As recently reflected, 2013 was quite the year for Aim for the Tangent: We had our biggest hit yet at the Toronto Fringe with the completely sold-out, site-specific Genesis & Other Stories, as well as our first non-festival production, and first multi-provincial tour, with Mature Young Adults at the Atlantic Fringe Festival and the wonderful Videofag in Toronto. However, this is just the beginning! Not content to rest on our laurels, we've got a big bold bunch of new shows planned for 2014 - in fact, we've got so many projects in the works that we're splitting 2014 into two parts: a Winter/Spring season and a Summer/Fall season.
In addition to the three new productions we're announcing today (including two new plays and one old favorite), previous "Best of Fringe" hit and Aim for the Tangent's first production - The Wakowski Bros. - will be making its professional debut with Talk is Free Theatre in Barrie, ON this March. It's gonna be a busy six months!
And now, without further ado; your 2014 Winter/Spring Season.
GENESIS & OTHER STORIES
by Rosamund Small
Genesis is hitting the road! After its blow out success at the Toronto Fringe Festival this July, this comic farce of biblical proportions will debut in Hamilton, ON as part of The Pearl Company's annual Winter Canadian Theatre Festival. The show will run 6 nights: January 16th - 18th and 23rd - 25th at 7:00 or 8:30 PM at the Pearl Company Arts Centre (for full listings, click here).
"I have been trying to get Wesley to bring a show to Hamilton for two years now, so it’s great to finally be able to host his company,” said Festival producer Lee Fairbanks. “I think Hamilton will love this work."
After the two week engagement in Hamilton, Genesis will return to Toronto for an encore performance at the Red Sandcastle Theatre on Queen St. East.
The production will run February 5th to 15th and will mark Aim for the Tangent's second non-festival endeavour.
This revised production (directed again by Vivien Endicott-Douglas) will feature (above, left to right) Jared Bishop, Llyandra Jones, Cameron Laurie, Hilary Scott, and Wesley J. Colford.
Here's what the critics had to say about the Fringe production:
"Chaotic perfection is the only way I can describe this truly hilarious play... an absolute must see this year at the Toronto Fringe Festival."
"Comically disastrous... very funny. Things could only go worse if the theatre collapsed."
"Definitely one of the highlights of this year's Fringe Festival. "
"I can't fault this show. It's great. Amen."
"This is a brilliant, funny show. See it."
by Wesley J. Colford
From the author of the above mentioned The Wakowski Bros. and Mature Young Adults comes a new dark comedy about Star Trek, isolation, and internet porn addiction.
After some informal readings in late 2013, Colford will be spending the beginning of 2014 working on a second draft of this new play with the assistance of a Theatre Creators Reserve grant from the Ontario Arts Council.
In April, an excerpt of the play will be produced on the Theatre Passe Muraille mainspace as part of the Paprika Festival, participating under the "Artists Lab", a new program designed to help foster new work from alumni of the festival who are over 21.
Following Paprika will be a full reading/workshop at the Tarragon Theatre Far Studio with an eye for a full Aim for the Tangent production later this year...
Audition information will be announced shortly.
OF SHAPES TRANSFORMED BY LOVE
by Kyle Capstick
"A last kiss. A heart breaks. A woman transforms into a tree."
Aim for the Tangent Theatre is very pleased to present the premiere of award winning playwright Kyle Capstick's new play Of Shapes Transformed by Love in co-production with NewBorn Theatre.
Inspired in part by the stories of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Of Shapes Transformed by Love explores how the human heart can grow wild through the lens of the magical.
Kyle is a long time friend and colleague from Sydney, NS who made the trek to the big T.O. a year and a half ago and has been taking over ever since. Along with his strong ties to the Cape Breton Stage Company (he played the original Jim Wakowski in 2011) Kyle placed second in the Playwrights Guild of Canada's 3rd Annual Post-Secondary Playwrighting Competition for his play I Miss, Not Just, Your Eyes as well as winning the Pat the Dog 24 Hour Playwriting competition in 2012.
Other writing credits include: Clunk (Acadia Theatre Company), Uncertain (Atlantic Fringe Festival); All My Love, Walter, Her Body, and I Miss, Not Just, Your Eyes (Elizabeth Boardmore Festival of One-Act Plays) Something for My Grandparents (Cape Breton Stage Company). He is a graduate of Cape Breton University.
The Aim for the Tangent/NewBorn production will take place in May/June of this year, directed by the author.
Auditions will take place in early February.
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