Toronto Will See Clybourne Park, Anthony Rapp, Mary Walsh and Terminus in "Off-Mirvish" Lineup
By Kenneth Jones
September 24, 2012
Toronto's Mirvish Productions — known for big musicals in the Ontario metropolis — is packaging a collection of smaller, riskier productions produced by local and international companies for a new initiative called the Off-Mirvish Series, to be presented at the Royal Alexandra Theatre and the Panasonic Theatre.
Expect "acclaimed new productions from our own community, local productions of award-winning international new plays and original productions of new works from the world festival circuits," according to a Sept. 24 Mirvish announcement.
The inaugural series includes Outside the March's Terminus (which will be presented, audience and all, on the stage of the Royal Alex); Anthony Rapp's Rent-related biographical musical Without You; Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park from Studio 180 Theatre; and a new piece by comedian Mary Walsh, Dancing With Rage.
Producer David Mirvish said in a statement, "The Toronto theatre community is one of the most vibrant in the world. The wealth and breadth of talent here is astonishing. For a long time, we have been looking at ways to celebrate this community and to bring its work to a larger audience. That's why we have started the Off-Mirvish Series."
The four-show package starts at $99, with a top price of $199. A limited number of packages will be sold.
Here's the series at a glance:
By Mark O'Rowe
Directed by Mitchell Cushman
Starring Maev Beaty, Ava Jane Markus, Adam Wilson
An Outside the March production
Nov. 21-Dec 9, 2012
Royal Alexandra Theatre
"The hottest ticket at this year's Summerworks Festival and the winner of the festival's Best Production Award, Terminus tells three interwoven stories set in contemporary Ireland, all told in heightened language and in rhyming verse. Powerful, thought-provoking and utterly beautiful, [it] will be performed at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in a way never done before: the action of the play will happen at the lip of the stage, performed for an audience of only 200 seated on the theatre's storied stage."
Written By and Starring Anthony Rapp
Directed by Steve Maler
A Menier Chocolate Factory production
Dec. 13, 2012-Jan 6, 2013
"One of the original stars of Rent, Anthony Rapp, uses the backstory of the creation of this landmark musical to launch into a very personal exploration of love and loss. Punctuated with songs and accompanied by a five-member band, Rapp's virtuoso performance won accolades at the recent Edinburgh Fringe Festival and then transferred for a sold-out run in London."
By Bruce Norris
Directed by Joel Greenberg
Starring Audrey Dwyer, Michael Healey, Sterling Jarvis, Jeff Lillico, Mark McGrinder, Kimwun Perehinec, Maria Ricossa
A Studio 180 Theatre production
Feb. 12-March 3, 2013
"The most-acclaimed new play of this century; the winner of the Tony, Olivier, Evening Standard and the Pulitzer Prize, Clybourne Park is a hilarious look at race and real estate that asks questions many of us may not want to confront. Produced by Studio 180 Theatre, the company that also brought us Stuff Happens and The Normal Heart, Clybourne Park is essential for all who love theatre that matters."
Written By and Starring Mary Walsh
Directed by Karen Carpenter
Co-Produced by Theatre Passe Muraille & Resource Centre Arts Theatre Company
March 5-24, 2013
"Canada's favorite comedian, Mary Walsh, has created a new show that incorporates all the characters she has played over the years, including the infamous warrior princess, Marg Delahunty, with her armor-plated breasts and razor-sharp wit to 'cut through all the BS.' Outrageous, original and totally honest, Dancing With Rage will have you jumping for joy."
For subscription information, call (416) 593-4225 or go to mirvish.com.