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For more than 30 years, Lunchbox Theatre has been dedicated to the creation, development and production of new Canadian one-act plays, many of which have gone on to great acclaim after their premiere on our stage.

Come and be part of the process of creation. Attend the FREE workshop readings and help us shape the new plays that will grace the Lunchbox stage in years to come.

Admission to all Stage One readings is FREE

The Stage One Festival of New Canadian Work
2019 Participants:

My Hands Were Made for This
By Alysha Mohamed
Friday, May 31 at 6:00 PM

Can love survive in the middle of a war zone? This beautifully haunting work explores the tale of two young lovers caught between divergent views of Islam. Her and Him have both grown up in Syria. She knows her religion to be one of peace, understanding and acceptance. His father is an extremist who embraces Jihad. Can love bridge a gap in ideologies?

Alysha Mohamed - Playwright
Christian Goutsis - Director/Dramaturge
Sleman Aldib - Him
Sepidar Yeganeh Farid - Her

By Keara Barnes
Friday, June 7 at 12:00 PM

True tales of one woman’s travels around the globe. From stories of tigers, ghosts, romance, dangerous drives, fairies and family, Traveltheatrics is an adventure that ultimately reminds us that there is magic in the world.


Keara Barnes - Playwright
Shari Wattling - Director/Dramaturge
Jamie Konchak - Keara

Ai Yah! Open The Door!
By Dale Lee Kwong
Friday, June 7 at 6:00 PM 

Hilarity and romance ensue when Jade Wong books a last-minute get away, only to discover the cruise is all women. Suddenly, her questions about her own sexuality are front and centre in this wild “prequel” to the smash hit Ai Yah! Sweet & Sour Secrets!


Dale Lee Kwong - Playwright
Trevor Rueger - Director/Dramaturge
Bianca Miranda - Jade
Jamie Matchullis - Jennifer
Mike Tan - Charlie
Rowena Romero - Lillian