There’s no sinking Theatre Rusticle’s superb April 14, 1912, one of NOW’s top 10 shows of 2007. The movement-and-text work, a striking take on the Titanic’s first and last voyage, turns the ship into a seductive, powerful woman whose slow, agonizing journey to the ocean floor is a five-minute spectacle in itself.
Created by director Allyson McMackon and performers Patrick Conner, Matthew Romantini and Lucy Rupert, the piece tours across the country, first in May to Halifax’s SuperNova Theatre Festival and then in June to the prestigious Magnetic North Theatre Festival, held this year in Vancouver.
We hope this revival means it’ll come back to Toronto soon. There were too few performances when it opened here last September.
Want some August heat early? Last week SummerWorks announced the productions in this year’s August festival, helmed for the first time by artistic producer Michael Rubenfeld. Some talented people – among them Anita Majumdar, Rick Roberts, Shari Hollett, Jennifer Tarver, Clinton Walker and Erin Shields – are taking part.
This year, SummerWorks is based on and around Queen West, with shows back at Factory and Theatre Passe Muraille and the other productions at the Theatre Centre and the Gladstone. New offerings include a nine-evening music series featuring local indie bands and a rotating performance gallery of short pieces.
If you can’t wait for August, the festival has a launch party Sunday (April 13) at the Theatre Centre, featuring performances by previous SummerWorks artists Michael Healey and Becky Johnson as well as selections from upcoming productions by Anand Rajaram and One Reed Theatre.
Sunparlour Players’ Andrew Penner and Everything All The Time provide the music, and Meagan O’Shea offers a dance number.
A dance party follows.
There’s more partying and performing at UnSpun Theatre’s Fun Razor 2008, a funder for its upcoming production of Minotaur, a hit a few years ago at the Fringe.
In addition to a silent auction and lots of beer, you can catch a series of short plays over the course of the evening, including works by Alison McElwain, Erin Brandenberg, Kate Hewlett, Mike McPhaden and Julie Tepperman.
Saturday (April 12) at 8 pm.