Incorporated in 1980, VideoCabaret was founded by Deanne Taylor and Michael Hollingsworth to produce plays in various mid-sized Toronto theatres. It has since become one of Canada's most inventive, prolific and honoured companies, Known for producing unique styles of staging for plays, multi-media cabarets, opera, and masquerade., the company has performed in venues in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Stratford, Calgary, Ottawa, New York and London. In 1984 VideoCab moved into the Cameron House, an art and music club on Queen Street West in Toronto where they are still headquartered today. Video Cabaret has co-presented productions with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (The War of 1812 in 2012) and with Soulpepper (The War of 1812 in 2012 and Trudeau, the FLQ in 2014, and The Great war in 2015). VideoCabaret's work has been honoured by scores of Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations and a total of twenty-three awards.
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The Confederation Plays Part I & II
This application is for “The Confederation Plays Parts I & II”, a co-presentation with Soulpepper, taking place at the Michael Young Theatre, in the Young Centre in Toronto’s Distillery District from June 9 to September 2, 2017. Written and directed by VideoCabaret co-founder Michael Hollingsworth, The Confederation Plays consist of four one-act plays: "History of the Village of the Small Huts; 'Confederation', 'Red River Rebellion', 'Canadian Pacific Scandal' and 'Saskatchewan Rebellion'. The Plays explore the history of confederation and its aftermath through four key figures: John A. Macdonald, Louis Riel, Wilfrid Laurier, and Chief Big Bear. Over 150 characters will be played by just nine actors (Kevin Bundy, Richard Alan Campbell, Greg Campbell, Jamie Cavanagh, Richard Clarkin, Kat Letwin, Linda Prystawska, and Michaela Washburn). Several performances will include pre- and post-show talks with the cast and the creative team, and the rehearsal space and costume-wig-prop shops will be made available for tours.