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Toronto: Poculi Ludique Societas presents John Martson’s “The Dutch Courtesan” March 21-24

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The urban landscape of the play presents London as a city that simultaneously applauds itself for being a multicultural cosmopolitan metropolis and feels deeply anxious about the place of strangers within its urban landscape. The main plot deals with the treatment of a foreign sex worker whose otherness is partly established through her accent; the sub-plot follows two members of a distrusted religious minority as they are tricked and abused.

Marston's play is a reflection of the London his audience inhabited, a cynical, often vicious portrayal of a here-and-now. Our production aims to evoke that audience-actor dynamic, and so we are looking to approximate some original conditions, but with a largely modern aesthetic. The aim is to use performance choices, costumes, accents, and casting that link Marston's London to our Toronto today.

The Dutch Courtesan
by John Marston
March 21-23, 8 p.m.
March 24, 2 p.m.

Luella Massey Studio Theatre
4 Glen Morris Street

Note: The performance location is not wheelchair accessible. If you have an accessibility request, we will do our best to accommodate. Run time is approximately 2.5 hours with a 15-minute intermission. Once the performance starts, no latecomers will be accepted.

This production is presented by Poculi Ludique Societas and Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto in conjunction with the conference "Strangers and Aliens in London and Toronto: Sex, Religion, and Xenophobia in Marston's The Dutch Courtesan".

We gratefully acknowledge support from SSHRC, the University of Toronto, the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, Poculi Ludique Societas, McMaster University, and Edwards Boys.

Unfortunately, due to technical restrictions, we can only accept cash at the door. Our sincere apologies for this inconvenience.