Writing Outside the Box

A unique writing process resulted in a distinctive script that we are very excited to premiere at FemFest! A nurse, a mother who cannot care for her baby, and a woman waiting to adopt a child – these three women weave their stories of before and after a baby is placed in a safe haven box at a hospital.

The three-person narrative story that is Baby Box was written by three playwrights. One of our recent Winnipeg imports Thomas Morgan Jones, Artistic Director at Prairie Theatre Exchange, is the Dramaturg behind this revolutionary play that tells a chilling story of one baby and the three women who decide his fate. Jones commissioned Eva Barrie, Miranda Calderon, and Michelle Polak to write and then brought them together to create a beautifully lyrical piece. In a workshop process they added dance and song to better portray the story and their shared connection.

FemFest is excited to be using a local cast and artistic team to stage the first full production of this new play. Stay tuned for announcement of the full artistic team.

For now, here is a little more on the three playwrights:

Eva-Barrie-HeadshotEva Barrie

Originally from Okotoks, Alberta, Eva is a Toronto-based director, actor, dramaturg and creator. She is a graduate of Ryerson University\s Performance Acting Program and has trained with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company in Saratoga Springs, NY and New York City, NY. Her writing has been supported by Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Gargantua, The Theatre Centre, Theatre Smith-Gilmour, DaPoPo Theatre, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. While the playwright-in-residence at Theatrefront, she developed her piece Five Forests, a fantastical play about miscarriage. Other playwriting credits include Agency (Yell Rebel) and My Co-Mates & Brothers in Exile (Shakespeare in the Ruff). Eva is currently the co-artistic director of Shakespeare in the Ruff.


Headshot-MirandaCalderonMiranda Calderon

Most recently, Miranda was co-creator and performer for Flashing Lights (Theatre Centre/Bad New Days and Kick and Push Festival), directed by Adam Paolozza, and received Dora Award nominations for Best New Play and Best Performance-Ensemble. Other recent stage credits include Elena in Weyni Mengesha’s production of Nicolas Billon’s Butcher (Mirvish/Why Not Theatre), co-creator and performer in Italian Mine Suicide//Three Red Days (Theatre Centre/Bad News Days) and performer/producer for Dennis Kelly’s Taking Care Of Baby (Storefront Theatre), directed by Birgit Schreyer Duarte. Miranda’s acting on-camera work includes the Hulu miniseries 11.22.63 (J.J. Abrams), and with her company Midnight Snack Miranda has written, produced, and acted in two short films, Alegra & Jim (recently featured in an LA Times article on the James Toback accusations/Me Too movement) and Body Parts (Telefilm’s ‘Not Short on Talent’ at Berlin International Film Festival). She is currently developing her first feature film. Miranda did her MFA at London International School of Performing Arts in the UK  and her BA at Columbia University in New York.


Michelle PolakMichelle Polak

Michelle is an award-winning interdisciplinary actor, creator, writer and teacher. Originally from Montreal, she is now based primarily in Toronto where she is also a dedicated mother of five. She has performed internationally and in Canada in acclaimed productions such as The Chairs (Modern Times Stage Co.), The Overcoat, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Canadian Stage), Tout Comme Elle (Necessary Angel/Luminato), Head à Tête (Theatre Direct), I, Claudia (Crows Theatre), The Sacrifice Zone, Avaricious, Raging Dreams: Into the Visceral, Reflector (Theatre Gargantua), Trace (Vertical City), Marion Bridge, The Snow Queen (Theatre New Brunswick), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare in the Ruff). Michelle has been honoured as one of NOW Magazine’s number one artists and is the first woman in Canada to receive the Patrick Crean Award. Michelle began her directorial career in 2013, co-directing Oubliette with Kevin Rees for Summerworks, followed by Christel Bartelese’s All KIDding Aside, which had successful runs at the Toronto, Hamilton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.

See the WORLD PREMIERE of Baby Box during FemFest 2019!

Show dates and times are:
Wednesday, September 18th @ 8:30PM
Thursday, September 19th @ 8:30PM
Friday, September 20th @ 8:30PM

For more information on Baby Box and other productions visit the FemFest website. We can’t wait for you to see what we have in store.

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