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HammerTheatre presents a new work by Sky Gilbert, COMMERCIALS FOR HAMILTON

Two guys. One Office. Objective: Sell Hamilton!

 

Hammertheatre presents a comedy in one act written and directed by Sky Gilbert. “Commercials For Hamilton” stars newcomers Abraham Asto and Spencer Robson. Set and costumes by Kelly Wolf. Lighting design and stage management by Stephen Newman. This intimate comedy premieres at The Staircase Cafe Theatre, 27 Dundurn Street North. Tickets are $15.00 and can be reserved by calling the box office at 905-529-3000. “Commercials For Hamilton” previews on Thursday November 20th at 8pm, opening night is Friday November 21st at 8pm with regular performances Thursday – Saturday at 8pm and two Sunday matinees at 3pm.

 

In Hamilton, house prices are going up along with a new GO Station. Condos are everywhere, and thousands of Toronto hipsters and young people cannot wait to get down and party at Hamilton’s Art Crawl. In other words, Hamilton is on the verge of a boom, and there is no doubt that there is money to be made. But what does it mean when people want to make money out of your city?

 

“Commercials For Hamilton” is Sky Gilbert’s third play with Hamilton in the title (We cannot forget Hamilton Bus Stop and Naked Hamilton which both preceded “Commercials For Hamilton”) and the sixth play he has written with a Hamilton setting. Like these earlier plays, “Commercials For Hamilton” looks at issues of class, gentrification, and sexuality.

 

What does it mean to sell Hamilton? “Commercials For Hamilton” asks just that question. Set in a makeshift office near Jackson Square, this one act comedy tells the story of two advertising men who have been given an urgent assignment: sell Hamilton. Abraham Asto plays Sanders Dillingham – a slick Toronto ad executive on his way up. A tall chai latte loving lad from Toronto’s Ossington Avenue who is not too happy when his boss tells him that he must work with a young intern (a recent grad of Hamilton’s Mohawk College) named Roy Stilts (played by Spencer Robson). Roy is Hamilton born and raised (his father used to have a store on Barton Street). He has a shaved head and boundless enthusiasm and he just loves everything about the city. Sanders is not fond of Hamilton. Or is he? What are the mysterious phone calls that Sanders Dillingham keeps making? And what really happened at the Devil’s Punchbowl?

 

Find the answer to these and other important questions (like: is Hamilton really The City of Waterfalls?) in “Commercials For Hamilton.” A 40-minute, two guy comedy. Secrets are withheld, secrets are told and the truth wins out. Because Hamilton is a place where the people are REAL.

 

hammertheatre presents

“Commercials For Hamilton”

a new play in one act written and directed by Sky Gilbert

starring: Abraham Asto and Spencer Robson

set and costumes by Kelly Wolf — lighting design and stage management by Stephen Newman

The Staircase Cafe Theatre 27 Dundurn Street North, Hamilton. Ontario

www.staircase.org

tickets: $15.00 box office: 905-529-3000

Preview: Thursday November 20th at 8pm.  Opening Night: Friday November 21st at 8pm

Closing Performance: Sunday November 30th at 3pm

Regular Performances:  Thursday – Saturday at 8pm and two Sunday matinees at 3pm

www.hammertheatre.org

hammertheatre wishes to thank The University of Toronto’s Drama Centre, The Ontario Arts Council and The Ontario Trillium Foundation for their ongoing support.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3jRUik3Mw8&feature=youtu.be

Comedy, Events, Front Pager, Theatre, Workshop

2 GREAT 1 MAN SHOWS THIS WEEK! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

MARATHON

A solo performance piece by

TJ DAWE

FRIDAY NOV 14TH – 8PM AND SATURDAY NOV 15TH – 8PM

TICKETS $20

905-529-3000

 

For 2 shows only, Vancouver Based Playwright extraordinaire,  TJ DAWE will be stopping by the Staircase to treat us to a performance of his newest Solo offering MARATHON.

