"Now that we know what clever work Lemoine’s up to, perhaps it won’t be so long a wait this time before we see another production of his work in our town." - Torontoist.
"Although Lemoine is legendary in his home town, where he has been writing plays since the dawn of the Edmonton Fringe in 1982, his work has been seen only sporadically in Toronto. That’s a shame. The Exquisite Hour is a perfect example of his charming retro sensibilities and his gift for witty dialogue in the Noel Coward vein." -The Globe and Mail. "
The Exquisite Hour offers sixty minutes of hilarity and hope. And, for both characters and audience, happiness."- NOW Magazine
2012 - The Exquisite Hour by Stewart Lemoine
Starring Ted Dykstra & Daniela Vlaskalic
Directed by Ron Pederson
Designed by Marzena Cegys
The Exquisite Hour is a wistful comedy by Dora Award winning playwright Stewart Lemoine. It's thoughful, provocative, and often uproariously funny. A seemingly well adjusted bachelor finds his life forever altered on a summer evening when an alluring stranger materializes in his backyard to ask the question. Are you satisfied with what you know?
Dora Award winner Ted Dykstra (2 Piano's, Four Hands) is the questioning Mr. Teale. Daniela Vlaskalic (The Drowning Girls) is the mysterious Mrs. Darimont. Ron Pederson (Impromtu Splendor) directs these sixty exquisite minutes of real time, taking place in a sunset garden created by set, costume, and lighting designer Marzena Cygys.
The Exquisite Hour
*Daniela Vlaskalic, Ted Dykstra
Photo by Max B.Telzerow
The Exquisite Hour
*Daniela Vlaskalic, Ted Dykstra
Photo by Max B. Telzerow
DORA NOMINATION for RON PEDERSON - Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role!
"Lemoine is pithy, witty and wise. It's pleasant to spend and evening with him again." - Toronto Star
"The simplest of storytelling devices open up a rich world in adventures and home truths." - NOW Magazine NNNN
"An utterly charming little comed." - The Globe and Mail
2014 - Pith! by Stewart Lemoine
Starring Ron Pederson, Amy Matysio and Daniela Vlaskalic
Directed by Ron Jenkins
Set & Costumes by Andrea Mittler
Lighting Design by Siobhan Sleath
Pith! is Stewart Lemoine's award winning, innovative, hilarious, and ultimately moving tribute to the power of the imagination. In Providence, Rhode Island in 1931 an itinerant sailor leads a grieving society widow and her stoic housekeeper on an exhilarating and treacherous journey into he heart of the South American jungle...without ever taking them out of the living room.
First produced in 1997 by Lemoine’s celebrated company Teatro La Quindicina, Pith! is Teatro’s most well-travelled production having been performed on stages across Canada and in New York City; winning the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival’s Award for Overall Excellence in Playwriting.
The Bull, The Moon and The Coronet of Stars
"Vlaskalic and Pederson are the heart and soul of this performance and it's their dialogue and trading of monolouges that deliver the raw emotion and sexual frustration that keeps the gears turning." - Mooney of Theatre
"Pederson and Vlaskalic have chemistry both comedic and sexual, and director Vikki Anderson holds tightly the reins on her performers as well as on the rapid-fire script." -The Torontoist
Best of the fest! Outstanding Ensemble. - NOW Magazine
2014 - The Bull, The Moon and The Coronet of Stars - By Van Badham
Starring Ronald Pederson & Daniela Vlaskalic
Director Vikki Anderson
Choreographer Monica Dottor
Set and Costume Designer Joanna Yu
Lighting Designer Siobhan Sleath
Composer and Sound Designer John Gzowski
A strange and heated happening in a museum one night propels Marion into a fantastical, romantic entanglement with two men and a Minotaur. Cheeky, hedonistic and charmingly humorous, The Bull, The Moon and The Coronet of Stars is asexy, imaginative and poetic story of heartbreak and redemption. A love story of mythic proportions, The Bull will lure you into an orgy of cupcakes, wine, artifacts and fate.
2014 - ARTISTS TO WATCH
There's no lack of talent at this year's fest. Keep your eye on these folks, who will be SummerWorkin' it to the bone.
WHY Delightful performers individually - Pederson was a member of the National Theatre of the World, and Vlaskalic co-wrote and -performed national hit The Drowning Girls - the pair collaborate as the Theatre Department, which has presented The Exquisite Hour and Pith! Working with director Vikki Anderson and choreographer Monica Dottor, they're sure to bring laughs and tenderness to a play that promises wine, museum artifacts and an orgy of cupcakes.
The Theatre Department, founded in 2012 by Artistic Producers Ron Pederson and Daniela Vlaskalic, has assembled a luminous team of daring, acclaimed theatre artists to extemporize and explore the boundaries of instant theatre. For four Sundays in August the cast (Raoul Bhaneja, Katherine Cullen, Tess Degenstein, Amy Matisyo, Alex McCooeye, Jamie Cavanagh, Haley McGee, Rebecca Northan, Anand Rajaram, Sabryn Rock, Hannah Spear ) along with Technical wizard Mark Andrada and magical, musical guests, gather to create a provoking and transcendent new Canadian play in a thrilling high-wire act of theatricality and invention: Directed and Devised by Ron Pederson.
From the theatre company that brought you critically acclaimed productions of Stewart Lemoine’s The Exquisite Hour and Pith! and one of the Canadian Comedy Award Winning minds behind The National Theatre of the World andImpromptu Splendor comes a new series of new Canadian plays, fully-improvised stories told with elegance, imagination and wild abandon. With special care dedicated towards the crafting of narrative and character, these ten actors will create fully-realized plays on their feet and take the audience on a gripping theatrical adventure based on their suggestions sure to inspire.
Hilarity, daring, and instant playwriting, every week, inspired by the audience. It’s so LIVE!