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September 21-23, 2018

September 21 | 8 PM - SOLD OUT!
September 22 | 2 PM & 8 PM
September 23 | 3 PM

The Conrad Centre for Performing Arts
Kitchener, ON

Tickets $16.00

CREATIVE TEAM

Director: Matt White
Dramaturg: Johnny Wideman
Stage Manager: Chad Dembski

Playwrights:
Alison Brookins
Jonathan Brower
Joy De Vito
Carolyn (Charlie) Gray
Gary Kirkham
Megan Piercey Monafu
Hillary Rexe

#ChurchToo

Artfully depicted through a variety of scenes and relationships, #ChurchToo explores the struggle of wading into the realities of sexual assault and examines the difficulties of speaking out in a community where the topic of sex is often considered taboo. Follow an array of characters through seven vignettes, each bringing to life stories about hidden trends within our church communities. From the secret relationship of a young woman and her pastor, to discriminatory church policies, all the way to bringing forth allegations against persons in power, #ChurchToo illuminates the messy dynamics that accompany the complicated truths of power and sexual abuse.
 

Content Advisory: #ChurchToo deals with sexual misconduct, abuse, and assault. Not recommended for audiences under the age of 14. 


This show has been created in partnership with Mennonite Church Eastern Canada and the tour is sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee, with support from Mersyergy Charitable Foundation and the Jim & Lorna Blair Foundation.


Note from MCEC:

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada is pleased to work with Theatre of the Beat on this important production. MCEC commissioned this play to build awareness and stimulate conversation on this challenging subject because we are committed to supporting congregations to ensure that they are safe for everyone. Sexual misconduct by church leaders is a topic most people want to avoid. The church, however, is not immune; abuse does occur and the effects can be devastating. When sexual misconduct occurs, the church takes this very seriously; no one benefits from looking the other way. Even when it is hard to do so, it is better that the truth be heard. This play is dedicated to those courageous people who have trusted the church with their stories of pain and have bravely pursued paths towards healing and wholeness. It is our hope that #ChurchToo honours their stories and creates space for conversation, learning and deepening sacred trust among us all. Resources for understanding and reporting professional sexual misconduct can be accessed at www.mcec.ca.


Tour Dates

Sept 29 | Rouge Valley Mennonite Church, Markham, ON
7 PM

Oct 18 | Douglas Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, MB
7 PM

Oct 20 | Bethel Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, MB
7 PM

Oct 25 | Rosthern Junior College, Rosthern, SK
10 AM

Oct 26 | Wildwood Mennonite Church, Saskatoon, SK
7 PM

Oct 28 | Wildwood Mennonite Church, Saskatoon, SK
10 AM

Oct 30 | First Mennonite Church, Edmonton, AB
7 PM

Nov 2 | Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church, Calgary, AB
7 PM

Nov 9 | Morden Mennonite Church, Morden, MB
7 PM

Nov 13 | North Leamington United Mennonite Church, Leamington, ON
7 PM

Nov 17 | Toronto United Mennonite Church, Toronto, ON
7 PM

Nov 18 | Stirling Mennonite Church, Kitchener, ON
7 PM

Nov 24 | Waterloo North Mennonite Church, Waterloo, ON
7 PM

Nov 30 | The Assembly Theatre, Toronto, ON
7 PM | $15 - $35

Dec 1 | The Assembly Theatre, Toronto, ON
7 PM | $15 - $35

Dec 2 | The Assembly Theatre, Toronto, ON
7 PM | $15 - $35


Note: We are still accepting some bookings for Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta from late September to early December. If interested, please contact laura@theatreofthebeat.ca


THE Cast

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Lindsey Middleton

Lindsey Middleton hails from the teeny town of Ridgeway, Ontario. Lindsey is best known for playing Vanessa on the internationally award winning, Toronto based web series, Out With Dad. Lindsey has won two Indie Series Award for Best Supporting Actress, an IAWTV Award for Best Female Performance in a Drama and has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. Lindsey has also worked on international best selling writer Linwood Barclay’s book trailer Tap at the Window and you can find her in the horror feature Red Spring which made its world premiere at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival as it's 2017 opener. Lindsey is a graduate of University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College Theatre and Drama Studies Program and a co-funder of Theatre By Committee, a collective of Toronto-based theatre artists creating narrative-focused, contemporary work in found spaces. She has worked as a puppeteer both on film and under black light and is also the co-creator of HappyHer, a documentary web series focused on sharing women’s stories about happiness from all over the world.

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Megan Fowler

Meghan is incredibly excited to be in the ensemble for this particularly timely and progressive theatre project and is especially thrilled to be working with the community to shine a light on such complex social issues. A recent graduate of the University of Windsor’s BFA Acting program, Meghan has also trained with the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario and with Kristin Linklater in Orkney, Scotland. Selected credits include: Constance/The Three Musketeers, Sue, Jill, Joanne, Joan/Lion in the Streets (University Players); Helena/A Midsummer Night’s Dream (University of Windsor); Lor/Inertia (self-written and produced); Publius and Alarabus/Titus Andronicus (Hart House Theatre); Assistant Director/I and You (Outlook Theatre); Deirdre McDavey/I Hate Hamlet (Scarborough Players). When not onstage, Meghan can be found baking decadent treats for anyone willing to eat them!

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Robert Murphy


Robert Murphy is an actor originally from Nova Scotia where he got his start in acting in his hometown at Festival Antigonish. A graduate of the Dalhousie Acting Program, he has performed in dramatic pieces at the Stephenville Theatre Festival in Newfoundland, musicals at Neptune Theatre in Halifax and children's theatre for the New Actor's Colony Theatre in Muskoka, Ontario. He's honored to be part of such an important piece like #ChurchToo and hopes it will speak to people in a positive way. He now lives in Toronto where he performs musical comedy in the duo known as Paddy N' Rob.

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Brendan Kinnon

Brendan is a Toronto based theatre-creator who is passionate about contemporary theatre and producing new Canadian plays. He is a founding member and Marketing Director for OPIA Theatre Collective, as well as a Producer of the Dark Crop Performance Festival. Recently, he has assisted in the Canadian premiers of Fermata, Widows Wedding Dress (OPIA), and Bathtub Girls (Kairos). Past Works: Sonny in Wagon Play (Theatre by Committee; Critics’ Choice - NOW Magazine), Michael in The Boys in the Band (EDGE Productions), and Axel Hammond in The Nerd (University Players). Education: BFA: Acting from the University of Windsor. www.brendankinnon.com