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A COVID-19 Message

Dear supporters of PLS,

We are writing to let you know that, like so many of our colleagues who have been postponing or cancelling their shows due to COVID-19, PLS has also had to make the decision to postpone our show Lusty Juventus to a later date.

As much as we enjoyed our rehearsals and we were so thrilled to be bringing this play to you, we care deeply about the safety of our cast and crew members as well as our audience. We are truly sorry about the inconvenience that this may have caused but are determined to keep the health and safety of our communities. We are hoping that all of you stay safe, calm, and healthy in the meantime as we closely monitor the effects of the disease.

We are grateful for your support, patience, and understanding as we work to navigate through this challenging time. We are closely monitoring the situation and we will confirm show dates as soon as we can.

Sincerely,
Artistic Director Linda Phillips and the PLS Team

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Upcoming Performance: Lusty Juventus

A Tudor Moral Interlude by R. Wever

Lusty Juventus is a short mid-16th century Moral Interlude of the “Prodigal Son” type, telling the story of a young man tempted by the joys of the flesh. It was written during the brief reign of Henry VIII’s son Edward VI for a small troupe of travelling players, as the title page states “Four may play it easily.” PLS Artistic Director Linda Phillips has created a new modern-spelling script for this production.

Professor Alexandra F. Johnston will give a brief introduction about the political and religious context of the play, and there will be a short Q&A after each performance.

Cast:
Pascale Behrman
Andrew Eldridge
James Hyett
Scott Moore

Production Team:
Director – Linda Phillips
Stage Manager – Sam Zhu
Dramaturg – Alexandra F. Johnston
Publicity – Jenna McKellips

Show dates and times:

  • March 27, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
  • March 28, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
  • March 29, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Location:
Luella Massey Studio Theatre
4 Glen Morris Street (one block northeast of Harbord and Spadina)
Note: This location is not wheelchair accessible.

General Admission $20 / Senior $15 / Student & Arts Worker $10
To pre-order tickets, please visit lusty-juventus.bpt.me.
Cash only at the door.

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Audition Notice: Lusty Juventus

We are seeking actors for this non-Union production with paid honorarium.

Lusty Juventus

A short Tudor Interlude by R. Wever

Poculi Ludique Societas (PLS), Toronto’s renowned medieval and renaissance players, is a non-profit, non-Equity theatre company affiliated with the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto. PLS is dedicated to the production of early plays for research and entertainment. See more about PLS at: www.plspls.ca

Performance dates: March 27–29, 2020

Rehearsals will begin in mid-February, schedule TBD depending on actors’ availability.

About the play:

Lusty Juventus is a short mid-16th century Moral Interlude of the “Prodigal Son” type, telling the story of a young man tempted by the joys of the flesh. It was written during the brief reign of Henry VIII’s son Edward VI for a small troupe of travelling players, as the title page states “Four may play it easily.” PLS Artistic Director Linda Phillips has created a new modern-spelling script for this production.

We are looking for diverse actors who are comfortable with speaking verse, playing multiple roles including the evil (Satan, Hypocrisy), the good (Good Counsell, Knowledge), and Juventus (Youth). There is some singing of the jolly drinking song variety.

Audition dates/times (by appointment only):

  • Saturday, February 1, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, February 2, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Monday, February 3, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Please submit your photo and resume to director@plspls.ca  (with subject line: Auditions) to arrange an audition time. Come prepared with a short monologue.

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Marston’s The Dutch Courtesan

Performances from March 21 to 24, 2019
with a special RSA performance on March 19
Location: Luella Massey Studio Theatre
Address: 4 Glen Morris St

The urban landscape of The Dutch Courtesan presents London as a city that prides itself on being multicultural and cosmopolitan while also feeling deeply anxious about the place of ‘strangers’ within its urban landscape. The main plot deals with the treatment of a foreign sex worker whose otherness is partly established through her accent; the sub-plot follows two members of a distrusted religious minority as they are tricked and abused, presumably for the audience’s entertainment. The play’s concerns with otherness, gender, sex, religion, and foreignness are all tied to the context of the early 17th century, but are also powerfully resonant in 21st century Toronto. By putting scholars and actors in conversation, this workshop aims to explore both the play’s original context and its modern resonances, as well as to discover ways in which actorly and scholarly ways of knowing and articulating knowledge can extend and enrich each other.

Organizers: Helen Ostovich & Erin Julian.  For Poculi Ludique Societas: Linda Phillips For CDTPS: David Klausner & Noam Lior

We wish to acknowledge that the land on which the University of Toronto operates has for thousands of years been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

We also gratefully acknowledge support for this research and production from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the University of Toronto, the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, Poculi Ludique Societas, McMaster University, and Edward’s Boys.

Tickets are available at:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4100335

Unfortunately, due to technical restrictions, we can only accept cash at the door.

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The Dutch Courtesan Rehearsal Workshop & Public Reading

Date: February 23, 2019
Workshop: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Reading: 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Location: Robert Gill Theatre
3rd floor (use St. George St. entrance)
214 College St.

Free and open for all! Register here.

This workshop invites scholars and actors to test out a variety of approaches to The Dutch Courtesan in a collaborative rehearsal process. During the day, actors from the upcoming  Poculi Ludique Societas/CDTPS production of John Marston’s The Dutch Courtesan will work with scholars and dramaturges in an informal rehearsal, discussing the play’s themes and context and testing out ideas and suggestions on our feet. In the evening, we will present a free, open staged reading of a (very) abridged version of the play, and a discussion with the audience of its action and themes, and their relevance to Toronto now.

The urban landscape of The Dutch Courtesan presents London as a city that prides itself on being multicultural and cosmopolitan while also feeling deeply anxious about the place of ‘strangers’ within its urban landscape. The main plot deals with the treatment of a foreign sex worker whose otherness is partly established through her accent; the sub-plot follows two members of a distrusted religious minority as they are tricked and abused, presumably for the audience’s entertainment. The play’s concerns with otherness, gender, sex, religion, and foreignness are all tied to the context of the early 17th century, but are also powerfully resonant in 21st century Toronto. By putting scholars and actors in conversation, this workshop aims to explore both the play’s original context and its modern resonances, as well as to discover ways in which actorly and scholarly ways of knowing and articulating knowledge can extend and enrich each other.

Please contact Erin Julian if you have any questions. 

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