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(2013)

written and directed by brandon crone

performed by alex dault, jakob ehman, john fray, kiran friesen, leah holder

stage management by jen mills

design by claire hill

fight direction by jeremy hutton



Vicki, a recovering sex addict, befriends Darcy, a rehabilitation worker. But when she accidentally gets introduced to Darcy's volatile older brother, a spiralling chain of events threatens her new life and everyone around her.

 

safeword premiered Turtleneck at hub14 art and performance works, February 7th - 17th, 2013

AWARDS

Nominated for 'Best Supporting Actor' (John Fray) - 2013 My Theatre Awards Toronto, My Entertainment World

 

REVIEWS

"Turtleneck gives Toronto indie theatre a good name."

"Unlike anything I’ve seen on a stage...it made me feel bad, and it turned me on."

"I’m feeling pretty tempted to position Turtleneck among my top three favorite plays I’ve seen in Toronto."

-Joslyn Kilborn, Mooney on Theatre (Read full article here)

 

"The actors are some of the most outstanding I have seen in a long time."

"This is an experience that I will not forget for a long time to come."

-Lorenzo Pagnotta, My Entertainment World (Read full article here)

 

MEDIA

Dossier for Brandon Crone, Director/Playwright of Turtleneck - A Field of Crowns, Andrew Gabourey (Read article here)

Interview Series with John Fray - My Entertainment World (Read article here)

(LtoR) Jakob Ehman as Louis, Kiran Friesen as Vicki
(LtoR) Jakob Ehman as Louis, Kiran Friesen as Vicki

PHOTO CREDIT: LARA NOELL

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(LtoR) Kiran Friesen as Vicki, Jakob Ehman as Louis
(LtoR) Kiran Friesen as Vicki, Jakob Ehman as Louis

PHOTO CREDIT: LARA NOELL

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Original Poster for Turtleneck
Original Poster for Turtleneck

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(LtoR) Jakob Ehman as Louis, Kiran Friesen as Vicki
(LtoR) Jakob Ehman as Louis, Kiran Friesen as Vicki

PHOTO CREDIT: LARA NOELL

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Turtleneck Trailer

Turtleneck: The Film Trailer

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(2013)

written and directed by brandon crone

performed by thomas gough, jakob ehman and karen slater

design by claire hill

stage management by cristina hernandez

fight direction by jeremy hutton

 

Gray, a sperm donor, meets his son for the first time. But as more children get added to the roster, a dream becomes a nightmare with disastrous consequences. 

 

safeword premiered Donors at hub14 art and performance works, November 7th - 17th, 2013

AWARDS

Nominee - 'Outstanding Performance - Male' (Jakob Ehman)

2014 Dora Mavor Moore Awards

WINNER - 'Best New Work' (Brandon Crone)

2013 My Theatre Awards Toronto, My Entertainment World

 

REVIEWS

4 STARS

"Horror, comedy and sex are stirred into a mesmerizing tour de force..."

"Brandon Crone drops the audience into a sexually-charged uncomfortable situation, makes the laughs choke in their throats, and suddenly they discover that there is no safe word."

-Drew Rowsome, My Gay Toronto (Read full article here)

 

"Gasps, laughs, and indescribable throat noises interchangeably arise from audience members throughout."

"Impeccably performed."

"safeword is a flash of light in darkness..."

-Michael Polubiec, My Entertainment World (Read full article here)

(LtoR) Karen Slater as Alice, Thomas Gough as Gray, Jakob Ehman as Jonathan
(LtoR) Karen Slater as Alice, Thomas Gough as Gray, Jakob Ehman as Jonathan

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Karen Slater as Alice
Karen Slater as Alice

PHOTO CREDIT: John Gundy

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Original Poster for Donors
Original Poster for Donors

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(LtoR) Karen Slater as Alice, Thomas Gough as Gray, Jakob Ehman as Jonathan
(LtoR) Karen Slater as Alice, Thomas Gough as Gray, Jakob Ehman as Jonathan

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Donors Trailer

MEDIA

Dossier for Claire Hill, Scenographer for Donors - A Field of Crowns, Andrew Gabourey (Read article here)

Interview Series with Playwright Brandon Crone - My Entertainment World (Read article here)

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Mooney on Theatre (View here)

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written and directed by brandon crone

performed by alexander plouffe and g. kyle shields

stage management by katherine belyea

lighting design by randy lee

 

A quirky and salacious window into the imperfect life of a gay couple with an affinity for junk food, weed, and bananas.

