REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY Plays Factory Studio Theatre, 12/6-15
Rob van Meenen's bold and original new play Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) hits the Toronto stage this December starring one of the most exciting and surprising ensembles of the year. The production will begin with a preview performanceDecember 5 for a strictly limited engagement of 12 shows at the Factory Studio Theatre through December 15, 2013. The official press opening is Saturday, December 7 at 8 pm.
Bringing together some of Canada's most sought after performers, RSI will mark the inaugural production from Company Kid Logic, a collective of like-minded and celebrated artists who have set out to showcase dynamic and relatable contemporary work to Toronto audiences and theatre makers. Multiple award-winning and widely acclaimed as actors, writers, directors and producers, Company Kid Logic has selected RSIto launch this dynamic company of players.
RSI is directed by actor/director Harry Judge and features an accomplished cast including Robin Dun ne (Sanctuary), Ava Markus (Terminus),Imali Perera (Degrassi:The Next Generation) with Amy Matysio (inSAYSHAble) and Pat Kiely (Being Human) both making their Toronto theatre debuts.
The play tells the story of thirty-something couple Dave and Julie, who are about to get married. They've put off most of the planning and details until the last minute, but that's just how they roll. Julie, prone to extremes, has made a fateful connection with a mysterious woman from her credit card company - too bad the line went dead. Dave, well-intentioned if also happily unaware, could use some helpful advice, but his best pal Guy certainly has a strange way of doling it out.
Flashing forward a year, with the 'I do's' done and a paper anniversary in tow, new friends and strange opportunities have put things in flux. As two becomes three, becomes four, becomes five - Repetitive Strain Injury follows a tangled web of relationships, exposing five reluctant adults, caught in a karmic pressure cooker. Repetitive Strain Injury is a bitter sweet love story and a look at the life lessons we teach ourselves. And some lessons in life need to be learned again. And again. And again.
Van Meenen follows up the wildly successful run of his first play Burn (co-written with Cherise Arnesen) with this powerful and unblinking dissection of modern relationships written in the style of what he himself describes as "Neil LaBute meets How I Met Your Mother". Darkly funny, RSI is unflinchingly honest and intrepidly daring. Van Meenen's pointed observational tone creates a sharply crafted tale that is candidly cruel, sexy and deeply relatable.
RSI is produced by Amy Matysio, Ava Markus, Robin Dunne (Company Kid Logic) and Derrick Chua. Set and Costume Design by Northern Light Theatre's (Edmonton) Artistic Director Trevor Schmidt, Lighting Design by Factory Theatre's Technical Director Jamie Montiero, with stage management by Evan Harkai.
For more information, please visit www.rsitoronto.com