Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Summerworks 2011: The Physical Ramifications of Attempted Global Domination - Aug 5 - 14

From a media release - for more on all of the Summerworks 2011 Festival check the link:

Birdtown and Swanville presents
The Physical Ramifications of Attempted Global Domination
Part of Summerworks 2011 - August 5 to 14


Hitler foamed at the mouth, Napoleon suffered from extreme eczema and every so often, Pol Pot would go blind. In exploring the mysterious and bountiful medical ailments suffered by many of history's most aggressive global dominators, the girls of Birdtown and Swanville are on a mission to find out what it's like to be one of the men in charge of the massacre in The Physical Ramifications of Attempted Global Domination.

A set made of balloons and filled with party supplies sets the stage for eight dictators to battle it out in competitions of physical strength and fortitude, tests of wit and balloon crushing races. This latest work from Birdtown and Swanville (the company whose 36 Little Plays about Hopeless Girls garnered critical acclaim at the 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival) explores the mysterious and bountiful medical ailments suffered by some of history's most aggressive dictators, and attempts to get under the skin to probe the pitfalls of political fortitude.

With tyrants around the world being brought to account by their own people and international courts, the company has chosen to continue the exploration of dictators such as Napoleon, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Hitler and Chairman Mao that began as part of Harbourfront Centre's HATCH program in 2010.

Played by a stellar ensemble of female performers, eight men known for regimes of terror are pitted against one another in an eccentric competition that highlights their curious eccentricities and seemingly endless stream of psychological and physical ailments.

Written and directed by Nika Mistruzzi and Aurora Stewart de Pena, with an ensemble cast including previous Birdtown and Swanville alumni Donna Maloney, Cara Gee (also appearing at SummerWorks in Sticth), Rebecca Applebaum (part of the Dora-nominated ensemble of paper SERIES), Meghan Swaby (Bullet for Adolf), Lauren Bride, Sheelagh Darling Pletsch and Jessica Salgueiro. With Balloon Explosions by Allie Marshall and Hanna Puley, costumes by Erin Alexa Freedman, lighting by Remington North and original music by Matt King of dd/mm/yyyy.

Birdtown and Swanville presents
THE PHYSICAL RAMIFICATIONS OF ATTEMPTED GLOBAL DOMINATION
part of the SummerWorks Festival
August 5 - 14, 2011

SHOWTIMES: Aug 5 - 5:30pm; Aug 6 - 3:00pm; Aug 9 -10:30pm; Aug 10 - 5:30pm; Aug 12 - 8:00pm; Aug 14 - 12:30pm
Tickets $15 ($16 in advance)
Box office: 416-504-7529 or artsboxoffice.ca

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