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Harbourfront Centre Summer 2004 - Theatre Overview
Harbourfront Centre Summer 2004 announces seven exceptional theatre highlights including one world premiere, three Toronto premieres, and three Harbourfront Centre premieres.

On Labatt Blue Canada Day: Then and Now, Maya Theatre presents a world premiere play reading
titled Throw Ma from the Plane about a new Canadian's experience upon arriving in Canada .

The Stella Artois World's Fare: A Global Feast festival (July 2-4) brings together a humourous ballet-within-a-play from the exiled Gorgonetrevich Corps de Ballet Nationale for the Harbourfront Centre premiere of Bethany's Gate. Integrating clowning, music and dance, the troupe presents a wonderful piece that tells the tale of the ballet company.

Omiala: A Festival of New Black Culture (July-23-25) yields three theatrical premieres. A strong sense of theatre can be found in the performance of Vancouver spoken word artist Wayde Compton making his Toronto debut. Dub-poetry pioneer Clifton Joseph presents and performs in a high-energy showcase of local spoken word talent called HOME/Word. Writer/actress Michelle Matlock's highly acclaimed play The Mammy Project, which debuted in New York City this year and explores the myth of syrup-maven Aunt Jemima and her real-life counterpart Nancy Green upon which the character was based, will also get its Canadian debut at Harbourfront Centre.

Planet IndigenUs: An International Indigenous Arts Festival (August 13-22) includes an intimate musical cabaret with Tomson Highway and Friends. Performing his cabaret for the first time at Harbourfront Centre, Highway is a Cree artist renowned for his skill as a writer for theatre and literature as well as music. He combines all three talents in two exclusive evenings  featuring live musical excerpts from The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito and Rose. De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group presents a new work called The Gift, based on an Ojibway creation story from respected community elder Eddie King. Giving this traditional narrative a contemporary voice using theatre and music, the piece explores the artists responsibility to preserving culture and stories in ways that resonate with today's audiences. Native Women In the Arts host and present the Harbourfront Centre premiere piece of work called 6 Arias. The piece will honour the Aboriginal conception of the universe by presenting six women performers from six directions: north, south, east, east, up and down.

Gobsmacked! a revel of offbeat expression
(August 27-29) features the Harbourfront premiere of a wildly entertaining Cabaret evening hosted by the political, poetic, and hilarious Toronto actress/songwriter/musician/performance artist Evalyn Parry.  

Ashkenaz: A Festival on New Yiddish Culture (September 3-6)  Ethiopian actor Yossi Vassa performs his one-man show It sound better in Amarahic. The play is a moving, personal and humorous account of the tribulations of a 700-kilometer journey made from Ethiopia, to a refugee camp in the Sudan, and then finally to the Holy Land of Israel. This show is a Toronto premiere.
Harbourfront Centre Summer 2004 events take place at 235 Queens Quay West in Toronto. All events are free admission. For further information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit us online at 
Attention Media:  More events to be announced as well as individual festival releases
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Media Contacts:
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655,
Rebecca Webster, 416-973-4397,
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428, 

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