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The Deposition of Harbour Pilot Francis Mackey A site-specific, verbatim theatre performance Part of the HRM’s Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Commemorations   In the room where it happened On the days it took place With the words that were spoken 100 years ago   December 16th and 17th 2017 – 2:00pm and 7:30pm The Halifax Provincial Court…
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This Is Nowhere

We are excited to officially announce This is Nowhere, our September 2018 ambient street performance, and one of 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. Capping our 20th season, This is Nowhere will be the largest Zuppa project to date. Explore the city’s past and present, and imagine…
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Team 100

Zuppa’s Annual Team 100 Membership Drive Please, Join Us! If you loved Slowly I Turn, Pop-Up Love Party and The Archive of Missing Things and want to help support Zuppa’s next great creation, join Team 100 before June 30th. Support from our members helps us create, perform, teach and tour. As our 2017-18 season approaches, we invite…
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Zuppa is hiring a Canada Summer Jobs student!

The 2017 Zuppa Summer Student Apprentice WHO The Participant must be an individual who: -will be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) on June 26th 2017 -was registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year; -intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year; -is a…
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Zuppa Soupa Cookbook Launch and Gala Soup Dinner

On November 24, Zuppa Theatre Co will launch a brand new soup cookbook, filled with amazing recipes from friends, family and fans of Zuppa, as well as some incredible chefs, and other special contributors. Please join us at NSCAD’s Art Bar for a gala soup dinner featuring soups and breads from some of Halifax’s best…
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Job Opportunity: Outreach and Administration Associate

JOB OPPORTUNITY:  Outreach and Administration Associate  This is a Canada Summer Jobs – funded project. Applicants must be returning full-time students. Hours – 35/week for 10 weeks Rate of pay – $10.70/hr Job Description: The Outreach and Administrative Associate will assist Zuppa’s artistic directors in the the planning and execution of Zuppa Theatre Co’s annual…
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Zuppa Brings Pop-Up Love Party to Mother’s Pizza – CBC Coverage

CBC’s Mainstreet’s Moira Donovan previews Zuppa Theatre’s remount of the Pop-Up Love Party by hosting a conversation with Stewart Legere and Dr. Eli Diamond. Read “Pop-Up Love Party brings Plato and pizza to Halifax’s north end” below, or at cbc.ca. Greek philosophers and good wine might seem like a pairing more suited to antiquity than the present…
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Wanderlust: Songs from the Road

Wanderlust: Songs from the Road is the 9th annual Music Room concert and silent auction in support of Zuppa Theatre Co. Wanderlust: Songs from the Road is sold out, however tickets may come available closer to the date. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email info@zuppatheatre.com, or try your luck…
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Jessica Barry named Education Associate

Zuppa Theatre Co is pleased to name Jessica Barry as our Education Associate at Armbrae Academy. Jessica is well-known to the Armbrae community, co-directing the annual Shakespeare Festival and writing and directing adaptations of The Never Ending Story, Mary Poppins, A Little Princess and Anne of Green Gables for grades primary-6. This year, Jessica will…
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Pop-Up Love Party “makes each mouthful feel like a meal, and each uttered thought feel like a magic spell,” say DARTcritics

Elizabeth Amos, Nicholas Leno, Hayley Malouin, and Alex Jackson review Pop-Up Love Party at the In the Soil Festival in St. Catharines, Ontario. Read “A Vivid Exclamation: Zuppa Theatre’s Pop-Up Love Party is a Love Story for Everyone” below, or at dartcritics.com. On a frigid April night, La Scala Ristorante burned hot with talk of…
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Pop-Up Love Party tours to St. Catharines, Ontario, and Bristol and Cardiff, UK

This spring, Zuppa Theatre Co. hits the road with the deep and delicious Pop-Up Love Party. First up is In the Soil Arts Festival, a three-day explosion of music, media, theatre, dance, installations, and out-of-the-box performance experiences in St. Catharines, Ontario. La Scala Ristorante will host Pop-Up Love Party–including head chef Dennis Johnston–for performances April…
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Pop-Up Love Party Production Photos Online Now

