In the Stars
Originally conceptualized as a live, interactive performance for the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival, In the Stars was reimagined as an online, interactive game for Fringe’s “This is not a Fringe Festival.”
Taking on the role of private detectives, audience members solved puzzles, pieced together clues, and interacted with both their environment and a cast of characters to solve a mystery. The initial goal of the piece was to create a video-game-like experience in a live performance setting, so we decided to develop it digitally until it is ready to launch in person next year! Using Twine, we created an interactive platform that re-created the physical space that we were going to create in the live performance.
Heroes: Behind the Tights
Due to be presented in March 2020, Heroes: Behind the Tights, consisted of two one-act plays; My Children by Lucas Amato, and The Butler by William P. Erskine. We were so excited to present these two plays by emerging Canadian playwrights, which both looked at the superhero mythos from very different angles.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of lockdown measures in Quebec at the beginning of March 2020, we were unable to present this project to the public. Despite this, we are so grateful for the opportunity to work with our amazing cast, and hope to be able to mount the project sometime in the future.
Director: Steven Greenwood
Producer and Stage Manager: Cheyenne Cranston
Assistant Producer and Videographer: Lorenzo Carrara
My Children Written By: Lucas Amato
The Butler Written By: William P. Erskine
Late Night Double Feature
Coming soon to a theatre near you! Taking inspiration from B movies and midnight movies, the night featured two one-act plays – Jason Sharp: Confirmed Bachelor and Splatterpunks – framed by the story of a young couple going to a midnight movie on their first date. The night was designed to recreate the experience of going to a pulpy, late-night double feature picture show.
The Date: Young Love
Written by Theo Stevens
Two young women are on their first date, having decided to go to a late-night movie screening. Despite their very different interests, they are able to find common ground through their shared love for stories and their shared fascination with each other. A mysterious scientist observes them from behind the scenes, analyzing what it is that characterizes the “young love” of a typical teenage romance.
Feature 1 : Jason Sharp: Confirmed Bachelor
Written by Steven Greenwood
Jason Sharp is a gay detective working in Montreal in the 1950s: he balances his detective work with his navigation of queer life in pre-Stonewall North American culture. When Sally Storm, a high-powered PR agent, comes into his office asking him to help her with a high-profile murder case, Jason is plunged into a world of wealthy widows, mansions, and a mysterious man he calls “Mr. Chiseled.”
Feature 2: Splatterpunks
Written by Lucas Amato
Wilbur has been working in the slasher ‘biz for years, starring in a long franchise of beloved horror flicks. Dana is a successful musician who is new to the world of terror, trying to show versatility by establishing herself as an actress. When they meet on the set of Wilbur’s new flick, tensions between their two worlds have horrifying consequences. The secret lives of slashers comes to the forefront in this meta-examination of horrors Hollywood and the real reasons why we love to be terrified.
Directors: Steven Greenwood and Theo Stevens
Producer: Cheyenne Cranston
Stage Manager: Mary Looney
Assistant Stage Manager: Hazel Neil
Young Love Written By: Victoria Stevens
Splatterpunks Written By: Lucas Amato
Jason Sharp: Confirmed Bachelor Written By: Steven Greenwood
[Title of Show]
Home Theatre Productions’ inaugural show, [title of show] (music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and book by Hunter Bell) took place at Mainline Theatre September 12-15. With two out of four performances sold out, and positive audience feedback, it was a great start to Home Theatre’s journey!
Check out our great review from Montreal Theatre Hub here!
Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry on the eighty-eights.
With the cast in place, Jeff and Hunter begin a conversation about what to write about. Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. They make a pact to write up until the festival’s deadline and dream about the show changing their lives.
[title of show] —taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the [title of show]— follows Hunter and Jeff and their friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists.
[title of show] is, above all, a love letter to the musical theatre – a uniquely American art form – and to the joy of collaboration. The musical received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Book of a Musical in 2009.