Gailey Road Productions

Where research meets theatre and theatre meets research.

Welcome to Gailey Road, where research meets theatre and theatre meets research. Founded in January 2007 by Artistic Director Tara Goldstein Gailey Road is an independent theatre company based in Toronto. Since 2007, we have worked with over 65 writers and 80 theatre artists and artist-researchers.

First image: Credit: Out at School benjamin lee hicks (2019)
Second image: Credit: The Love booth benjamin lee hicks (2022)

 

Working with an intersectional lens, Gailey Road committed to fostering dialogue around issues of systemic

  • anti-Asian racism (Hong Kong, Canada, 2000)
  • anti-Black racism (Zero Tolerance 2008)
  • anti-Semitism (Lost Daughter 2008)
  • cis-heteronormativity (Snakes and Ladders 2004/2009, Harriet’s House 2010, Castor and Sylvie 2018, Out at School 2019)
  • settler colonialism (Out at School 2019)

Our plays have been staged at The Toronto Fringe Festival, The Queer West Festival, the Toronto Pride Festival, La Festival Rosa in Bogotá, Colombia, the Toronto SummerWorks Festival, and The L Fest in Llandudno, Wales. 

Our plays have also been read, performed and discussed with a wide variety of audiences in high school university, teacher education classes and education conferences both in Canada and internationally.

Current Work

The Love Booth and Other Plays

Coming to Toronto Pride in June 2023

Our current project, The Love Booth and Other Plays is a set of seven short plays that share stories of a variety of queer lives and queer activism in the 1970s and early 1980s.  

The title play The Love Booth tells the story of how a group of lesbian and gay activists pushed the American Psychology Association to take homosexuality off its Diagnostic Statistical Manual in 1973 so that homosexuality was no longer considered an illness that needed to be cured.   

Image credit: benjamin lee hicks (2019)

Listen to Scene 1 of the The Love Booth read by Brownyn Garden-Smith and Kohle Handelman-Kerman.

Out at School

Gailey Road’s verbatim audio-play

LGBTQ Families Speak Out (20140-2020) is an arts-based testimonial research project that features interviews with LGBTQ families across Ontario sharing their experiences in public schools. The study includes:

  • an archive of approximately 300 video clips from the interviews available at lgbtqfamiliesspeakout.ca 
  • a verbatim audio-play, called Out at Schoolwhich includes direct conversations and monologues from the interviews and three original songs.

    The play is divided into 3 parts, with each part ending with an original song composed and sung by Canadian queer folk musician Kate Reid. Each of Kate’s songs are based the testimonies and stories the families shared in the interviews.


    Where research meets theatre and theatre meets research.