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Losing sight of America... Particularly in the Heartland
...only to find it again at New World Stage

Toronto, Friday, March 16, 2007—Harbourfront Centre’s New World Stage International Performance series, running January 24 through June 10, 2007 presents, Theatre of the Emerging American Moment's [the T.E.A.M.'s] Particularly in the Heartland, March 28-April 1. Performances are in Harbourfront Centre's Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West. For more information and tickets contact Harbourfront Centre at 416-973-4000 or at our website at www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nws .

The audience embarks on a journey to a Kansas where parents vanish, aliens grow in cornfields, New Yorkers fall from the sky, and a dead president stops by for Christmas dinner. The story focuses on the three Springer children who find themselves suddenly alone after a strange cataclysmic event creates upheaval in their once stable world. One-by-one, three travelers arrive, including the ghost of Robert F. Kennedy. A year passes as a new American family is formed and shattered. Despite the satirical elements, director Rachel Chavkin makes efforts so as not to identify the show as left or right-wing, but challenges the audience rather than preach. The U.K. media praised the way the show plays on the usual perceptions of America, but without staking out an obvious political agenda.


The T.E.A.M. is a NYC-based devised theatre company that creates new work to dissect and celebrate the experience of living in the world today. This company's signature style of aggressive athleticism and exuberant theatricality presents a new play about losing sight of America, and trying to find its original beauty and fall back in love with it. Avant-garde meets MTV, the company's mission is to make new work that keeps the brain, eyes, and heart of the audience constantly stimulated, while providing critical insight into what it means to be an American. The plays are relentless out of necessity, multi-tasking between hyper-intellectual commentaries and exuberant physicality; they know of no other way to behave.

Time Out Review: 4 out of 5 stars
"For anyone who has had it up to their Fox-scarred eyeballs with faith-based politics—but thought What’s the Matter with Kansas? hit below the grain belt—director Rachel Chavkin has a prescription." Time Out - New York City

"Explosive youthful energy...sheer intelligence...sense of history...radical theatrical vision...[the T.E.A.M.'s] willingness to express idealism and hope, as well as cynicism and despair, gives their work its special richness, and its political edge...[and] new heights of controlled madness." -The Scotsman

As part of their visit to Toronto, the T.E.A.M. will lead the first ever HATCHLab, giving local performance creators the opportunity to explore the company’s unique devising process. Contact hatch@harbourfrontcentre.com for updated information about the first HATCHLab workshop.

This edition of New World Stage converges with Luminato, Toronto’s Festival of Arts and Creativity, June 1-10 with a number of leading edge international performances including Risk Everything (TR Warszawa), Back Home (Urban Theatre Projects) and Shen Wei Dance Arts (China/USA). As a finale for New World Stage and the welcoming social hub for Luminato, the Spiegel Show takes over the Spiegeltent’ntavern.

Harbourfront Centre’s New World Stage is a dynamic, world-class, signature programme presenting a new, contemporary format featuring 17 productions, that encompass multiple performance disciplines including theatre, dance, music, cabaret and more. The performance series runs January 24 through June 10, 2007.

Luminato, Toronto’s inaugural multidisciplinary arts festival, connects the creative spirit to every corner of the city for 10 inspiring days with more than 90 events in venues and locations citywide.
For tickets and information call 416-973-4000 or go online www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nws ..

Westin Harbour Castle is the official host hotel of New World Stage.
New World Stage is supported by Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Luminato Festival of Arts and Creativity 2007, Canadian Heritage, and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.


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