TJ Dawe is one of those rare gems of a monologist…as a performer he is known as “a Fringe God” on the Canadian and International Fringe Festival scene… when not performing himself, his works are a mainstay of the circuit produced by multiple companies at a time in any given city. Even Hollywood has taken notice, TJ co-wrote ‘Toothpaste and Cigars’ which has just been made into the blockbuster ” The F Word” starring Daniel Radcliffe….

TJ is stopping by Hamilton to do 2 SHOWS ONLY!!!

Friday Nov 14 8pm and Saturday Nov 15 8pm….
he will also lead a CREATIVITY WORKSHOP on Sunday Nov 16th
Please contact me at 905-529-3000 to reserve a ticket for either show or to register for the workshop…honestly, you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to catch TJ while he’s here

 

WORKSHOP:

DEVELOPING A CREATIVE PRACTICE

Sunday Nov 16 th, 10:00AM5.30pm

Cost: $100

Facilitated by Lindsay Robertson and TJ Dawe

Being creative is good for the soul. Ancient people knew this. Communities bonded as people sang together. Everyone danced. People told stories and painted and made music Nowadays, most of us are spectators instead of participants. To be creative is therapeutic and beneficial to the entire community.This one day workshop will focus on helping participants access their creative impulses, and develop a practice to regularly engage in some creative activity.To help participants better understand the inner forces that may be in their way, as well as the inner resources that can help them, they’ll be guided through an exploration of the three instincts – an aspect of the personality type system The Enneagram. Participants will leave with a practical, actionable, individual plan detailing how they can make a creative endeavour of their choice a regular part of their life. No knowledge of the Enneagram is required, nor do participants need to have any experience in the arts.TJ and Lindsay have studied the Enneagram for close to ten years, having presented at multiple conferences on the subject. They’ve taken workshops in San Francisco and New York, and will soon get their teacher certification from the Enneagram Institute.

 

STUPEFIED

A solo performance by Paul Hutcheson

THURS NOV 13TH 8PM

TICKETS $15

905-529-3000

Paul Hutcheson is one of the Staircase’s favourite performers having brought his one man shows The First time, On Second Thought, Homo and Whore coupled with Cameryn Moore, Paul’s Pride package and From The Prairies with Love….join us for the launch of his newest show STUPEFIED!

Paul Hutcheson discusses everything that stupefies him, including teaching teenagers, sex and all the unique relationships we foster in a lifetime.
“For those who like their men nervous and confessional (think David Sedaris rather than Woody Allen) get ready to propose.” X-tra West
“he demonstates a wonderful set of performing chops and comedic timing to die for.” -Calgary Herald

TICKETS $15 905-529-3000

 

Comedy, Events, Fund Raiser, Music, Stand Up Comedy

THE DEVIL’S BALL

It’s that time of the year again! Join us for a fantastic night of Entertainment, Dancing and Food at our

7TH ANNUAL THE DEVIL’S BALL
FRI OCTOBER 31ST 9PM

the devils ball poster 2014FEATURING

Hosted by Stand-up Sensation Clifford Myers
Comedy Set with the Hilarious Gavin Stephens
Live music with PowerBuskers THE VAUDEVILLIAN
Sexy DJ’ed Dancing with DJ Dupree
Best Costume Contest with Prizes and celebrity judge Jeff Mahoney (HAMILTON SPEC)
and more entertainers to be announced

Freaky Fingerfoods
Fully Licensed
Spooky movies screening in our theatre space though-out the event with your host, improv star Devlin Bishop

This year’s Fundraiser will go towards purchasing a surround sound system for the Hamilton Film Festival

Tickets $25 Available at the cafe counter (cash, debit or credit)
Wed 5-10
Thurs 5-10
Fri 5-12
Sat 12-12
or online through Brownpaper tickets

