RICHARDTHESECOND written and performed by Matthew MacFadzean, directed by Rebecca Brown. Presented by Nation of Aslan at Artword. August 2 at 11 pm, August 5 at 8 pm, August 6 at 3:30 pm, August 9 and 11 at 6:30 pm, August 12 at 5 pm. Rating: NNNNN
matthew macfadzean's created the perfect theatre piece for audiences hooked on film and TV screens. And, surprisingly, he's brought Shakespeare into the mix.richardthesecond is the tale of an inveterate raver seduced into an experiment that could shatter both his self-image and the makeup of society. Its springboard, in part, is the Bard's work about the king who was a pretty good poet but a pretty bad ruler.
"What I like most about Shakespeare is that each play mirrors an era, and Richard II seems to be ours," confides writer/performer MacFadzean, who spent two years at Shaw and whose Toronto work includes Shopping And Fucking, A Buncha Young Artists and The End Of Dancing.
"Like Shakespeare's creation, my modern Richard is increasingly selfaware. By the end, he's wondering if all the cool stuff in his life really contents him.
"I also want to deal with the overwhelming nature of today's technology. Ironically, I think the show can bring in a wider audience, a youth culture that's used to looking at images everywhere. I think of it as a techno-opera."
MacFadzean has brought in artists from different backgrounds, including DJ Iain Miller, filmmaker Brendan Steacey and Collon Brown, who provides visuals for raves.
Working on the classics at Shaw sparked a desire in MacFadzean to do something crazier, more dangerous.
"I realized I might as well make it as big and scary as I could. The more difficult it is, the more I learn."
OTHER SUMMERWORKS PREVIEWS
YAGAYAH - TWO.BLACK.WOMYN.GRIOTS written and performed by debbie young and Naila Belvett, directed by ahdri zhina mandiela. Presented by b current at Artword. August 2 at 9:30 pm, August 4 at 11 pm, August 5 and 12 at 2 pm, August 9 at 8 pm, August 11 at 12:30 pm.
S&M* by Gordon Portman, directed by Nicole Stamp, with Duff MacDonald, Sean Tyson and Alison Lawrence. Presented by Seeing the Emperor at the Factory Studio. August 2 at 10:30 pm, August 4 at 2 pm, August 5 at 8 pm, August 6 at 1 pm, August 9 at 10:30 pm, August 11 at 6 pm.
PAGAN LOVE SONGS FOR THE UNINITIATED by Sue Balint, directed by Eric J. Rose, with Darryl Hinds and Alison Jutzi. Presented by Invisible Elephant at the Factory Mainspace. August 2 at 5:30 pm, August 4 at 4 pm, August 5 at 1:30 pm, August 8 at 8:30 pm, August 9 at 11 pm, August 11 at 2:30 pm.
EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON created by the company, directed by Kate Cayley, with Amy Stewart, Janice Rieger and Simone Rosenberg. Presented by Stranger Theatre at the Factory Studio. August 2 at 9 pm, August 4 at 3:30 pm, August 5 and 10 at 6:30 pm, August 7 at 8:30 pm, August 11 at 12:30 pm.
VAN GOGH written and performed by Bill Kischuck. Presented by Whiplash Theatre at Artword. August 3 at 9:30 pm, August 4 at 6:30 pm, August 6 at 12:30 pm, August 7 at 10 pm, August 10 at 8 pm, August 11 at 5 pm.