Unit 102 Presents THERAC 25 By Adam Pettle
UNIT 102 ACTORS COMPANY Unit 102 Actors Company is proud to announce its production of THERAC 25 by Toronto playwright, Adam Pettle. This brand-new production continues Unit102's commitment to producing the best in indie theatre. With new revisions to the award-winning script and a multi-disciplinary production team, this production of THERAC 25 promises to be a radiant and sensory experience.
Set in and around the Princess Margaret Hospital, the story of Alan and Moira exposes the harsh realities of the solitude and fears that accompany cancer treatment with brutal honesty and wry humour. Pettle's writing comes from a place of awful familiarity, as he explains in his forward, "It's July 15, 1995, and I'm back in the hospital - radioactive iodine therapy, cancer treatment's answer to solitary confinement. Why did I write this play? I wrote it to survive days like this. [...] I wrote it not only for those who have passed on to other journeys, but for all those who remain in Therac corridors everywhere. People that are not just statistics in flimsy pamphlets or black numbers on manila envelopes, but individuals with brilliant minds and raging spirits, with awe-inspiring courage and beautiful children."
It was the personal connection to this story that brought this production into existence and provides the motivation to engage in the realities of the content beyond the story-telling. As well as donating a percentage of both the ticket proceeds and additional fundraising efforts to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and Gilda's Club Greater Toronto , the production is coordinating with several organizations to provide talk-back opportunities and other activities in support of the individuals and families fighting the disease both known and unknown to us.
This production continues Unit 102's residency in the new ASSEMBLY THEATRE, located at 1479 Queen Street West, in the heart of Parkdale. Directed by JESSIE FRASER, the production features CASS VAN WYCK (His Girl Friday, Bygone Theatre), and LUIS FERNANDES (Tough Jews, Storefront Theatre), with stage management by ERIN MAXFIELD.
The production features projection design by Christopher Lewis, sound design by AARON COLLIER, costume design by JANELLE HINCE, and lighting design by STEVE VARGO.
The THERAC 25 is remembered not for the thousands of successful treatments but for the handful of "failures of epic proportions" that shot patients with radiation levels thousands of times over the normal rate. Cancer is a programming failure of epic proportions and, on the most human level, so are the infinite attempts made by our younger selves hoping to impress the person who just sat down next to us.
By Adam Pettle
Directed by Jessie Fraser
April 6 - April 22, 2018
The Assembly Theatre - 1479 Queen St. W.
To purchase tickets, visit: unit102actors.com
Tickets $25.00 | Limited PWYC tickets available on Wednesday performances