lemonTree creations is a Toronto-based
theatre company that seeds new work, brings productions to fruition, and
challenges artists to grow. Established in 2007, our core artistic team –
Indrit Kasapi, Cole Alvis and Jonathan Seinen – will:
- realize innovative performance
through non-conventional means.
- develop new Canadian plays
by investing in artists and bringing rarely told stories to the stage.
2012, DUTCHMAN by Amiri Baraka [SummerWorks, Offsite BUS]
2012, SOVEREIGN ALLIANCES by Herbie Barnes [Chiefs of Ontario in association with TAPA Resources and Red Barn Theatre, Elgin Theatre]
2011, PEOPLE4CHANGE by TheThem [Theatre Passe Muraille]
2011, STILL LIFE by collective [Summerworks, Theatre Passe Muraille]
2010, STILL LIFE by collective [Workshop, 519]
2009, DEATHWATCH by Jean Genet [Pride Festival, XPACE]
2008, THE RED DEVIL by Indrit Kasapi [Summerworks, Factory Theatre]
lemonTree theatre creations was established in 2007 by Indrit Kasapi to develop his first play, The Red Devil,
presented at the Summerworks Theatre Festival (NOW Magazine,
Outstanding Ensemble & Outstanding Direction ‘08). Supported by the
Cultural and Artistic Leadership Program of the National Theatre School
of Canada, the play told the story of an Albanian family travelling
illegally to Canada during the 1997 Albanian Civil War.
This production featured Gemini and Genie Nominated Elva Mai Hoover (Road to Avonlea, Queer as Folk), Dora Nominated Tara Nicodemo (Cringeworthy/Passe Muraille, Hamlet/Necessary Angel Theatre) and was directed by Jonathan Seinen.
Inspired by the success of that collaboration, Jonathan Seinen and Indrit Kasapi were joined by Cole J Alvis (Dora Nominated Gorey Story) in 2009 to participate as an Official Event in the 2009 Toronto Pride Festival with DEATHWATCH, Jean Genet’s rarely produced play about three prisoners in a 1940’s French jail.
The company was joined by Rob Salerno, Bekah McNeil, Ryan Symington and John Bryans
and thus an all-queer collective was created. We investigated Genet’s
text by studying various translations including the original text in
French. This gritty play about crime idolization and homoeroticism in
prisons was performed to sold out audiences and rave reviews in the
basement of XPACE Cultural Centre.
Now Magazine wrote “Talk about giving an audience a play’s flavour:
lemonTree theatre creations, an all queer group, set its production of
Jean Genet’s prison drama Deathwatch in the claustrophobic basement of an Ossington art gallery. And it worked.”
lemonTree creations in co-production with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
Playwright NICK GREEN
Director ALISA PALMER
Dramaturge BRENDAN HEALY
Starring COLE ALVIS, JONATHAN SEINEN
(Full Cast TBC)
The story of the birth, life, and eventual demise of
Canada’s first gay newspaper, The Body Politic.
This sweeping historical drama re-imagines the events and
personalities surrounding one of the most potent journalistic forces in our
country, and the legacy it has left behind.
The story unfolds as a series of memories recounted by a
founding member of the paper’s collective during a sexual encounter with a
young man. Their unexpected relationship shines light on the massive shifts in
queer identity and politics in the last 50 years – the disappearing of a
history and the loss of a unifying struggle.
As Toronto’s queer media landscape shifts again with the end
of the printed editions of Xtra, Body Politic looks back at the very beginning
of it all and the story of Canada’s first gay newspaper. After years spent
interviewing people involved in the making of the newspaper, playwright Nick
Green brings to life the legal, political, and personal struggles surrounding
one of Canada’s most important queer publications.
The Body Politic, published from 1971-1987, remains one of
the most significant drivers of queer politics and history in Canada.
Collectively owned and operated, this newspaper housed the voices of over one
hundred of Canada’s foremost queer activists, artists, poets, and writers. With
16 years of archives available, The Body Politic survives as a record of
Canadian queer history at some of it’s most seminal moments: censorship
battles, police raids, historic rallies, the onset of HIV/AIDS, and many of the
important debates that still resonate in today’s queer politic.
Body Politic was developed in Buddies Residency Program,
sponsored by BMO Financial Group. buddiesinbadtimes.com/residency
Image of Indrit
Kasapi, Nick Green, and Jonathan Seinen by Tanja-Tiziana.
