Friends of Vaudeville – HarbourKIDS Circus

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While prepping for our upcoming Vaudeville Revue we came across some similar events happening in TO in the upcoming months. First up is a great festival for families, the HarbourKIDS Circus, running from May 21-23 at the Harbourfront Centre.

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Keystone Theatre is featured in  A Bit of Business, a collection of comic shorts done in their signature silent film style. As a company that focuses on vintage & cinematic aesthetics ourselves, we think what Keystone does is pretty keen.

Another fun vintage-esq group is Spin Cycle, which you can see in the Sea to Sky Circus Show. Their blurb describes the acts as, “a unique combination of circus skills, infectious comedy and two-person variety routines the likes of which haven’t been seen since the golden age of vaudeville”, which certainly peaks our interest. More info can be found on their website.

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Vaudeville fans are sure to love a classic magic show, and it sounds like Magic With Mark Correia will fit that bill. Apparently his show “uses lots of audience involvement, along with mime, magic and mind-reading techniques” – sounds like a blast?

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And what’s the best thing about HarbourKIDS Circus? The whole event is free! Head on down to the Harbourfront Centre this Victoria Day weekend to get your kicks, and be sure to join us for Vaudeville Revue June 22-24th at the Alumnae Theatre. Tickets on sale now.

Retro Radio Hour – Hollywood!

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Another in our popular radio series, this month we do a tribute to some Golden Age Hollywood classics! Join us for a night of vintage radio plays, oldies music, magic, & classic cinema trivia! All for only $5. All proceeds go towards our next production, Wait Until Dark.

WHEN: Friday February 26th, doors at 8pm
WHERE: The Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas St. E (right near Yonge/Dundas Square)
WHY: To support our next mainstage production
HOW: simple! Tickets are $5 cash at the door

PLUS
We have an exciting silent auction, with items like…
* Pair of tickets from Theatre Passe Muraille
* Gift certificate from Doll Factory clothing
* Dance lessons from Metro Movement
* Tickets from Confidential Musical Theatre Project
* A pair of passes for general family admission to a Toronto Historic Site
* Starbucks gift pack
* Belly dancing lessons
* A pair of tickets to a Nightwood Theatre performance
* Pair of tickets to a Factory Theatre performance
and more!

See you there!
#BTradio

“Kill Sister Kill” – A Co-Pro with Kid Switchblade Productions

We are excited to announce that we will be teaming up with Kid Switchblade Productions to work on a dark new musical, Kill Sister Kill.

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ABOUT THE SHOW: A nun, doing God’s work in the filthy streets of New York City in the late 1970s, reunites with her once-troubled sister to celebrate her engagement. The arrival of a vulgar, depraved punk and his kid brother despoils their happy reunion. After watching the murder of her sister and being brutally attacked herself, the Woman of God turns her attention to revenge, rebuilding herself as a hell-bent woman seeking vengeance.

The show premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2013 and is now being re-written and expanded with new music. Being produced by Bygone’s AD Emily Dix.

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COMPANY INFO: Kid Switchblade Productions: If it isn’t offensive, it isn’t interesting. Kid Switchblade Productions are a brother-duo team of writer/ director, Andrew “Drac” and Jamieson Child (who you know as Rupert Cadell in our recent production of Rope). They are drawn to the dark, sleazy, horrific and hilarious, producing all things 1970’s low-budget cinema inspired. Previous original shows include No Commercial Interruptions (2010) and Sister, Sister (2009).

In order to expand the show, we need a new composer;

POSITION INFO: The composer will be responsible for the entire score of the musical, and may be asked to come on as music director as well. There may be an opportunity to assist with the writing of some lyrics. As this is a low-budget production, funding is relying significantly on fundraising and grants. Payment will depend on the success of these funding ventures and may only exist in a profit-share format.

QUALIFICATIONS:

* Formal music training

* Experience in composition

* Understanding of the Fringe circuit & amateur theatre scene

* Familiarity with 1970s genre & rock music as well as traditional musical theatre styles

* Ability to work quickly and effectively

* A positive attitude and sense of humour

OPPORTUNITY: The successful candidate will have an opportunity to be a key part of the creation of a new Canadian musical.