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/905550

COMEDIAN CLIFFORD MYERS

Clifford Myers is an award-winning comedian from Hamilton, Ontario. He has opened for Gerry Dee, Steven Wright, Craig Gass, Kyle Kinane, Sam Tripoli, and many more. He has been seen performing live at The Panasonic Theatre, The Queen Elizabeth Theatre, The Great Hall at Hamilton Place, Sound Academy, Absolute Comedy, Yuk Yuks, Comedy Bar, etc, and festivals including NXNE, Evolve Festival, StreamFest, and the Brantford Comedy Festival. He has also been seen on television on MTV’s Losing It, iChannel’s No Kidding and The Inside Joke, and was featured at The Toronto International Film Festival for his work in the short film, The Adder’s Bite. Clifford is a regular guest on the Dean Blundell Podcast and hosts a weekly comedy show at Emerson Pub in Hamilton. Clifford lives in Hamilton with his wife Lindsay and his pug Hoggle.

GAVIN STEPHENS
In 1998, Gavin was nominated for the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award. From 2003 to 2007, Gavin was a writer and performer on 5 seasons of CTV’s Comedy Inc.. He has filmed two episodes of CTV’s Comedy Now! both in 2001 and in 2007. Gavin has performed at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, Quebec as well as SXSW in Austin, Texas.

THE VAUDEVILLIAN

Brendan J Stephens and Willow Walker are 1920’s blues singers in the flesh. Hitchhiking between raucous house shows, rowdy bars and busking everywhere in between, they have crafted a way of singing both their own material and songs near one hundred years old in a way entirely their own.

COUNT DEVULA’S THEATRE OF HORRORS

Improv Superstar Devlin Bishop will entertain us throughout the night with screenings of some of the sexiest and creepiest movies around…just Count Devula’s commentary is worth the price of admission

CELEBRITY COSTUME JUDGE JEFF MAHONEY (THE SPEC)

Jeff Mahoney is one of the Hamilton Spectator’s most beloved columnists. He’s witty, irreverant and just a down right great guy! What more can we say…the Staircase loves me some Jeff Mahoney!

Improv Comedy

HEY TOOTS! A Sketch and Improv Comedy Show

“Hey Toots!” is a female ensemble sketch and improv comedy show starring the ladies of Staircase Improv. Come watch these broads flex their funny bones for your (equal-opportunity) entertainment with a 1950s variety show flare!

Tickets are $12, and proceeds will be donated to The Women’s Centre of Hamilton. To reserve tickets, call: (905) 529-3000.

Starring:
Kristi Boulton
Nancy Watt
Laurie Faas
Jen Reeves
Jennifer Filipowicz
Jennifer Molinaro
Katie Shanks
Adriana Alfano
And hosted by: Matt Bandura

Produced by: Adriana Alfano

Hey Toots! A Sketch & Improv Comedy Show
August 29th, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
The Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St N. Hamilton
Tickets: $12 (Cash only), call (905) 529-3000 to reserve.

Improv Comedy

HOW WE FIRST MET- The Perfect Valentine’s Gift of Love

howwefirstmet_2012HOW WE FIRST MET™ returns in 2014 for a 6th smash year at The Staircase. Embark on a side-splitting and spontaneous theatrical journey through meeting, dating, and mating as couples tell their “how we first met” stories, while an improv ensemble recreates pivotal story moments with improvised sketches.

What began as a one-time Valentine’s show at San Francisco’s Bayfront Theater in 2001 has played in dozens of cities in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia and new this year, Norway!

Since its inception, the show has featured a wide range of couples, gay, straight, conservative, liberal, married 50 years, and dating three weeks, all sharing a kooky crazy thing called Love.

Reserve your tickets in advance as this show is always SOLD OUT….PayPal option below ensures you have a ticket for the event.

Tickets $15 each
info@staircase.org or 905-529-3000


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Improv Comedy

Tonight!! It’s an improv rumble, teacher versus student…what will happen grasshopper?

Prodigal_2014The alumni are challenging the students for a head to head Improv Brawl. Will the students prove that they are in fact the masters? Or will the masters prevail that is for you decide! So come on out to the Staircase for a night of laughs on Friday January 24th at 8pm!

