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 Ross
Winner of the Critics’ Choice award at the 2016 Hamilton Fringe Festival, The Bathtub Girls is inspired by the first known case of sibling matricide in Canada. The murder took place in 2003, Mississauga, Ontario. Two sisters, egged on by their friends, drowned their mother in their family home’s bathtub, and expressed it to be a mercy killing. The play examines how three immigrants' determination to rapidly assimilate into a Canadian suburb led to the destruction of their family, and the reformation of the girls’ lives. The play is a combination of movement-based story-telling, direct address, and verbatim, folkloric, and original writing.
The Bathtub Girls has been performed at Hamilton Fringe 2016, Winnipeg Fringe 2017, and as a workshop at the Tapestry Opera space in Toronto, as part of Then They Fight Theatre's Then Speak series. It made its American premiere at the Twin Cities Horror Festival in October of 2018, at the Southern Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota, produced by The Cold Harts.
Created by Natalia Bushnik, Robin Luckwaldt Ross, and Ilya Marvin Ilyashuck
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, an extension of the Hamilton Fringe.
Study of a Gambler in Neon
Created by Robin Luckwaldt Ross
An elderly woman juggling between her gambling addiction and her family; Windsor, ON.
Maybelle's Guide to Maintaining Perfection
Created by Natalia Bushnik
A psychoanalytic play.
Maybelle, a girl of fourteen, works hard to be perfect. She was not born superior. 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 on one morning, intercut with four future sessions with a child psychologist.
** Outstanding Original Script, and Outstanding Acting Performance - awarded by acclaimed Canadian Playwright Maja Ardal, London One-Act Festival **
“Bushnik commands the stage the second she awakens” - The Hamilton Spectator