Roar in the Woods Theatre Company Brings DEAD TALKS to Toronto Fringe
DEAD Talks is TED Talks for the recently departed - and those carrying a lot of emotional baggage!
Two disembodied souls find themselves stuck in 'purgatory' - a strange and mystical place where they must come to terms with past sins in order to be reborn again into a new life on earth.
An enigmatic Guide helps these souls confront and understand their past, focusing on a sexual assault incident that deeply affected both of them. Ben, an arrogant publisher, is the accused perpetrator (Harvey Weinstein type) and Sylvie, his supposed victim, is a young troubled feminist writer.
What happens here will determine whether they get a shot at a fresh life or whether their souls end up downstairs... in the fiery abyss.
Playwrights Rebecca and Josh, hit upon an idea: a contemporary take on the 'Me Too' movement from a dual female/male perspective. Many incidents in the play have parallels to recent news and tabloid events. The setting, a kind of multi-faith purgatory, was inspired by notions of rebirth. Purgatory allows for tackling the bigger questions from a philosophical perspective. Though practical matters (i.e. the court system) are touched upon, we are concerned with the larger goal of 'repairing the world' as men and women going forward in generations to come.
DEAD Talks entertains and provokes discussion about this 'Me Too' world we are all living in.
Tickets go on sale on June 8, 2018
Purchase online: fringetoronto.com
By Phone: 416-966-1062
In Person: During the festival, at main box office at the Fringe patio: Scadding Court, 707 Dundas Street West.