Toronto's CanStage Has Take Me Out, Brent Carver, Carol Shields and Omnium in 2004-05

News   Toronto's CanStage Has Take Me Out, Brent Carver, Carol Shields and Omnium in 2004-05
Tony Award-winner Brent Carver teams with another famed Canadian player this fall, when he stars with Martha Henry in Morris Panych's play, Vigil, as part of the just-announced 2004-05 CanStage season in Toronto.
Brent Carver
Brent Carver

Panych will direct his play, Oct. 18-Nov. 13, at the CanStage Bluma stage. The comedy is about Kemp, "a self professed neurotic who keeps a solitary, hilarious vigil with his dumbstruck Auntie."

Carver won a Tony Award for playing Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman. Henry is the respected Canadian actress who has played the Stratford and Shaw festivals and served as artistic director at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario.

CanStage artistic producer Martin Bragg announced the next season's roster of artists Feb. 23. The creative people include Carol Shields (co-writing a world premiere), Jackie Richardson, Fiona Reid, Damien Atkins, Rosemary Dunsmore, Chris Abraham, Nicola Cavendish, Micheline Chevrier, Gina Wilkinson and Caroline Cave.

The new season also includes a new Berkeley/Upstairs series created by CanStage. The 150-seat space has been active as a rental room in the past, but CanStage will program it in 2004-05, installing a world premiere.

The season begins with the outdoor staging of As You Like It in High Park July 1-Sept. 5. James MacDonald directs. The CanStage season includes the Canadian premiere of the topical hell-set dinner-party fantasy, Omnium Gatherum, by Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten Vassilaros, Oct. 11-Nov. 23 at the CanStage Berkeley/Downstairs space. David Storch directs a cast that features Fiona Reid.

Also making its Canadian bow is Richard Greenberg's baseball drama, Take Me Out, Jan. 17-Feb. 12, 2005 at the Bluma.

The revue, Side by Side by Sondheim, plays Nov. 22-Dec. 18 at the Bluma, directed by Eda Holmes.

Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie plays Jan. 10-Feb. 19, 2005, at the Berkeley/Downstairs, directed Chris Abraham. Rosemary Dunsmore and Damien Atkins star.

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Carol Shields adapted Unless for the stage with her daughter, Sara Cassidy. It plays the Bluma Feb. 21-March 19. Nicola Cavendish stars in the staging directed by Roy Surette.

In the world premiere, "Reta inhabits a world where 'goodness' is a word around her daughter's neck. Reta's uber-normal family accepts an impossible mission – to rescue their homeless daughter from the streets."

Shields is known for "Thirteen Hands," "The Stone Diaries" and "Larry's Party."

At CanStage's Berkeley/Upstairs, the season offers the world premiere of Gina Wilkinson's My Mother's Feet, March 7-April 5, 2005, directed by Micheline Chevrier. In it, "Dan's psyche is haunted by his mother's toxic love. An unrelenting tale of betrayal, the possibility of forgiveness and a pair of prosthetic feet."

The Fats Waller revue, Ain't Misbehavin', plays April 4-30, 2005, directed by Sergio Trujillo at the Bluma, starring Jackie Richardson.

The Canadian premiere of Joanna Glass' Trying, directed by Marti Maraden, plays Berkeley/Downstairs May 2-June 11, 2005. Caroline Cave is featured in the play the author of If We Are Women and Play Memory. In the 1963-set Trying a "plucky Canadian prairie girl goes to Washington DC and lands a job with a crusty old judge. Their mercurial relationship, wrought with paper, tears and iron-will, heroically blossoms into an undying friendship." It's produced in association with the National Arts Centre, Ottawa.

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