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TORONTO, January 26, 2006–HATCH: emerging performance projects announces the two scheduled productions for the second part of the ’05-06 season. Down The Main Drag by End of the Road Productions and She Said Saffron by GirlCanCreate run in February and March, 2006 respectively. Both companies will perform at Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre. Check company information below or for information updates.


February 23-26 – End of the Road Productions, Down the Main Drag
A disarmingly charming, wonderfully inventive play, filled with tremendous heart and humour, by emerging Quebecois playwright Steve Laplante, is presented by one of Toronto's most intriguing young ensemble companies. By cleverly transposing the hero’s epic journey from the mythic to the everyday, Mr. Laplante reminds us of how very mythic our everyday actually is. Down the Main Drag is a comic and touching example of how the necessary process of dealing with death renders our lives more livable. This production is an Equity-approved co-op.

In a town where nothing much ever happens, Him’s Dad disappears on the kitchen floor. Follow Him down the main drag in search of his missing father in this beautifully sad comedy from Québecois playwright Steve Laplante. Its bent and tender humour that celebrates our ability, in spite of all our foibles, to help each other get through the hardest of days.

End of the Road Productions (formerly Collective Architecture Theatre), producers of Summerworks hits PHAE and First You’re Born revisit last summer’s success Down the Main Drag as part of Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH: emerging performance projects series. This production will mark Toronto’s first full length showing of Crystal Béliveau’s translation of the popular and critically successful comedy Le long de la principale. The ensemble cast includes the talents of Marie Beath Badian, Sarah Bezanson, Andy Bunker, Stefanie Buxton, Megan Dunlop, Glen Sheppard and Clinton Walker and is directed by Brendan Healy. Dora-nominated Erika Connor (Soulpepper, Crows Theatre, Theatre Passe-Muraille, Ross Petty’s Aladdin) designs. Tickets are $15 each or $10 for groups of 10 or more. Performances 8 p.m. except Sunday, Feb 26 at 2:30 p.m. .

March 6-12 – GirlCanCreate/Lisa Pijuan-Nomura, She Said Saffron
Created and Performed by Lisa Pijuan-Nomura
Choreography by Meagan O'Shea and Ilse Gudino
Dramaturgy by Marjorie Chan

She Said Saffron is a dance theatre piece that was originally created in Summer of 2003 as CincoSenses and performed at Harbourfront Centre’s Hot And Spicy Food Festival. She Said Saffron is a performance which combines storytelling and dance and tells the story of a young woman’s experience in a first generation family in Canada. Using lists, anecdotes and dance, the story weaves movement and words together to tell us of a young woman who finds herself between old world Spain and her birthplace of Canada. She Said Saffron is a story of family, food and first kisses.
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HATCH and Harbourfront Centre
The programme, now in its third season, provides venue and professional production assistance to selected Toronto artists and ensembles who exhibit promise through a project in development. Each participating company is offered the Studio Theatre venue. Located inside York Quay Centre, the Studio Theatre is a proscenium arch theatre with a seating capacity of 196. The assistance package includes technical production and assistance, box office backing and administrative assistance, marketing and media relations support, a one-week residency in the Studio Theater at Harbourfront Centre and professional development assistance with an eye towards the artists’ future endeavors. The ultimate goal is to strengthen Greater Toronto’s performing arts community by investing in and nurturing local players at various stages of their professional development.

Tickets for HATCH: emerging performance projects are available through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office. Ticket prices vary. Public information and tickets call 416-973-4000. For information check the website at: .

A Brief Listing of previous HATCH: emerging performance projects

Season One: 2003-2004
December, 2003––Nation of Aslan / Players by Nature, richardthesecond
December, 2003—emergency.exit, not for all this
March, 2004—Theatre Asylum, The Trials of John Demjanjuk: A Holocaust Cabaret
March, 2004—Suitcase In Point, Be Wearing Wolf

Season Two: 2004-2005
November, 2004--Pull'it Out Theatre, Fish Eyes
February, 2005–definition:blood, Wash Me Clean
March, 2005--Babes in Chains Collective, Klank

Season Three: 2005-2006
November, 2005— Stori Ya Collective in association with Upstage Productions, Stori Ya
December, 2005—Lucy Rupert /Blue Ceiling dance projects, Days of Mad Rabbits


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