Indie Theatre heats up Toronto this January with Byhalia, Mississippi 

 

Toronto’s Cue6 Theatre presents a groundbreaking seven-city simultaneous world premiere of Evan Linder’s racially charged family drama 

Toronto, ON- This January Cue6 Theatre will play host to an international conversation about race-relations, marriage and fidelity, love and forgiveness, when it premieres Byhalia, Mississippi as a part of a unique “World Premiere Conversation”. The production is making its debut simultaneously in Toronto, Chicago IL (The New Colony and Definition Theatre Company), Memphis TN (Playhouse on the Square), and Charleston SC (Village Rep Co.), followed by staged readings in Birmingham AL (Theatre Downtown), Boulder CO (square product theatre), and Los Angeles CA (Sixth Avenue) the following week. On January 18th, this unique event culminates with an online talkback connecting artists and audiences from all seven cities.

Jim and Laurel Parker anxiously await the birth of their first child. The due date passes and when the baby finally arrives, the couple is faced with the biggest challenge of their lives: Laurel has given birth to a black baby boy, the result of an affair the previous year. The lives of their family and friends are thrown into turmoil in Byhalia, Mississippi, a town with a racially-charged past that still simmers close to the surface.

Cue6’s Toronto production stars Dora winner Claire Armstrong, Orphan Black star and two-time Dora nominee Kyra Harper, Dora nominee Virgilia Griffith, former Degrassi: The Next Generation star Mazin Elsadig and indie theatre mainstay Joshua Browne and is directed by Jill Harper, named an Outstanding Director of the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival by NOW magazine.

Byhalia, Mississippi is the 2015 winner of the NewWorks@The Works Playwriting Competition at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis TN, and has been short-listed for numerous awards including the Theatre503 Playwriting award.

 

Cue6 Theatre  presents Byhalia, Mississippi

Featuring: Claire Armstrong, Joshua Browne, Mazin Elsadig, Kyra Harper, and Virgilia Griffith

Written by: Evan Linder

Directed by: Jill Harper

Set Design: Christine Groom

Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter

Sound Design: Jeremy Hutton

Costumes: Holly Lloyd

 

Runs January 7th to the 22nd EXTENDED

The Storefront Theatre – 955 Bloor St. W, Toronto

 

Preview Performances:

January 6th @ 1:30pm

January 7th @ 8pm

 

Regular Run:

January 8th-17th:

Wednesday through Saturday @8pm

Sunday matinee @ 3pm

 

Extended Run:

Tuesday January 19th-22nd @ 8pm

 

Tickets: $22-$35

Advance tickets available at cue6.ca/tickets

 

For Media Tickets: christine.groom@cue6.ca

Toronto dives deep into pool (no water) 

 

Cue6 presents the Toronto premiere of controversial playwright Mark Ravenhill’s pool (no water) 

Known for his shock-tactics and scorching critiques, Ravenhill has been called both “perverse” and “poetic”. For the first time his critically acclaimed, darkly comic play pool (no water) will hit Toronto stages as a part of this summer’s Fringe Festival.

When a famous artist invites her old friends to her luxurious pool, for one night the group is back together. But celebrations come to an abrupt end when the host suffers a horrific accident. As the victim lies in a coma, an almost unthinkable plan starts to take shape: could her suffering be their next work of art?

Featuring celebrated ensemble cast: Dora winner Oyin Oladejo, Dora nominee Chy Ryan Spain, Dora and two time Canadian Comedy Award nominee Allison Price, Daniel Roberts and Sarah Illitovitch-Goldman.

Coming off of the success of Kate and Sam Are Not breaking Up (NNNN Now Magazine, 2015 Dora Nominee for Female Outstanding Performance) and Pieces (Shortlisted for RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwrights Competition) Cue6 continues to build their reputation as a daring indie theatre company.

For anyone who’s ever felt the poisonous sting of jealousy, or the forbidden excitement of tragedy, Cue6 invites you to wade in the darkest waters of the human experience.

Cue6 Theatre in association with The Toronto Fringe presents pool (no water)

 

Opens July 2nd runs to July 11th 2015

Tarragon Theatre Main Space (30 Bridgman Ave, Toronto)

Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating

Tickets:$10 – Purchase online: fringetoronto.com, by phone: 416-966-1062, in person tickets available starting July 1st at the Festival Box Office located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s (581 Bloor St W) or 1 hour before each performance outside Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Ave).

Indie theatre builds allies in the Toronto – Chicago theatre wars 

 

 

Cue6 presents the Canadian premiere of Kate and Sam Are Not Breaking Up. Zoom in on Hollywood’s hottest couple- Kate Thomas (Karen Knox) and Sam Lewis (AJ Vaage), are stars of a tween-fantasy movie franchise, who have split up for good. As media and fans alike erupt in speculation about the split, one super-fan is determined to reunite these teen idols – by any means necessary. Through a combination of kidnapping, torture and couples therapy, Kate and Sam Are Not Breaking Up explores just what happens when an obsession with celebrity spins wildly out of control.

Kate and Sam Are Not Breaking Up, the critically acclaimed hit from Chicago, is the brainchild of playwright Joel Kim Booster and The New Colony, currently one of Chicago’s hottest storefront companies. “Joel Kim Booster’s satiric comedy from The New Colony dives head first into this psychological morass  [of celebrity obsessions],” says Nina Metz of the Chicago Tribune, “mining it for laughs as well as its legitimate creep factor.”

Part disturbing, part hilarious, the new Cue6 Canadian production features a stellar ensemble cast; A.J Vaage (YTV’s That’s So Weird), Karen Knox (Taming of the Shrew, Red One Theatre Collective), two-time DORA Nominee Tim Walker, Rebecca Liddiard (Recent graduate of Ryerson Theatre School), and directed by Jill Harper (Pieces, Cue6).

While Chicago is host to hundreds of small theatre companies, many finding critical acclaim and playing to sold out houses night after night, Toronto’s indie theatre company is still trying to find its feet, struggling to gain audiences and media attention. As a member of Toronto’s own expanding storefront theatre community, Cue6 is excited to produce Booster’s dark and exhilarating work and shine a light on the high quality indie productions that take place in Toronto.

 

Kate and Sam Are Not Breaking up will be on stage at Fraser Studios (76 Stafford St.) June 4-21.  Performances run Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm with matinees on Sundays at 3pm. Tickets from $20-$40 available cue6.ca