Visiting the audience in the present day, Gertrude and Alice come to find out how history has treated them. The couple recounts stories of their forty-year relationship; of meetings with iconic artists and writers; and of Alice’s overwhelming, consuming devotion to Gertrude’s genius. Before they leave, they want to find out what has become of their artistic and cultural influence, and how their lives and work are—or are not—remembered.
Evalyn Parry is the artistic director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto. Her award-?winning, innovative and interdisciplinary work is inspired by intersections of social justice, history and auto/biography. A theatre performer, writer, director, and deviser, Evalyn is also a singer-?songwriter; she has released five critically acclaimed CDs of original music, and a short film, To Live in the Age of Melting: Northwest Passage, in collaboration with Elysha Poirier. She is the winner of the KM Hunter Artist Award for Theatre, the Ken McDougall Award for Directing, and the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award. Her theatre-?concert SPIN—?about the feminist history of the bicycle—?has had more than 250 performances around North America. Other recent theatre projects at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre include directing The Youth/Elders Project, the multi–Dora Mavor Moore Award–winning Obaaberima
Anna Chatterton is a librettist, playwright, and performer. She is a two-time finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama—in 2018 for her play Gertrude and Alice (co-written with Evalyn Parry), and in 2017 for her play Within the Glass. Her solo play Quiver was a finalist for the 2019 Hamilton Literary Awards in Fiction. Anna's plays have been produced by the Shaw Festival, Nightwood Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, and Alberta Theatre Projects, among others. Anna has been a playwright-in-residence at Nightwood Theatre, the National Theatre School of Canada, Tarragon Theatre, and Tapestry Opera. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
Karin Randoja is a multi-?award-?winning theatre artist who has directed and dramaturged devised performance for almost thirty years. She graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada (acting) and went on a to be a founding member of Primus Theatre and the Independent Aunties. She has also been the director/dramaturge of such plays as This Is The Point, huff by Cliff Cardinal (winner of multiple Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Quebec Critics’ Award, Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation and the RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwright Prize), Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera, My Nightmares Wear White (winner of the SummerWorks Spotlight Award for Performance), and numerous other performances that have been nominated for the Prix Rideau, Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and the Capital Critics Circle Award. Her work has been seen in Australia, Denmark, India, Italy, France, England, Japan, and Mozambique. As a teacher/directo
“Talent is talent is talent is talent, to echo Gertrude Stein’s well-known statement about a rose. You’ll find plenty of it, along with humour, satire and affection, in the Independent Aunties’ take on the lives and work of perhaps the best-known lesbian couple of the early 20th century, writer/thinker Gertrude Stein and her devoted partner, Alice B. Toklas.” —Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine
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