RHUBARB SUBMISSIONS! – the OTHER awesome theatre festival in town!

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre seeks submissions for


Feb 10 – 28, 2010

Festival Director Erika Hennebury

Call for Submissions for 2010

DEADLINE: 5PM, Friday July 31, 2009

For over 30 years The Rhubarb Festival has offered Toronto artists a critic-free environment to experiment with new theatrical explorations. First produced by Buddies in 1979, Rhubarb is more than a festival; it is a commentary on theatre – on how we create it, on how we present it, and on how we experience it. Here we allow the artist and the idea to be the centre of attention. The trappings of traditional theatre are purged in favour of a stripped-down approach, where inspiration and invention are genesis. Rhubarb encourages established artists to take new risks and emerging artists to explore the medium of performance creation in a safe, inspired space. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is currently seeking submissions of new, original, contemporary theatre, performance and dance for our 31st Rhubarb Festival.

The Rhubarb Festival has acted as a seeding ground for exciting new work from a host of groundbreaking Canadian artists, including Sky Gilbert, Daniel MacIvor, Daniel Brooks, Guillermo Verdecchia, Don McKellar, Diane Flacks, Gavin Crawford, Sonja Mills, Darren O’Donnell, Damien Atkins, Atom Egoyan, Jacob Wren, Ann-Marie MacDonald (and many more). The Toronto Star has called it an “annual tonic of fresh and exciting theatre that invigorates Toronto”.


Submissions delivered by or post-marked up to July 31, 2009 will be accepted

Proposed performances may be no longer than 25 minutes in length

Works submitted must be new, never previously produced and original

Submissions must submitted in hard copy only and must be accompanied by and 2009 Rhubarb Festival Application Form (available online at www.artsexy.ca )

Fax or email submissions will not be accepted

late submissions may not be considered

Please mail or drop off submissions to:

Erika Hennebury, Rhubarb Festival Director

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

12 Alexander Street, Toronto ON M4Y 1B4

For further information please contact :

Erika Hennebury, 416-975-9130 x40 erika@artsexy.ca



dear lovers,

this summer, The Summerworks Theatre Festival has introduced a new initiative: designing walking tours that will lead theatregoers around the community of the festival, which is our beloved queen street west. i am not a historian. i have trouble climbing family trees. i like stories and i want to collect them and share them.

if you have a story about this neighbourhood, write a love letter. if you have a favorite restaurant in the neighbourhood, write a love letter. if you have an awesome neighbour who lends you sugar and never complains when you play rock band at 4 am, write a love letter. if you met the love of your life at the bovine sex club, write a love letter. if you got dumped at the bovine sex club, write a … letter. also, if you have a story or opinion about the changes in the neighbourhood, please share it. we will post submissions on our blog and incorporate your stories into our walking tour.

it’s nice to get a love letter.



please send submissions to summerwalks@summerworks.ca and check out our blog @ http://summerwalksloveletters.blogspot.com to check out love letters from other queen street lovers.

Rehearsal Space

Hi.  Anita Majumdar sent this to me today.


I just wanted to let you know about this great dance studio that is perfect for rehearsal space for Summerworks shows.

The founders of the Toronto Tabla Ensemble and Chhandam Dance Company have a great College/Augusta studio (M-DO Studio) with sprung floors, HUGE space and fire escape for a nice breeze during the summer months and it’s available for summer shows rehearsing in the next few months.

Here is the link (with photos)


For more info, ask to speak to Joanna De Souza at 416-504-7082 and/or email her at joanna@mdo-tte.org
Mention that you heard about the space from Anita, and you may be able to negotiate a suitable rental cost for your budget and needs.