Centre Summer 2004 - Theatre Overview
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
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
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
is a Cree artist renowned for his skill as a writer for theatre and
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.
During 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.