HOW TO APPLY: Send a resume along with a cover letter highlighting your musical experience and detailing why you would like to be involved with this production. Samples of previous work (score, video or cd) are strongly encouraged. Submissions should be sent to:

Emily Dix (Producer) emily@bygonetheatre.com

Deadline: January 30, 2015

We thank all applicants for their interest; those selected for an interview will be contacted mid-January.

Keep an eye on our facebook page for show updates!

-E.

Friends of Bygone – The Gibson House Museum

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Bygone is thrilled to be partnering with the historic Gibson House Museum for our upcoming production of Rope. The 19th century home is a beautiful setting for this site-specific production. For those of you who are not familiar with the museum, here are some highlights and fun facts;

Built in 1851, Gibson House was the home of Scottish immigrant David Gibson and his family. He was a land surveyor who helped map early Toronto. Wanted by the government for participating in the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837, Gibson was forced to flee to the United States where he and his family remained for 11 years. On their return to York County, the Gibsons built this beautiful home and once again became active members of their rural community.

Visitors can step back in time and explore this elegant farmhouse. Its serene Georgian-style exterior belies the dramatic lives of the Gibson family.

Gibson House Museum is one of 10 historic museums operated by the City of Toronto. Toronto’s Historic Sites engage visitors, inspire passion, challenge ideas and connect the past to the present. (information taken from the City of Toronto website, 2014)

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Gibson House Museum in North York is a red brick Georgian Revival farmhouse located on land that was acquired by the Gibson family in 1829. David and Elizabeth Gibson lived in a wood frame house on the site until they were forced to flee to the United States during the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837. The building that now stands was constructed in 1851 after the family’s return to Toronto, and was home to David and Eliza’s household as well as their son Peter Silas Gibson’s family until 1916. The house was occupied by a series of owners and tenants until the Township of North York acquired the property in 1965. Gibson House was restored and opened as a heritage museum on June 6, 1971.

Gibson House is owned by the City of Toronto, and is managed and operated by the City’s Cultural Services.

Statement of Heritage Value

  • The David Gibson House is located at 5172 Yonge Street in Municipal Ward 23. It is a designated heritage site under by-law 27975 passed by the North York City Council on December 15, 1980.
  • Gibson House is associated with the domestic and public lives of David and Eliza Gibson, who were prominent members of the rural Willow Dale community in the North York township and significant figures in the history of Upper Canada. Gibson House is one of a number of nineteenth-century rural farmhouses that survived the major urban development that accompanied the city’s expansion into North York in the twentieth century. The building has been modified over time to suit the needs of several generations of the Gibson family, as well as those of various later owners and tenants.
  • Gibson House is an example of the late Georgian architectural style, and has undergone extensive renovations and restorations since its construction. The building’s exterior retains a number of original features, while the internal layout and period-room restorations are based on historical documents from the Gibson Gibson House Museum family and contemporary furnishings in similar houses from the mid-nineteenth century.
  • The Gibson property has produced a number of archaeological findings, including artefacts dating from the mid- to late nineteenth century that are associated with the domestic lives of the Gibson family and those of the house’s later inhabitants.
  • Gibson House was once part of an active and progressive working farm, and was a significant feature within the Willow Dale community nine miles from the town of York. The expanding city gradually absorbed the farmland and villages of North York. Gibson House is now surrounded by a thoroughly urban landscape, and serves as a reminder of the borough’s early settlements and rural history.

Character Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage value of this site include:

Historic Value

  1. Gibson House is historically significant for its connection to the Gibson family. The Scottish immigrant David Gibson (1804 – 1864) immigrated to Quebec in 1825 and worked as a surveyor in Upper Canada for many years. Gibson assisted in mapping much of early Toronto, including the city’s streets and sidewalks, and was also a successful farmer and an influential politician in his local district. David was a member of the Legislative Assembly in 1834 and 1836, as well as a leader of the Reform movement. After the Rebellion of 1837 he was forced to live as a fugitive in Upper Canada before escaping to the United States. His wife, Elizabeth Milne Gibson, and their four children joined him after the first Gibson House was burned by Government soliders. Eliza Gibson traveled regularly to Upper Canada to collect rents from the family’s properties until David’s father James and half-brother William arrived from Scotland and began to manage the Willow Dale farm. The Gibson family returned to Upper Canada in 1848, and moved into the second Gibson house in 1851.
  2. The Gibson property was willed to David and Eliza’s daughter, Margaret Jane, upon David’s death in 1864. The property then passed to Margaret’s brother Peter Silas and his wife Eliza Holmes, who raised their ten children in the house. Most of the historic Gibson farm was sold for sub-division in 1913, except for an acre at the south east corner where the Gibson House and Gibson Park are located, and a third of an acre on the south east corner that was deeded to Peter Silas’ eldest son, Harold Holmes, upon his marriage in 1897. Harold built a large red brick house on this site that was used as the new family home and then as a public library until its demolition in 1957.
  3. The Gibson farmhouse was rented to relatives of the Gibson family in the 1920s. In 1942 the house was sold to local contractor Noel Knowles who modernized the building and introduced a number of extensive renovations. After Mr. Knowles’ death in 1952 the house was sold and then rented to a series of tenants. In 1960 the North York Historical Society was founded by a group of citizens who had come together to advocate for Gibson House. The Township of North York purchased the remaining Gibson House property in 1965 for $1.00 and other considerations “for the purpose of a museum, historic site, or public park,” and in 1966 the building underwent exterior and structural restorations under the direction of the restoration architect B. Napier Simpson.
  4. The site was used as a storage facility until 1970, when the North York Council chose to restore and operate Gibson House as a heritage museum in response to the National Centennial in 1967. Council entered into a private restoration agreement with Brigadier-General J.A. McGinnis of the Toronto Historical Board, and the house interior was recreated under the direction of the Museums Advisor Dorothy Duncan to reflect the Gibsons’ home circa 1851, based on contemporary documents from the period. The Gibson House Museum opened to the public on June 6, 1971.
  5. Gibson House is associated with the Gibson family, and the development of the rural North York communities. This relationship is represented by an extensive archival collection that includes the personal papers, correspondence, and journals of David Gibson, as well as documents relating to the history of the house as a museum, other members of the Gibson family, later tenants, and inhabitants of local communities. Collections are stored on-site, and are also available at the Archives of Ontario, the North York Library, the North York Historical Society Archives, the City of Toronto Archives, and the National Archives of Canada. Some materials are also in the private possession of descendants of the Gibson family.
  6. The Museum’s artefact collection includes a small but significant collection of Gibson artifacts, including David Gibson’s surveying instruments and a tall case clock the works of which were removed from the first frame house by Eliza Gibson before fire consumed her house. The remainder of the collection was purchased or acquired from local donors and consists of materials representative of the various local homes, farms, and businesses of the mid-nineteenth century.

Architectural Value

  1. Gibson House was built with quality materials, and its design reflects the lifestyle of an established family with a leading place in their community. It is an example of Upper Canadian Georgian architecture, and also includes a number of variations based on diverse stylistic choices and later additions to the original building. The house is two-and-a-half storeys high, with a five-bay façade and rectangular plan, and includes evenly placed, symmetrical windows, a later kitchen extension, and a full basement. The building was constructed on a fieldstone base with red bricks made on the property, and the exterior includes a number of decorative components, including the yellow brick bands, the white brick voussoirs over the windows and doors, and the corner quoins, as well as the gables with black brick motifs. The Neo-Classical doorway with elliptical fanlight transom, rectangular sidelights, and two-panel Greek revival door is also original, while the porch has been restored according to nineteenth-century photographs.
  2. The house interior was renovated and subdivided to accommodate various tenants in the mid-twentieth century, and subsequent restorations represent the building as it might have appeared in 1851. The interior plan follows the conventional Georgian pattern of a centre hall with straight stairway and symmetrically disposed rooms, although much of the internal layout has been restored and interpreted based on building receipts, bills, and lists as well as references to the house and construction in letters and diaries. The restoration was also informed by Gibson artifacts in the museum’s collection as well as objects still in family hands, oral history interviews with the Gibsons’ surviving grandchildren, and comparisons to similar contemporary houses.

