Jason Priestley Will Play Canadian Stage; 2012-13 Season Announced

News   Jason Priestley Will Play Canadian Stage; 2012-13 Season Announced Canadian Stage, under the artistic and general direction of Matthew Jocelyn, has announced the lineup for the 2012-13 season at the Bluma Appel Theatre, the Berkeley Street Theatre and the High Park Amphitheatre.

"The productions and artists on our stages in 2012-13 will explore some of the big questions about our human experience while pushing the boundaries of what live theatre can be," said Jocelyn in a statement.

At the Bluma Appel Theatre, Tear the Curtain!, a "stylish psychological thriller" by Jonathon Young and Kevin Kerr, will run  Oct. 7-20. Co-created and directed by Kim Collier, the cast includes David Adams, Scott Bellis, Craig Erickson, Hiro Kanagawa, Tom McBeath, Dawn Petten, Gerard Plunkett, James Fagan Tait and Jonathon Young.

Max Frisch's post-World War II farce, The Arsonists, in a translation by Alistair Beaton, will run Nov. 11-Dec. 9. Directed by Morris Panych, the production will star Michael Ball and Fiona Reid and feature an original score composed and performed by Justin Rutledge. Set design is by Ken MacDonald.

In 2013 David Mamet's Race will run  April 7-May 5. Jason Priestley ("Beverly Hills 90210") will star as Jack Lawson in the play about wealthy white businessman Charles Strickland, who is accused of raping a young black woman.

Other productions at the Bluma Appel include Political Mother, with choreography, direction and original music by Hofesh Shechter (Oct. 24-28); Melissa James Gibson's This, directed by Jocelyn (Feb. 3-March 3, 2013); andThe Golden Mean (Live), with choreography by Marie Chouinard and original music by Louis Dufort (May 8-12, 2013). At Berkeley Street Theatre, the Spotlight Japan festival will be held Feb. 26-March 9, 2013. The biennial international festival offers a rare opportunity to sample Japanese work in Toronto. Japan One (Feb. 26-March 2, 2013) will feature Haptic and Holistic Strata, two pieces by digital choreographer/dancer Hiroaki Umeda, in a double bill with Sayonara and I, Worker, two short plays by Oriza Hirata. Japan Two (March 5-9, 2013) will feature Medea, choreographed and performed by Carlotta Ikeda, in a double bill with Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner and the Farewell Speech, a one-act play by Toshiki Okada.

Other productions at Berkeley Street include Andrew Bovell's Speaking in Tongues, directed by Philip Riccio (Oct. 29-Nov. 24); Ignorance, by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop with anonymous contributors (Nov. 27-Dec. 8); and Kristen Thomson's Someone Else, directed by Chris Abraham and featuring Kristen Thomson and Tom Rooney (Jan. 7-Feb. 2, 2013).

The High Park Amphitheatre will present William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream June 26-Sept. 2. The outdoor production, directed by Richard Rose, will include Dmitry Chepovetsky, John Cleland, Mark Crawford, John Dolan, Gil Garratt, Sophia Kolinas, Richard Lee, Ali Momen, Eric Morin, Tamara Podemski, Sarah Sherman and Pierre Simpson.

Founded in 1987, Canadian Stage—which celebrates its 25th anniversary this season—is one of Canada’s not-for-profit contemporary theatre companies. The company presents multidisciplinary theatre with a focus on emerging performance styles that integrate theatre with other artistic mediums such as dance, film and visual arts.

For more information and tickets, call (416) 368-3110 or visit www.canadianstage.com.

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