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2014 Artistic Program Presentations


Primary Supporter: RBC Emerging Artists Project


 

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The Show That Smells

or The Last Temptation of Jimmie Rodgers

created by Gil Garratt and Gemma James Smithh

based on the novella "The Show That Smells" by Derek McCormack

directed, designed, and executed by Gil Garratt and Gemma James Smith

March 3, 2014 , 8 pm
Berkeley Street Rehearsal Hall,
26 Berkeley Street



Created with the magic of puppetry, The Show That Smells is a playful, poignant, and penetrating queer inscription on the pressed vinyl history of down home country music.

Jimmie Rodgers, America’s Blue Yodeller, is dying of tuberculosis.

While recording his final album, the stricken singer is approached by the devil in the guise of surrealist dress designer Elsa Schiaparelli, and her henchman, Lon Chaney the man of a thousand faces. Schiaparelli offers to take away Rodgers’ terminal illness, and promises him a headlining spot in her carnival midway full of adoring fans for all eternity…in exchange for his soul.

Tempted but tortured Jimmie is torn…

But before anyone ends up burning in Hades, along come the ever-pious Carter Family Singers, along with rival designer Coco Chanel. What ensues is evangelical pandemonium, a clashing of designer perfumes, a battle to the death between good and evil, a parade of circus freaks, a lot of blood,sequins, country crooning, and a double gay wedding.

The future of country music’s young soul hangs in the balance.

Generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council

Length: 70 minutes
 
Tickets are complimentary and seats are not assigned. RSVPs appreciated.
 

Gil Garratt is a director, playwright, dramaturge, award-winning actor, theatre administrator and educator who has worked across Canada and internationally.
 
RBC BASH! Director Development Program is a residency for two professional directors that explores strategies and approaches to contemporary performance practice, production, and administration in a national and international context. The program provides directors with the opportunity to examine their work and vision with the support of dynamic perspectives, and then to create and present a project in development using Canadian Stage resources.

For more information on RBC BASH, go here.
 


An Evening in July

by The Templeton Philharmonic

February 13 - 15, 2014, 8 pm
Berkeley Street Upstairs Theatre
26 Berkeley Street



The Templeton Philharmonic, with support from Canadian Stage, invites you to a workshop presentation of: An Evening in July. Created by Gwynne Phillips and Briana Templeton, Canadian Stage’s 2013-14 GYM Team (Emerging Artist Company in Residence).
 
Critically acclaimed performers The Templeton Philharmonic (winners of “Best Comedy Duo” at the L.A. Comedy Festival), bring you scenes from their newest creation An Evening in July. Inspired by Helene de Rothschild’s high society Surrealist Ball in 1972, An Evening in July descends into the glamorous and skewed psyches of two reclusive sisters as they host a very chic and eccentric fête… and you’re invited. An Evening in July is being created as a site-specific piece at St. George the Martyr for the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival.

Length: 45 minutes
 
Tickets are complimentary and seats are not assigned. RSVPs appreciated.
 

The GYM Team initiative was created out of a desire to further support the work of GYM Members who are developing and producing theatre as new companies. A resident company from the GYM membership is selected each season to receive access to Canadian Stage staff, space and resources, and to assist in curating sessions and workshops for the GYM, our emerging artist program.

For more information on GYM, go here.
 


Parts to Whole

by One Little Goat Theatre Company

February 24, 2014, 8 pm
Berkeley Street Rehearsal Hall
26 Berkeley Street



Photo Credit: Sochi Fried and Ben Irvine in One Little Goat's The Charge of the Expormidable Moose. Photo by Yuri Dojc.

One Little Goat Theatre Company, with support from Canadian Stage, invites you to a staged reading of Parts to Whole. Written and directed by Adam Seelig, one of our two 2013-14 RBC BASH! directors.
 
In Parts to Whole, a couple discuss and explore their intimacy in ways so simple as to be radical. Featuring actors Sochi Fried and Ben Irvine, recently seen together in One Little Goat's The Charge of the Expormidable Moose. Sochi and Ben have been praised for their "great chemistry onstage" (Charlebois Post) as well as their "enchanting" "extraordinary" "hilarious" "moving" "splendid" "bravura" "tour-de-force" performances (descriptors taken from NOW, Stage Door, Torontoist, and Globe & Mail).

Length: 60 minutes
 
Tickets are complimentary and seats are not assigned. RSVPs appreciated.
 

Born in Vancouver, Adam Seelig is a poet, playwright, stage director, and founder/artistic director of One Little Goat Theatre Company, now living in Toronto.
 
RBC BASH! Director Development Program is a residency for two professional directors that explores strategies and approaches to contemporary performance practice, production, and administration in a national and international context. The program provides directors with the opportunity to examine their work and vision with the support of dynamic perspectives, and then to create and present a project in development using Canadian Stage resources.

For more information on RBC BASH, go here.
 

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