Fonds 10-078 - Redlight Theatre fonds

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Redlight Theatre fonds

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CA ON0034 10-078

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  • 1960-1980, predominant 1974-1977 (Vervaardig)
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    Redlight Theatre

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98.6 cm of textual records
1868 photographs
1 drawing
1 key

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(1974-1977)

Institutionele geschiedenis

The Redlight Theatre was Toronto’s first professional feminist theatre company, operating from 1974 to 1977. Diane Grant, Marcella Lustig, and Francine Volker, who were actors and playwrights in Toronto’s alternative theatre scene, founded Redlight Theatre to give women artistic, technical and administrative opportunities in theatre. Grant, Lustig, and Volker served as Co-Artistic Directors and the theatre was run by a combination of hired staff and volunteers.

The Redlight Theatre mounted a wide range of productions addressing feminist topics such as the women’s history, gender stereotyping, and abortion. It produced original plays and commissioned work from playwrights such as Carol Bold and Margaret Hollingsworth. The Redlight Theatre’s most acclaimed production was What Glorious Times We Had written by Diane Grant, which told the story of Nellie McClung and the suffrage movement in Manitoba. What Glorious Times We Had premiered in 1974 and toured Canada for International Women’s Year in 1975. Other notable productions include Entrances (1974) written by Marcella Lustig and Francine Volker, Strange Games (1975) by Elinore Siminovitch, and Queen of the Silver Blades (1976) by Susan Swan and Margaret Dragu. The Redlight Theatre also sponsored Cleo Laine’s first concert in Canada.

In 1975, Redlight Theatre created the Playwrights Workshop to encourage women to develop professional skills in writing for the theatre. Plays that emerged from this workshop include Inside Looking In by Joann MacIntyre, Lies My Mother Told Me by Gay Claitman and Nancy White, and 10,000 Hellcats in Deepfreeze by Suzette Couture, Marcella Lustig, and Jacqueline Swartz.

Established with a grant from the Local Initiatives Program, the Redlight Theatre also received funding from The Secretary of State, the Canada Council, and the City of Toronto. The theatre never acquired sufficient funds to secure a permanent location so productions were staged in various venues, including the Matador Club, the Bathurst Street United Church, the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, and St. Paul’s Centre. After three seasons, the Redlight Theatre closed due to lack of funding in 1977.

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The records were donated to the University of Ottawa Archives and Special Collections in the summer of 1998 by Frieda Forman.

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This fonds consists of records related to the Redlight Theatre's performances and day-to-day operations. It is composed mainly of textual records and photographs. It contains a scrapbook that documents the Theatre's achievements. This fonds is organized according to six series: Administrative, Publicity and Reviews, International Women's Year Tour, Script Submissions and Correspondence, Research and Draft Plays, and Feminist and Theatre Periodicals and Publications.

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The fonds was donated to the University of Ottawa ARCS in 1998.

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The majority of the fonds is open and accessible, however, some files are restricted for a predetermined period of time. Please ask ARCS staff for further information.

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Revised in January 2019

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