Mel Hattie, documentary storyteller, photographed the world premiere of Pop-Up Love Party. Read “Zuppa Theatre’s Pop-Up Love Party at Lion and Bright in Halifax” below, or at melhattie.com. View photos here, or at melhattie.com. Eros, philia, love and desire served up in a seven-course snacks menu designed by a Michelin-starred chef while Zuppa Theatre reinvents…
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Pop-Up Love Party serves up “flavour of love”

One week before the world premiere of Pop-Up Love Party, director Alex McLean and executive chef Daniel Burns talk to The Coast’s Melissa Buote about the latest food show from Zuppa Theatre Co. Read “Flavour of love” below, or at thecoast.ca. “A lot of people don’t actually know this, but the word ‘symposium’ in ancient…
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Call for Erotic Art for Pop-Up Love Party: Deadline Extended!

The deadline for submissions of erotic art, to be displayed at Lion & Bright from March 10 to 31, has been extended to 5:00 PM on Monday, March 9. Zuppa Theatre Co. is seeking submissions of erotic art for the world premiere of Pop-Up Love Party at Lion & Bright, running from March 19 to…
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Call for Erotic Art for Pop-Up Love Party

Zuppa Theatre Co. is seeking submissions of erotic art for the world premiere of Pop-Up Love Party in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Based on Plato’s Symposium, the latest creation from this award-winning performance ensemble is a discussion of and tribute to the many forms of erotic love. Eros is defined in myriad ways in the play,…
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“It goes right for the funny bone” says Elissa Bernard of Tiny Vaudevilles

Elissa Bernard of the Chronicle Herald reviews Tiny Vaudevilles. Read “Theatre review: Zuppa sparkles in Chekhov vaudevilles” below or at The Chronicle Herald. Zuppa Theatre Co. doesn’t often play purely for laughs. It goes right for the funny bone in Tiny Vaudevilles: Two Short Plays by Anton Chekhov, a two-hour evening of drama, song, jokes…
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Uncle Oscar’s Experiment named #1 Theatre experience this year!

Thanks, The Coast, Halifax’s Weekly, for naming “Uncle Oscar’s Experiment” your #1 theatre experience this year. Congratulations to Halifax on another full year of theatre! “1. Uncle Oscar’s Experiment (Zuppa Theatre Co.): Quirky, brilliant and gorgeous, this 10th anniversary remount showcased exactly why Zuppa has made an enduring name for itself on the Halifax theatre…
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Zuppa Theatre’s “Uncle Oscar’s Experiment” is not to be missed! says Short Presents

Short Presents blogs about her experience watching Uncle Oscar’s Experiment. Read “Zuppa Theatre Presents: Uncle Oscar’s Experiment (a review)” below or on her blog Short Presents. Pleasantly macabre, and musically delightful, Zuppa Theatre’s “Uncle Oscar’s Experiment” is not to be missed! I realize that be beginning of that statement is slightly an ironic, but blog…
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Uncle Oscar’s Experiment is “beautiful, perplexing, hilarious, heartbreaking, grotesque” says Sea Legs Collective

Jen Ochej in her blog Sea Legs Collective reviews Uncle Oscar’s Experiment. Read “Uncle Oscar’s Experiment, presented by Zuppa Theatre Co.” below or on her blog,Sea Legs Collective. We don’t often talk about non-music-specific stuff here on Sea Legs, and with good reason– we’re a music blog. However, sometimes something comes up that feels like…
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Uncle Oscar’s Experiment is “an imaginative and delightful Expressionistic exploration” says TWISI

