Past Productions

Since 2011, Theatre of the Beat has been producing original productions that focuses creating engaging and dynamic conversations on social justice issues. We’ve had the pleasure to connect with so many different communities and partnered with NGOs and communities across Canada, 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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Gadfly

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Playwright & Director: Rebecca Steiner
Playwright Dramaturg: Johnny Wideman
Stage Manager: Katie Cowie Redekopp

ORIGINAL CAST

Kimberlee Walker
Rebecca Steiner
Benjamin Wert
Johnny Wideman

Based on a true story, “Gadfly: Sam Steiner Dodges the Draft” tells the captivating true story of a Mennonite rebel, his underground newspaper, and the war that changed his life forever.

This thought-provoking, original drama follows the experiences of Sam Steiner (an American draft dodger); from marching with MLK Jr., to being chased by the Feds, “Gadfly” follows the struggle of a young man determined to make sense of his beliefs amidst the political realities of the day.

Commissioned by Conrad Grebel University College and the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario.

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The Auden Test

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Playwright: Lawrence Aronovitch

Orignal Cast

Johnny Wideman

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?


Sehlah’s Song

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PRODUCTION CREDITS:

Playwright: Johnny Wideman
Director: Rebecca Steiner
Composers: Bryan Moyer Suderman/SmallTall Music

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.

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

 

This Prison

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Playwright & Director: Johnny Wideman
Stage Manager: Leah Harder

ORIGINAL CAST

Johnny Wideman
Benjamin Wert

An eccentric prisoner is surprised when a man in a suit digs through the floor of his prison cell. Somewhere between Plato and Play-Doh, This Prison or: He Came Through The Floor is a thought-provoking, allegorical comedy filled with slap-stick madness and tea-time philosophy. It’s guaranteed to get your community thinking about freedom, close-mindedness, and is sure to put the “fun” back into “fundamentalism”.


A Bicycle Built for Two

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Playwright: Johnny Wideman
Director: Rebecca Steiner
Stage Manager: Leah Harder

ORIGINAL CAST

Anna-Laure Koop
Rebecca Steiner
Benjamin Wert
Johnny Wideman

Commissioned by Shalom Counselling

“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.


Commemorate

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Written by Kimberlee Walker
Facilitated by Johnny Wideman

ORIGINAL CAST

Kimberlee Walker
Johnny Wideman
Benjamin Wert
Katie Cowie Redekopp

Commissioned by Mennonite Central Committee Ontario

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. 


Life as a River

 
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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Written and choreographed by Rebecca Steiner and Kimberlee Walker

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.