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World Premiere from Newfoundland-based Theatre Company Features a Technically Innovative Set and Trademark Multifarious Theatrical Methodology

TORONTO, ON (March 19, 2009)Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage 08:09 welcomes the world premiere of Artistic Fraud’s AfterImage, a story set in the Newfoundland mining town of Buchans that revolves around a family created and devastated by an accidental electrocution and unexpected adoption. AfterImage is also part of Fresh Ground new works, Harbourfront Centre’s national commissioning programme. This illuminating performance arrives at the Enwave Theatre Thursday, April 16 and runs through Sunday, April 26.

Tickets for AfterImage, and all other World Stage performances, are on sale through the Harbourfront Centre box office at 416-973-4000, or through

Adapted by Robert Chafe and directed by Jillian Keiley, AfterImage is a rendition of Canadian author Michael Crummey’s short story of the same name. Juxtaposed in the play are the key thematic elements of conductivity in electricity and connectivity in families. What results is an intricately developed performance that creates a complex, or kaleidoscopic, effect – termed by Artistic Fraud as “Kaleidography”.

The revolutionary set, developed and designed specifically for AfterImage, is composed of overhead wires charged with positive DC current and a copper sheet floor charged with negative DC current which illuminate halogen lights when actors connect the two currents. The movement of the actors and the illumination of the hand held lights combine with an original score for voice and harp, creating a truly unique atmosphere throughout the performance.

Composer Jonathan Monro has also designed a new instrument for the production that utilizes guitar wire integrated with the live DC current wires running the width of the stage.

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Artistic Fraud (Newfoundland) – AfterImage
Part of Fresh Ground new works
April 16-25, 8:00 p.m., April 26, 2:00 p.m.
Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West
Tickets: $30, Box office and info: 416-973-4000 or


Cary Mignault | t 416-973-4655 |

AfterImage is part of Fresh Ground new works, Harbourfront Centre’s national commissioning programme, championing the creation of new artistic works and providing a platform for innovation, creation and excellence.

Fresh Ground new works is made possible by the generosity of several individual donors who have actively assisted in the creation of new Canadian art works: Anne Marie Canning and the late Robert Canning, the late John Harkness, George E. Myhal, Jim and Sandra Pitblado, Michael and Sonja Koerner, Wil and Judy Matthews, Peter Allen, Margaret and Jim Fleck, Lionel F. Conacher and Joan Dea, and grants from the Imperial Tobacco Canada Arts Fund, Canada Council for the Arts and the J.P. Bickell Foundation.
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