A densely packed week of new theatre, dance, music and more from young artists across this city and beyond

Join us from April 7 to 12th at Theatre Passe Muraille and experience new plays, workshop productions and full performances. This is the art of tomorrow, see it first.

7pm and 9pm MainStage shows
Each show is a double bill featuring original plays, collective creation and dance performances. These works are created by our Productions program, our Creators’ Unit, Resident Company and our Artists’ Lab members.

6pm readings and late night programming on the CabStage
Each night begins at 6pm with a free-of-charge professional reading of new scripts by our Playwrights-in-Residence. On the Saturday of the Festival at 4:30pm, our New Writers Series includes five up and coming writers who will share excerpts of their latest work.

Following the MainStage shows at 10:30pm to midnight the Advisory Board, a young committee of artists, producers and creative thinkers will present their free Advisory Board After Parties, featuring an eclectic mix of cabaret, musical performances, dance parties and karaoke singing by young artists in the upstairs TPM bar.

Festival Calendar

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Ticket Pricing:
All ticketed performances are $5.00 + service fee (online purchases incur an additional credit card fee)
Non-ticketed performances are free of charge

Festival Pass:
Passes give you exclusive access to every show in the Festival. That’s a $75.00 value!

Public Festival Pass: $50.00
Participant Festival Pass: $40.00 (Participants will need to purchase their passes in person or over the phone and give their name in order to obtain tickets)

Once you have obtained your pass, you can use it to book your tickets in advance or on the day of. Simply show your pass or use your pass number to book.

Box Office Policies:
-Tickets are non-refundable. Ticket exchanges are subject to a $1.50 fee.
-Seating is General Admission so please arrive early.
-Latecomers will be seated upstairs in balcony.

Other Info:
-There is no ATM on site, but a BMO bank is down the road on Queen Street
-Alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages along with small snacks are available at the Theatre

Theatre Passe Muraille
16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto

2014 Festival Lineup



APRIL 8, 9 & 11 AT 6PM AND

Bilal Baig | Glenys Robinson | Eric Tran
These writers have undergone an intensive 6 month writing process under the mentorship of some of this countries best know playwrights. They will present their scripts as full readings by professional actors.

New writer series

APRIL 12TH, 4:30 TO 7PM

Meagan Gove | Katie Housley | Charles Pond
Ethan Ryckman | Andrea Villanueva
A showcase of new scripts by five exciting new writers. This is a one day only presentation of back to back excerpts.

Advisory Board After Parties


Brought to you by the Advisory Board – A committee of artists, arts administrators, advocates and socialites. Join them each night of the Festival for a cabaret showcase of musical acts, dance parties, karaoke singing and much more.

Pro Speed Date


An exciting, one-night-only, opportunity to connect with leading professionals from the theatre community all in one place. This networking event is open to all and will be an informal series of one-on-one conversations. The TPM bar will be open! Entry is PWYC (suggested $10). Any donations support the Paprika Festival.
Special guests include:
Toronto Fringe Executive Director, Kelly Straughan
Lighting Designer, Jason Hand
Playwright, Djanet Sears
Director & Artistic Programmer, Joanne Williams
Dramaturge, Mel Hague


Resident Company

Created by Jeremy Urbina Abrazado, Hannah Kaya, Savannah Lavallée
& Chelsea Ranger

How heavy is light? What is it like to be a shadow in a dark room? What time is dragon eating time? The Paprika Resident Company, in collaboration with young artists from Alexandra Park Community Centre, attempt to answer these questions and more with spoken word, music, visual art and physical theatre.

Creators’ Unit

Created by Maggie Cheung, Liam Glinka, Aine Donnelly,
Trish Hector, Romina Julian, Ethan Ryckman, Annie Telford

Delirium is a story about what it takes to achieve perfection and the true reality behind the façade.


Almost Enough
By Angelica Varela-Diaz
A truthful “dramedy” about the ever changing relationships of teenagers as they cope with loss, love and growing up.

An Ode to Dyads
Written & performed by Hannah Kaya & Connor Spencer
Two beings. Doomed to forever repeat their existence in a strange and disquieting world where chairs are loyal companions, exalted French poets dictate emotion, and narrative is swallowed by metaphysical clowns.

Billy Wigglesticks
By Nastasia Pappas-Kemps
In 1994, a group six teens in a Reform School are forced to perform Shakespeare’s classic Romeo & Juliet. True to coming age format, their life begins to mirror that of the play as old conflicts arise, petty romance turns to deep affection and the teens come to find the true meaning of “star crossed”.

Caught in a Bad Romance
By Ioana Luchian & Angelo Dallen
A crazy comedy whose message of unconditional love will surely touch your heart. Full of twists, romance, and a very angry puppet, Caught in A Bad Romance combines elements of Absurdist Theatre, Commedia dell’arte and Bertolt Brecht’s Epic theatre in a way that will surely leave your jaw hanging and make you want to rethink your life.

By Sabah Haque and Collective
A story about the struggles of growing up and how those struggles continue to affect relationships into adulthood. It is a story of balance, destruction, illness, and healing told with movement, dance, and music.

Artist Lab Projects

Dirty Stacee
By Wesley Colford
Dirty Stacee is a new play-in-development about intimacy, internet porn addiction, and Star Trek.

Created by No Parachute Theatre, Performed by Katelyn McCulloch
No Parachute Theatre brings a workshop presentation of the sequel to its hit show Fragments.
Using the ineffability of memory to inform choreography that addresses the transitional spaces between ground and air as well as the porous spaces between audience and performer, No Parachute Theatre delivers a beautiful presentation of low-flying aerial-silks and story-telling.

She is All There
By Lara Stokes
What do our past loves bring to our present loves? A couple struggles with their heartbreaking past as they work to resurface with new romances.

Written & performed by Laurel Brady
A One Woman show about a Daughter recounting her experience of mental illness to her Mother during a pivotal night in her life. This risky show was createdthrough a combination of writing, and physical explorations.\

Ties of Blood: The Brontës
By Caity Quinn
A vivid dreamscape that interprets the lives and art of the Brontë siblings, authors of the beloved classics ‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘Jane Eyre.’ Four artists, four geniuses, one family. Conflicting loyalties, forbidden love, and competing affections intersect in this tale of a family torn apart by fame, alcoholism, and the dark twists of fate. Through movement inspired from Japanese Kabuki and Noh theatre, live folk music, and text drawn from their diaries, letters, and novels, Ties of Blood presents a mesmerizing glimpse into the tortured world of the Brontës.