Thursday, October 22, 2015

Time of Trouble Workshop Premiere

I'm in Halifax this week work shopping the new opera about the set-to between the Sisters of Charity and the Archbishop in the 1800's.. We had a dress rehearsal last night - the cast is terrific and Elizabeth Raum's music is great. The libretto hangs together so it is all good. I can't wait to see it in front of an audience now - tomorrow in Lunenburg and Saturday in Halifax.

Here's a link:

Friday, June 26, 2015

Writing for Community Theatre

As part of Mixed Company's summer forum training programme, Rex will be leading a day-long workshop in writing plays for communities, July 11, 2015

"Developed by Artistic Associate and award winning playwright, Rex Deverell, this new hands on workshop will explore the whole process of developing a community play from concept, mobilizing participation, initial research, sources and resources, selecting characters and story lines to the final format. Participants will discuss ideas for community projects."

 For more information and registration go to:


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Rita and Rex

Are both performing in Jose Rivera's amazing Sonnets for an Old Century at Theatre Passe Muraille Backstage in Toronto. As of today, Jan. 22, 2015, there are only three performances left and tickets are going fast. Sorry, for the late posting.  We are among a stellar cast - including our old friend, Michele George.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall, 2014


Boiler Room Suite is receiving a new production by Waterloo's Lost and Found Theatre. I'll be doing a talkback after the performance on November 8.

November 5-15, 2014

at the Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre
9 Princess Street, Waterloo

Tuesday-Saturday @ 8pm
Saturday-Sunday @ 2pm

Director: Richard Quesnel
Cast: Kathleen Sheehy, George Joyce and Alan K. Sapp
Set Design:  Nicole Lee Quesnel
Lighting Design:  Kirsten Watt
Sound Design:  Terry Barna

“Ah, they will say of us – how brave, how adventuresome – to launch off on a brand new voyage of discovery at a time when most would have given up...” -- Sprugg

Aggie Rose, a former actress, and Sprugg, a failed poet, are two elderly tramps who climb into the boiler room of an abandoned hotel on the Prairies to seek refuge from winter and from the world.  Together in the shelter of their “suite,” they deflate the pompous and powerful, acting out their fantasies as they try to bring "a little warmth, a little human kindness to each other's lives" until the outside world interrupts their reverie with the arrival of a mysterious stranger.
Winner of the 1977 Canadian  Authors Association Award for Drama.


Rita's latest in print:

Rita Shelton Deverell’s chapter Vocal Scholaristry: Giving Voice to the Art, Craft, Effectiveness, and Excitement of Speech-making is included in the October 2014 just published book Performing Scholaristry, $39.95, Twenty authors reflect on issues, dilemmas, provocations and inspirations associated with imagining, designing, creating and performing non-traditional, innovative research projects.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Heading into the summer (2014)

Since the last posting, Rex has been continuing to work on "Time of Trouble" - the new opera with composer Elizabeth Raum.
Rita has been writing a screenplay based on Florence James, the subject of her play, McCarthy and the Old Lady. Florence's autobiography, Fist Upon a Star, was launched by University of Regina Press and has won the Saskatchewan book award. Rita has written an epilogue which reports on Florence's career in Canada following the Seattle trial.

Also you can see a brief article with pictures about Rita at home in Sugar Bush at the following link.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Rita Rehearses East Coast Drama

Danger, Courage & Love
March 5th- 8th, 2014 • 8 pm
Alderney Landing Theatre
An original play by: Juanita Peters
Arlene Duncan, Micha Cromwell
Rita Deverell ; Kirsten Olivia
Tickets: $25 Adults $20 Seniors/Students
with support
Alderney Landing Theatre
March 5th -8 th, 2014 • 8 pm
Marge Sparks is a black midwife with 4 daughters, a dead husband and an entire village of problems. She wants all her girls to get up out of here and make a life somewhere where people who look like them can have a real chance in the world. She doesn’t know where that is, but she knows it’s out there.
Minnie Sparks is 12 years old and full of ideas. Her life is all planned out. She is going to take those beautiful sweet berries her grandmother and great Aunt Jessy pick for pies; make preserves and sell them at the market. She’s going to buy a big chunk of land and a big house so her family can live off their own resources instead of doing backbreaking work and sweating all month just to pay the rent.
When Minnie is raped and becomes pregnant, it’s the last straw. The nurturer now becomes the murderer. Instead of retaliating with the many useful tools on the farm, the women get together and concoct an intricate plan of intervention, protection and justice through their secret group THE MOTHER CLUB.
Arlene Duncan
Micha Cromwell
Rita Deverell
Kirsten Olivia
with support
An original play by: Juanita Peters

Rex is working on a Libretto

Composer Elizabeth Raum and I are busy at work on a new opera about a 19 century battle between unlikely combatants - The Sisters of Charity of Halifax and their Archbishop.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Rex's latest. Come and see it if you're in T.O.

Old Age Ain't for Sissies

Tickets on Sale Now!
Now's your chance to buy tickets to Mixed Company Theatre's upcoming new play Old Age Ain't for Sissies, playing at the Tarragon Theatre's Extra Space (30 Bridgman Avenue) Nov 27th-Dec 1st 2013.

Show Dates & Times
Nov 27 @ 8:00 PM - $20 per ticket
Nov 28 @ 8:00 PM - $20 per ticket
Nov 29 @ 8:00 PM - $25 per ticket
Nov 30 @ 8:00 PM - $25 per ticket
Dec 1 @ 2:30 PM - $20 per ticket

You can also join us for the preview performance on Nov 26th @ 8:00PM ($10 tickets).

How to buy?
Phone: (416) 531-1827
In Person at the Tarragon Box Office: 30 Bridgman Ave, Toronto, ON, M5R 1X3

About the production
The Cline couple will experience all the pitfalls and frustrations which confront older adults in their retirement years. Will they negotiate the shoals and reefs successfully? Will their marriage survive? Will they survive?

Old Age Ain't for Sissies was written by Chalmers Award winner Rex Deverell and created in consultation with over 150 seniors across Toronto and the GTA. The play begins with a retirement party. For some the party heralds a glorious new era of freedom and adventure. For others it sounds a peal of doom. The drama is punctuated with songs resonating with the determination of seniors who want neither to be dismissed nor forgotten. The skillful facilitators of Mixed Company Theatre will engage with the audience to bring hope and light into what could otherwise be a crisis of despair.

The production stars older actors with an array of backgrounds and experiences. If you've never experienced a piece of forum theatre, this is your chance to see how it works. This interactive play invites the audience to come on stage, take on the role of one of the characters and explore possible options to the issues presented.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about our senior programming, please call
(416) 515-8080 or email You can also check us out online at