Pest Me Pet Me

Presented by Pat The Dog Theatre Creation Femme Folk Fest in Kitchener, Waterloo

March 10 – 11 at Chainsaw (28 King St N, Waterloo, ON N2J 2W7)

Creators & Performers:

Animacy Theatre Collective Artist - Morgan Johnson.
Morgan Johnson
as Rocket & Megan
Animacy Theatre Collective Artist - Alexandra Simpson
Alexandra Simpson
as Rascal & Allison
Heather Marie Annis - Director, Pest Me Pet Me
Heather Marie Annis
Director & Dramaturgical Support
Rebecca Ballarin - Producer, Pest Me Pet Me
Rebecca Ballarin
Producer
Kristin Freeland
Stage Manager
 
Lock your trash bins and oil your drain pipes. Raccoon is QUEEN in the 6ix. Pest Me Pet Me follows two raccoons who face off with two female roommates undergoing a suspicious renoviction from their downtown Toronto apartment. United by ongoing compost bin wars and raccoon Instagram funerals, the two species find themselves with more in common than previously thought. Pest Me Pet Me is a physical theatre, research-based play that explores themes of displacement, female rage, and housing and work precarity in Toronto through raccoon-human relationships. This work aims to address the multitude of stereotypes, judgements, and limitations attached to certain species, genders and sexualities through physical exploration, satire and comedy. In a surprising Frankenstein twist, the Ford-era in Toronto has amassed enough garbage to bring forth a formidable new enemy. Hell hath no fur(r)y like a raccoon scorned.
 

Original workshop production presented by Animacy Theatre Collective at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace

Jan 31 – Feb 2, 2020

 

Support by the OAC and TAC

Created & Performed by Morgan Johnson & Alexandra Simpson
 
Directed by Heather Marie Annis
 
Produced by Rebecca Ballarin
 
Stage Managed by Kristin Freeland
 
Lighting Design by Logan Cracknell
 
Photography & Website Design by Kathryn Hanson, ShutteredEye.ca
 

Special thank you to Arts & Letters Club Toronto for providing rehearsal space through their Community Outreach Program

Thank you for the support of the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council (OAC).

Animacy Theatre Collective is proud to be a company in residence at Generator.

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as Rocket & Megan

Morgan Johnson

Morgan Johnson is an interdisciplinary artist and theatre creator who aims to use performance for social change. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor during which time she also studied at the Moscow Art Theatre School and with the SITI company. She has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University and is working towards her doctorate in the same program. Morgan is co-artistic leader of Animacy Theatre Collective where she most recently worked as a creator/performer on Upstream Downtown, a physical clown show about salmon in Toronto (performed at Toronto Festival of Clowns, Toronto Fringe, and with Evergreen Brickworks and the TRCA). With Animacy Theatre Collective (ATC) Morgan is currently working on a new show about social and environmental precarity in Toronto as seen through the raccoon-human relationship.

 

as Rascal & Allison

Alexandra Simpson

Alexandra Simpson is an interdisciplinary artist and activist with a background in devised theatre creation, mask (building and performance), dance and play-writing. She is the co-Artistic Leader of Animacy Theatre Collective, a Toronto-based company focused on the creation of original works that speak to social and environmental justice.

Alexandra has a BFA in Performance Acting and an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson and a MA in Performance and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto. Alexandra is a recipient of the Chalmers Professional Development Fund and in July 2019 went to the International Sartori Workshop in the Art of Commedia dell’Arte to study mask building in wood, leather and papier mache. 

Recent credits include: Blood & Soil (Theatre Artaud), Upstream Downtown (Animacy Theatre Collective), and the Five Points (Theatre by the Bay).

Director & Dramaturgical Support

Heather Marie Annis

Heather Marie Annis is a director, theatre-maker, playwright, actor, theatrical and therapeutic clown, Co-Artistic Director of U.N.I.T. Productions, and “Morro” of the Dora Award and Canadian Comedy Award winning clown duo Morro and Jasp.  She was part of the 2018 Directors Lab North and has directed numerous youth and community productions through Howland Academy and YPT. Heather is directing a staged reading of Julia Lederer’s U-R-U at the NextStage Festival. She is thrilled to be working with Animacy Theatre Collective.

Producer

Rebecca Ballarin

Rebecca Ballarin is a theatre director and producer, currently based in Toronto. In addition to her training at U of T, she has completed directing workshops with a number of prominent Canadian directors including Kim Collier and Jackie Maxwell. Recent credits include: (Director) Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 7 Stories (Hart House Theatre), O (United Solo Festival), and 291 (Parados Festival); (Assistant Director) The Flick with Outside the March, and The Haunting of Hungerford House with Tweed & Company.
Rebecca is the Artistic Producer of Pearle Harbour Presents and is currently directing and co-producing Pearle Harbour’s Agit-Pop! for the Next Stage Festival this coming January. Rebecca is also the Artistic Producer of Tweed & Company Theatre.

Stage Manager

Kristin Freeland

Kristin Freeland is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School’s Performance Production Program. Recent credits include: Stage Manager for Blood & Soil (Theatre ARTaud), The Rage Against Trilogy: Inferno (Theatre ARTaud, Toronto Fringe Festival 2018), Grab Em By The Pussy (Theatre ARTaud), Professionally Ethnic (SummerWorks 2017), She Kills Monsters (Orphaned Egret), <<Blackouts>> & NOIR (Orphaned Egret), Look Back in Anger (FeverGraph Theatre Company), Enough Rope (SummerWorks 2013), Drama Program Creator & Specialist (The Shadow Lake Centre), Front of House for The Toronto Fringe Festival, Production Intern for The Canadian Opera Company.