Archaeological Value

  1. Much of the Gibson House site has been disturbed by ongoing habitation and nearby urban development, however buried archaeological remains have been unearthed since the property’s restoration as a heritage museum. Site staff and volunteers have uncovered a variety of objects associated with nineteenth and early-twentieth century domestic life, including building materials such as nails and bricks, toys, ceramics, and a leather harness with metal attachments. These artefacts are stored on site, and may be associated with the Gibson family.
  2. In November to December 2008 a Stage 1-2 archaeological assessment was undertaken at the Menkes Gibson Square development property (5170 Yonge Street) to the south of Gibson House. The Stage 2 archaeological survey discovered additional nineteenth century Euro-Canadian artefacts such as miscellaneous building materials and ceramic sherds in test pits along a strip of undisturbed soil south of the house. These preliminary findings suggest that further archaeological deposits associated with occupants on the Gibson property may be found during the course of future excavations. All site planning related to Gibson House should be undertaken with reference to potential archaeological
    features, in conjunction with the City of Toronto’s Master Plan for Archaeological Resources.

Contextual Value

  1. Gibson House is one of the few surviving features of historic Willow Dale, a small crossroads community that was situated on Yonge Street nine miles from the town of York. Willow Dale was originally known as Kummer’s (or Cummer’s) settlement, and contained a population of 150 in the late 1850s. Willow Dale and its neighbouring North York communities benefited from their placement on Yonge Street, one of the earliest and most heavily traveled transport routes in Upper Canada. Local mills prospered due to the rivers of the Don Watershed that supplied an essential resource for settlers and created a distinctive natural landscape; David Gibson petitioned the government to open a community post office in the mid-nineteenth century, and suggested the name Willow Dale in honour of the numerous willow trees that grew in the district.
  2. Gibson House was a significant structure in rural North York and is connected to the life and history of the Gibson family, as well as the development of the Willowdale community. The building’s survival and restoration in the twentieth century demonstrates its enduring local importance, and its wider significance as a historic landmark and cultural resource in the City of Toronto.
  3. A Tolman Sweet apple tree, the last remaining tree from the orchard that David Gibson established in 1832, stands on the parkland south of Gibson House. Cuttings Gibson from the two Tolman Sweets and a Snow Apple that were standing in the late 1980s were used to establish a number of trees that now stand in Dempsey Park.

 

All information gathered from the City of Toronto website, http://www1.toronto.ca.

Want to see the home in a totally new way? Join us for Rope November 21-29, 2014 and see the show mounted in the Gibson House parlor. Tickets available now through TO Tix.

Friends of Bygone – Soup Can Theatre

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Our friends at Soup Can Theatre have graciously donated a pair of tickets to their upcoming production of Circle Jerk for the raffle portion of our upcoming Retro Radio Hour – Suspense! Check out the show deets below:

Soup Can Theatre, Safeword, and Aim for the Tangent Theatre are proud to present
CIRCLE JERK
one production, four new and provocative short plays written under unique constraints (full details below).
‘Dust Peddling: Part II’ by Scott Dermody,
‘Sex and This’ by Wesley J. Colford,
‘Maypole Rose’ by Brandon Crone, and
‘The Session’ by Justin Haigh.
Also featuring live original music by Pratik Gandhi, Marla Kishimoto, and Peter Cavell.

***AUDIENCE WARNING: Mature Content, Nudity, Explicit Sexuality, Depictions of Drug Use***

Tickets: $15 to $24. Available at www.soupcantheatre.com or in person at the venue box office starting one hour before each performance.

November 6 & 7 at 8pm, November 8 & 9 at 2pm and 8pm, November 14, 15, 16 at 8pm, November 21, 22, 23 at 8pm

WIN TICKETS! Want a chance to win a pair of tickets to our opening weekend? It’s easy! Just tweet about the show using the hashtag #CircleJerkTO or share our Facebook Event on your timeline! Double your chances by doing both! We will track the tweets and shares and contact the winners in early November. Plus, check out Bygone Theatre’s Retro Radio Hour – Suspense! for a chance to win a pair of tickets in their raffle.