We have a beautiful studio available for rental by the hour, day, week or month. Our main objective with it is to create affordable opportunities for the artist through a three-tiered approach:
\\training\\ Throughout the year, we offer financially accessible classes and workshops that allow the artist to continue their training in their respective crafts.
\\development\\ Through our RESIDENCY PROGRAM we help emerging artists to continue developing work, thus increasing opportunities to make art possible. For more information and to apply check out our RESIDENCY section of the website.
\\performance\\ We are very interested in seeing the space used in various performance capacities and not just as a rehearsal space so if you have any ideas please contact us and let us know. Rates for that vary and are on a per project basis. We will do our best to make sure that it can meet your budgetary quotas.
Regular Rental Rates: $15/hr [Rehearsals etc] $20/hr [Workshops, classes, etc) $900/week [Exclusive access to the space] WE DON'T CHARGE HST!
//ENERGY EXCHANGE// Please inquire with us in regards to our ENERGY EXCHANGE Program. If you're willing to help us out for a couple of hours a week with the maintenance of the studio, you will be able to book the studio for free anytime it is available (within one week)! This program is ideal for artists who have a flexible rehearsal or creation period. Email Indrit Kasapi (email below) to inquire further or apply.
studio comes equipped with a little kitchenette (microwave, tea kettle,
coffee maker, fridge). It has 40 chairs and three folding tables. There
is also wireless internet available.
//dimensions// The Studio is 22 feet long x 16 feet wide x 8 feet high
TO BOOK: Check the calendar below for availability and then please message: Indrit Kasapi indrit @ lemontreecreations (dot) ca
creations is dedicated to both the development of performance and the
development of the emerging artist. As part of that continued dedication, we
are excited to introduce our 2014
RESIDENCY Program.The aim of
this initiative is to provide opportunities to a number of creative minds in
the emerging artistic community.
primary focus for this residency is new creations in development. If the
project is in its latter stages and moving toward production, a case needs to
be made as to how the use of our studio will further develop the project.
you're interested in applying for the future make sure to SUBSCRIBE to our mailing list so you can
stay informed about our upcoming deadline for the 2015 year.
2014 RESIDENCY ARTISTS
"If you had free reign over classified networks ... and you saw incredible things, awful things ... what would you do?"
A soldier's exposure of military actions and government corruption fuel a personal drama about integrity, identity and information in a changing world. And Lady Gaga.
A fictionalized drama, Unknown Soldier is inspired by the actions of Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, a US Army Private who leaked classified documents to Wikileaks and was recently sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Written and Directed by Jonathan Seinen Performed by Jeff Ho Dramaturgy by Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman Set/Costume Design by Jung-Hye Kim Lighting Design by Jennifer Lennon Sound Design by Thomas Ryder Payne Stage Managed by Marc Benson Produced by Georgina Beaty & Indrit Kasapi Photography by Alejandro Santiago Graphic Design by Leah Renihan
VENUE/performance schedule Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace 16 Ryerson Avenue One Block East of Bathurst and Queen Semi-Accessible $15 Tickets
Saturday August 9, 2:30pm Sunday August 10, 4:30pm Monday August 11, 4:30pm (with post-show talk) Tuesday August 12, 9:00pm Wednesday August 13, 9:30pm Thursday August 14, 6:30pm (with post-show talk) Friday August 15, 9:30pm Saturday August 16, 5:00pm
lemonTree creations in association with Spiderbones Performing Arts present:
MSM [men seeking men]
A dance theatre piece inspired by actual transcripts of online conversations between men who seek other men. Set inside a world of electronic beats where the DJ is the Omnipotent Power, the piece is a movement deconstruction of online male personas and desires towards other men.
Monday, June 23 @ 9:30 Preview $10
Tuesday, June 24 @ 9:30 OPENING $20
Wednesday June 25 - Sunday June 29
Runs 7:30pm AND 9:30pm nightly
Winchester Street Theatre
80 Winchester Street (South of Wellesley, East of Parliament)
Directed and Choreographed by Indrit Kasapi
Live beats byDJ John Caffery Dramaturgy by Jonathan Seinen
Production Design by Joseph Pagnan
Costume Design by Isidra Cruz
Stage Management by Heather Bellingham
Production Management by Debbie Courchene
Associate Producer Spiderbones Performing Arts, Jeff D'Hondt.