Starring the Alumni team:
Josh Obermeyer
Alex Schnider
Ben Malott
Steve M

Vs.
The McMaster Team:
Cas Boivin
Cadence Robertston
David Jackson
Matt Blackshaw

Tickets are 10$ in advance 15$ at the door. For Tickets call 289 426 5158 or email improvshowtickets@gmail.com

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Announcement, Front Pager, Fund Raiser

THE STAIRCASE ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S EVE BALL! Tickets on Sale Now!

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The Staircase is having it’s New Years Eve Bash again this year. Tuesday December 31st is the date. Full event details are being ironed out and will be posted shortly..the main event will happen from 9pm to 1am.  $35 per person tickets available online through the paypal link below.

This year has a collection of spectacular live entertainment! (we found the dead ones got too smelly by the end of the night last year)..full details will be announced daily but for now we will tease out this tidbit….It’s going to be a great night of dancing and music…..Orange MacFarland, Dave Gould, Stephen fuller will  do crazy danceable jigs & reels with a bit of Rockabilly to boot. Bass, Drums, fiddle and  Mimi Shaw from the HighNote Ramblers to provide a song or two as well... Back by popular demand is our tune dealing songstress dj Dupree filling the space with dancibles from every music genre to get our feet going all night.  As always, there are a cabaret of entertainers in between.

A scrumptious and opulent supply of elegant finger foods to nibble on for the night as you enjoy the staples of every year  Balloon Drop, Champagne toast, Video countdown, party favours, dancing, and our unique quiet zone theatre for chatting with friends and family.

To get your tickets for NYE BASH 2013 Click the link below to get to the paypal link.  Any questions contact Colette at 905.529.3000 or email info@staircase.org

Cash only. Not a kid event. Ask Colette about what we can do to help entertain older kids.



Announcement, Comedy, Dance, Music, Stand Up Comedy

THE DEVIL’S BALL HALLOWEEN PARTY & FUNDRAISER! SAT OCT 26TH

DevilsBallThe 6th annual Staircase fundraiser The Devil’s Ball returns this year bigger and better.  Tickets are $25 available at The Staircase, by phone and soon online.


Live music with The High Note Ramblers

Sexy DJ’ed Dancing with DJ Dupree

Hosted by stage actress extraordinaire Darla Biccum

Burlesque with Prairie Fire

Demonstrations by Allie Sommerville DanceFusion and Hula hoop with Jennifer Fleming

Comedy with Kristian Reimer
Best Costume Contest with Prizes and celebrity judges Lisa Hepfner (CHCH) Jeff Mahoney (HAMILTON SPEC).
50/50 Draw
Freaky Fingerfoods
Cash Bar
Spooky movies screening in our theatre space though-out the event with your

                                                                                         host, improv star Devlin Bishop

                                                                              Fortune Telling booth with Madame Vulva et al.

LIVE MUSIC WITH THE HIGHNOTE RAMBLERS AS FEATURED AT SUPERCRAWL

HNR Staircase Oct 26 2013The HIGHNOTE RAMBLERS are a rave up alt-country Hamilton band, blending equal parts old soul country and rabble rousing rockabilly.  Pounding out a set of original tunes and ingenious covers, the Rambler’s wear their Americana roots well. The band’s infectious energy and femme fatale sass take you on a joyride to your swinging happy place where time stands still and everything’s alright in the world. Voted one of the top ten highlights at last year’s Supercrawl, they are not to be missed.

 

 

 

 

 

OUR LOVELY HOST FOR THE EVENING DARLA BICCUM

Originally from Saskatchewan, by way of Toronto, Darla now calls Hamilton home. Darla is dynamic performer who has entertained across Canada on the fringe circuit in fishnets as well as on the small screen in Corner Gas and the hit web series inSAYSHAble.

DARLA

 

 

 

 

 

BURLESQUE WITH PRAIRIE FIRE and COMEDY WITH KRISTIAN REIMER….

A PREVIEW OF THEIR UPCOMING SHOW FROM THE PRAIRIES WITH LOVE

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Fresh from their their sold-out run at the 2013 Edmonton Fringe Festival,

 From The Prairies With Love makes its Hamilton debut to save the world, one show at a time!  Fringe agents perform modern vaudeville with vintage charm: wild, weird and wonderful! Sexy and dangerously eccentric feats of circus, comedy, magic, and music! Shaken, not stirred. World-class acts in an intimate setting.

