Play Play

What is Play Play?

Workshops for performers to play, stretch, flop, learn and grow

Play Play is a workshop series started in September 2022 by Janice Jo Lee and Oliver Georgiou with a vision to offer a variety of performance training based in clown and improvisation. We brought in guest teachers and covered an array of topics such as: physical theatre, Viewpoints, voice, contact improv, melodrama, artist statements, and more.

In Spring 2023 Janice Jo Lee directed the first Creation Lab. The vision was to create theatre that matters in the world, using clown and physical theatre as a foundation. Ten performers created an ensemble and devised scenes together drawing from their skills and life experience. The Lab culminated in a final show which had movement, monologue, physical theatre storytelling, comedy and poetry. 

Play Play returns this Fall 2023 with Stephanie Carpanini joining as co-director. We begin with 4 drop-in workshops: Clown and Physical Theatre, Melodrama, Fantasy and Dreamscapes, and Bouffon. Workshops are $15 or Pay What You Can at the door via cash or card.

From October to December we run our second Creation Lab, co-directed by Janice Jo Lee and Stephanie Carpanini. There are 10 performer spots available by pre-registration at three limited cost levels ($115, $150, $180, Tickets below). We always keep 5 drop-in spots for the Lab open for performers at the door for $15 or Pay What You Can.

We encourage people of all abilities and backgrounds to join Play Play. Folks who are 2SLGBTQI+, racialized, or have different physical abilities are especially encouraged to attend. Contact Janice if you have any questions.

Our workshops are held Monday nights (6-8pm, or 8-10pm) at Sweet Action Theatre, in the Artscape Youngplace building, 180 Shaw Street, Unit 106.

Sweet Action Theatre has 3 HEPA filters and air conditioning. Performers may choose to wear a mask for the entire duration. Performers are asked to self-screen and stay home if feeling ill.

Sweet Action is a wheelchair accessible venue. Performers with access needs are invited to participate and contact Janice in advance.

Drop In Workshops, Fall 2023

Sept 11, 8-10PM: CLOWN AND PHYSICAL THEATRE with Janice Jo Lee
 Find your pleasure, follow your joy, listen and move as an ensemble 

Sept 18, 8-10PM: MELODRAMA with Stephanie Carpanini
Exploring the qualities and extremes of emotions through play 

Sept 25, 8-10PM: FANTASY AND DREAMSCAPES with Stephanie Carpanini
Favouring the image before the word. How to work cinematically on stage.  

Oct 2, 8-10PM: BOUFFON with Janice Jo Lee
The Art of Mockery and Satire. The Beauty of The Blasphemy. Make fun of someone to their face and have them love it.

There is no pre-registration. Entry is $15 or Pay What You Can at the door, via cash or card.

Play Play Creation Lab

Fall 2023

Sweet Action Theatre, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St #106, Wheelchair accessible 
Creation lab: 8 creation workshops, 1 performance. 

In this creation lab, performers will co-create physical theatre vignettes in solos and as an ensemble. Play Play’s artistic method is based on the actor as clown and creator. The Clown: following your joy and pleasure, connection to your true spirit, being connected to your audience, commitment and complicity. The Creator: using our body as our instrument, our lives as our story archive from which we draw inspiration. Performers will be pushed to explore at the edges of their practice. Performers will improvise, use their bodies, their voices, write their own text, learn blocking and movement choreography. As an ensemble, we will experiment, stretch, and flop and arrive at listening and trust, where we move as one. 

As storytellers, we will put up a mirror to our times, explore the beauty, absurdity and hypocrisy we are living through. We will create a show connected by theme, with scenes both stupidly profound and visually stunning. 

Oct 9, 8-10pm 
Oct 16, 8-10pm 
Oct 23, 8-10pm 
Oct 30, 8-10pm *Note time change
Nov 6, 8-10pm  *Note time change
Nov 13, 6-8pm  *Note time
Nov 20, 6-8pm 
Nov 27, 6-8pm 
Dec 4 Show 8pm, Actors called 6-10pm 
Dec 11 Potluck 7pm

REGISTRATION has 2 parts:

1. Purchase below
2. Fill in this FORM

Registration is limited to 10 performers at a sliding scale of $115-150. A few registration spots are reserved for Pay What You Can / Financial accessibility. Contact Janice regarding these spots or if you prefer to pay via E-Transfer, or in installments. 5 additional spots will always remain available for Drop-In performers at $15/Pay What You Can. Drop in performers are invited to be in the final show if they are prepared. Performers who are racialized and/or 2SLGBTQI+ are encouraged to register. 

Play Play: The Show

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Sweet Action Theatre, 180 Shaw St, Unit 106, Toronto, ON

The final show for the Play Play Creation Lab Fall 2023. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Doors 7:30pm Show 8-9:30pm

Sweet Action has 3 HEPA filters. Masks are optional. This is a wheelchair accessible space. There are gendered washrooms on the 1st floor, and single stall washrooms on the 3rd floor. There is an elevator. Free street parking.

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Stephanie is delighted to be co-teaching with the wonderfully dynamic artist/performer/musician: Janice Jo Lee for Play Play’s Creation Lab! She’s a performer who loves to explore the darkness of humanity through Clown work and the irreverence of Bouffon as these mediums provide her with great catharsis and joy. Grateful for having the opportunity to have trained with clown master Philippe Gaulier, it has influenced her pedagogical style as well as ignited a freedom and rebellion in her work

Creator of DONNA CARNIVORA’S KILLER PARTY which premiered to rave reviews at The 2022 Edmonton Fringe Festival. Stephanie will be reimagining KILLER PARTY  and  bringing it to The Edinburgh 2024 Fringe Festival next August. Furthermore if you’d like a Donna Carnivora teaser, she will be opening for Sam Chaulk’s INFLUENCED on Friday The 13th (October) at Sweet Action Theatre! 

“Stephanie Carpanini does an amazing job as Donna Carnivora, stepping back and forth between pleasant interactions and outrageous outbursts. She’s creepy, yet oozes enough charisma to keep the audience from running out the doors.” -The Edmonton Journal

Inspired by her love of BOUFFON and campy horror films, KILLER PARTY is an apocalyptic comedy of female neurosis.  In the spirit of John Waters and David Lynch, her interactive show features the unraveling of a housewife gone wild who’s ready to party and kill until curtain call. Think Marilyn Monroe meets American Psycho!