From a media release:
Thought For Food presents the CANADIAN PREMIERE of Paul Wilson's new translation of Václav Havel’s masterpiece, THE MEMO
April 23 - May 10, 2014, at Unit 102 Theatre
TORONTO - When Andrew Gross receives a company memo written in ‘Ptydepe’, a new artificial language adopted by his organization to streamline communications, Andrew sets off on an epic quest to find someone to translate. A satire about administrative bumbling in business, THE MEMO is a smart comedy for anyone who has ever worked in an office or battled bureaucracy.
With Fringe veteran director Tyler Seguin (Cousins of Corsica, The Aleatory Project, Thought for Food) managing this clerical hell, the cubicle dwellers include Thought For Food’s Artistic Director Helen Juvonen (Purgatory in Ingleton, Storm & Stress/Summerworks; Beauty and the Beast, Sudbury Theatre Centre), Paul Rivers (Dial M for Murder, Theatre Aquarius; The Universal Wolf, Thought For Food) as Andrew Gross, Annie Briggs (Lobby Hero, Reach Ensemble Theatre N.Y.; The Loyalists, Single Thread Theatre), Joella Crichton (The Session, Things Fallin’ Apart; Brixton Stories, AfriCan Theatre Ensemble), Thomas Gough (Bullet for Adolf, Hart House Theatre; Romeo and Juliet, Theatre By The Bay), Cara Pantalone (The Greatest Story Never Told, Smile Theatre; God of Carnage, Stephenville Theatre Festival), Michael Rinaldi (Studies in Motion, Electric Company; My Turquoise Years, Granville Isle Stage), James R. Woods (Voices in the Valley, Words in Motion/Evergreen Brickworks; Oleanna, Jaybird Productions), and Norman Yeung (The Kite Runner, Theatre Calgary; Settlers, Rhubarb Festival).
Set Design by performer-designer Paul Rivers (Theatre Aquarius). Sound Design by Urjo Kareda Residency winner Alex Eddington (Destination Ink Productions). Lighting Design by John Thomson (Tarragon Theatre). Costume Design by Miranda VanLogerenberg (Ryerson Theatre).
THE MEMO is dissident playwright Václav Havel’s masterpiece of absurdism. Banned from theatre under communist rule, he went on to become the last president of Czechoslovakia and first president of the newly democratic Czech Republic. This fresh new Canadian edition is written by Havel’s friend and Governor General’s Award-winning translator, Paul Wilson. Thought For Food’s production explores the shockingly universal and comical parallels between Communist Czechoslovakia and modern-day Canada as one employee searches for dignity, humanity and a hot lunch in a world riddled with arbitrary rules and office politics. The end result is a communist comedy that is weirdly at home in Canada.
Since its inception 20 years ago, Toronto’s Thought For Food has remained dedicated to showcasing the talents of emerging artists in productions that explore and celebrate the unique qualities inherent in live theatre. Thought For Food takes social responsibility seriously - since 1997 they have collected donations for local food banks. They are pleased to be partnering with a Parkdale area food bank during the run of THE MEMO and encourage audience members to bring non-perishable food donations to the show. www.thought4food.ca
Show information for THE MEMO
Venue: Unit 102 Theatre, 376 Dufferin Street, Toronto
Dates: April 23 - May 10, 2014 (Previews April 23 & 24, Opens April 25)
Thursday – Sunday @ 7:30pm **Note early curtain time
Tickets: $25 each (Preview $12.50)
Via Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-30061-800-838-3006 or thememo.brownpapertickets.com