2013-14 Season

Cut

Written and directed by David Fancy

 

How do we deal with fear and pain? Cut explores how a quartet of characters embark on very different journeys in response to this question. One is afraid of everything, one is hurting herself, one has been hurt, and one thinks he has all the answers. Whether it be via humour, escape, or direct confrontation, these characters live explosive truths and revelations about love, tenderness, and why it’s best not to run away. A difficult but affirmative experience.

 

The four characters are of varying ethnicities and cultural backgrounds, allowing us to continue to explore as a company the richness of contemporary Canadian life, and the challenges presented to immigrants in adapting to a new country. The text deals with issues of mental illness, self-cutting, paranoia and megalomania, and how all of these tendencies are warped and amplified by contemporary media.

 

This play lends itself very well to our planned Open Studio discussions and rehearsal demonstrations. Issues of immigration, contemporary trendy self-help methodologies, teen self-harm, family mental health, and related concerns will allow us to make connections with a variety of different constituencies, professionals and service organizations.

 

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The Last Five Years

Directed by D. Abadie

 

This musical, written by Jason Robert Brown, was first presented in Chicago in 2001 and later produced off-Broadway in March 2002. It has been well-received and has played internationally.

 

The story centers around Jamie Wellerstein, a young novelist, and Cathy Hyatt, a struggling actress, and their five-years relationship. Jamie’s story is told from the beginning of the relationship onwards, while we see Cathy's story unfold from the end of their marriage backwards. The characters’ stories meet at the wedding scene.

 

The story is based on Brown's own failed marriage to Theresa O'Neil, in fact, it was so close to reality that O'Neil threaten legal action against Brown, who was forced to change some of the lyrics to make the similarities look less obvious.

 

With its singular story telling and its rich orchestration, The Last 5 Years creates a spell-bounding musical not to be missed.

 

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