“Theatre Rusticle’s version was infused with so much energy and brightness. It gave me life, not only that night, but in the time since; I often catch glimmers of the final scene on the edges of my mind, and I feel calm. Months later, as I was thumbing through the drama section in a bookstore, I picked up a copy of the play and read the first page. I was transported back to the Grover’s Corner dreamt up by Allyson McMackon. I sensed the delight the production had instilled in me, and I felt illuminated”, May Antaki/Intermission on Our Town.
“…seldom has there been anything as elegant and imaginative as this movement-based piece from the superb Theatre Rusticle”. NOW Magazine.
2018 marks a new cycle for Theatre Rusticle. With the production of Our Town wrapped in 2017, we have a new bar to reach in terms of our work. We’re gestating. We’re thinking a lot about transparency in the art, in the theatre work itself. At this time, we (and many in our community) are looking inward at how we make our work, how we find honesty and clarity as practitioners and colleagues. For Rusticle, it’s always been a priority and one we continue to examine.
2018/19 Is About Young Artists
2018/19 will see artistic director Allyson McMackon teaching a lot and directing future theatre practitioners at schools. Master classes at Sheridan College and York University alongside Threepenny Opera at Sheridan and Scott Shorts and Zelda at George Brown Theatre School have taken her this far. February launches another Brecht…The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at Fanshawe. Future practitioners meet Rusticle.
Rusticle Gyms happen on the fly, so check our Facebook Page for events saying, “hey!! we’re doing a gym” and come out and play some Saturday (dates tbc) It will also see a slow and quiet development of a new work currently supported by the Toronto Arts Council. It will see us work with new artists, it will see us embrace language in new ways. It will see us move in a newer direction standing tall on the shoulders of who we have been for the last 20 years.
Down the Road
In January 2020, we’re gonna tackle Shakespeare and infuse an over-produced work with some care and physical questionning and the hearts and minds of some tremendous artists. The Dream will come to you in 19/20. That’s all we can say now, but we can share some images from our workshop (supported by the Toronto Arts Council) with you.
Thornton Wilder’s Our Town “directed with exquisite detail and heart by Allyson McMackon”, Lynn Slotkin
We made it to three “Top Ten” of 2017 lists including:
Perhaps our most complete and successful (a sold out run!!) show to date, Thornton Wilder’s stunning Our Town ran at Buddies March 26th to April 2, 2017. For a little more info you can visit here