THEATRE PREVIEW

SEPTEMBER 2022 | Volume 219v

 

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Graphic by Emily Cooper. Pictured Colleen Wheeler.

Yaga
By Kat Sandler
Touchstone Theatre
The Cultch Historic Theatre
Oct. 27-Nov. 5
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A genre-bending comedic thriller that conjures the dark magic of wicked old witch and legendary Slavic anti-hero, Baba Yaga.  

Touchstone Theatre kicks off their 2022/2023 theatre season with YAGA by Dora Mavor Award-Winning playwright Kat Sandler running October 27 to November 5, 2022 at Historic Theatre, The Cultch. 

Set in an isolated small town, YAGA follows the search into the mysterious disappearance of yogurt empire heir and infamous college boy lothario, Henry Kalles When the town’s female sheriff, Detective Carson (Genevieve Fleming), reluctantly allows big city private eye Charlie Rapp (Aidan Correia) to join the hunt, topping their foul play suspect list is Professor Katherine Yazov (Colleen Wheeler), a sexy, whip-smart forensic bone expert with a shadowy past and an appetite for young men. 

But what begins as a classic whodunit, soon crosses into supernatural territory as the mythic Baba Yaga - the mother of monsters - begins to weave her dark magic into this crime tale. As the list of suspects pile-up and rumours begin to surface of a wooden hut deep in the woods surrounded by the bones of wicked men, a new evil takes shape – one that speaks of female pain, rage, and power. 

World premiering in 2019 to rave reviews at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, YAGA re-envisions a legendary folk anti-hero through Sandler’s razor-sharp feminist wit. Part thriller, part comedy, part nightmare fairy-tale, YAGA leads us into an unforgettable world of trickery and revenge – just in time for Halloween! 

YAGA stars Jessie award-winning Colleen Wheeler (Elizabeth Rex, Bard on the Beach), Genevieve Fleming (Clean, Neworld Theatre), and newcomer Aidan Correia (Amadeus, Phoenix Theatre).

PLAY SYNOPSIS
The mysterious disappearance and suspected murder of a college bad boy leads a local small-town sheriff, a young private detective, and a university professor with a taste for younger men into a labyrinth of secret lives, ancient magic, and multiple suspects. 

Learn more about Touchstone’s 2022/2023 season at touchstonetheatre.com 

 YAGA, A Touchstone Theatre Production 
Written by Kat Sandler | Directed by Roy Surette 
Venue: Historic Theatre, The Cultch 
Dates: October 27 (Preview), October 28 (Opening) – November 5, 2022 
Showtimes: 7:30 pm except:
Matinees:Oct 29, 30 & Nov 5 @3PM
Pay What You Can: Nov 2 @1PM
VocalEye Live Description:Sat, Nov 5 @3PM
Relaxed Performance:Nov 2 @1PM
Talkback Tuesday: Nov 1, 7:30PM
Running Time: 140 minutes 
Box Office: www.tickets.thecultch.com or call 604-251-1363
For More Info & Passes: www.touchstone.com or call 604-709-9973
Learn More: www.touchstonetheatre.com 
Email: info@touchstonetheatre.com 

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
Director | Roy Surette
Starring | Colleen Wheeler, Genevieve Fleming, Aidan Correia
Set Designer | Ryan Cormack
Lighting Designer | Hina Nishioka  
Sound Designer | Mary Jane Comber
Costume Designer | Sheila White
Stage Manager| Stephen Courtenay 

ABOUT KAT SANDLER 
KatSandler is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright, director and the Artistic Director of Theatre Brouhaha in Toronto. She has staged seventeen of her original plays in the last eight years, including most recently, Yaga (Tarragon Theatre) and the simultaneous double bill of The Party and The Candidate (The Citadel Theatre), where the same cast raced back and forth between two theatres to perform in two simultaneous political farces, and Late Night, a theatre/tv hybrid produced with Moses Znaimer that recently aired on VisionTV.  Her play, Mustard (Tarragon Theatre) won the Dora Award for Best New Play, and Bang Bang and Yagawere nominated for the same award. She won the Austen Film Festival’s inaugural Fiction Podcast Award for How To Build a Fire, and has been nominated for Sterling Awards, the Carol Bolt Award and the CayleChernin Award. Kat attended the Canadian Film Centre and eOne’s inaugural Adaptation Lab. She has written for Kim’s Convenience, and written fiction podcasts for The Koffler Centre, CBC’s PlayMe and TwoUp’sLimetown. She has various film and television projects in development with eOne, TB Content, Scythia Films, Stellar Citizens and the Donaldson Company.  Kat is a graduate of Queen's University. 

ABOUT TOUCHSTONE THEATRE 

Touchstone has been a mainstay of theatrical innovation and excellence on the West Coast for 46 years. The company’s all-Canadian mandate has helped launch and develop some of the country’s most important theatre artists, and its substantial body of work has garnered over 75 local and national awards. The company explores the contemporary Canadian play through content and form and stimulates public interest in Canadian cultural perspectives.www.touchstonetheatre.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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