Amanda Campbell reviews Uncle Oscar’s Experiment in her blog TWISI: Theatre Blog. Read “Uncle Oscar’s Experiment: 10 years later & still defying death” below or on TWISI. The 10th Anniversary production of Zuppa Theatre’s Uncle Oscar’s Experiment is an imaginative and delightful Expressionistic exploration of the traditions of the Grand Guignol and solidifies theatrically and…
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“Uncle Oscar’s Experiment has a crackling vitality” says Chronicle Herald

Elissa Barnard reviews Uncle Oscar’s Experiment. Read “Theatre review: Uncle Oscar stirs up frenetic fun” below or at The Chronicle Herald. Much like Uncle Oscar himself, Zuppa Theatre Co.’s Uncle Oscar’s Experiment is a mad scientist’s brew of music, dance, theatre and fairy tale. The unusual, hour-long show, first performed outdoors in 2003, is fun,…
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Uncle Oscar’s Experiment is “a beautifully choreographed feat of physical theatre” says The Coast

Kate Watson reviews Uncle Oscar’s Experiment. Read the article below or at The Coast. Gorgeous. Clever. Horrifying. Fantastical. Fun. These are all adjectives that could be used to describe Zuppa Theatre’s 10th anniversary remount of Uncle Oscar’s Experiment. The production is a beautifully choreographed feat of physical theatre, a hummable, strum-able musical mash-up (with a…
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Zuppa Theatre Co’s 10 year anniversary production of Uncle Oscar’s Experiment promises great hair and calamity

Stephanie Johns talks with Zuppa about the 10 year anniversary production of Uncle Oscar’s Experiment. Read “Oscar’s Ballad” below or at The Coast. Zuppa Theatre Co. presents a milestone production—a 10 year anniversary remount of Uncle Oscar’s Experiment (October 10-20, Fort Massey United Church, 5303 Tobin Street, uncleoscar.eventbrite.com), and lucky you gets to witness how…
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Uncle Oscar stages comeback!

Elissa Barnard talks with Zuppa on the remounting of Uncle Oscar’s Experiment. Read “Uncle Oscar stages comeback” below or at The Chronicle Herald Zuppa Theatre Co. enjoyed doing Uncle Oscar’s Experiment so much 10 years ago, it’s doing it again. “Every once in a while you feel you nail it,” says Alex McLean, director and…
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10th Anniversary production of Uncle Oscar’s Experiment October 10-20th!

We are happy to announce that our hit show Uncle Oscar’s Experiment will be ressurected for a special 10th Anniversary Edition production! Originally created in 2003, the show is about Felicity Luckless – a girl who brings bad luck to everything and everyone she encounters. Part clown show, part musical and part grand guignol bloody…
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“Rich, wordlessly complex, intense and fascinating” says TWISI of The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions

Amanda Campbell in her blog TWISI:The Way I See It Theatre Blog reviews The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions. Read “Zuppa Attains Gigantick Emotions” below or on TWISI. The first thing that struck me upon entering the Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre for Zuppa Theatre’s production of The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions, which closes there tonight, was the gorgeously…
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The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions “something magical”

Elissa Barnard of the Chronicle Herald reviews The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions. Read the review below or on The Chronicle Herald. In its 15 years, Zuppa Theatre Co. has featured an actor eating on a giant, raw onion, a fog-filled subterranean space, a ceiling of hanging records, dense music, intense physicality and highly theatrical storytelling. And…
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Slowly I Turn Wins Outstanding Production at Merritt Awards

“Zuppa Theatre Company won outstanding production for Slowly I Turn: A Parlour Vaudeville in One Act, a play Stone created about fathers and sons in which he starred with his father, John. The play was performed in the living room of Stone and Hamilton’s rented Halifax apartment.” To read more about the night, read Andrea…
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The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions premieres April 12-21 in Halifax

Celebrating 15 years of evocative, dynamic, and utterly original theatre, Halifax’s Zuppa Theatre Co. will premiere their newest creation, The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions, April 12–21, 2013 at the Scotiabank Studio Theatre as part of the Neptune Theatre Open Spaces Program. The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions follows a military translator as he returns to Halifax from Afghanistan to…
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Zuppa Theatre Co. wins Outstanding Production, Set Design at Merritt Awards

Zuppa Theatre Co.’s Slowly I Turn: a parlor vaudeville in one act won the Theatre Nova Scotia Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Production on Monday night. Conceived by Ben Stone, the show was nominated for six awards, including Outstanding New Play, and also won for Outstanding Set Design (Leesa Hamilton). This marks the second Outstanding…
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Zuppa Theatre Co. invites you to Seek Electricity!

