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Music and Theatre Mesh in Collaborative SummerWorks Music Series August 8-18 2013 in Toronto

From a media release:

Music and Theatre Mesh in Collaborative SummerWorks Music Series
Featuring a travelling concert by The Wooden Sky, an interactive performance by Snowblink and three Musical Works in Concert
SummerWorks Performance Festival August 8 - 18, 2013

Tickets & Info for All Events Here

TORONTO, ON- 
SummerWorks Performance Festival presents this years Music Series, bringing collaborative indie concert experiences to its audience as well as Musical Works in Concert, presenting three new musicals that push the boundaries of traditional musical theatre. SummerWorks Performance Festival runs August 8th- 18th in multiple venues throughout the city.

“SummerWorks Music Series is all about creating unforgettable and unique experiences for the audience. It is a place where music and theatre collide,” says Michael Rubenfeld, SummerWorks Artistic Producer.
  
SummerWorks Music Series includes six original pieces featuring acclaimed experimental folk duo Snowblink in partnership with Toronto-based scenographer Trevor Schwellnus, and in an unprecedented experiment, country-folk indie-rock collective The Wooden Sky team with award-winning theatre director Jennifer Brewin to present a travelling concert. The performance includes a multiple stop tour of the Shaw and Ossington area ending at the Black Box Theatre (Queen and Dovercourt) for a memorable concert experience. Transforming The Great Hall into a summer dreamscape, Maylee Todd with the help of Steve McCarthy present Maylee Todd’s Musical Planetarium, a synthesized version of her hit LP Escapology with a kaleidoscope of visuals and live projection designs made by award-winning filmmaker Tess Girard. The Music Series also features collaborative shows by Justin Rutledge and director Andrew Shaver, The Bicycles with Maggie MacDonald and Stephanie Markowitz and Absolutely Free with Michael Rubenfeld.

Country-folk indie-rock collective The Wooden Sky teams with outdoor theatre director Jennifer Brewin to present a traveling concert during SummerWorks Music Series



SummerWorks Musical Works in Concert series presents three diverse examples of original musicals using traditional and non-traditional models. These include Adam Mathias and Jonathan Monro‘s  A History of Summer, exploring over a century of romance and heartbreak in America's earliest established gay communities, Miss Shakespeare, a saucy new musical by Tracey Power and directed by James MacDonald about the mad mind of Judith Shakespeare and her underground group of female players in the 1600’s,  and Paradises Lost, a modern opera based on the Ursula K. Le Guin science fiction novella, adapted by Marcia Johnson and composed by Stephen Andrew Taylor. More information and full line-up below.

MUSIC SERIES
ABSOLUTELY FREE

Co-created by Absolutely Free and Michael Rubenfeld
Opening Night Part- The Great Hall/ Black Box Theatre- 1087 Queen Street W.
Thursday, August 8th, Starting at 8:00PM and running every five minutes until 1:00AM
Experimental art-rock band, Absolutely Free work with Artistic Producer, Michael Rubenfeld, to create an all-night mini-concert experience for one audience member at a time.

OUT OF THE WOODS WITH JUSTIN RUTLEDGE

Co-created by Justin Rutledge and Andrew Shaver
Black Box Theatre- 1087 Queen Street W.
Sunday August 11th, 9:00pm doors, 10:00pm show
Out of the Woods tells the story of a couple's fierce final stand to save their doomed relationship. Watching it all, a guitar slinger serenades them further and further apart. Out of the Woods dives headfirst into the sentimental and tears apart the melodrama one overwrought emotion at a time until only laughter remains. As told by musician Justin Rutledge and actors Andrew Shaver and Amy Rutherford.



SNOWBLINK'S ORIGINAL TOUCH
Co-created by Snowblink and Trevor Schwellnus
Black Box Theatre- 1087 Queen Street W.
Wednesday August 14, 9:00pm doors, 10:00pm show
Acclaimed experimental folk duo Snowblink (below) teams up with scenographer Trevor Schwellnus to create an interactive atmospheric performance. The evening will conclude with a dimly and artfully- lit slow dance party.

YOUNG DRONES STARRING THE BICYCLES
Co-created by The Bicycles, Maggie MacDonald and Stephanie Markowitz
Black Box Theatre- 1087 Queen Street W.
Thursday August 15, 9:00pm doors, 10:00pm show
The Bicycles and John Southworth collaborate with writer Maggie MacDonald, director Stephanie Markowitz and multimedia artist Amy Siegel to present a top-secret presentation.

THE WOODEN SKY TRAVELLING ADVENTURE SHOW
Co-created by The Wooden Sky, Jennifer Brewin and Michael Rubenfeld
The Lower Ossington Theatre- 100 Ossington Avenue
Friday August 16, 7:00PM doors, 8:00pm show
Wooden Sky teams with large scale outdoor theatre director Jennifer Brewin to create a multiple stop tour of the Shaw and Ossington area ending at Black Box Theatre for a memorable concert experience.

MAYLEE TODD’S MUSICAL PLANETARIUM
Co-created by Maylee Todd and Steven McCarthy
The Great Hall- 1087 Queen Street W.
Saturday August 17, 9:00pm doors, 10:00pm show
With the help of Steven McCarthy and Tess Girard, Maylee Todd transforms the Great Hall into a summer dreamscape with a kaleidoscope of visuals, live projection design and a intimate version of her hit LP Escapology.



MUSIC SERIES TICKET PRICE: $15
MUSICAL WORKS IN CONCERT


A HISTORY OF SUMMER
Created by Adam Mathias & Jonathan Monro
Saturday 10th August at 7.30pm
The Great Hall- 1087 Queen Street W.

MISS SHAKESPEARE
Created by Tracy Power
Monday 12th August at 7.30pm
Black Box Theatre- 1087 Queen Street W.

PARADISES LOST
Created by Marcia Johnson, Composed by: Stephen Andrew Taylor
Tuesday 13th August at 7.30pm
Black Box Theatre- 1087 Queen Street W.

About SummerWorks Performance Festival
As the largest juried performance festival in Canada featuring predominantly new Canadian work, SummerWorks programs a festival that uniquely reflects Toronto and Canada’s cultural zeitgeist. Since 1991, SummerWorks has continued to explore and respond to the needs and wants of audiences and the performance community. The Festival has grown to become one of the country’s preeminent multi-disciplinary hubs featuring a Music Series, Live Art Series, a mentorship program (SummerWorks Leadership Intensive Program –S.L.I.P.); and the National Series, showcasing works from across Canada. The Festival adds new initiatives yearly, including performance-based programs such as the Performance Bar. The 2013 SummerWorks Festival runs August 8th to 18th in venues across Toronto.

Miss Shakespeare a saucy new musical by Tracey Power and directed by James MacDonald as part of SummerWorks Musical Works in Concert.


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