Combining verbal and movement-based story-telling to let the grey area in, and between us all, shine.
The Bathtub Girls
Created by Natalia Bushnik and Robin Luckwaldt.
The Bathtub Girls is a fictional, multidisciplinary psychological-thriller, loosely inspired by the first documented case of sibling matricide in Canada. It examines how three immigrants’ determination to assimilate into a Canadian suburb leads to the destruction of their family, and the rebuilding of the girls' lives. The story follows the girls through childhood as they work to make a home for themselves in a new country. Through this struggle, their mother falls into a deep depression and alcoholism. Their mother’s addiction and neglect spiral increasingly out of control until — from their perspective — the only solution is to end her life; a drowning; a mercy killing.
We join the girls in their irreconcilable waking nightmare of survival and atonement, which began long before we arrived, and which we have no power to stop. When the water stills, the door’s broken down, the body carried away, who do we punish? Who do you judge?
Though the play is inspired by a piece of recent history, the characters and events of the play are imagined. The members of KAIROS have built characters based on their own experiences and imaginations in order to examine the consequences of neglecting young people in their times of need. This damage can last through generations. It is culturally necessary that we uplift the stories and needs of young people; it is our responsibility to help them cultivate tools for their future. The Bathtub Girls is an effort to wake people to this necessity.
In its various iterations over the past three years of development, The Bathtub Girls has been produced at: Hamilton Fringe (Critics’ Choice, 2016); Tapestry Opera Space, as part of Then They Fight's Then Speak series 2017; Winnipeg Fringe 2017; and the curated season of the Twin Cities Horror Festival 2018, Minneapolis, USA. It will have a two-week performance run at The Assembly Theatre in Parkdale, Toronto, as part of their 2019 curated season.
Created and performed by Natalia Bushnik, Robin Luckwaldt, and Ilya Marvin.
An individual in his effort to recover from an eating disorder. A site-specific piece performed in the top boardroom of the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Best Before: was one of the selected works for the Frost Bites Festival 2017.
** VIEW Magazine “Top 10 Performances of 2017 **
Study of a Gambler in Neon
Created and performed by Robin Luckwaldt.
An elderly woman juggling between her gambling addiction and her family; Windsor, ON.
** Adjudicator’s Award - presented by Maja Ardal, London One-Act Festival, 2016 **
Maybelle's Guide to Maintaining Perfection
Created and performed by Natalia Bushnik.
A psychoanalytic play that has been examined by psychology students as part of their research of personality disorders.
Maybelle, a girl of fourteen, works hard to be perfect. She schedules out each day in order to devote the proper amount of time refining each of her skills. To assist in these efforts, she made a list. This one-act, one-woman play, follows Maybelle preparing to go to school one morning, intercut with four future sessions with a child psychologist.
** Outstanding Original Script, and Outstanding Acting Performance, adjudicated by acclaimed Canadian Playwright, Maja Ardal (London One-Act Festival, 2016)
“Bushnik commands the stage the second she awakens” - The Hamilton Spectator