Sunday, January 13, 2013

Factory Theatre Toronto: World Premiere of Every Letter Counts Jan 26 - Feb 24 2013

From a media release:


Launching Factory Theatre’s revitalized 2012/13 season, sponsored by BMO Financial Group, is the world premiere of Every Letter Counts by Nina Lee Aquino, playing January 26 – February 24, 2013. Every Letter Counts is Nina Lee Aquino’s very personal re-imagining of Filipino political icon, Benigno Aquino. Struggling to find her own path and haunted by her uncle’s voice, a desperate “Bunny” breaks into the Aquino Museum at night, where past, present, myth and memory collide. The play also delves into the world of dyslexia and the power of an uncle’s lessons in how one can learn to read by playing the game of Scrabble. Bunny learns that Ninoy has given her more than the power of words. He has given her the power to shape her own destiny.

Directed by Nigel Shawn Williams (select directing credits: Brothel #9, Tomasso’s Party (Factory Theatre); Intimate Apparel (Alberta Theatre Projects), the play stars Nina Lee Aquino (select stage credits: Hongbu & Nolbu: The Tale of the Magic Pumpkins (Young People's Theatre); Little Dragon (K'Now Theatre / Theatre Passe Muraille); Miss Orient(ed) (Carlos Bulosan Theatre) as “Bunny,” Jon de Leon (select stage/film credits: Bartholomew Fair, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night  (Stratford Festival); The Romance of Mango Rubio (CBT/King Showcase); CTV’s Flashpoint) as “Ninoy,” Anthony Malarky (select stage/film credits: Ragtime, Trouble in Tahiti, My Fair Lady (Shaw Festival); As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stratford Festival); Les Misérables (Thousand Islands Playhouse); and Tapestry New Opera’s Iron Road) as “Cecilio” and, playing “Marcos” is Earl Pastko (select stage/film credits: LaRonde (Crow’s Theatre); Wuthering Heights (ACT I.V.), Ban This Show (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), Bruce MacDonald’s Highway 61, Jeremy Podeswa’s Eclipse and Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter).  The creative team includes Set & Costume Designer Anna Treusch, Lighting Designer Bonnie Beecher, Sound Designer Romeo Candido, Projection Designer Cameron Davis, Stage Manager Diane Konkin and Apprentice Stage Manager Christopher Sibbald.

Previews of Every Letter Counts are January 26, 27, 29 and 30 and the opening is on January 31. Classical 96.3 FM and Tahanan Magazine are media sponsors of Every Letter Counts.

Show times are Tuesday to Saturday, 8pm, and Sunday, 2 p.m. (preview, 7 p.m.); preview tickets are $22 with regular single tickets are $32 Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday (advance), $36 Friday and $42 Saturday. Four-play subscriptions and three-play sampler packages range from $105 to $135.

Call the box office at (416) 504-9971, visit in person during box office hours at 125 Bathurst Street, Toronto, or visit online 24/7 at Follow updates @factorytoronto (#everylettercounts) and Facebook.

In Tagalog:

Every Letter Counts

Sa kanyang paghahanap ng huwaran at inspirasyon, naalaala ni Bunny ang mga katagian ng kanyang tiyuhin na si Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, isang ginagalang at hinahangaan ang katalinuhan at galing sa politikang Pilipino.  At sa kanyang paglingon, naunawaan niya na higit sa makapangyarihang pananalita na kanyang minana ay natuklasan din niya kung papano tatahakin at hugisin ang kanyang kapalaran.

Nina Lee Aquino
Si Nina Lee Aquino, ay isang Filipino-Kanadian manunulat ng mga dulang pananghal, direktor, dramaturgo at aktor. Isa siya sa nagtatag bilang Artistiko na Direktor ng fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company at kasalukuyang makasining na Direktor ng Cahoots Theatre Company at kasapi din ng Factory Interim Artistic Team.  Si Nina ay umani at nagkamit ng maraming parangal tulad ng Ken McDougall Award, ang John Hirsch Prize, Dora Mavor Moore Award.  Ang dulang “Every Letter Counts” ay nagmula sa Factory Theatre’s Play Development Program at ito ang kauna-unahan likha ng Factory ng isa sa mga dula ni Nina Aquino.

Factory Theatre
125 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON  M5V 2R2
Phone: 416 504 4473
Box Office Phone: 416 504 9971

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