Theatre Aquarius 2022/23 Season

NEW STORIES! NEW IDEAS! SHARED WORLDS!

Theatre Aquarius is delighted to welcome you to its 2022/23 Season – an All-Canadian season that speaks to identity, finding your voice, feeling relevant in a world obsessed with youth and innovation, the power of friendship, tolerance and chosen family.

“We want people to see themselves here at Theatre Aquarius. This is a season to embrace the unexpected joy found in new stories, new ideas and shared worlds,” explains Artistic Director Mary Francis Moore. “Aquarius staff and artists collectively feel a sense of renewed hope and optimism as we reach new audiences, deliver new programs and create value added opportunities.”

Join us for the 2022/23 Season: six plays, including three world premières, which will provoke, delight, inspire and transform!

New subscriptions available now! Visit the Box Office in person at 190 King William Street, Hamilton ON, L8R 1A8 or by calling 905.522.7529 or 1.800.465.7529. General single tickets on sale now!

2022/2023 season artwork by Felix Vlasak

Salt Baby

September 14 – October 1 – 2022                                                                                                                    Written by Falen Johnson

A modern comedy about looking for who you really are. 

Salt Baby is a Six Nations woman, whose light skin sets her apart from her relatives, both on the rez and in the city. This play brings heart to the experience of being mixed blood and feeling ‘invisibly ethnic’ while lampooning expectations of what it means to look Indigenous.



Artwork by Doowah Design

Salt Baby Show Art

Serving Elizabeth

October 19 – November 5, 2022
Written By Marcia Johnson 

In the script of history, who gets a speaking role?

In Kenya in 1952, Mercy, a restaurant proprietor, is hired to cater the impending visit of Princess Elizabeth, soon to be Queen. In 2015, another story unfolds in London, England, where a young Kenyan-born Canadian, Tia, is working as an intern on a TV drama series about the British royal family – while also pursuing a writing project of her own. These parallel narratives seem only coincidentally connected – until a surprising twist reveals a deeper relationship between the two.

Audiences are certain to enjoy this ingenious contemporary drama that keeps us guessing as it explores issues of colonialism, nationalism and the question of who gets to have a voice.

Artwork by Yara Jakymiw 

A Hamilton Holiday

December 7 – 24, 2022
Created by Mary Francis Moore and company

Following last year’s runaway success, Home For The Holidays, we’re thrilled to present a festive evening of music and stories for the whole family, from around the world and down the street.

A Hamilton Holiday features a spectacular Hamilton-Proud cast of performers each with their own memories and traditions that will light up your festive spirit and uplift your heart.

Experience the holiday magic and joy of the season. Come, join in the tradition and celebrate the holidays with your family and friends at Theatre Aquarius!

Holiday photograph by David Fillion

The Extinction Therapist

January 25 – February 11, 2023
Written by Clem Martini 

World Première 

Dr. Marshall’s therapeutic practice offers unconventional group support to those threatened with imminent extinction. In his current sessions, a libidinous woolly mammoth, a testy short-eared shrew, the uncompromising smallpox virus, an insecure tyrannosaurus rex and the hapless Minister for the Environment convene to receive therapy, in an attempt to come to terms with the complicated, volatile feelings associated with their precarious life-and-death circumstances.

When Dr. Marshall’s personal issues are inadvertently introduced, matters of the heart, matters of environmental culpability, and personal mortality become inextricably intertwined. 

Artwork by Felix Vlasak

The Gig

March 8 – 25, 2023
Written By Mark Crawford
Rolling World Première 

Three drag queens have been hired to perform at a private function. The catch? Tonight’s event is a campaign fundraiser for a Conservative politician. As the queens struggle to agree on how to proceed, the campaign manager and rookie candidate attempt to send a message of inclusivity and hope to their voters. Throw in an unimpressed venue technician and a long-standing MP who’s been forced into retirement and, honey, this gig will have you “gagging!” Politics! Sibling rivalry! Wigs! 

The Gig is a contemporary comedy that asks: what do we do when we don’t see eye-to-eye? 

Artwork by Felix Vlasak

Maggie

April 19 – May 6, 2023

Music by Johnny Reid, Matt Murray & Bob Foster
Book & Lyrics by Johnny Reid and Matt Murray
Direction & Dramaturgy by Mary Francis Moore
Musical Direction & Supervision by Bob Foster 

World Première 

Meet Maggie, a Scottish single mother of three boys. Set between 1954 and 1976, MAGGIE tells the inspirational tale of a fiery school cleaner living in the mining town of Lanarkshire Scotland. After suffering an unthinkable loss, Maggie must rely on her strength, sense of humour and fiercely loyal group of friends to raise her boys and protect them from the harsh and ever-changing world around them. Based on a true story, MAGGIE features a soul-stirring score by award-winning recording artist Johnny Reid. A tribute to Johnny’s Granny and the people of an almost forgotten generation, this exciting new musical is a celebration of family, community and the joy and laughter that can be found, even in the darkest of times.  

Presale dates for single tickets for Tartan Army: July 20, 2022 to July 22, 2022

Artwork by Felix Vlasak

GET YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TODAY!  

Join us for the 2022/23 Season: six plays, including three world premières, which will provoke, delight, inspire and transform!  

New subscriptions available now! Visit the Box Office in person at 190 King William Street, Hamilton ON, L8R 1A8 or by calling 905.522.7529 or 1.800.465.7529. 

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