Thursday, January 6, 2011

Factory & Crow's Theatre Remount 2009 Dora Winner Eternal Hydra

From a media release:

CROW'S THEATRE'S ETERNAL HYDRA AT Factory Theatre
January 22 - February 13, 2011

2009 WINNER OF FOUR DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS

Toronto, ONFactory Theatre is thrilled to be giving new life to Crow's Theatre's multi award-winning production of Anton Piatigorsky's Eternal Hydra. Toronto audiences now have a chance to see the sleeper hit of the 2009 theatre season, from January 22 to February 13, 2011 at Factory's Mainspace Theatre. Chris Abraham, Crow's Theatre Artistic Director says, "Partnering with Factory Theatre this season has given us the opportunity to respond to critical and audience calls for a remount following our too brief two-week run."  Factory Artistic Director Ken Gass is pleased to work in association with Crow's Theatre for a three-week run of Eternal Hydra as part of Factory's 2010/2011 season. "Eternal Hydra is exactly the type of show we want at Factory - smart, sexy, literate, with incredible performances."

Eternal Hydra was nominated for ten Dora Mavor Moore Awards in 2009, winning four, including Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Lighting Design and Best New Play. This production directed by Chris Abraham, with set and lighting design by John Thompson, costume design by Barbara Rowe, sound design by Richard Feren and stage management by Merissa Tordjman, features original cast members David Ferry, Sam Malkin and Liisa Repo-Martell joined by new cast member Cara Ricketts.

Vivian, a scholar, unearths a long-lost manuscript by firebrand author Gordias Carbuncle that is supposedly a work of staggering genius.  When Selma Thomas's connection to Carbuncle is discovered, it sparks a controversy reaching from the high-powered publishing world of present-day New York, to 1930's Paris, and the American Civil War. Eternal Hydra is about identity politics, sex and the myth of genius "a thrilling look at the making of a modern masterpiece."

Four actors play 11 characters:
David Ferry plays Gordias Carbuncle and Henry Warmoth;
Sam Malkin plays Randall Wellington, Jr., Randall Wellington, Sr. and Léon LaBas;
Liisa Repo-Martell plays Vivian Ezra, Gwendolyn Jackson and Sarah Briggs;
• New to the original cast, Cara Ricketts plays Pauline Newberry, Selma Thomas and the Narrator.

Images:
• Liisa Repo Martell, David Ferry and Cara Ricketts
• Chris Abraham
• Anton Piatigorsky

The Details:
• Show times are Tuesday to Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m. (exception Sunday preview, 7 p.m.).
• Preview tickets are $15.
• Tuesday to Thursday tickets are $28 ($23 for Students and Seniors); Friday, $35 ($30 for Students and Seniors); Saturday, $40 ($35 for Students and Seniors); and Sunday, advance tickets $28 ($23 for Students and Seniors) or Pay-What-You-Can tickets.
• RUSH tickets are subject to availability on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday performances.
• The box office opens at noon on Sunday and has a limited number of P-W-Y-C tickets, available at 1 p.m.
• The box office is open for in-person/phone sales Tuesday to Saturday, 1 – 8 p.m., and Sunday at 12 noon - 4 p.m.;
Online sales are available 24 hours a day.

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