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This past summer, members of the public were invited to submit original snippets of dialogue that the participating playwrights would have to use as the opening and closing lines of their new creations. After receiving almost 300 submissions, four intriguing lines were selected and assigned to the writers:

“Subtlety is not your specialty.”
“What’s Bulgarian for slut?”
“I think it’s time we talked about your filthy rituals.”
“I fucking hate potatoes.”

As an added twist, each of the lines of dialogue were assigned to two playwrights in order to serve as both the closing line of one play and the opening line of the following play. This loosely interconnected and ultimately cyclical structure (with the first play starting and the last play ending with the same line) puts the “circle” in CIRCLE JERK. After an intense writing and production period, the end results are four diverse yet cohesive works backed by an impressive roster of talent:

– ‘Dust Peddling: Part II’ by Scott Dermody; A bold and confrontational movement-based piece exploring themes of sexuality and bodily interactions. Directed by Joanne Williams (‘Wild Dogs On The Moscow Trains’) and starring Scott Dermody (‘Love is a Poverty You Can Sell 2’, Soup Can Theatre) and Sasha Kovacs.

– ‘Sex and This’ by Wesley J. Colford (‘The Wakowski Bros.’, Aim for the Tangent); A touching and distinctly modern comedy-drama about death, self-destruction, and the new rules of mourning in the age of Facebook. Directed by two time Dora Award nominee Jakob Ehman (‘Cockfight’, Theatre Brouhaha; ‘Donors’, safeword) and starring Tiffany Deobald (‘Much Ado About Nothing’, Single Thread Theatre) and Carys Lewis.

– ‘Maypole Rose’ by Brandon Crone (‘Donors’, safeword); A quirky and salacious window into the imperfect life of a gay couple with an affinity for junk food, weed, and monkey sex. Starring Alexander Plouffe (‘As You Like It’; Canadian Stage) and G Kyle Shields (‘Sucker’; Theatre Brouhaha).

– ‘The Session’ by Justin Haigh (‘Love is a Poverty You Can Sell 2’, Soup Can Theatre); A dark comedy about a workplace therapist determined to crack open an antagonistic nuclear safety expert with more than just safety on his mind. Directed by Justin Haigh and starring Allan Michael Brunet (‘Marat/Sade’, Soup Can Theatre) and Matt Pilipiak (‘Three Men in a Boat’, Pea Green Theatre).

In addition to the four new theatrical works, four new short musical compositions – each inspired by one of the four lines of dialogue – will be performed by a live five-piece ensemble and serve as interludes between the short plays; ‘Subtlety is not Your Specialty’ by Marla Kishimoto, ‘What’s Bulgarian for Slut’ by Pratik Gandhi, and ‘I Think it’s Time We Talked About Your Filthy Rituals’ by Peter Cavell.

Praise for participating companies’ previous productions:
“Sultry … Seductive … Uniformly Delectable … NNNNN” – NOW Magazine
“Fast and Furious … A Story of Surprising Depth … ★★★★½” – Torontoist
“Sexually Charged … A Thrill Ride … ★★★★” – My Gay Toronto

Production Team:
Producer – Sarah Thorpe
Assistant Producers – Justin Haigh, Scott Dermody, Brandon Crone, Wesley J. Colford.
Music Director – Pratik Gandhi
Stage Manager – Katherine Belyea
Tech Director / Lighting Designer – Randy Lee

Friends of Bygone – Alumnae Theatre

Another lovely company that has donated a pair of tickets to our upcoming Retro Radio Hour – Suspense! is Alumnae Theatre. Their Fireworks Festival is running this November; check out the details here:

FireWorksNowwebThis year’s festival features two new plays and [new this year] a playwrights’ intensive.

BURYING TONI
by Catherine Frid
directed by Ginette Mohr

YOU HAVE TO EARN IT
by Ramona Baillie and Maria Popoff
directed by Jennifer Radford

FIREWORKS PLAYWRIGHTS’ INTENSIVE
with Maja Ardal
hosted by Joan Burrows

November 12-29, Wed-Sat @ 8pm, Sat & Sun @ 2pm Ticket Prices – $15.00 – Sunday Matinees ‘PWYC’ – Festival Price $25.00
Visits www.alumnaetheatre.com/fireworks.html for more information

Check out their website or facebook event for more details.

