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Toronto: Seven Siblings Theatre presents “Girl in the Machine” November 14-24

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Seven Siblings Theatre presents Girl In The Machine by Stef Smith from November 14-24, 2019 in the Backspace at Theatre Passe Muraille, directed by the company’s Artistic Director Will King (Recall, Titus Andronicus). The gripping two-hander, performed by Madryn McCabe (Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Rhinoceros with Seven Siblings Theatre) and Alex Clay (The Cenotaph Project, Theatre by the Bay; Private Lives, Pure Carbon Theatre), delves into the undeniable link between technology and addiction and where it could lead in the not-so-distant future.

Girl in the Machine is an intimate dystopian drama that explores our potential digital future and how it might affect our relationships with one another. Polly and Owen are thriving and wildly in love, committed to each other and ready to take on the world together. Polly has recently been promoted which has led to workaholic tendencies, until Owen presents her with a new gadget — Black Box — to help her relax. But when a mysterious new technology creeps into everyone's lives the line between physical and digital rapidly dissipates, and Polly and Owen are forced to question how they each define reality, happiness, and freedom.

Seven Siblings Theatre is thrilled to be producing this exhilarating play by Stef Smith, “one of Scotland’s most gifted young playwrights” (The Scotsman) for Toronto audiences. The production is directed by Will King who has directed many of the company’s previous productions including Frozen, Rhinoceros, Fever/Dream, and Mercury Fur. The cast is made up of the company’s Artistic Producer Madryn McCabe (Cousins of Corsica; Springworks Festival; A Funny Thing Happened..., Acorn Theatre) as POLLY; Alex Clay (Rear Window, Bygone Theatre; Inch of Your Life Trilogy, Theatre Circuit) as OWEN; and introduces Toronto theatre audiences to Sappho Hansen Smythe as the voice of the BLACK BOX. The design team consists of sound design by director Will King, costume design by Julia Kim (A (Musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream, Driftwood Theatre; Will You Be My Friend, Greenlights Arts/TPM; Judas Noir, Obsidian Theatre), lighting design by Chin Palipane (Bathtub Girls, Kairos Collective; And So It Goes, Kyanite Theatre; From Judy to Bette: The Stars of Old Hollywood, Next Stage Theatre Festival), and set design by Stephen King.

Seven Siblings Theatre presents

Girl in the Machine
by Stef Smith

Playwright – Stef Smith  
Director – Will King
POLLY – Madryn McCabe
OWEN – Alex Clay
Voice of BLACK BOX – Sappho Hansen Smythe

LOCATION: Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace - 16 Ryerson Ave, Toronto, ON, M5T 2P3


Thursday Nov 14 - 7:30pm (preview)
Friday Nov 15 - 7:30pm (opening)
Saturday Nov 16 – 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday Nov 17 – 2:00pm

Wednesday Nov 20 - 7:30pm
Thursday Nov 21 - 7:30pm
Friday Nov 22 - 7:30pm
Saturday Nov 23 – 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday Nov 24 – 2:00pm

RUNTIME: 75 minutes

CONTENT WARNINGS: Loud noises, strong language, depictions of violence, sexual content.

TICKETS: $15 Preview | $20 Student/Artsworker | $25 GA Matinee | $30 GA Evening

Tickets are available at the Arts Box Office (run by Theatre Passe Muraille).

You can purchase tickets in advance in-person, by phone (416-504-7529), and online.

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