About Us

The Purple Stage is a professional neuro-diverse theatre company. It’s a space for Purple Carrots alumni to take their work to the next level!
By creating original performances in an extended rehearsal process, The Purple Stage provides meaningful job opportunities to the artists in our communities, and shares the work we do with the public.

The Purple Stage projects are generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council and community donations – click below to donate today.

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The Purple Stage presents…

MIND THE UMBRELLAS!

Part of the Toronto Fringe Festival 2024

Mind the Gap! Mind the Umbrellas! Come with me to New York City! I have the perfect shoes.

Based around five umbrellas and a clothing rack, this physical theatre show is an absurd and honest fever dream. Five neurodiverse artists traverse ambitions and desires in the face of reality. Each stop along the way is a portal to song, dance, and surprising characters.

The Purple Stage is a professional theatre company for Purple Carrots Drama Studio alumni with varying and complex disabilities.
With support from Toronto Arts Council, R.A.R.E. Theatre Company and Modern Times Stage Company. A special thank you to our community of donors.

 

a group of people under a clear umbrella

TICKETS

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS https://fringetoronto.com/fringe/show/mind-umbrellas

If you cannot attend and you still want to support The Purple Stage, including this show and future projects, you can donate here: https://gofund.me/9c7151cf

TRAILER LINK: https://youtu.be/s70K7iitnHk

EVENT DETAILS

Theatre Passe Muraille
16 Ryerson Ave

July 4    6:15pm
July 5    5:45pm
July 9    1:45pm
July 10  1:45pm

Part of the Toronto Fringe Festival 2024
The show runs approximately 45 minutes.

Created and Performed by

Devin Harrington
Kyle Leung
Melvin Sanchez Caba
Mitchell Daw
Robin Chase

Directed by

Jordan Campbell
Steph Crothers
Eliza Martin

In Partnership with Purple Carrots Drama Studio
With support from Alana Perri

LOCATION

Theatre Passe Muraille
16 Ryerson Ave

If you have any accessibility concerns or questions, we would love to support you. Email purplestageperformance@gmail.com

PAST PROJECTS

Our first project was an original show Here We Are, which premiered in December 2019 at Array Space in Toronto. In this project, six Purple Carrots artists shared their dreams, wishes, fantasies and realities in a roller-coaster performance of song, poetry, rap, dance and scene work. We had a sold-out run and the show was very well received by our community.

Our second project, Are You My Friend? was our first fully virtual production and premiered in 2021. At the beginning of the year, we made this beautiful film together. We were in the harshest of COVID lockdowns, we could not gather. We worked hard over Zoom, we shared our feelings and ideas about friendship, and we made a really wonderful time capsule of this strange time in our community.  Plus, our film was featured at the Pegasus International Film Festival in October 2022!

Our 2022 Purple Stage project, ALLIGATOR QUEEN UMBRELLA was our first show IN-PERSON after the pandemic at Array Space, December 8-10, 2022! Seemingly simple, yet deeply fantastical. This show is a quirky multidisciplinary journey of song, dance and scene inspired by the creative company.  Join 5 neurodiverse artists from The Purple Carrots community as they transform small objects into poignant and unexpected moments on The Purple Stage.

Our 2023 Purple Stage project, I DONT MIND THE GAP! has made it’s way into 2024 with a revamped version of the show as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival. 

a poster for the alligator queen umbrella show

INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING?

We hold an audition process when it’s time to add new performers to our team. Working as a performer-creator in The Purple Stage is a paid position, and requires more commitment than Purple Carrots programming. For this reason, we only take on artists who we feel are ready for this kind of process, and who we have worked within a minimum of 3 recent Purple Carrots workshop series.

The Purple Stage is all about inclusion & accessibility for our community, and we design the process around our artists’ needs. If you are interested, we would love to hear from you and talk about how we could work together in the future.

For more information please contact the Purple Stage Artistic Director, Jordan Campbell.

Contact Jordan at purplestageperformance@gmail.com