 

safeword premiered Maypole Rose as part of Circle Jerk, a co-production with Soup Can Theatre and Aim for the Tangent Theatre featuring four short works of theatre at lemonTree studio, November 6th - 23rd, 2014

AWARDS

Nominee - 'Best Actor' (Alexander Plouffe)

2014 My Theatre Awards Toronto, My Entertainment World

Nominee - 'Best New Work' (Brandon Crone)

2014 My Theatre Awards Toronto, My Entertainment World

 

REVIEWS

“It was (and is) nothing short of spectacular.”

"The erotic politics of this play are gripping and, quite frankly, really hot."

"I have never seen anything that is simultaneously so convincingly mundane and so palpably sexually charged.”

"It is so hilarious, hot, and unbelievably perfect"

"Worth 10 times the price of admission."

-Jeremy Gardiner, Jeremy Thinks Things (Read full article here)

 

"Every creative element on display here is operating at the highest level, working together to create an unshakeable theatrical moment”

“Stunning portrait of love and marriage."

"Crone’s hilarious, heartfelt and heartbreaking script is matched by his nuanced and inventive direction, which is in turn matched by two of the most gloriously lived-in and generous performances I’ve seen in a very long time."

-Kelly Bedard, My Entertainment World (Read full article here)

 

"A stunning piece of theatre.”

"Crone’s script is hilarious, heartbreaking, and perhaps most importantly, it’s bluntly honest.”

"The performances given by Alexander Plouffe and G. Kyle Shields are both impactful and astonishingly real."

-Logan Brown, Mooney on Theatre (Read full article here)

 

MEDIA

Interview Series with Playwright Brandon Crone - My Entertainment World (Read article here)

(2014)

(LtoR) Alexander Plouffe as Torrance, G. Kyle Shields as Ryland
(LtoR) Alexander Plouffe as Torrance, G. Kyle Shields as Ryland

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(LtoR) Alexander Plouffe as Torrance, G. Kyle Shields as Ryland
(LtoR) Alexander Plouffe as Torrance, G. Kyle Shields as Ryland

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Original Poster for Circle Jerk
Original Poster for Circle Jerk

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(LtoR) Alexander Plouffe as Torrance, G. Kyle Shields as Ryland
(LtoR) Alexander Plouffe as Torrance, G. Kyle Shields as Ryland

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Maypole Rose Trailer

Trailer for Maypole Rose, Film Adaptation by Christine Buijs (2017)

Interview Series with Alexander Plouffe - My Entertainment World (Read article here)

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(2015)

written by brandon crone

directed by luke brown

performed by clint butler, jakob ehman and nicholas rice

scenography by claire hill

stage management by katherine belyea

produced by alex dault

lighting design by melissa joakim

costumes by julia matias

sound design by jakob ehman

 

Set in the backwoods of northern Ontario, Nature of the Beast is a comedic and heartbreaking examination of sexual repression and desire. Francis lives alone in the woods in a house he built himself. Things are usually quiet until Mike, his nephew, shows up at his doorstep seeking refuge from his abusive parents. Francis wouldn’t mind if he wasn’t already entertaining another guest... who just happens to be tied up in his basement. 

 

safeword/The Lone Wolf Collective premiered Nature of the Beast at

The Storefront Theatre, March 26th - April 11th, 2015. Support provided by the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

AWARDS

Nominee - 'Outstanding Performance - Male' (Jakob Ehman)

2015 Dora Mavor Moore Awards

Nominee - 'Outstanding Production'

2015 My Theatre Awards Toronto, My Entertainment World

Nominee - 'Outstanding New Work' (Brandon Crone)

2015 My Theatre Awards Toronto, My Entertainment World

Nominee - 'Outstanding Actor' (Nicholas Rice)

2015 My Theatre Awards Toronto, My Entertainment World

Nominee - 'Outstanding Supporting Actor' (Jakob Ehman)

2015 My Theatre Awards Toronto, My Entertainment World

(LtoR) Jakob Ehman as Mike, Nicholas Rice as Francis
(LtoR) Jakob Ehman as Mike, Nicholas Rice as Francis

PHOTO CREDIT: JOHN GUNDY

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Clint Butler as David
Clint Butler as David

PHOTO CREDIT: JOHN GUNDY

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Original Poster for Nature of the Beast
Original Poster for Nature of the Beast

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(LtoR) Jakob Ehman as Mike, Nicholas Rice as Francis
(LtoR) Jakob Ehman as Mike, Nicholas Rice as Francis

PHOTO CREDIT: JOHN GUNDY

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Nature of the Beast Trailer

REVIEWS

"Brandon Crone is known for plays that analyze contemporary sexual relationships and politics with a young and smart point of view.”

"...A very impressive Ehman, and a stunning immersive set by scenographer Claire Hill."

