Santiago Guzmán's ALTAR marked TODOS Productions’ first piece of work. Its Premiere at the 4th Annual St. John's Short Play Festival received great a great response for its bilingual structure, as well as the themes (immigration, queerness, belonging) explored throughout the piece.
Synopsis Eugenio’s ex-boyfriend ghosted him several months ago and he is still not over him. Taking Día de Muertos and his mother's previous experience with paranormal activities in Mexico as references, Eugenio hopes that by setting up an altar he will be able to summon his ghost to sort out their past and talk about the end of their relationship once and for all. Would setting up an altar be enough for Eugenio to forgive, forget, and love again?
Written by and starring Santiago Guzmán Directed by Meghan Greeley Dramaturged by Robyn Huxter and Meghan Greeley Stage Managed by Azal Dosanjh Produced by TODOS Productions
In collaboration with the Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre Company, TODOS opened a submission call to the community, inviting artists with diverse backgrounds to apply to be part of a curated performance exploring the theme "Newfoundland from a Diverse Perspective".
The selected acts were diverse in content and form (music/poetry - immigration and relationship to space and body; drama - female queerness in rural NL; sketch comedy - queerness; dance - Bhangra dance with a Newfoundland and Labradorian twist; drag performance - lip sync).
Performers included Fionn Shea, Robyn Vivian and Elizabeth Hicks, Mallory Fisher and Meghan Greeley, and Akashdeep Singh and Twinkle Kaur, and Drag Queen Eda Kumquat.
TODOS Productions operates from St. John’s, Ktaqmkuk (colonially known as Newfoundland) and Labrador. We acknowledge Ktaqmkuk as the unceded and ancestral territory of the Beothuk and the Mi’kmaq; and Labrador as the traditional homelands of the Innu of Nitassinan, Inuit of Nunatsiavut, and the Inuit of NunatuKavut. We recognize all First Peoples who were here before us, those who live with us now, and the seven generations to come. We recognize that it is our duty to learn about the caretakers of this province who have been looking after the land and water before us, and we strive to work consciously and respectfully with them to support one another in solidarity and love.
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