The Ashley Plays is a cycle of short, devised site-specific one person performances by York theatre students.
Each cycle begins the development process with the participants collaboratively delineating a profile of a non gender-specific character named Ashley. Ashley must be the focus of the work, but need not be a character who actually appears. Each “play” is created at an assigned site: for this cycle, every site is within York University’s Centre for Film and Theatre.
In performance, the monodramas are viewed by moving pods of spectators. Each pod is lead through a prescribed route by a guide. There is no linear narrative, but simply a common character that each playwright interacts with in their own unique and inspired way.
The Ashley Plays is conceived and dramaturged by Theatre Professor Judith Rudakoff.
Admission is free of charge with voluntary donations accepted to Walking With Our Sisters, a crowd funded commemorative art installation for the missing and murdered Indigenous women of Canada and the USA.
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams is considered one of the great masterpieces of American realist drama. It centres on Blanche du Bois, a woman with an aristocratic air, a penchance for glamour, and one of the most alluring and enigmatic female characters in the history of western theatre. In the midst of a sweltering heatwave in New Orleans, Blanche appears on the doorstep of the low-rent, two-room flat of her younger sister Stella and boorish brother-in-law Stanley heralding ill tidings, with an artfully constructed veneer that masks her many secrets.
Interpreted in four distinctive and arresting ways in an intimate studio setting by the current cohort of MFA directing candidates, this taught, sexually charged drama is performed by students from the third year acting conservatory.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
Performance Schedule: Thursday, October 22 at 7pm,
Friday October 23 at 2pm & 7 pm
Saturday October 24 at 7pm
Are you thinking about pursuing postsecondary studies in the visual, performing, digital or media arts?
Join us at Fall Campus Day, your best opportunity to find out about our programs and what makes York University a great place to study dance, design, digital media, film, music, theatre and visual arts/art history.
Professors, staff and some of the outstanding students currently in our programs will be on hand to share information and answer your questions. You will leave feeling knowledgeable, welcomed and more confident about selecting your postsecondary education path.
Information sessions for the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design will be held in the Accolade West Building at 11am and 1pm. Tours of our studios, labs, performance and exhibition facilities are offered at noon and 2pm.
General campus tours and info sessions about York student services, admissions, financial support, residence and campus life will also be available.
For more information, maps and directions, and the full schedule for the day, visit futurestudents.yorku.ca/fallcampusday.
Admission is free. Family and friends are welcome.