How are audiences captivated, texts animated, theatres brought to life? What can an actor do to light up a stage? Seek Electricity! is Zuppa Theatre Co.’s inaugural two-week workshop for excited aspiring actors. The result of more than a decade’s work together, our approach to performance combines physical and vocal training, a spirit of restless…
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The Gigantick Lovesick Serenade Postponed Due to Storm

Dear lovers and loners, Thanks for bearing with us. We’re calling off The Gigantick Lovesick Serenade tonight – but all is not lost! We’re only postponing the concert. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 16, when lovers and loners will be reunited at The Music Room. We’ll have the same silent auction items, the same…
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“The Debacle’s Back!”

“Starting tonight, don’t miss the limited run of the acclaimed play”. Stephanie Johns talks to Sue Leblanc-Crawford about the upcoming production of The Debacle. Read “The Debacle’s back” below or at The Coast. Running November 15 to 18 at Armbrae Academy (1400 Oxford Street, Nov. 15-18, 8pm and Nov. 17-18, 2:30pm, info@zuppatheatre.com) is Zuppa Theatre’s…
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“The Debacle restaged for short Halifax run”

Elissa Barnard talks with Sue Leblanc-Crawford about The Debacle‘s return to the stage.Read “One-woman play The Debacle restaged for short Halifax run” below or at The Chronicle Herald. Zuppa Theatre Co. is calling its remount of The Debacle the “always-a-bridesmaid” limited run. That’s because the one-woman play, co-written by actor Susan Leblanc-Crawford and director Ann-Marie…
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Zuppa Theatre Co. to re-stage 2011 hit, The Debacle

The ever-dynamic Zuppa Theatre is staging a special, Always-A-Bridesmaid… run of their 2011 hit play, The Debacle, November 15–18, 2012 at Armbrae Academy Drama Studio. Since premiering in Halifax in April 2011, The Debacle was nominated for four Theatre Nova Scotia Robert Merritt Awards including Best Production; was one of only five nominees for the…
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Slowly I Turn is “a charming reflective piece” says The Coast

Kate Watson reviews Slowly I Turn in her article “The Stones shine in Slowly I Turn”. Read the article below or at The Coast. The Stones Shine in Slowly I Turn:  The smell of baking bread greets the audience as they enter the eclectically cluttered living room that serves as a stage for Zuppa’s latest envelope-pushing production….
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Slowly I Turn: A Parlour Vaudeville in One Act

Slowly I Turn is Zuppa’s newest creation. Written by Zuppa founder and principle actor Ben Stone, the show is a about a father and son fullfilling a long-time dream of performing together…by putting on a play in their living room. Starring Ben Stone and his real-life father John (a much loved Halifax school teacher), Slowly…
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The Next Two Years at Zuppa Theatre Co.

