Spotlight On: “This Play is Like _______”

“The shadow puppets are eating me alive. But in a good way.” So begins my conversation with Glenys Robinson, Playwright and Director of the production, This Play is Like _____, which blends the seemingly innocuous elements of high school, allergies, and anime obsession with original folklore, stand-up comedy, and the above mentioned carnivorous shadow puppets…. Read more »

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Paprika $2 Clothing Sale Madness!!!

Sugar encourages a healthy amount of youth-theatre-festival-supporting

On Saturday, November 24th, we had yet another successful $2 Clothing Sale to raise money for the Paprika Festival! In the weeks leading up to the event, participants and staff of the festival, Youth Advisory Board members, and anyone else who wanted to help out ran around the city collecting clothing and piling it all… Read more »

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Thoughts on Chicago from an Emerging Artist in Toronto

     My name is Katherine and I am a theatre artist. I recently started working for Paprika as a co-facilitator for the Creator’s Unit, only a year after moving to my new home, Toronto.  I have lived in many Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Montreal and Edmonton. I have, in equal measure, both loved and… Read more »

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Starting Up Paprika 2013: 24 Hours Until First Training Day

(Month 2 of  Rosamund being Associate Director…) Now I finally know what goes on behind the very exciting closed doors of Paprika Executive meetings. The answer is scheduling, scheduling, scheduling, and then sometimes we schedule things.  We also meet the roommates/partners/families of whomever’s living room we have taken over as office space on any given… Read more »

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Paprika’s Playwrights-in-Residence

I feel energized and old at the same time.  Energized by the talent, drive, and enthusiasm of so many young artists.  And old when I realize I’m a decade older than them.  But I just want to be their friend because they’re so cool. This week marks the start of the 11th annual Paprika Festival, ‘Toronto’s only… Read more »

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Shackles – A Push for Perfection

Upon the sudden realization that one has only a single week left to perfect their production, it is not uncommon for them to wish they were heavily skilled in the art of sorcery. However, as medicine, mathematics, and that old thorn in the side physics constantly reminds us, sorcery is usually considered useless when paired… Read more »

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Sweet Dreams Are Made of Short Rehearsals, Peanut Galleries, and Six Weirdos We All Can’t Stand

Coleen/Reality: Hi, I’m Reality, but I’m sometimes called Coleen. Kealin/Possibility: And I’m Kealin, also known as Possibility. Coleen/Reality: And we’re in a play, a delicate balance where we all know the true reality, Kealin/Possibility: But are also here to explore the possibilities. The play is titled, ‘Sweet Dreams’ and it revolves around a seventeen year-old… Read more »

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Instructions for Use: A Blog Post

Hi there, this is the blogger checking in from the Instructions for Use team. Hopefully this blog will give you an inside look on the Paprika process. Instructions for Use, written by Aviva Philipp-Muller, is built around the character Emmanuel, who makes his living writing instruction. He, the family next door, and a door-to-door blender… Read more »

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Exploring the Creative Process: Drafts

Hey there fellow Paprikans, just thought I’d check in with you guys and keep you guys in the loop as to the sort of things we’re trying to do here at Drafts.  As it’s a very movement oriented piece, we’ve done numerous exercises trying to explore just that, movement.  What you’re seeing below is an… Read more »

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