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UnSpun Theatre explores Toronto’s unknown stories with One Block at Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH 2011

TORONTO, ON (March 23, 2011) – Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH 2011 season concludes with One Block, by Toronto’s UnSpun Theatre. Created by an ensemble of artists who are diverse in their artistic practices and approaches, One Block will explore how we are each shaped by our physical environments and by the histories that swell under our feet.

Focusing on a selection of Toronto streets on which the artists have lived, One Block will feature local histories, video projection, and artefacts that will highlight how every inch of this city is full of stories that are waiting to be mined. UnSpun Theatre sent letters to over 500 of the current residents of the streets requesting an “artefact” that expresses their relationship to their street; the performance will include some of the objects, photographs and letters received from these residents. The audience will hear about Nobel Prize-winning insulin inventor Frederick Banting’s ghost dogs, the poetry found etched in sidewalks, and how neighbours come together after fires, floods and storms. UnSpun Theatre’s One Block runs on April 16, 8:00 p.m., at Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre.

About UnSpun Theatre
Since 2004, UnSpun Theatre has been creating entertaining, award-winning work that consistently stretches the boundaries of the current English Canadian theatre tradition. They’ve been the springboard for many of Toronto’s most inventive theatre artists. The company believes in a collaborative, artist-driven approach to creating theatre. Their work is the result of collision and confluence, of shaping a single creation from several creative voices.

In The Doras: 30 Years of Theatre, Dance and Opera in Toronto, theatre critic Jon Kaplan named UnSpun Theatre one of a handful of independent companies that “have given audiences some of the most exciting work of the past few years.”

Artistic Director Chris Hanratty works in theatre and film. His most recent projects include directing three installments of The Red Machine with The Room and his continued work on an adaptation of The Tin Drum by Günter Grass. His most recent film, Family First, has been screened at a number of festivals and will be shown at the Cleveland International Film Festival in March 2011. Associate Artist Shira Leuchter is an actor, artist and a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Acting Program. Leon Aureus is an actor, writer, producer and filmmaker. He was a founding member of fu-GEN Theatre Company. Claire Calnan is the Co-Artistic Director of the AMY Project and tiny bird theatre, and is an active Toronto theatre artist who works extensively in creation-based performance. Margaret Evans is an actor and producer of theatre and film. Her most recent work includes co-creating Praxis Theatre’s Jesus Chrysler. Richard Lee is an actor, fight director and sound designer who has worked extensively in both film and theatre. Aaron Willis is the co-founding artistic director of Convergence Theatre (with Julie Tepperman). He recently participated in the inaugural Michael Langham directing workshop at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Toronto-based architectural firm Studio Junction will serve as architecture consultants for the project.

Performance details:

One Block
UnSpun Theatre
Saturday April 16, 8:00 p.m., reception, Q & A to follow post-show
Harbourfront Centre’s Studio Theatre
Approximate runtime: 45 minutes
Tickets: $15, $12 (Students/Seniors/Arts Workers) available at Harbourfront Centre box office 416-973-4000 or online at www.harbourfrontcentre.com/hatch

About Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH
Entering its eighth year, HATCH is a key initiative in Harbourfront Centre’s mission to develop local artists and their unique practices. The HATCH mentorship provides resources and professional assistance to engaging and innovative contemporary artists looking to explore a new element of their practice. By giving the space and time for this to happen, Harbourfront Centre hopes to develop and grow the best new work coming out of Toronto.

The HATCH residency package includes one week rent-free in the Studio Theatre, technical and production assistance, box office backing and administrative assistance, marketing and media relations support and workshops, and professional development assistance. HATCH 2011 is guest curated by Ame Henderson of Public Recordings.

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Media Enquiries: Shira Leuchter | 416-505-2024 | shiraleuchter@yahoo.ca
View our online archive of artefacts sent by Toronto residents: http://oneblockproject.com


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