-Carly Maga, The Toronto Star (Read full article here)

 

"Brandon Crone is the bad boy of Canadian theatre."

"All the actors, Jakob Ehman, Clint Butler, and Nicholas Rice are terrific.”

"Luke Brown does a fine job of keeping the pace delightfully brisk, as a little bit of fibbing triggers a vortex of hilarious deception.”

"Crone’s writing is accurate and funny as hell. And what Crone bravely describes is far more commonplace than a Toronto audience might readily admit.”

-'In the Belly of the Beast' - Burke Campbell (Read full article here)

 

"Rice and Ehman generate strong chemistry in their scenes together."

"The plot turns dark and nasty, anger and violence replacing consolation and gentleness."

"The scenography by Claire Hill...takes the audience into the play’s environment from the moment we step into the performance space."

-Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine (Read full article here)

 

"Playwright Brandon Crone knows how to mess with an audience’s head. He leads us down the path of expectation and then veers off.”

"Provocative is definitely the word for Brandon Crone’s writing.”

-Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter (Read full article here)

 

"Crone smartly bypasses the obvious sex-farce stuff and goes for deeper humour and observations, nailing them consistently.”

“Designer Claire Hill’s done outstanding work bringing us into the picture, easily the best set I’ve seen at the Storefront in ages.”

"Crone’s script is piled high with goodies for the actors, and they run with it.”

"Rice’s ability to persuade us that he is precisely what he appears to be...is profound and chilling."

-Mike Anderson, Mooney on Theatre (Read full article here)

 

"I think he just wants us to feel something, even if it hurts."

"Jakob Ehman...wildly effective playing up his natural vulnerability."

"It's infuriating."

-Kelly Bedard, My Entertainment World (Read full article here)

 

MEDIA

Interview Series with Playwright Brandon Crone - My Entertainment World (Read article here)

Interview Series with Nicholas Rice - My Entertainment World (Read article here)

Interview Series with Jakob Ehman - My Entertainment World (Read article here)

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(2016)

written and directed by brandon crone

performed by prince amponsah, benjamin blais, marcia johnson,

khadijah roberts-abdullah

stage management by katherine belyea

produced by alex dault, claire hill, samantha holland

set design by rachel forbes

lighting design by julian bulof

costumes by holly lloyd

dramaturgy by emma mackenzie hillier

 

Freddie is a virgin. His mother has hired a woman to have sex with him. There's just one catch: Freddie is paralyzed and unable to speak.

 

The Contemptuous Collective, in association with safeword/The Storefront Arts Initiative premiered Contempt at The Storefront Theatre, February 19th - March 6th, 2016

Support provided by the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

AWARDS

Nominated for 'Best Supporting Actor' (Benjamin Blais)

2016 My Theatre Awards Toronto, My Entertainment World

REVIEWS

"Playwright/director Brandon Crone delights in confounding expectations and the plot, and all of the characters, are surprising, twisted and achingly real."

"The actors inhabit their roles completely and fearlessly, moving seamlessly from harsh reality to flippant fantasy." 

-Drew Rowsome, My Gay Toronto (Read full article here)

Prince Amponsah as Freddie
Prince Amponsah as Freddie

PHOTO CREDIT: John Gundy

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Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah as Tara
Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah as Tara

PHOTO CREDIT: John Gundy

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Original Poster for Contempt
Original Poster for Contempt

PHOTO CREDIT: John Gundy

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Prince Amponsah as Freddie
Prince Amponsah as Freddie

PHOTO CREDIT: John Gundy

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Contempt Trailer

"Contempt (is)...not only a spellbinding drama, but a terrific comedy as well."

"All the actors are very good and work seamlessly together."

-Burke Campbell, The Indie Critic (Read full article here)

 

"Very impressive on many levels."

"Contempt is what I would call a fabulous piece of theatre."

-Jess Gillis, Mooney on Theatre (Read full article here)

 

"Prince Amponsah as Freddie...is riveting"

"Crone fills his play with humour, a dream sequence, dancing, fantasy and harsh reality."

-Lynn Slotkin, The Passionate Playgoer (Read full article here)

 

"This is a Crone play, there is no right, and certainly no easy, answer."

"Brutal, often silly and ultimately beautiful."

-Kelly Bedard, My Entertainment World (Read full article here)

 

MEDIA

'Actor Prince Amponsah on returning to the stage after a tragic accident' - Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail (Read full article here)

'Brandon Crone on Contempt: Provocative IS the new mainstream' - Drew Rowsome, My Gay Toronto (Read full article here)

'That Wicked Boy' - Burke Campbell, The Indie Critic (Read full article here)