From The Prairies With Loveis a James Bond-inspired spoof cabaret, featuring veteran Fringe artists from across Canada, including Toronto’s Kristian Reimer (“Super funny!” – Edmonton Journal) and Paul Hutcheson(“Raw talent and personality!” – Edmonton Journal), Regina’s Sharon Nowlan(“Genius, really” – Charlebois Post), and visiting all the way from Seattle,Chris Bange (“Staggeringly impressive” – Charlebois Post). Complete with a local special guest every night! One Show only Sat Nov 2nd 8pm

 

COUNT DEVULA’S THEATRE OF HORRORS

1374336_10153339392190724_526498657_nImprov Superstar Devlin Bishop will entertain us throughout the night with screenings of some of the sexiest and creepiest movies around…just Count Devula’s commentary is worth the price of admission

 

 

 

CELEBRITY COSTUME JUDGES LISA HEPFNER (CHCH) AND JEFF MAHONEY (THE SPEC)

LisaHepfnerL210Lisa Hepfner’s own varied experiences could be the subject of a news story. After high school, Lisa spent a year living and studying in a small French town called Blaye. She later took a year off from undergraduate studies in Political Science and French at the University of Calgary to do volunteer work in Honduras.

She ended up in the capital, Tegucigalpa, with a grassroots women’s movement that was helping raise awareness about women’s rights, health, and violence. Inspired, Lisa developed a project to plant soybeans in the La Mosquitia jungle region to fight malnutrition. She spent months traveling up and down the Patuca River in a pipante (dugout canoe) visiting native villages and showing them various ways to prepare soybeans in meals that complemented the local diet.

Lisa then went to Ryerson University for a post-graduate degree in Journalism, and won her first media industry job as a summer intern at The Edmonton Journal, where she quickly developed a reputation for breaking important local stories and for getting her byline on the front page. After graduation, she was hired at the Hamilton Spectator. Her writing appeared all over the paper — from the entertainment section and the TV guide to the crime, politics and lifestyles pages.

After years of newspaper reporting, Lisa Hepfner was primed for the fast pace and variety of television journalism. She joined the CHCH News team in 2001, and still loves to dig up and tell compelling stories.

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Jeff Mahoney

 

 

 

 


Order your ticket online now with convenience and safety of PayPal.

Or call 905.529.3000

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*NEW* SOUP AND CINEMA SUNDAYS @ THE STAIRCASE

 

SOUP AND CINEMA SUNDAYS

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Starting Sunday Oct 13 The Staircase will launch SOUP AND CINEMA SUNDAYS presenting some of the best and newest documentaries being produced….and to boot we throw in a lovely cup of soup for 10 bucks! And it’s Vegan! (The soup that is)

The Staircase kicks off our Soup & Cinema film series by screening four films with our first theme ‘The Performing Arts’  Please note the start times of each film as they do change depending upon the 100’s of events we schedule.

 

SUNDAY OCT 13TH 3PM

‘The Life of Reilly’ – an adaptation of Charles Nelson Reilly’s acclaimed one-man show. The film takes us through this man’s strange, tragic, and hilarious life, from his birth in a humble neighborhood of the Bronx to his retirement in his posh Beverly Hills abode.

SUNDAY OCT 20TH 3PM & 7PM

‘SOUND CITY’Deep in the San Fernando Valley, amidst rows of dilapidated warehouses, was rock n’ roll’s best kept secret: Sound City. America’s greatest unsung recording studio housed a one-of-a-kind console, and as its legend grew, seminal bands and artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty, Metallica and Nirvana all came out to put magic to tape. Directed by Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) and featuring interviews and performances from the iconic musicians who recorded some of rock’s greatest albums at the studio, Sound City doesn’t just tell the story of this real-life rock ‘n’ roll shrine, it celebrates the human element of music as Grohl gathers some of rock’s biggest artists to collaborate on a new album. Using Sound City’s legendary analog console, together these artists continue to create musical miracles in a digital world

SUNDAY OCT 27 3PM & 7PM

BEWARE OF MR. BAKER

 

Born in South East London the same week the Nazis began bombing, Ginger Baker’s first memory was running after a train that carried his father off to death in WWII. From his music to his life, at the expense of family and fortune, Ginger would never be left behind on the tracks again.

