SUMMERWORKS11-day theatre festival featuring Toronto theatre companies. Opens tonight (Thursday, August 2) and runs to August 12. $8, festival pass $40. For complete SummerWorks listings, check out the SummerWorks Minisite. 416-410-1048. Rating: NNNNN
Stretching its muscles in fresh directions, SummerWorks Theatre Festival enters its second decade. Artistic producer Franco Boni has again invited 10 companies into the festival, and for the first time the remaining 29 groups were juried before being drawn by lot. Also new, a Summer Youth Reading Series featuring works by Devon Willis, Marina Sigareva and Gorka Coria. The fest starts tonight (Thursday, August 2) in the King and Bathurst area.
NOW previews six plays from the 11-day festival: richardthesecond, Yagayah - Two.Black.Womyn.Griots, S&M*, Pagan Love Songs For The Uninitiated, East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon, and van Gogh. Be sure to also stay tuned to our SummerWorks MiniSite featuring daily updates that you won't want to be without!
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.
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.