Toby Malone

Toby Malone

A West Australian who makes his permanent home in Toronto, Canada, and works as an academic, playwright, and dramaturg. Toby Malone holds a PhD in Shakespearean textual analysis and dramaturgy from the University of Toronto and a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Western Australia. He has worked as a theatre artist in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with companies...
A West Australian who makes his permanent home in Toronto, Canada, and works as an academic, playwright, and dramaturg. Toby Malone holds a PhD in Shakespearean textual analysis and dramaturgy from the University of Toronto and a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Western Australia. He has worked as a theatre artist in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with companies including Stratford Festival of Canada, the Canadian Stage Company, Soulpepper Theatre, Driftwood Theatre Group, the Shaw Festival, Poorboy Theatre Scotland, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/BTA Films, and Kill Shakespeare Entertainment. Toby is an active member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, is the Region 2 Dramaturgy Coordinator for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and is a founding partner in both subTEXT Dramaturgy Solutions Group and the Entertainment Engineering Collective. He has published articles in Shakespeare Survey, Literature/Film Quarterly, Canadian Theatre Review, Borrowers and Lenders, appears in published collections with Routledge, Cambridge, and Oxford, and has published a monograph on 'War Horse' with Palgrave Macmillan. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Dramaturgy, Theatre History, and Criticism in the Theatre Department at the State University of New York at Oswego.

Plays

  • Outgrowth
    Rugged Australian adventurer Alby Baker was named for a tropical cyclone that battered the coast as he was born. He has family, love, and inner peace: so why is he compulsively drawn to pluck and eat his own beard hairs? Having made a choice to live in Toronto - the planet’s direct opposite geographic point from his sleepy Australian beachside hometown - Alby is forced to confront, alongside his wife and best...
    Rugged Australian adventurer Alby Baker was named for a tropical cyclone that battered the coast as he was born. He has family, love, and inner peace: so why is he compulsively drawn to pluck and eat his own beard hairs? Having made a choice to live in Toronto - the planet’s direct opposite geographic point from his sleepy Australian beachside hometown - Alby is forced to confront, alongside his wife and best friend, that some storms can only be kept inside for so long.
  • Ador'd Once, Too
    Sir Andrew Ague-Cheek: one of Shakespeare’s greatest fools: or is he? Ador’d Once, Too follows Andrew long before titles, fortune, and his arrival in lllyria. Through espionage, secrecy, and tragedy, witness the unexpected love that made him who he truly is.
  • Not Really (Little Star)
    (10 Minutes) A man speaks of his need to grieve an abstract but real life.
  • Endowed: Or, The Play With The Butt-Plug
    Happily remarried, Erica gets a shock when she discovers the terms of her recently deceased ex-husband’s will and its stipulation that she find a place for a very distinctive intimate item. A butt-plug. It’s a butt-plug, okay? How does Erica’s new husband react, and can it be as explosive as the opinion of her ex’s grieving new girlfriend?
  • The Unlawful Abusive Patriarchal Possessive Entitlement of the Motown Sound By Way of the Surrogate Collusion of the Jackson Five (Or, I Want You Back)
    Writing partners Sam and Nick have been offered a rare opportunity to pen a viral pop culture article on a short deadline, so they set their sights on the lyrics to a problematic Jackson Five song, only to discover that life has started to imitate art.
  • Lower Sherbourne
    A gritty new adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s 'The Lower Depths', this is a portrait of life among the down and out in a squatter’s house in Toronto’s edgy Sherbourne and Dundas neighborhood, featuring a multicultural cross-section of personalities who struggle to survive amidst drug addiction, violence, and danger. Into this COVID-19-ravaged environment comes Luka, a self-styled “pilgrim,” who offers the...
    A gritty new adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s 'The Lower Depths', this is a portrait of life among the down and out in a squatter’s house in Toronto’s edgy Sherbourne and Dundas neighborhood, featuring a multicultural cross-section of personalities who struggle to survive amidst drug addiction, violence, and danger. Into this COVID-19-ravaged environment comes Luka, a self-styled “pilgrim,” who offers the denizens of Lower Sherbourne something they need most: hope.
  • Hamlet (Variorum)
    A brand-new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet built on the expedient line-structure of the so-called “Bad Quarto” of 1603 along with the familiar phrasing of the 1623 Folio text, Hamlet (Variorum) represents a fresh, rapid-fire adaptation critics have described as “personal, powerful,” “thrilling” and “downright dangerous.”