In the past, the Toronto-focused SummerWorks has hosted occasional out-of-town productions, but this year producers Keira Loughran and Kimahli Powell have created a strong Canada-wide component.
Beginning August 10, four shows that have established themselves as indie hits in their hometowns play in rep at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. A free shuttlebus will transport audiences from Factory Theatre to Harbourfront.
Here's what to look for.
Montreal's Thought Bubble Theatre stages Jeanie Keogh 's Baby Making , which looks at an intense medical student and his girlfriend, an environmentalist actor. How they deal with the idea of parenthood in a polluted world gives bite to this dark comedy.
Playing the testy manager of a rooming house, writer/performer Ryan Mckinley relies on physical storytelling for The Crossroads Of Fifth And Madison , a look at our society's have-nots and the tragedy of ignoring their plight. The show is presented by Edmonton's Hair on Fire .
We were already treated to the fine work of Halifax's 2b theatre when Revisited played at last winter's Free Fall festival. The company returns with Anthony Black 's one-man comical Invisible Atom , directed by Ann-Marie Kerr , which uses everything from economics to classical physics to question the quality and speed of human progress.
Toronto audiences haven't seen the work of Victoria-based playwright Jacob Richmond (The Qualities Of Zero, Small Returns) for a few years, but Atomic Vaudeville plans to tantalize us with Legoland , his new tongue-in-cheek piece about drug-selling teen siblings extradited to Canada after attacking an American pop star. BC's Amitai Marmorstein and Celine Stubel play siblings in Legoland.