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Toronto: Bad New Days presents “Paolozzapedia” February 16-March 2

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Bad New Days returns with another provocative genre bending piece, their newest full-scale production since 2017’s Dora award winning Flashing Lights. In Paolozzapedia Adam Paolozza and company blend Bad New Days’ signature potent theatricality, fusing together family stories from Italy with scraps of memory from Adam's youth in Oshawa, in a carnival of surreal images haunted by the specter of death.

Paolozzapedia is an auto-fictional-biography investigating how memory, like storytelling, is itself a creative act, shaping who we are and illuminating the pursuit of meaning in our lives.

Co-Directed by Bad New Days founder, Adam Paolozza, (The Double - Bad New Days, Tarragon Theatre, NAC; Italian Mime Suicide - Bad New Days, Theatre Centre; Flashing Lights - Ahuri Theatre, Bad New Days) and Kari Pederson (Italian Mime Suicide - Bad New Days) this production continues the company’s experimentation fusing live music, image, gesture and mask to create a space for physical, non-traditional narrative based storytelling.

The lighting design by multi Dora award winning Andre Du Toit (The Double - Bad New Days; As I Lay Dying - Theatre Smith-Gilmour; Mouthpiece and Now You See Her- Quote Unquote Collective) and set and costume by Dora nominated Allie Marshall ( Italian Mime Suicide) create a visually stunning, transformable memory space. The masks in the show are designed by the world famous Sartori family and puppets by up and coming Canadian puppet designers Graeme Black Robinson and Jesse Byiers.

Paolozzapedia’s score is composed and performed by Matt Smith (aka Prince Nifty, producer for Lido Pimienta). The cast is comprised of four of Toronto’s most respected and up-and-coming physical performers including Adam Paolozza, Dora Award winner Christina Serra (Ralph and Lina and This Is The Point - Ahuri Theatre and The Theatre Centre), Maddie Bautista (xLq Pop Art) and Eduardo Di Martino.

With one eye on the past and one eye on the future, Paolozzapedia’s unconventional, physically charged and highly imagistic storytelling promises to challenge our notions of what an evening at the theatre can be.  

In an additional exercise of the non traditional, Bad New Days is working to change our relationship to payment structures for art. Ticketing is Pay What You Can Afford, offering price points as low as $5, ensuring financial accessibility while also challenging the ideology that art is a commodity to be bought and sold.

Conceived and Co-Directed by Adam Paolozza
Dramaturgy and Co-Direction by Kari Pederson
Created by The Company
February 20-March 2nd
Previews February 16, 17, 19th
Evening shows at 7:30pm/Matinees at 2pm.

Tickets available online/by phone or at in person at the box office.

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Photo: Adam Paolozza. © 2019 Graham Isador.