VIDEO: Tune in to the 41st Dora Awards, Honoring Toronto Theatre, Tonight at 7:30pm!
The 41st annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards are being held virtually tonight, June 29, at 7:30pm.
Be sure to tune in below!
The annual Dora Awards celebrate excellence in professional theatre, dance and opera in a ceremony that includes 46 Dora Awards, the Silver Ticket Award, and the Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award. Even though the 2019-2020 season was sadly truncated in the wake of the pandemic, Toronto stages still saw 135 producing companies present 160 eligible productions, representing 85% of productions registered for the Dora Awards. The 2020 Dora Awards - Virtual Edition show is written by the multi-talented Emmy, Gemini and Dora-nominated Diane Flacks for the fifth year in a row while acclaimed theatre director, actor and writer Ed Roy takes the helm as director for his eighth time.
The theme for the 2020 Doras is perseverance in the face of isolation. The Doras aim not only to celebrate and congratulate Toronto's talented performing arts community, but also commiserate about the state of being alone and/or isolated, with uncertainty the only constant - but to do that with humour, compassion and irreverent wit.
Audiences will visit "The Five Stages of Isolation" (based on the Five Stages of Grief) as playwright Michael Healey, recent Resident Artist at Native Earth Performing Arts Chris Mejaki, actor Elley Ray, theatre creator Sunny Drake, and Canadian Screen Icon Award winner Cathy Jones (of CBC-TV's legendary This Hour Has 22 Minutes fame) take their places to each depict one of the "five stages" in their own words: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.
Rick Mercer, long-time host of CBC TV's The Rick Mercer Report, opens the show. Among the VIP presenters and special guests are Jean Yoon and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, stars of the multi-award-winning television show Kim's Convenience; Human Cargo Artistic Director Christopher Morris (Dora Award for The Runner); four-time Dora Award-winning set and costume designer Gillian Gallow; dancer/choreographer Kevin Ormsby, Artistic Director of acclaimed Afro-contemporary KasheDance; Ravi Jain, multi-award-winning Artistic Director of Why Not Theatre; Aurora Browne, one of the stars of award-winning comedy series Baroness von Sketch Show; actor, writer and comedian Kris Siddiqi, co-creator/star of CBC Gem's Bit Playas and others.
Juno and Gemini Award winner Jully Black, Canada's Queen of R&B Soul, will end the show with a song. Ms Black is nominated for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role in the Musical Theatre Division for her performance in the Musical Stage Company and Obsidian Theatre's Caroline, or Change.
During the virtual Dora Awards ceremony, audiences will be encouraged to make a donation to the AFC (at AFChelps.ca/Doras) which provides compassionate support and a lifeline for Canada's entertainment industry, and to Black Lives Matter (at blacklivesmatter.com), a global network actively working to dismantle all forms of anti-black racism, and to support black healing.
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