From a media release - one of many coming up that looks at the 2011/2012 performance season coming up:
Factory Theatre (Toronto) 2011-2012 Season
MacHomer, Bigger Than Jesus and HARDSELL – THREE Rick Miller solos
TORONTO, ON… Fresh from his “IdeaCity” conference presentation, Dora and Gemini Award-winner Rick Miller launches Factory Theatre’s 42nd season with a trio of celebrated solo performances - MacHomer, Bigger Than Jesus and HARDSELL.
“Rick Miller’s stunning and virtuosic collaborations with Daniel Brooks,” says Artistic Director Ken Gass, “have re-defined the limits of the ‘one-man’ show, creating highball cocktails of humour and theatrical imagination to address the vital themes of our age.”
Miller is also pleased to be back at Factory Theatre: “It feels like the right home for these shows. Bigger Than Jesus was a big hit here in 2004 and 2005, and HARDSELL needs this kind of environment - slightly counter-culture and open to risk.” Entertainment Weekly has called Miller “one of the 100 most creative people alive today.” His biography includes collaborations with Robert Lepage and Peter Gabriel; most recently, he starred as Brian Mulroney in the satirical film Mulroney:The Opera. (www.rickmiller.ca).
MacHomer, a WYRD Production written and performed by Rick Miller, directed by Sean Lynch and designed by Beth Kates, is Miller’s impersonation of the entire cast of “The Simpsons” doing Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This worldwide hit has now been seen by over half a million people in 170 cities, and the Factory Theatre run will come directly after a tour of New Zealand.
• MacHomer is a pre-subscription season teaser, playing September 13 - 25, 2011
• Officially opening the Factory Theatre 2011/12 season, sponsored by BMO Financial Group, is Bigger Than Jesus, running September 29 - October 9, 2011.
The WYRD and Necessary Angel co-production, co-created and performed by Rick Miller premiered in 2004 at Factory Theatre to sold-out audiences, won three Dora Mavor Moore Awards and has since become an international success in six countries in four languages. Co-created and directed by Daniel Brooks and designed by Beth Kates and Ben Chaisson, Bigger Than Jesus is a “sinfully funny” multimedia mass exploring the “thorny crown” of Christianity. (www.biggerthanj.com).
• Rick Miller’s and Daniel Brooks’ HARDSELL is evolving in new directions with Miller premiering a reworked lecture/performance of the play October 13 - October 23, 2011.
HARDSELL is about marketing (sell) and molecular biology (cell), and how humans seem to have evolved into these cells that sell in order to survive. This new version of the play is based on the original Necessary Angel and WYRD co-production, co-created and directed by Brooks and designed by Beth Kates and Ben Chaisson. HARDSELL is also evolving into a satirical TV series and an in-school information literacy seminar. (www.hardsell.org).
MacHomer is a pre-subscription season teaser, playing September 13 - 25, 2011
Bigger Than Jesus, running September 29 - October 9, 2011.
HARDSELL, running October 13 - October 23, 2011.
• Shows play Tuesday - Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m., in the Mainspace Theatre.
• Each show is 75-80 minutes in length, with no intermission.
• Subscriptions range from $90 - $175.
• Single tickets range from $35 - $45 and go on sale August 1, 2011.
• Call the box office at (416) 504 - 9971 or go online: www.factorytheatre.ca, www.Twitter.com/FactoryToronto, www.facebook.com/.
Also playing at Factory Theatre:
• Tomson Highway’s The Rez Sisters, opening Thursday, November 10 (November 5 - December 11, 2011; EarlyViews November 5, 6, 8 and 9);
• Ronnie Burkett’s Penny Plain, opening Tuesday, January 24, (January 20 - February 26, 2012; EarlyViews January 20, 21 and 22),
• Anosh Irani’s My Granny the Goldfish, opening Thursday, March 22 (March 17 - April 15, 2012; EarlyViews March 17, 18, 20 and 21);
• Robert Chafe’s Oil and Water, opening Wednesday, April 18 (April 18 - May 6, 2012): and,
• Itai Erdal’s How to Disappear Completely, opening Tuesday, May 8 (May 8 – 13, 2012).