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TORONTO, April 25, 2005—Harbourfront Centre moves into the third and final week of the World Stage: Flying Solo festival with eight mainstage openings, an International Readings Series event and scheduled Q&As in the festival’s Hangar 7.

The lights go up on Monday with the North American Premiere of Olivier-nominated actress Caroline O'Connor's Bombshells,  followed on Tuesday by the Toronto Premiere of A Fabulous Disaster  featuring Calgary’s Denise Clarke of One Yellow Rabbit theatre company. Freestylin' physical theatre breakdancer Benji Reid questions hip hop in the Canadian premiere of 13 Mics and Style 4 Free on Wednesday. Thursday features four openings, with two from performer Charlie Ross who launches into his ambitious Toronto fringe festival hits One Man Star Wars and One Man Lord of the Rings alongside the spontaneous theatrics of The Life Game and Thembi Mtshali's returning autobiographical production A Woman in Waiting. Saturday evening, Montreal's Catherine Kidd opens her whimsical show Sea Peach for its Toronto premiere. Tanya Khabarova’s Reflection, representing the famed Russian physical theatre company, Derevo, continues through Wednesday. All shows are $25 and available through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000 or online at www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

Monday, April 25
Bombshells                               North American Premiere
Four ordinary women on the verge of… brought to life by one extraordinary talent. Caroline O’Connor, the scene-stealer from Moulin Rouge and De-Lovely, is a powerhouse performer, hilarious, heartbreaking and “jaw-droppingly good” says the Sunday Times.
9 pm, Brigantine Room. Also April 26 – 29
Q & A after the April 27 performance

Tuesday, April 26
A Fabulous Disaster                Toronto Premiere
A funny, queerly compelling adventure created and performed by One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre’s Denise Clarke.
“Disaster? Not at all. Fabulous? Absolutely. If you love theatre don’t miss this…And if you don’t love theatre, go and see what all the fuss is about.” Vancouver Courier
9 pm, Studio Theatre. Also April 27, 9 pm; April 29, 9:30 pm; April 30 & May 1, 7 pm
Q & A after the April 30 performance


Wednesday, April 27

International Readings: A Poetry Evening
Belgium’s Dirk van Bastelaere reads from The Last to Leave, Brian Brett, incoming Chair of the Writers Union of Canada, reads from Uproar's Your Only Music, Toronto’s Poet Laureate Giorgio Di Cicco reads from Dead Men of the Fifties and Fiddlehead editor Ross Leckie reads from Gravity's Plumb Line.
7:30 p.m. Lakeside Terrace
$8/Free for members & full-time students (ID required)


Benji Reid: 13 Mics & Style 4 Free     North American Premiere
Benji Reid stands before us and asks “Is hip hop dead?” With four musicians, a dj and his own high energy freestyle riff and rap, he reveals his passion and the answer.“a poet trapped in the body of a dancer…a killer combination.” Daily Telegraph
8:30 pm, Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Also April 28 – 30, 8:30 pm
Q & A after April 28 performance

Thursday, April 28
One Man Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…meet the hardest working man in show business.
All the effects, all the battles, and Charles Ross, one busy actor!
7 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre. Also April 29, 7 pm; April 30, 9 pm
Q & A after the April 29 performance


A Woman in Waiting
                Back by Popular Demand
Gifted actor Thembi Mtshali recounts an autobiographical story that powerfully evokes South Africa’s torn past and hopeful future. “glorious” The Guardian
7 pm, Studio Theatre. Also April 29, 7 pm; April 30 & May 1, 2 pm
Q & A after the April 30 performance

 The Life Game                         Toronto Premiere
The ingredients of one ordinary life create theatrical magic each night.
“Truly fantastic theatre – spontaneous, unique, universal and mythological” The Guardian
8:30 pm, Lakeside Terrace. Also April 29 – May 1, 8:30 pm
Q & A after the April 30 performance

One Man Lord of the Rings
Charles Ross stages his assault on the world of Tolkien as seen by director Peter Jackson.
“simply brilliant” Toronto Star
9 pm, Premiere Dance Theatre. Also April 30, 4 pm.

Saturday. April 30
Sea Peach                                Toronto Premiere
Part Cat in the Hat for adults, part spiritual quest, a mesmerizing hybrid of poetry, music, choreography and video.
“The coolest show in town” Montreal Gazette
8 pm, Brigantine Room. Also May 1, 8:30 pm
Q & A after the May 1 performance

Still in Run… Reflection  (closes Wednesday April 26)                   
 A series of penetrating emotional images provokes the imagination. Described as “less a performance than an offering: an hour of truth” as well as “simply astounding.”
Monday, April 24 to Wednesday, April 26, 7 p.m., Premiere Dance Theatre

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.

Media site:  www.harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage/media.php

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Media Contacts:  Bill Bobek; 416-973-4428; wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com
Rebecca Webster: 416- 973-4518; rwebster@harbourfrontcentre.com

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