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Petrichor Takes the Stage April 25-26 as the Conclusion of Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH: emerging performance projects

TORONTO, ON (April 3, 2009)Kitchen Band Productions makes its company debut as part of HATCH: emerging performance projectswith its workshop presentation of Petrichor, a play inspired by the rural landscape of Southern Ontario and the conflicts within the farming communities that inhabit it.

Petrichor, a term which means the smell of rain on dry ground, is a new play by Erin Brandenburg that tells the story of a family of Mennonite migrant workers and the farmers who need their labour. Petrichor weaves simple and lyrical storytelling with songs, movement, animation and foley and a live landscape to tell a story of work and land, home and loss and of the lives of those who enter our worlds but are never permitted to be a part of them.

Petrichor combines the talents of many of the creators behind the Fringe/Summerworks hits Reesor “NNNNN (out of five) - Grass roots theatre at its best”- NOW Magazine, “Four stars (out of four) - Points Canadian theatre in the right direction” - Eye Weekly; and Pelee “NNNN (out of five)” - NOW Magazine, who now come together for the first time as Kitchen Band Productions.

Based on true stories and found materials collected through interviews with farmers and migrant workers in Southern Ontario, Petrichor is the third in a series of plays, that includes Reesor and Pelee, based on small town life in rural Canada. Its rustic, DIY aesthetic includes a live soundscape played on handmade instruments made from recycled and reclaimed materials while growing plants, rain and projected images create a miniature farm yard.

Petrichor features text by writer/performer Erin Brandenburg, music by Andrew Penner (Sunparlour Players), Gord Bolan and Henry Adam Svec (Peter Mansbridge and the CBC’s, The Boy From E.T.), animation by award winning artist Howie Shia, and foley and design by Toronto artist Iner Souster. This presentation offers audiences a look into the creative process of some of Toronto’s most exciting theatre artists and is the culmination of a weeklong residency in Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre with a Q & A to follow each performance.

Kitchen Band Productions is a collective of theatre creators, writers, musicians, actors, visual artists and designers based in Toronto, with the aim is to tell stories inspired by the Canadian landscape and history in a style that blurs the lines between theatre, music and visual art.

PETRICHOR – Kitchen Band Productions
Written and created by Erin Brandenburg
With Andrew Penner, Henry Adam Svec, Monica Dottor, Gordon Bolan, Jason Stephens, Iner Souster, and Howie Shia
April 25, 8:00 p.m. and April 26, 3:00 p.m. Studio Theatre at Harbourfront Centre’s York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Tickets: $12.00 or $10.00 for Students/Seniors/Arts Workers
Box Office Info: 416-973-4000 or www.harbourfrontcentre.com/hatch

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HATCH: emerging performance projects at Harbourfront Centre
Entering its sixth year, HATCH is a key initiative in Harbourfront Centre’s mission to develop local artists and their unique practices. The HATCH residency and mentorship programme provides resources and professional assistance to a new generation of engaging and innovative contemporary artists to reach the next stage in the development in their work and careers.

For more information please visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/hatch

Media Contacts: Erin Brandenburg (416) 537-1663, ebrandenburg@sympatico.ca, or Justine Handler (416) 556-7760, justinehandler@hotmail.com
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