Though best known for his work with Eric Clapton in Cream and Blind Faith, the world’s greatest drummer did not hit his stride until years later in 1972 when he drove the first Range Rover ever produced from London to Nigeria in pursuit of the African rhythms and musical icon, Fela Kuti. There he found his Mecca of drumming, introducing the African beat and “world music” to the West, years before any other musicians in the field.

Unfortunately, Ginger’s African glory days were short-lived as he found himself looking down the barrel of a Nigerian officer’s machine gun. Signaling his departure from the continent and the loss of his fortune, Ginger returned to England where a pattern of divorces, self-destruction, and countless groundbreaking musical works continue on to Italy, California, Colorado, and current day South Africa where he lives inside a fortified compound with his 29-year-old internet bride and 39 polo ponies.

Chain smoking and ingesting copious amounts of morphine while sitting in his leather recliner, the 73-year-old reflects back on his life as we concurrently witness his current law suits, local disputes, and yet another chapter in his path of destruction. Unfortunately, Ginger’s ginger hair has faded, and we wonder if he is physically capable of saving himself by playing the instrument that has defined him. In his own words, “God is punishing me for my past wickedness by keeping me alive and in as much pain as he can. I wasn’t planning on living this long!” In true Ginger Baker fashion, 3 years into shooting the film, after squandering yet another fortune, Ginger Baker triumphantly returns to the stage. As he went on a 30 date sold out European tour, we were there to capture it.

The documentary includes stories from his ex-wives, children, and many of the greatest living musicians that worked with Ginger including Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, Mickey Hart, Carlos Santana, Max Weinberg, Chad Smith, Femi Kuti, Neal Peart, Simon Kirke, Marky Ramone and many more.

This documentary is one such story – a marriage of the film and music worlds through the life of one of the most unforgettable and controversial musicians. He was there the night Jimi Hendrix died, shared the drugs, the music, the names, the groups, while stripping away the other voices as the conductor, time keeper, the master drummer of our time. Beware of Mr. Baker catapults the viewer into his beat – with every smash of the bass drum there is a man behind it smashing his way through life.

SUNDAY NOV 3RD 1PM & 3PM

HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION –
“Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction is a compelling collage of a man who has been
ubiquitous in American films for over half a century and is still with us, still working,
still staring out at that horizon.”  Roger Ebert

 

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THE 8TH ANNUAL HAMILTON FILM FESTIVAL RUNS NOV 4-10 @ THE STAIRCASE


HAMILTON FILM FESTIVAL

We’ve been really busy updating the website with our 100 film line-up! 

Individual tickets and the full line-up are online now!

Each program will have a price next to the time so you’ll have an idea what you will be paying. 

Our prices haven’t changed in years.

For the first time, we are offering limited festival passes. 

An All Access pass for $75 (value $112) and a Pick7 pass at $40 (value $56)

There are only 20 each and they will remain on the site until sold out. 

 

We have a huge selection of local movies and a great handful of International selections. 

Kids, youth, student, comedy, drama, experimental, documentary, music videos,horror, panel discussion, gala, awards…

 

Held annually during the first full week in November at the historic Staircase Theatre,  

The Hamilton Film Festival is a juried selection of local and international indie films. 

The HFF is one of the most respected festivals in the GTHA .

We take a grassroots and friendly approach when dealing with the filmmakers.

HFF winners are often provided with encore screenings throughout the

year in various locations, furthering the exposure of your films.

We are operating two theatres in High Definition and as always,

we are inside the historic Staircase Theatre!

http://www.hamiltonfilmfestival.com/
http://www.twitter.com/HamiltonFilm