The Wedding Play
Family clashes? For sure. Burgeoning young love? You bet. Mistaken identities? How could we not? And love, love, love!
The Wedding Play is a comedy in three acts developed by Kristen Thomson and directed by Chris Abraham. Six actors will play 20+ characters at a wedding reception. But in this comedy, the bride and groom are never on stage. The story is all about their family and the transformative role they play as witnesses to the wedding ritual.
The Wedding Play has been developed with six actors over a three year process with three workshop phases, led by writer/creator Kristin Thomson. What started as an exploration of marriage/performance/theatre has morphed and expanded into a multi-character extravaganza where form and fun are being bent, twisted and bounced around. The project was first inspired by Kristen’s fascination with wedding ceremonies and how they mirror the experience of being in a theatre- in both cases they work a little like magic. A new reality is conjured and the belief of witnesses makes it ‘true’.
Kristen Thomson’s playwriting credits include I, Claudia, The Patient Hour and Someone Else. She has received four Dora Awards, two ACTRA Awards, two Canadian Comedy Awards, a Genie, a Gemini and a Leo Award. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.
The Rockefeller Project
“I don’t think that I lie more than anybody else does. It’s simply that my lies have been found out.”
Clark Rockefeller is a real life conman of the highest order, now serving a near-life sentence in a California State prison. And iconic Canadian ranter and rocker Torquil Campbell wants to try him on for size. What does it mean for an excellent fabulator to embody an excellent fabulator? And in the end, does an intricate con differ that much from a successful work of art? As despicable as he is mesmerizing, Clark can’t help but expose some potent truths about identity and how one makes their way in the world. Torquil’s dogged investigation and impersonation challenges us to find the truth in True Crime and confront our cultural addiction to a good story. Entirely scripted or absolutely extemporaneous, The Rockefeller Project is a mind-twisting encounter with an artist obsessed with how we all fake it, one way or another.
Torquil Campbell is the co-lead singer and a songwriter for the Montreal based indie rock band, Stars. He is a member of the band Memphis and also records and performs with Broken Social Scene. As an actor, Torquil has appeared on stages across North America as well as on television and in film.