Associate Artist Ryan G. Hinds
Ryan G. Hinds Louis Laberge-Côté
Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and with the with the support of COMMUNITY ONE through the Rainbow Grants.
MSM [msn seeking men] is a dance theatre piece inspired by transcripts
of online conversations between men who seek other men. Set inside a
world of electronic beats where music is the omnipotent power, director
Indrit Kasapi invites DJ Scooter of Cub Camp dance party fame to spin
live! Through movement, the piece deconstructs online male personas and
their personal exchanges with other men. The cast features queer dancers and actors:
Cole Alvis, Aldrin Bundoc, Corrado Cerruto, Daniel Ellis, Andrew Hartley, Ryan G Hinds, Louis Laberge-Côté & Cyril Limousin
Live spinning by DJ Scooter (Cub Camp)
Concept/Direction INDRIT KASAPI
Dramaturgy JONATHAN SEINEN
Lighting/Set Design JOE PAGNAN
Stage Management by BROOKLYN DORAN
Randolph Theatre - 736 Bathurst Street
This project is supported by a Theatre Creators' Reserve recommendation
from Cahoots Theatre Company and is being developed in their
Playwright's Hot House unit.
Written by Indrit Kasapi Directed by Jonathan Seinen Designed by Jesse Ash Stage Manager Natasha Bean Smith Associate Producer Kevin Gojmerac
Featuring Elva Mai Hoover as Nena Tara Nicodemo as Mirela Ari Millen as Justin Indrit Kasapi as Gjergji
This project was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Cultural and Artistic Leadership Program (CALP) of the National Theatre School of Canada. To learn more, please visit: www.ent-nts.ca/school/CALP/
We are a very young and small independent unincorporated
theatre company that is slowly making courageous steps towards theatremaking in
Canada. Your support is invaluable to us because it will allow us to cover a
lot of the costs necessary for the development, rehearsal and production of a
If you're interested in making a donation please contact any of our two Artistic Producers:
indrit @ lemontreecreations (dot) ca
cole @ lemontreecreations (dot) ca
contribution will be acknowledged in several ways by our company.
We are truly grateful for your potential help.
If you'd like to go ahead and make a donation you can do so via two ways:
Please makes cheques payable to lemonTree theatre creations and mail it to :
196 Spadina Avenue (Lower Unit)
Toronto, ON M5T 2C2
To make a donation via our secure PAYPAL site please click below.
58 Stewart Street (Lower Unit) Toronto, ON M5V 1H6
info @ lemontreecreations (dot) ca
Indrit Kasapi, Artistic Producer indrit @ lemontreecreations (dot) ca
Cole Alvis, Artistic Producer cole @ lemontreecreations (dot) ca
Jonathan Seinen, Artistic Associate jonathan @ lemontreecreations (dot) ca
BODY POLITIC AUDITIONS
AUDITION NOTICE - ACTORS – lemonTree creations - TORONTO, ON ----------------------------------------------------------------
Production name: Body Politic
Date production rehearsal/job starts: 15/04/2016
Audition date: 20/06/2015
Deadline to submit: 15/06/2015
Email applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact name: Indrit Kasapi
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact phone: 6476683628
Engager Website: www.lemontreecreations.ca
BODY POLITIC is a brand new play that tells of the creation, success and
eventual demise of Canada's most important queer publication, The Body Politic.
This World Premiere is a co-production between lemonTree creations and Buddies
in Bad Times Theatre.
Rehearsals start Mid April 2016.
Previews May 21, 22, 24, 25, 2016
Opening May 26, 2016
Closing June 12, 2016
(7 week ITA contract)
Director Alisa Palmer
Playwright Nick Green
Dramaturge Brendan Healy
Brian, Male (mid-late 20s to early-mid 30s)
Writer. Very funny and cheerful at
the best of times, but quick to become emotional. Bigger build - definitely not
athletic or thin. Expressive, exuberant, effeminate. Lots of fun, but must be
able to go to a very dark, sad place.
Josh, Male (early 20s)
Queer man in his early 20s.
Flirtatious, surprising, intelligent, argumentative and a bit entitled. Speaks
before he thinks. Very comfortable in his body - full frontal nudity required.
Please submit a headshot and resume
via EMAIL only. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Please insert BODY POLITIC
SUBMISSION in the subject heading and identify which character you would like
to be considered for. We thank everyone who applies but only those selected
will be contacted for the auditions.