Desert MIgration, Lost Words & Madame Bovary
Desert MIgration, Lost Words & Madame Bovary

This week we commemorate Worlds AIDS Day with a trip to the desert, find religion with Pi Theatre, and get all risky with Studio 58.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]In honour of World AIDS Day, McLaren Housing Society presents the Canadian premiere of Desert Migration (Dec 1), a documentary on the life of long-term HIV/AIDS survivors who have migrated to form a unique community in Palm Springs where life is comfortable and both their homosexuality and health condition is not just tolerated, but welcomed.  Desert Migration examines their lives as they come to terms with the act of living again – embracing the second chance that has been given to them through pharmaceutical treatment.

McLaren Housing Society presents the Canadian premiere of Desert Migration to mark World AIDS Day in 2015
McLaren Housing Society presents the Canadian premiere of Desert Migration to mark World AIDS Day in 2015

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]Pi Theatre returns with another edition of Lost Words (Dec 1), a series focusing on banned, censored and controversial plays. This time it is all about religion with an exploration of theatre that was deemed to be too sacrilegious for people to hear and see. Seems appropriate this time of year, although we would have also accepted an exploration of theatre that featured Kris Kringle.

Lost Words
Pi Theatre’s Lost Words series examines banned, censored and controversial plays.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap]Studio 58 graduates and co-founders of New York City based performance company AnimalParts, Anthony Johnston and Nathan Schwartz, return to their alma mater with an adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (Dec 1-5). The duo team up with the fourth term students in a production that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality and features a live poodle on stage (that just so happens to have its own Twitter account)?

Madame Bovary
Studio 58 presents Madame Bovary as part of its Risky Nights Series