Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche
Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche

Evelyn, Tania, Denise, Hayley and Olivia

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All New People

Cara, Josh, Kayley and Mike from All New People

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Moments in Medicine
Moments in Medicine

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Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche

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Small stage, big performances

POSTPONED

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That's right friends. Our production of Marjorie Prime has just been hit by COVID, forcing us to postpone our performances.

Our Sincere apologies for this. The cast and crew are still very excited to present this powerful story to you and we hope to see you soon.


The new dates for the run are November 2nd to 6th. If you have already purchased tickets, you should have received an email about your options. Email us at thedowntowntheatreproject@gmail.com if you have any questions.

The Downtown Theatre Project
Paul, Jen, Trevor and Tim

The Last Five Years was a massive success (sold out!), and we are looking forward to getting back on the Red Brick Café stage for more shows. A big thanks to all of those who joined us both behind and on stage and to you our patrons who supported us with a sold out run.

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We are now looking to the future with MARJORIE PRIME, our next show, running October 19-23 at the Red Brick Café .

​It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.

Tickets are on sale now!

CW: depression, suicide

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ON STAGE

 

WHO IS THE DTP?

THE DTP

Four Guelph theatre artists decided to extend their craft outside of the traditional theatrical experiences and into The Making-Box, a small but spectacular comedy and improv club on Cork Street in downtown Guelph. Trevor Smith Diggins, Tim Clarke and husband and wife duo Jen and Paul Barson make up The Downtown Theatre Project, a multi-talented team of actors, directors, producers, writers, musicians and art-lovers. 

TREVOR

Trevor Smith Diggins is an actor, director and producer for the Downtown Theatre Project (DTP). In 2019, he played Martin in DTP’s The Goat and directed two shows: God of Carnage and The Other Place. Outside DTP, Trevor has been a local theatrical force for many decades as an actor, director, producer, adjudicator and workshop leader. An alumnus of the Theatre Ontario Talent Bank, he has directed numerous award-winning shows, and earned a total of eight awards for Best Actor. His best times onstage have included The Elephant Man (Guelph Little Theatre), COSI (Downright Productions), DineHer (RealSpaceTheatre), The Dresser (Cambridge), Self-Help (Elora), and Harvest (Elmira).

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TIM

Tim Clarke is an actor, director, playwright and educator from Guelph. Past directing credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Guelph Little Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (River Run Centre), Cabaret (War Memorial Hall) and The Short Tree and the Bird That Could Not Sing (George Luscombe Theatre). Tim is the founder of Fledgling Theatre for Young People, a drama education program for children ages 8-13.

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JEN

Jen Barson is an award-winning actor, producer, director and one of the four owners of The Downtown Theatre Project. Her passion for theatre was born in high school where she first performed as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. Founder of the Guelph Film Office, Jen is also a board member of the Guelph Fringe Festival and Royal City Musical Productions. Her DTP credits include directing Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche and Collective Rage: A Play In Five Betties and starring in Bug and The Goat. Although many roles were special to Jen, her highlight role as the lead in Shirley Valentine, the one-woman show, tops the list.

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PAUL

Paul Barson has been in the Guelph theatre scene for over 10 years now, starting as an actor and more recently moving into Producing and Directing. Paul has directed DTP's An Act Of God and All New People and starred in God Of Carnage. Paul is currently Executive Directing Royal City Musical Productions' All Together Now! which will be on stage November 12th at the Fergus Grand Theatre. Paul is also the front man for Burlington country-rock outfit, The Vanishers. Paul's highlight performance was when he played John McCrae in the City of Guelph's production of A Night In Flanders.

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The Downtown Theatre Project has been leading the team that will bring the Guelph Fringe Festival back.
Visit www.theguelphfringefestival.ca for more information.

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Performances in Downtown Guelph

 

OUR COMMITMENT

The Downtown Theatre Project strives to create an artist driven theatrical environment that is inclusive, welcoming, passionate, honest and supportive. We are a collection of Guelph-based artists aspiring to produce powerful and relevant theatre.
DTP commits to making changes in the way we operate as a theatre company and have outlined our focus here.