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Alyce Soulodre

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Alyce Soulodre (she/her) is a queer, self-taught artist and occasional academic writer living in Katarokwi/Kingston. She earned her Ph.D. in English from Queen’s University, where she explored monstrosity from Victorian novels to 1980s horror films, and taught a course on Victorian ghost fiction. She has been published in Attack of the New B Movies: Essays on Syfy Original Films (2023), and London’s East End: A Short Encyclopedia (2023). In her art practice, she focuses on the weird and wonderful of the natural world and popular culture, and her work reflects her fascination with creatures and plants of all kinds. She also serves on the Board of Directors at Kingston Arts Council and Union Gallery. She enjoys cheesy horror flicks, quaint detective novels, and tries to keep Halloween in her heart all throughout the year. Photo by Talib Ali.

Articles by Alyce

Creepy Clowns, Cups of Coffee, Cringeworthy Cavemen, and Cantankerous Castmates: Come Play By The Lake at Domino Theatre

  • Domino Theatre
  • Review

At Come Play By The Lake, short works by local playwrights take to the Domino Theatre stage and compete for a place in the Eastern Ontario Drama League (EODL)’s One Act Festival.  Ranging from 25 to 55 minutes in length and spanning multiple genres—the 2024 submissions include horror, romance, comedy, and metatheatre—the productions are evaluated by a panel of judges selected from the local arts community. This year, Donna Chambers, […]

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Poster for Domino Theatre's annual one acts. Included are the show titles, playwrights, dates, company, times, ticket link, and phone number.

Troublesome Toys in ‘Left Alone’ at Domino Theatre’s One Act Play Festival

  • Domino Theatre
  • Interview

Alone at last? Not so for the characters of Left Alone at Domino Theatre. Domino’s annual one-act play festival, ‘Come Play by the Lake,’ will be staged July 5-6, 2024, featuring four one-act plays. Left Alone by J. Wes Secord begins the performances this year, and I had the opportunity to sit down with Secord and learn about their experience writing and staging the play.  This interview has been edited […]

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Poster for 2024 Skeleton Park Arts Festival. The title, dates, artists, sponsors, and website are noted. There is also an image of a skull and crossbones but the crossbones are instruments.

Singin’ in the Rain: Joy at the 2024 Skeleton Park Arts Fest

  • Review
  • Skeleton Park Arts Festival

The rain never bothered us anyway! At least not at this year’s SPAF. Skeleton Park Arts Festival (SPAF), a grassroots, multidisciplinary art festival, takes place every summer over the solstice weekend in McBurney—more commonly known as Skeleton—Park. With a humble beginning over twenty years ago as a neighbourhood solstice picnic, this free, family-oriented festival has become a beloved and highly-anticipated event in the community. This year’s celebration fell over the […]

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Image of a person with a phone in front of them. Phone shows a picture of them with a phone in front of them. That phone shows a picture of them with a phone in front of them, so on and so forth.

Fun at FOLDA: Exploring the Festival of Live Digital Art 2024, Part Two

  • FOLDA
  • Review

The cardinal rules of theatre: sit still, don’t chitchat, and make sure your phone is on silent and put away. Adrienne Wong chooses to challenge these conventions, exploring our relationships with our devices through audience participation. 

The 2024 Festival of Live Digital Art (FOLDA), produced by SpiderWebShowPerformance, took place from June 13-15. In this section (catch Part One here!), I take a deep dive into SmartSmart, an interactive performance by Adrienne Wong that was staged at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. In my previous review of FOLDA 2024, I mentioned that the festival promotes innovation, creativity, and reflection, and SmartSmart very much embodies these values.

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Festival of Live Digital Art 2024's logo is in the top left corner. In the top right corner is an image of people skating. In the bottom left corner is a graphic of someone playing the guitar surrounded by many colours. On the bottom right is an image of a woman onstage wearing headphones and a dress.

Fun at FOLDA: Exploring the Festival of Live Digital Art 2024, Part One

  • FOLDA
  • Review

Where can you catch a groovy concert, talk to a multimedia AI interface, and take in a 360-degree film in a dome, all in one weekend? FOLDA, of course!  The Festival of Live Digital Art (FOLDA), produced by SpiderWebShowPerformance, promotes live digital art with the hopes of empowering communities, creating connections, and inspiring critique. The 2024 festival took place from June 13-15, and I was fortunate to have the opportunity […]

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Poster for Domino Theatre's production of 'Brighton Beach Memories'. The title, company, playwright, and director are noted. A baseball sits on grass.

From Pitching to First Base: ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’

  • Domino Theatre
  • Review

It’s family drama and first crushes, with a side of baseball. Directed by Penny Nash and staged by Domino Theatre, Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs (1982) is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age comedy. It centres around the Jerome family through the perspective of the youngest son, fifteen year-old Eugene Morris Jerome (William Mitchell). Living in Brooklyn, the Jewish-Polish immigrant family experience personal hardships and conflict under the threat of impending war. Meanwhile, […]

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