Theatre Inamorata Presents the World Premiere of GRAY

From September 20th to October 1st, 2017, Theatre Inamorata lures us into the opulent and sensual world of contemporary art to present the World Premiere of Gray. Inspired by Oscar Wilde's masterpiece The Picture of DorIan Gray and set in current-day Toronto, playwright Kristofer Van Soelen has created a journey through art and sexuality, asking us to question our indulgences, tastes and the nature of human connection. Helmed by director Courtney Ch'ng Lancaster, Gray features an incredible ensemble of Toronto theatre powerhouses: Tennille Read, Ximena Huizi, Mamito Kukwikila, Michelle Langille, Edward Charette, and introducing Sydney Violet-Bristow.

When Jane meets and sculpts Dorian, a naive and exquisitely beautiful woman, it is perfection - until Dorian is swept into the hedonistic and morally ambiguous world of Opal, an upscale gallery owner. As Dorian becomes more and more self-involved and destructive, the sculpture begins to absorb her acts of cruelty, while Dorian remains young and beautiful. An examination of beauty, ageing and self-indulgence, Gray contrasts the themes of the classic novel with our modern world. Featuring a predominantly female-identified cast and creative team, Gray takes a hard look at female identity and the implications of our society's obsession with beauty.

Gray is directed by Courtney Ch'ng Lancaster (2017 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Ensemble - Incident at Vichy, Soulpepper Toronto/NYC); 52 Pick Up, Howland Company) and features core Theatre Inamorata members Tennille Read (The Death of Mrs. Ghandi, Next Stage Festival; Delicacy, Theatre Brouhaha) and Michelle Langille (Clique Claque, Pea Green Theatre/Next Stage Festival; Salt Water Moon, Single Thread Theatre Company). Joining the company are Ximena Huizi (2015 Theatre Centre Emerging Artist Award for Ayelen, SummerWorks; El Retorno/I Return, The Riser Project), Mamito Kukwikila (Orpheus & Eurydice, Canadian Stage), Edward Charette (Salt Water Moon, Single Thread Theatre Company & Thousand Island Playhouse; The Libertine, Talk is Free Theatre) and introducing Sydney Violet Bristow. Written by Kristofer Van Soelen (author of Big Metal Box, Fester and Writer's Block.) and developed with Theatre Inamorata.

Theatre Inamorata (Hilary Carroll, Michelle Langille, Tennille Read and Lesley Robertson) aims to stimulate contemporary audiences with new works or theatrical adaptations that emphasize heightened language, history and women's stories. We hope to broaden female portrayals through the creation and sharing of atypical and multi-faceted female characters.

For more information visit theatreinamorata.com.

Performances:

Wednesday, September 20 - 8pm (Preview)

Thursday, September 21 - 8pm (Opening Night)

Friday, September 22 - 8pm

Saturday, September 23 - 8pm

Sunday, September 24 - 2pm

Wednesday, September 27 - 8pm

Thursday, September 28 - 8pm

Friday, September 29 - 8pm

Saturday, September 30 - 8pm

Sunday, October 1 - 2pm & 8pm

The Commons

587a College Street

Tickets:

$25 General | $20 Seniors/Students/Arts-worker | $15 Preview (September 20)

Available in advance online at theatreinamorata.com or cash at the door.


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