Notapom Productions - INVIS/BLE

Notapom Productions is excited to participate in MindPLAY for the second year in a row, after producing Sasha Rehaume’s “The Dark Days” in 2017. This year, we bring another original to the stage; Dylan Duarte and Carissa Kaye’s “Invis/ble.” Derek, played by Notapom veteran Tyler Brent (directing two plays at the Hamilton Fringe this summer: “Romeo & Juliet: An Escapist Comedy” at the Artwood Artbar and “Eli The Musical Guy & Pearl the Shakespearean Girl”), escapes his family Christmas for a cigarette, only to be followed by his brother Thomas, played by the talented Phil Krusto (a graduate of New York’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts, starring in the upcoming Fringe “Sheer Criminal Genius(TM)"). With dialogue close to the hearts of the Notapom production team, these two connect over the stresses, guilt, and heartache they’ve had to face because of their father’s ailing condition. Notapom Productions is a proud supporter of the Hamilton theatre community and its ability to open conversations regarding mental health. We hope that our production will continue this dialogue, and encourage everyone facing depression, stress, and anxiety to seek the help that they need for a successful recovery. 

HollyWould Productions - Opening Statement

Holly Wyder is a producer, actress, comedian and writer who has appeared around the GTA for the last six years on many stages. She has performed at The Second City and created her own web-series (Female Therapy) from scratch. Holly is very excited to be a part of this years MindPlay festival as she is a great advocate of mental health. In 2016 she performed a two hander called 'Getting Odd' at the Toronto Fringe Festival tackling public shaming and how easy it is for our brain to turn on us. Holly is happy to be working on a new show for this festival called "Opening Statement", a story of a youtuber's journey of imposter syndrome. This is Holly's first one-person show and she hopes to use this festival as a chance to expand the piece for a tour. You can follow more of her story at or her sad/hilarious tweets @hollyiswyder

Squirrel Suit Productions - A Day in a Life (Workshop Production)

Did you know the last institution closed in 2009? In this solo/mask/storytelling piece you will meet some interesting and charming characters that live in a group home for adults with special needs. Each person has lived most of their life in an institution. This play explores the recent history of institutions in Ontario while also giving you a glimpse into the present day.

This play exposes a dark part of Canadian history that is fairly unknown and as time passes it is a history that is at risk of disappearing. Many people who survived the institutions are capable of telling their own story; this play features characters that could not.

This work is still in its developing stage, both the script and performance.

 Carlyn Rhamey is a storyteller, theatre creator and co-founder of Squirrel Suit Productions, a local collective dedicated to making a positive impact through theatre. Carlyn has written/performed two solo shows: The ADHD Project (2017 Ottawa Fringe Emerging Artist Award) and SAOR (Free) (2016 Hamilton Fringe Best of Venue).

Currently she is developing new work within two playwright units: “A Day In A Life” with FEMINISTA: A Women’s Room, and “SCAREDY CAT” with The Junction at Theatre Aquarius, to be workshopped at the 2018 Hamilton Fringe. Recently Carlyn received the GOLD Audience Choice Award with her creative team at the HamilTEN Festival. She is also an ADHD advocate, aspiring clown and a Direct Support Professional working with adults with special needs.

Performed by Carlyn Rhamey.  Sound Design by Jesse Horvath.

Tree of Stars - Struggles & Self Care

Performers: Jessica Compton, Shady Grove Lukaya Café, Tabitha Jakabffy, Ashley Bell, Alison Chisholm, Randy Loyer, Anna-Marie Gibbs, Jannelle Pietila, Lisa Colbert (Friday only), 2 children.

RFA - The Black Doll

Storytelling by Tamara Kamermans and Rose Pye

Never Too Late Productions - The Retirement Party

The Retirement Party, a dramatic monologue, pinpoints a defining moment in the life of Barbara, a retiring employee of Cooper and Ross, Inc.   Her coworkers are expecting cake, pleasantries and an excuse to goof off work for an hour, but Barbara decides to retire from more than just her job on this particular day.  She’s been through a lot in her life, and it’s time to get real.  Written and performed by Joanne Steven, a Hamilton-based actor, The Retirement Party is inspired mostly by a number of significant news events in the last couple of years, and a little by Joanne’s own retirement from a 25 year career in social work in January 2018.  This is the first project of many by Never Too Late Productions.