THE 'M' WORD Provides A Look Into the Minds of Millennials
26 year old Toronto actor Hannah Engelhardt sits in a sweltering rehearsal studio just off of Pape and Danforth. Like many others, she has been acting since being dragged to her first class as a child. Today she is waiting for her cast to rehearse, as they gear up to perform at the John Candy Box Theatre in just a few short weeks. For all three members of The M Word, this will be their official introduction to the Toronto theatre scene.
The M Word is a new play combining drama and comedy to tell the story of three millennials as they navigate through their professional and personal lives. Created through a mix of improv and original writing, the play seeks to understand what it is to be a millennial while making some of the most important decisions of one's life. "At its heart it really is an ode to being in your 20's" explains Hannah. "It just so happens that to talk about being in you 20's in 2018, it meant analyzing and exploring the millennial label."
For all three actors this play is a risk. Having minimal resources and no funding to start, there were moments when the play almost didn't happen. In particular the day Hannah had to Skype her cast to tell them she was moving to the UK for school. This meant they had two months to get the show off the ground. "I wasn't planning on moving when I first initiated the project" she laughs. "But when I told them and I was about to pull the plug, my castmates both looked at me and said, 'we can't stop now. We've come too far, we're going to do this before you leave.'" Fast forward almost two months and a successful Indiegogo campaign later, The M Word is set to run this September 15th and 16th.