Friends of Bygone – The Storefront Theatre

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Bygone Theatre has reached out to some local theatre’s in preparation for our Retro Radio Hour – Suspense!

We’ve been very lucky to have gotten a lot of positive feedback and to have received donations from several companies for our raffle. Up first, a pair of tickets to “The Skriker”; here are all the deets:

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THE SKRIKER
Oct 23rd – Nov 9 @ The Storefront Theatre
Photo by ZAIDEN

September 9th, 2014 ­This October, two of Toronto’s hottest indie theatre companies

The Red One Theatre Collective and Theatre Brouhaha team up to bring you Caryl Churchill’s “Impossible” play THE SKRIKER.

In his directorial debut, Daniel Pagett helms a cast of Toronto’s hottest Indie talents: Claire Armstrong (Dora award winner­After Miss Julie, Rock), Perrie Olthuis, Suzette McCanny (Shakespeare Bash’d), Claire Burns (Hatched, Human Furniture, Shrew), Sam Coyle, Elise Bauman, Karen Knox (Sam and Kate are not Breaking Up, Shrew), Tim Walker (NOW Magazines 2012 “Artists to watch”, Punch Up, Help Yourself, Sam and Kate are Not Breaking Up), Jeff Hanson (Shrew, Classical Theatre Project), Luke Marty (A Midsummer Night’s Dream…A Puppet Epic!, Theatre 20 collective ensemble, The Cocksure Lads), John Fleming (Shrew), Andy Trithardt (Delicacy, Rock, Sucker) and two time Dora nominee Jakob Ehman (Cockfight, Donors, Minotaur).

Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker is often described as her ‘impossible play’, due to the magical nature of the show, the shattered language with which the narrator speaks, and the sheer scope of the faerie underworld that it weaves in and out of. This unique theatrical experience will invite the audience into The Storefront Theatre, transformed into a portal to the faeries’ home by our critically acclaimed design team: makeup wizard Angela McQueen (Classical Theatre Project, ROTC, Brouhaha), costume design by Kendra Terpenning (wardrobe After Miss Julie), set design by Holly Lloyd (Stratford Festival, ROTC, Brouhaha) and lighting by Indie veteran Melissa Joakim (Cockfight, Punch Up). Incorporating physical theatre, mask, dance and a world premiere score composed by Andy Trithardt, The Skriker provides a completely immersive experience in this dark and twisted world.

THE SKRIKER 

by Caryl Churchill

October 23rd – November 9th, 2014

8pm

The Storefront Theatre

955 Bloor Street West

OCT 23­26 $20.00 / OCT 29­NOV 2 $15.00 / NOV 5­9 $25.00

Advance tickets available @ www.secureaseat.com

Bygone Theatre’s Toronto 2014 Fringe Picks

Every year the Toronto Fringe Festival puts on over a hundred plays; varying genres, every topic you can imagine in theatres and found spaces across downtown Toronto. While we always want to get out and see them all, with over 150 plays in just over a week, sadly, that can not be done. So, we’re doing what we suspect most local artists do, and focusing first on the plays that have some of our talented friends in them. So here’s our top 2 fringe picks with actors who’ve worked with Bygone in the past:


Play:
  The Assassination of Robert Ford: Dirty Little Coward
Friend of Bygone: Geoff Kolomayz, actor in “Retro Radio Hour” and “Retro Radio Hour: Holiday Special”.
Synopsis: Learn the shocking true story of The Assassination of Robert Ford! You will be amazed that this tall tale is factual, actual and tragically true.
Come see Tyler Séguin and Joel Lightman host an evening with Geoff Mays as the man who shot Robert Ford! This new script was penned by directed by Adam Bailey, directer of previous Fringe hit: The Enchanted Crackhouse.

