early, and you can save even more when you sign up for Buddies Rewards.

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Previews  $20
Tu/W/Th   $32
F/Sa  $37
Su  $32 PWYC
Previews  $20
Tu/W/Th   $27
F/Sa  $31
Su  $27 / PWYC

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