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UPDATED MARCH 31 THEATRE ON-CALL: An immersive theatre experience at a distance



UPDATED MARCH 31 THEATRE ON-CALL: An immersive theatre experience at a distance

DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT)

and the

Istituto Italiano di Cultura


Theatre On-Call

As someone born in Italy and as an immersive theatre practitioner whose practice is based on crossing the city and being close and intimate with others, I am deeply shaken by the current world situation related to the spread of Covid-19, as I’m sure all of us are. I feel the urge to respond and find a way of still being together while in isolation.

Daniele Bartolini - Artistic Director, DLT

Artists are one of the most affected categories of people touched by the spread of COVID-19. As all of our cultural events at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura were cancelled or postponed, I couldn't help but react with a prompt response in support of artists and the community of spectators. A sign of cultural resistance.

Alessandro Ruggera - Director, Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Toronto based, immersive theatre company DLT and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura are launching Theatre On-Call, a festival of performances that occur over the phone, as well as through other digital platforms; a way to stay connected during these difficult times.

Theatre On-Call is a dynamic response to the spread of Covid-19 throughout the world. It supports artists and brings audiences together, generating dialogues and conversations. It is conceived as a platform that provides performers with a gig, replacing another gig they may have just lost. On the other end, as an initiative, it is a response to continue offering an immersive experience that reaches audiences directly in their homes: an act of resistance that we participate in together, as a community.

The goal of Theatre On-Call is to become somewhat of a counter-virus that spreads and generates artistic responses, supporting the two categories of people that immersive theatre brings together best: artists and audiences. In this difficult moment, we would like to continue placing the focus on being “live”. We are aiming to find ways of interacting with one another while confined to the space within our homes; to continue being connected - ensuring that voices are being heard and dialogue is being generated in this crucial moment of human history.

“As most of my upcoming creations were postponed or cancelled, I thought of a way to have an immediate response, providing my core team of artists and beyond with financial support for the hard times ahead. A way of still being active in this moment of immobility.” says Bartolini.

All performances will run on a “Pay What You Can” basis. The money will go directly to the artists involved, as the project aims to support as many artists as possible. Questions about how to support the initiative can be directed to


ONGOING ACTIVITIES WITH MULTIPLE TIME SLOTS (For a list of single performances, see below)

How to Improve Life in Your Living Room
Anytime upon booking. Ongoing activity for 6 days, with daily tasks.
DLT artists, Franco Berti and Violante Binazzi, will give you tips about how to improve your life with capturing life moments, documenting artistically and what steps you can take to improve your life while confined in your home. This is an interactive project of exchange with audiences and artists.

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Anytime upon booking. Performance: 2 phone calls/day x 3 days.
Give us your phone number. Receive random phone calls from someone.  Register with your phone number and receive one to one short performances by Vincent Leblanc Beaudoin, available in French and English. Listen to someone’s secrets while in isolation, be their confidant.

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The Invisible City, Episode 1
April 2, 3:00pm EST | April 5, 9:00pm EST | April 7, 3:00pm EST | April 9 3:00pm EST

You receive a call. You are now connected to the Invisible City Hotline, with 5 people you may never meet again. A friendly voice invites you all to connect and to speak about life, your hopes and fears, and your dreams for the future. People on call may join in from different cities or countries.

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Bedtime Stories (Family Programming)
April 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8 at 7:30pm EST
Families join interactive storytelling over the phone. A way of coming together in a time of social distancing. A collection of stories as you get comfy in your bed.

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Decameron Today
April 2, 8:00pm EST | April 7, 8:00pm EST
Interactive storytelling inspired by the Decameron, a collection of short stories told by a group sheltering in a secluded villa outside Florence to escape the Black Death in the 14th century.

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Bedtime Stories for Adults
April 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8 at 10:00pm EST

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Dante's Inferno Episodes 1, 2, 3, & 4
April 2, 3, 6, and 7 at 10:30pm EST
Every night a different story from Dante's masterpiece.

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The Invisible City Episode 2
April 3, 3:00pm EST | April 6, 3:00pm & 8:00pm EST 
An adaptation of the second episode of The Invisible City inspired by the masterpiece of Calvino readapted for a digital performance where participants meet remotely.

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Mystery Guest
April 4 | April 8 at 8:00pm EST
Local? International? Unknown and surprising guests tell a mystery story to the audience.

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Make Thee An Ark
April 4, 9:30pm EST
Philadelphia based artists Raychel Ceciro and Logan Gabriel Schulman present parts of an immersive play that was canceled due to Covid-19. The play is set 300 years in the future in a new Ark floating above an undersea Florida and tells a story from the perspective of a generation living in the flooded future.

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Un Colpo Di Telefono (Performed in Italian)
April 5, 3:00pm EST
Connecting from Italy, acclaimed actor Anna Amadori performs a playlist of texts that have left their mark on her and that reflect on the current situation in Italy.

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The Human Voice
April 5, 8:00pm EST | April 8, 3:00pm EST
An adaptation of Jean Cocteau's masterpiece for the phone with Danya Buonastella. Set in Paris, this monodrama sees a woman on the phone with her lover of the last five years the night before he marries another woman.

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Thursday Night Live
April 9, 9:00pm EST
A comedy night with DLT and guest Artists.

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Theatre On-Call is a dynamic process that will continue to shape organically as the days progress, and as new events are added to the line-up.

The performances of Theatre On-Call will be available in English, French and Italian.

Theatre On-Call is currently seeking artists fluent in different languages in order to provide performances in as many languages as possible.

A full announcement of artist line-ups will be announced very soon. The announcement will include details on a final performance that bridges Italy and Canada. 

The project aims to bring together established and emerging artists, reaching audiences anywhere in the world. They will be able to connect at the times of scheduled performances giving them an opportunity to gather as a community in Canada and globally.

If you are interested in being a part of the conversation about shaping the festival, please to or


To Reserve your Spot, please write to:
For inquiries, email:
Instagram: dltexperience
Twitter: @dltexperience
Hashtag: #TheatreOnCall





Date: Da Friday, March 20, 2020 a Thursday, April 30, 2020

Organized by : DopoLavoro Teatrale (DLT) | Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : With fee


Remotely to your home


Daniele Bartolini