Venue: Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2P3
Show Dates and Times:
July 02 at 08:45 PM
July 05 at 09:45 PM
July 06 at 12:00 PM
July 08 at 06:15 PM
July 09 at 12:15 PM
July 10 at 05:45 PM
July 12 at 11:00 PM

Play: Group Therapy
Friend of Bygone: Elizabeth Rose Morris, performer in “Retro Radio Hour”
Synopsis: Group Therapy is an original musical comedy that follows six strangers struggling with 21st century afflictions and other minor disorders, who are having problems with the process of therapy. Deciding to take matters into their own hands, they band together and create a support group of their own, in the hopes that it will benefit them more. The show is punctuated with appearances by the characters’ therapist, as she expresses concern for the outcome of their experiment. Through the exploration of each individual, the show challenges the audience to weigh the importance of institutional therapy versus social support. This musical seeks to de-stigmatize the subjects of therapy and mental disorder, by speaking openly about the issues involved and showcasing characters that, while afflicted, are still extremely relatable to audience members. While in no way minimizing the importance of their afflictions, the show highlights the fact that just because the characters suffer from these issues, does not mean that their every action is guided by them. The show also accurately portrays and embraces it’s time, and seeks to invite a discussion about how the era that the characters live in affects their view of themselves and of what is expected of them. Ultimately, this is a story of growth, friendship, and self-acceptance.
Venue: Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2P3
Show Dates & Times:
Thursday, July 3, 2014 – 8:15pm – 9:45pm
Friday, July 4, 2014 – 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Monday, July 7, 2014 – 10:30pm – 12:00am
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 – 9:45pm – 11:15pm
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – 3:45pm – 5:15pm
Thursday, July 10, 2014 – 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 12:00pm – 1:30pm

UPDATE: The Assassination of Robert Ford: Dirty Little Coward won Best of the Fringe! Congrats guys!

Friends of Bygone – Theatre Inamorata Presents Virgin Burlesque: You Never Forget Your First Time

375265-250The ladies of Theatre Inamorata (Hilary Carroll, Lesley Robertson, Michelle Langille and Tennille Read) have an exciting burlesque performance coming up – we asked Hilary Carroll some questions about their upcoming show, Virgin Burlesque: You Never Forget Your First Time.

1. Tell me about the show – who came up with the concept and what are you hoping to do with it?

It is a cabaret fundraiser, a fun evening of music, comedy, burlesque, silks, clown and more! For us, it is an exciting adventure into the world of Burlesque. I can’t remember exactly who came up with the idea, but it was thrown out amidst a brainstorming session and we all thought it was fabulous. Michelle came up with the name: Virgin Burlesque: You never forget your first time. We though it was a great way to explore themes of sexuality, body image, nudity, sex appeal, and could also be very enticing to a new audience.

2. What has got you most excited about the show?

Seeing the reactions from the audience! I think a lot of our audience will be new to the burlesque world just as we are, but there has been a lot of buzz. That, and seeing our wonderful professional burlesque acts in action, they are sure to blow the crowd away.

3. Any funny anecdotes from rehearsals?

Nothing specific comes to mind…just the fact that we are all practicing stripping in our living rooms 🙂

4. Why should everyone come out and see it?

It is guaranteed to entertain. It will be funny, sexy, musical, and provocative. What more can you ask for?

5. Where and when can we see the show? How about tickets?

June 9th doors at 7pm- Pravda Vodka bar 44 Wellington St E.
You can buy tickets online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/694376 or at the door for 20$

6. Anything else you’d like to share?

Help us pop our Burlesque Cherries! Also, stay tuned for our upcoming projects at www.theatreinamorata.com

Friends of Bygone – Aria da Capo: Rewired

1425202_714023341996008_1435630822043045471_oLast night was the opening of the original play, “Aria da Capo: Rewired”. As we won’t have a chance to see it until closing, I thought I’d do a quick write up now.

Location: Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace
Date & Time: May 15-17, 8:00pm, Saturday May 17, 2:00pm
Tickets: available here www.artsboxoffice.ca OR call: 416.504.7529. $15 general admission, $10 for arts workers.

Synopsis: Welcome to the entertainment, a fast-paced high-stakes comedic wilderness flooding your televisions, laptops, smartphones and brains, every second of every day.

Cast: Kathleen Goodleaf, Matt McGrath, Megan Poole, Jenn Sartor, Will Hofstetter
Directed by: Reg Matson
Lighting Design by: Colin Harris

45 minutes long.