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Up! Up! And Away!

TORONTO April 12, 2005—Week One of World Stage: Flying Solo launches this week with four mainstage shows, a Reading Series and a visual arts installation and a whole lot of festival buzz in Hangar 7. Hush Production’s A Mobile Thriller, which takes place in a car-ride at night, through the streets of Toronto, is already sold out, as are Laurie Anderson’s The End Of The Moon performances. Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Welles written by Mark Jenkins and starring Christian McKay opens on Wednesday. Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack! Adventure written and performed by award-winning, British stand-up  comedian Dave Gorman opens Thursday along with Kafka And Son starring Alon Nashman. All shows are $25 each except Kafka And Son, part of Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH: emerging performance projects which is $15 . Tickets are available through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office - 416-973-4000 or at  .


Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Welles                            Canadian Premiere

The celebrated actor and director revisits his life and career – and reveals the true meaning of Rosebud and why it earned him the wrath of newspaper tycoon Randolph Hearst.


“stellar...The stories are so fantastical and various that Rosebud would mesmerize someone unacquainted with his work as much as a film buff.” The Daily Telegraph

April 13 – 17  Studio Theatre


A Mobile Thriller                                 North American Premiere     SOLD OUT!

“positively screams originality and invention” The Scotsman

April 13 - 17, 19 – 24


Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack! Adventure

A British stand-up comic takes on the World Wild Web.


 “What should have come across as the ultimate of gimmicks instead seems like a spiritual quest.” The New York Post

April 14 - 17


Kafka and Son

A revelatory visit with one of the architects of the modern psyche.

Part of HATCH: emerging performance projects

“A One-Man Wonder” Toronto Star

April 14 – 16 Brigantine Room


World Stage: Flying Solo serves up three International Reading Series sessions including this week's evening with Margaret Avison, Evelyn Lau, Jennifer LoveGrove and Jay MillAr  at 7:30 p.m. in Lakeside Terrace, Wednesday, April 13. Tickets $8.

Hangar 7 Update…

Between and After Shows...Hang at Hangar 7

Before, between or after the shows, theatre-goers can catch the latest word-of-mouth, mingle with performers, write their own reviews and swap critiques, enjoy Kick-ass Karaoke on Friday nights, live music on Saturday nights and get refreshed at our licensed Hangar 7  - open 6 p.m. until closing. It’s the festival hot-spot! Hangar 7 is located on the second level at the south end of York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Hangar 7 will also provide a satellite box office for the convenience of patrons.


Saturday, April 16: AIM (Association of Improvising Musicians, Toronto)
AIM Toronto presents an evening of music in collaboration with Harbourfront Centre as part of the Flying Solo festival.
The Association of Improvised Musicians - Toronto, in Collaboration with Harbourfront Centre, presents an evening of solo and group improvisation featuring: Alto saxophonist, John Oswald, Guitarist, Michael Keith, Trumpeter, Gord Allen, Guitarist and electronics musician, Nilan Pereira and from the UK, percussionist, Roger Turner.

With the bulk of improvised music being collaborative, people often overlook the long tradition of improvised solo playing, epitomized by such artists as Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, and Anthony Braxton.

The concert will feature 5 improvisers performing short solo sets of 15-20 minutes, ending with a collaborative set in which the musicians jam on the musical ideas explored through the evening. Coordinated by Nick Fraser.  AIM takes the stage on Saturday at 10:00PM in Hangar 7 located on the  2nd Floor, York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. FREE ADMISSION!.


NOTE: time change for Laurie Anderson Lecture …
Laurie Anderson
, whose performances The End of the Moon are sold out, will take the podium at The Power Plant’s International Lecture Series at 1 p.m. on April, 21 in the Studio Theatre. Tickets are $15 – free for members - and available through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office or .

            World Stage: Flying Solo is produced by Harbourfront Centre and generously
           supported by The Westin Harbour Castle as well as the Department of
            Canadian Heritage
, the Canada Council for the Arts, The British Council,
            the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and, through a
            donation from the Imperial Tobacco Canada Arts Fund.

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