Various things are coming down various pipes. In the Fall of 2011, Zuppa Theatre Co. collaborated with Cleveland-based playwright Mike Geither to develop a new show titled The Attaining Gigantic Dimensions. The show is maginification of small moments, a close investigation of little things that happen in between big things, and a meditation on the…
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The Debacle at The New Groundswell Festival, Toronto

Susan Leblanc-Crawford’s acclaimed solo performance played at Nightwood Theatre’s New Groundswell Festival in Toronto, December 2 through 10, 2011. We thank our friends at Nightwood and Toronto audiences for a great run. “surprising and touching […] a sensitive piece of theatre, highlighted by Leblanc-Crawford’s moving performance and some surprising visual moments that involve the work…
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Memories of Get Thee Behind Me, Satan, a Zuppa Theatre Co. Concert

The year was 2011. Popular unrest was spreading around the world. On November 18, 2011, a group of Halifax’s best musicians and Zuppa Theatre Co. teamed up to present an evening of protest songs in Halifax’s remarkable chamber music venue, The Music Room. The concert featured Rose Cousins, The Heavy Blinkers, Gypsophilia, Ryan MacGrath, Don…
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Five Easy Steps Went to Ottawa

Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world) ran at the 2011 Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa at the Arts Court Theatre. And so it was that the world ended, night after night, in our nation’s capital.

Australia’s The Ranters in Canada

Zuppa Theatre Co. was happy to present the Canadian premiere of Australia’s The Ranters.  From Tuesday April 12 to Saturday 16, 2011, The Ranters performed their new work Song in conjunction with Zuppa Theatre Co.’s The Debacle at The Plutonium Playhouse. Ranters Theatre is part of a collection of innovative companies that are making significant…
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Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world) Wins Three Theatre Nova Scotia Robert Merritt Awards

Zuppa Theatre Co.’s Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world) won three Theatre Nova Scotia Robert Merritt Awards on Tuesday: – Outstanding Production – Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role (Susan Leblanc-Crawford) – Outstanding Lighting Design (Louisa Adamson) In addition, Collaborator and Costume Designer Leesa Hamilton won the Mayor’s Award for Emerging…
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Play With Us at the Zuppa Theatre Co. Sport and Social!

Zuppa Theatre Co.’s annual Sport & Social is like the school fair of old. We have classic games like Chicken Toss and Duck-of-War, and modern international games like Ping Pong and Foosball. Saturday, March 19 at 8:00 pm in the Gym at Armbrae Academy, 1400 Oxford St., Halifax. Tickets are $10 and that gets you…
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Five Easy Steps Named #1 Play of 2010

The Coast has narrowed down their top 10 plays of 2010, and Zuppa Theatre Co.’s Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world) makes it to number one! “Gorgeous and haunting. A true high point,” writes Kate Watson. Read the full list.

Ladies’ Night at the Music Room, a Zuppa Theatre Co. Concert

In support of Zuppa Theatre Co.’s upcoming one-woman show, to be co-created by Susan Leblanc-Crawford and Ann-Marie Kerr, local musicians will be performing songs titled after women. This is our one big fundraiser of 2010, and we need your help! Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 7:30 PM The Music Room, 6181 Lady Hammond, Halifax. Cash…
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Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world)

“if you only see one play this year, make it Zuppa Theatre’s Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world)” “an original, haunting piece that will stick with you long after you’ve left the misty confines of its Brewery Market ‘stage.’” “The music by Jason Michael MacIsaac and David Christensen is both catchy and…
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Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world) in the News

The Coast Zuppa meets the market The Chronicle Herald Zuppa follows friends to the end of the world CKDU 88.1 FM News Collective – Operation Wake Up! “This performance melds […] words, movement, gesture and infuses them with light, space and music to create an inspired piece of theatre. The inexpressible is given voice and…
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Back From Wales With Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world)

Zuppa Theatre Co.’s Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world) returns from its world premiere in Cardiff, Wales. Three actors. An original musical score. The last night on Earth? In the midst of a shop’s dusty backroom, three aging school friends have assembled to bid farewell to the world on the night of…
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Newly re-named Zuppa Theatre Co. brings Poor Boy to Neptune Studio.

Tara Thorne interviews the creators of Poor Boy in her article “Zuppa Powers”. Read the article below or at The Coast. Zuppa Powers Halifax’s most inventive theatre company has a new name and a new production, Poor Boy, set in a pop-music fantasy world. But nothing’s changed about Zuppa Theatre’s physically creative process and their ability to…
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