Artistic Director Kelly Thornton and Managing Director Denyse Karn are proud to announce Nightwood Theatre’s 2014/2015 season. Now in its 35th year, Nightwood Theatre presents the return of the popular New Groundswell Festival this September,followed by the world premiere of HER2 by Maja Ardal at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in January 2015. Nightwood Theatre’s work this season is truly epic: whether in the character’s journeys or in the sheer scope of the pieces, we are telling bold, brave, and intimate new stories about the lives lived by women.

Launching the season is the New Groundswell Festival, running September 8 to 14, 2014, at the Nightwood and Dancemakers Studios in the Historic Distillery District. Featuring workshop productions of With Individual Desire by Susanna Fournier and Obeah Opera by Nicole Brooks, the Festival also includes a National Reading Series, which will highlight six new plays from across Canada.

Directed by Kelli Fox, and presented by LadyParts Theatre, With Individual Desire is a lush theatrical imagining of the relationship between famed bad-girl American poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and her mother Cora, with whom she spent two months in a secluded farmhouse near Dorset after fleeing Paris with a secret. Obeah Opera, directed by Weyni Mengesha with music direction by Andrew Craig, was commissioned by the arts and culture program of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games and will be presented by Nightwood Theatre and Culchahworks Arts Collective, in association with bcurrent.

Concluding the season is the world premiere of HER2 by Maja Ardal at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre from January 13 to February 1, 2015. Directed by Kim Blackwell and featuring a stellar all-female cast, HER2 is a probing look into the inherent conflict between humanity and research statistics. Seven women with one thing in common—a highly aggressive form of breast cancer—are recruited for a clinical trial of a new drug. While the researcher measures its progress in terms of blood counts and tumour sizes, the subjects of her experiment struggle to deal with the renewed dread that paradoxically accompanies this sudden glimmer of hope in their lives. As the group undergoes the treatment, they bond into a community characterized not by medical statistics but by their human qualities of courage, wisdom and humour.

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