History of TOTB

Founded by Johnny Wideman in 2011, TOTB truly hit the stage when it produced Rebecca Steiner's Gadfly: Sam Steiner Dodges the Draft in partnership with Conrad Grebel University CollegeThe troupe spent a summer touring Fringe festivals and performing at churches. They slept on floors and ate a lot of peanut butter and jam sandwiches, but received great reviews for the piece which helped to establish the company as a trusted grass-roots, social justice theatre troupe. 

Since then, TOTB has gone on to partner with NGOs and communities across Canada to create several other original works, performing over two hundred shows in theatres, festivals, churches, universities, and prisons throughout P.E.I, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and the U.S.


 
 
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The AUDEN TEST

A play about a poem about a painting about a myth - and what it means to be human. A historical fiction that interweaves the lives and works of 20th century poet W.H. Auden and mathematician Alan Turing. 

Staged as a lecture in a New York City YMCA in the early 1950s, The Auden Test asks "What if?" What if Auden had been friends with the celebrated mathematician Alan Turing, who broke the German Enigma code during the Second World War? What if he had just learned of Turing’s suicide, a tragedy brought on by his conviction for “gross indecency” as a homosexual man in the England of his day? How would he react?

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Written by Lawrence Aronovitch
Starring Johnny Wideman


 
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A Bicycle Built for Two

“A Bicycle Built for Two” is a hard-hitting comedy that takes a PLAYful (see what we did there?) look at marriage, commitment, and divorce.

It follows three couples at various stages in their relationships:

  • A young couple, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed with their recent engagement.
  • An aging pair of empty nesters who are trying to rediscover their marriage after some-odd 30 years.
  • A duelling duo just entering a divorce.

The result: 75 minutes of hilarious, thought-provoking theatre that will bring your community together to examine the foundations of marriage & the cracks that can go unattended.

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Written by Johnny Wideman
Directed by Rebecca Steiner
Stage Manager: Leah Harder

Commissioned by Shalom Counselling

ORIGINAL CAST

Anna-Laure Koop
Rebecca Steiner
Benjamin Wert
Johnny Wideman


 
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SELAH's Song

Selah’s Song is an original, heartwarming musical about a young girl whose courage inspired a village, and whose song became an anthem for peace.

Selah, a burgeoning songwriter, is excited to hear that her father is coming home from the war in West Candling. But, the joy of having her family reunited is short lived when a harsh War Tax is started instead. Inundated with catchy pro-war propaganda songs, Selah is inspired to share her own music with the village, creating some competition for the King.

PRODUCTION CREDITS:

Written by Johnny Wideman
Directed by Rebecca Steiner
Composed by Bryan Moyer Suderman/SmallTall Music

Produced by Community Mennonite Church Stouffville in partnership with Nineteen on the Park Theatre


 
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Commemorate

While preparing a speech on the War of 1812, a local military parade leads Emma to confront the complications of pacifism in a very real way.

Commemorate! is a participatory Forum Theatre event, where the audience can actually shape the outcome of the play. This unique piece offers audience's the opportunity to rehearse for reality, trying out various approaches to very real conflict scenarios regarding pacifism in a modern context. 

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Written by Kimberlee Walker
Facilitated by Johnny Wideman

Commissioned by Mennonite Central Committee Ontario

ORIGINAL CAST

Kimberlee Walker
Johnny Wideman
Benjamin Wert
Katie Cowie Redekopp


 
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Life as a River

Through spoken word, movement and song, “Life as a River” tells the story of two young women who set off on a global journey with idealistic notions about what helping others looks like. The people they meet and the questions they ask lead them to a stronger yet more difficult, richer and yet more complex love than they ever imagined.

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Written and choreographed by Rebecca Steiner and Kimberlee Walker