Monday, May 2, 2011

Zadie's Shoes: New Production at Factory Theatre Toronto to June 5

 From a media release - sorry that I'm a bit late posting this but you've still got plenty of time to see it:

ALL-NEW PRODUCTION FOR BOX-OFFICE WINNER ZADIE’S SHOES
to June 5, 2011 at Factory Theatre, Toronto


Toronto, ON…  Factory Theatre presents a revival of the 2001 smash hit, Zadie’s Shoes, by Adam Pettle, April 30 – June 5, 2011, with an all-new cast and production co-directed by Adam Pettle, a Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee for his plays Therac 25, Sunday Father and Zadie’s Shoes, and his brother Jordan Pettle, director of Factory Theatre’s Therac 25, Ryerson Theatre School’s Metamorphoses, George Brown Theatre School’s Six Degrees of Separation, and SummerWorks’ Terminating.  
Adam Pettle has revised his script for the 2011 production at Factory Theatre Mainspace. Factory Theatre Artistic Director Ken Gass states, “It's wonderful to have the opportunity, a decade later, to allow the amazing Pettle brothers to take a fresh look at one of Factory Theatre's most successful plays.  On one hand, of course, this is a rare laugh out loud comedy, but what makes the play enduring is its willingness to probe the darker side of compulsive behavior.”

One of the most successful Canadian plays of the last decade, Zadie’s Shoes tells the story of Benjamin - a compulsive gambler who’s just lost the money for his girlfriend’s “alternative” cancer treatment. With only 72 hours to win it back, a desperate Benjamin finds himself at synagogue for the first time since his Bar Mitzvah, praying for a miracle and a sure-fire winner. Zadie’s Shoes presents a hilarious yet moving look at the nature of luck and the power of faith.

"I am so excited to be back at the Factory Theatre,” Adam Pettle says, “It's where my playwriting career began, ten years, a pony-tail and pair of ripped overalls ago, it's where I met my amazing wife Trish (acting in Therac 25) and continues to be the most magical and nurturing artistic home I could possibly imagine. This revival of Zadie's Shoes is a true family affair. I'm co-directing it with my brother Jordan, Trish is starring in it and oh yeah, my sister-in-law Shannon happens to be playing Lily... pure heaven. It's a brand new production with a lean, mean revised script that has attracted a fantastic design team and a brilliant cast. I love working with the people I love. I have always wanted to direct this play - I'm a very lucky man!

The new cast stars Joe Cobden (Factory Theatre’s Beyond Mozambique; Necessary Angel’s The Eco Show; Centaur Theatre’s The Beauty Queen of Lenane) as “Benjamin,” Patricia Fagan (Factory Theatre’s Therac 25 and Home is my Road; Tarragon Theatre’s The Patient Hour; Soulpepper’s Three Sisters, Ring Round the Moon and Time of Your Life; Theatre Passe Muraille’s Three Squares a Day) as “Ruth,” William MacDonald (Vancouver Playhouse/Theatre Aquarius’s Toronto Mississippi; Arts Club’s Frankie and Johnny…; Bard on the Beach’s Taming of the Shrew and Anthony and Cleopatra) as “Bear,” Harry Nelken (Moving Target Theatre’s King’s Park; Shakespeare in the Ruins’ Merchant of Venice; MTC’s Our Town) as “Eli” and “Jacob,” Shannon Perreault (La MaMa ETC – New York/One Little Goat’s Ritter, Dene, Voss; Tarragon/Groundwater’s If We Were Birds; SummerWorks’s Homegrown and Terminating; Roseneath’s Kindness) as “Lily,” Geoffrey Pounsett (Factory Theatre’s The Leisure Society; Tarragon Theatre’s If We Were Birds, Alias Godot, No Great Mischief and Chimera; Stratford Festival’s Cyrano de Bergerac; Neptune Theatre Company’s A Few Good Men and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) as “Sean,” and, after a ten-year hiatus from the stage, Lisa Ryder (Theatre Passe Muraille’s Possible Worlds; Theatre Centre’s Insomnia; MTC/Mirvish’s Neil Simon’s Proposals) as “Beth.”

The Zadie’s Shoes design team is Set & Costume Designer Jackie Chau (scenic design: Canadian Stage Company’s Romeo and Juliet; costume design: fu-GEN’s Lady in the Red Dress; Cahoots Theatre Company’s Madness in the Square); Lighting Designer Andrea Lundy (Factory Theatre’s Tideline, Trout Stanley, Chronic, Therac 25, Down Dangerous Passes Road and Glace Bay Miners’ Museum; Necessary Angel Theatre’s Hamlet and Divisadero; Tarragon Theatre’s More Fine Girls, Courageous and The Misanthrope; Canadian Stage’s Art); and, Sound Designer Christopher Stanton (Factory Theatre’s Bethune Imagined, True Love Lies, Missing, Toronto The Good;  Obsidian/Nightwood’s Ruined).  Stage Management is by Tanya Greve, with assistance from Apprentice Stage Manager Ainsley Kendrick.

The official radio sponsor of Zadie’s Shoes is The New Classical 96.3FM.
- Previews run April 30 - May 4. The official opening is on May 5, and the show closes on June 5.
- Performances are Tuesday to Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m., with the May 1 Preview at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 - $45.
- Sundays are Pay-What-You-Can (or $30 in advance).
- The box office is open for in-person/phone sales (416 504 9971), Tuesday to Saturday, 1 – 8 p.m., and Sunday at 12 noon – 4 p.m.; online sales are available 24 hours a day at www.factorytheatre.ca.


Also currently on sale: tickets to a special Zadie’s Shoes event for young professionals on Thursday, May 12, 6:30 p.m. – call to reserve as these $30 tickets (including a pre-show reception, show ticket, and post-show Q&A with cast) are limited to 60; $20 - $35 tickets to Performance Spring Festival shows, including Human Cargo’s Night, written and directed by Christopher Morris, and Jake’s Gift, written and performed by Julia Mackey, both playing to April 24; and, subscriptions to Factory Theatre’s 42nd season (2011/12) ranging in price from $90 - $175.

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