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TORONTO(July 28, 2014) – Toronto’s best independenttheatre will be on display this summer as Bell Local provides complete coverageof the On Stage OnDemand theatre showcase from July 31 to August6.Launched this past April, the showcase takes place at Toronto’s TranzacClub and features five days of local theatre in front of live audiences,led by local producer and actor Jackie English. Bell Local is set to beon-hand throughout the showcase, providing comprehensive coverage of theperformances, behind-the-scenes content, and highlights of the entire productionprocess to be made available to all Bell Fibe subscribers via its on-demandservice this fall.
Thesecond installment of the showcase will see Toronto playwrights and actorsstage six different productions includingCockfight, Peter N’Chris and the Mystery of the Hungry Heart Motel, Peter N’ Chris Explore TheirBodies,Baker’s Dozen, Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl,andMyth of the Ostrich.
“Ourinaugural On Stage On Demand was a great success and a testament to theincredible talent that exists in the city. We are extremely excited to bringmore local theatre to the masses,” said Paul Gardner, Producer, Bell Local.“This time we’re venturing into a new set of outstanding plays, from whimsicalmusicals to gritty knuckle-fisted dramas.”
“OnStage On Demand is the perfect venue to encourage Torontonians to experiencethe vibrant local theatre that our city is known for,” said Jackie English,Producer, On Stage On Demand. “Toronto is home to world-class playwrights andactors, and this showcase highlights the best in independent and innovativetheatre on a big stage.”
Followingeach production, Bell Local will also host SETTING THE STAGE, aquestion-and-answer session with the actors and creative teams, hosted byEnglish. Aimed at exposing the secrets and intricacies of staging a theatricalproduction, the unique sessions will also be made available on-demand on FibeTV.
The complete On StageOn Demand scheduleis as follows:
Cockfight –Written and directed by KatSandler. In support of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
Cockfighttells the story of three hard-luck foster kids who have grown up to be adultrabble-rousers on the fringe of society. One brother has purchased a fightingrooster and is convinced it is the ticket to their escape from poverty. Thereare schemes, betrayals, secrets, and lies, as the strength of their surrogatefamily unit is tested in this darkly funny, physical, and grittyplay.
Peter N’Chris and the Mystery of the Hungry Heart Motel & Peter N’ Chris ExploreTheir Bodies –Created and performed by Chris Wilson and Peter Carlone. In support of The AMY(Artists Mentoring Youth) Project.
Adouble bill of side-splitting, two-hander, narrative sketch comedy shows.Complete with physical gags, improvisation, hilarious characters, and anticsgalore. Fast and furious, these two friends are already launching a spin offweb-series and traveling with their fringe hits across Canada.
Baker’sDozen –Directed by Nicole Stamp and performed by Adam Proulx. In support of The AMY(Artists Mentoring Youth) Project.
Rub-a-dub-dub,the Baker was found dead in the tub! Ever wonder what the Butcher, theBaker, and the Candlestick Maker were doing in that tub together? Take a peekinto the Butcher’s murder trial to find out. A single puppeteer transformsone puppet into 12 jurors. The Butcher’s future rests in the jury’s hands inthis one-man puppet courtroom dramedy.
Confessionsof a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl –Written and performed by Rebecca Perry. In support of World Vision.
MeetJoanie Little, an “ador-kable” anthropology graduate who decides to make themost out of her barista day job by reporting about the humans of her coffeeshop as though she were Jane Goodall herself, bushwhacking through the Africanjungle to observe the chimps. A tour-de-force that makes audiences laugh oneminute and cry the next. Complete with live music, hurricanes, co-workershowdowns, and a gorilla for a boss.
Myth ofthe Ostrich –Written by Matt Murray and directed by Steven Gallagher. In support of the 519Church Street Community Centre.
Afterstraight-laced mother Pam finds an inappropriate romantic letter from herteenaged son, she arrives unannounced at the other mother's bohemian house todiscuss their children’s relationship. What starts as a pleasant visit,quickly becomes a complicated, bizarre, and hilarious roller coaster ride ofmisunderstandings.
BellLocal isthe home-grown community television initiative of Bell TV. Dedicated tocreating inspiring content experiences that engage communities, it aims torevolutionize television programming by empowering Canadians to bringimpactful stories to life. Available exclusively on Bell Fibe TV (channel 1217)and on-demand, Bell Local helps to share compelling, original stories andhighlight charitable and not-for-profit initiatives such as the Nazareth HouseFight for Independence, WorldPride 2014, and Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival. BellLocal is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communicationscompany.
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