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Toronto: Vancouver’s Guilty by Association presents its new show “1991” May 22-June 1

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Critically acclaimed theatre company, Guilty by Association, presents its haunting new piece 1991. A live film/theatre experiment, 1991 is the coming-of-age story of a young drifter lost in the back seat of shit cars deep in the savage South. Written by Guilty by Association Artistic Director, Cole Lewis (these violent delights/GBA, Antigonick/GBA), 1991 premieres at Why Not Theatre’s Riser Project (May 22-June 1 2019), and tours to St. Catherine’s for the In the Soil Festival (June 7-9, 2019).

After a serial killer strikes again in her hometown, welfare kid Nicole, voiced by Cole Lewis, heads south of the border to stay with her father, a boozy, fist-swinging Vietnam veteran. But safety is elusive and one neighbourhood danger is exchanged for another. And another. Jumping from crap car to seedy bar to crap car, 12-year-old Nicole hunts for a way out unscathed. Performer Jessica Carmichael (Women of the Fur Trade/Weesageechak Festival, Pawakan Macbeth/Stratford Festival) voices 1991’s eleven other characters, accompanied with live voice modulation by Sam Ferguson. The performance of 1991 is followed by a long table discussion and audience members are welcome to join the moderated conversation facilitated by Jessica Carmichael.

Cole Lewis helms this tightly knit team, partnering with Patrick Blenkarn (culturecapital/Magnetic North, Soliloquy in English/SummerWorks) to create an otherwordly projection design and Sound Designer, Sam Ferguson (Books/SFU, An Endless Procession/Open World Film Festival) to create this experimental, modulated and manipulated landscape of the live movie. Riser Lighting Designer, Andre DuToit (Prince Hamlet/Why Not Theatre, Jerusalem/Outside the March/Company Theatre) creates the scenic lighting, with Mina James (Naughty Listers/Second City, Blood Wedding/Buddies in Bad Times Theatre) and Montserrat Videla (The Wolves/Rumble Theatre, these violent delights/GBA) as live puppeteers of overhead photo projections.

1991 is rated PG 13 for stranger danger, crabbing, drunk dads, teenage vandalism, and sexual assault.

Vancouver based Guilty by Association seeks to expand what theatre can do, devising work from design ideas, exploring modes of storytelling, and scheming to fuse media to the stage. Projects include: these violent delights (Summerworks/2017), Moderato Cantabile (Summerworks/2015), Antigonick (Summerworks/2014), ain’t gonna make it (Ars Nova’s AntFest/2012). 1991 offers a distinctive blend of analogue and digital technology that is matched by a poetic and raw story.


Written and Directed by Cole Lewis May 22-June 1, 2019
A Guilty by Association Production


RISER Project 2019

Previews Wednesday May 22, 7:00 PM Opening Night Thursday May 23, 7:00 PM May 24 & May 25, 7:00pm
May 28, 30, June 1, 9:00pm
May 29, 31, 6:00pm
The Theatre Centre
BMO Incubator
1115 Queen St. West

*Wheelchair accessible venue


Pay What You Can Afford $12, 20, $35, $60

1991 is presented as part of Why Not Theatre’s RISER Project, a collaborative producingmodel generously supported by RBC, TD Bank Group, and the Government of Canada.”

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