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Toronto: The 2019 Rendezvous with Madness Festival includes four theatre pieces from October 10-20

Monday, September 23, 2019

The Rendezvous with Madness Festival has expanded to a multidisciplinary event and this year involves four performance companies.

The Shows:

Intangible Adorations, Created by Lisa Anita Wegner and Scott White

October 12, 8pm; October 15, 6:30pm; October 16, 8pm; October 18, 7pm; October 19, 2pm

Intangible Adorations is an immersive theatrical experience that explores the impact of celebrity  worship on the mental health of the famous, and on those who become infatuated with celebrity. Audience members will gather in the Hall of Celebrity, have the opportunity to learn the best way to approach someone famous, and then experience an iconic piece of performance art in the Red Chapel enacted by a celebrity whose identity is concealed by a morph suit. Will they reveal their identity, or will they choose to remain anonymous? That will be up to the individual who represents the ICON each night. Who in the audience will have the courage to participate in a celebrity panel where they’ll get a taste of what it feels like to be famous?


In This House, Written and Directed by Grace Thompson

October 11, 9pm; October 12, 2pm; October 15, 8pm; October 17, 7pm;October 20, 4pm

Charlie is looking for happy, Remi is a struggling musician and bartender who has clinical depression, Jinx is a burlesque performer and PhD candidate who works at The Orange Balloon, and Minka, no one knows what Minka does. In This House is a play about four young adults living together in Toronto. It is a look into the epidemic of loneliness and depression among the Millennial generation and the daily struggle to make something of yourself in this city.In This House is a play about a generation, a city and an exact time in our lives. This is a play about how we save each other. 


PSYCHOSIS, Choreographed by Ronald Taylor

October 11, 7pm; October 12, 6:30pm; October 17, 9pm; October 18, 8:30pm; October 20, 2pm

 PSYCHOSIS is inspired by the investigation of Ronald’s mental health episode in Canada and pulls into the present to explore an awareness of adversity, reconciliation and resilience. By connecting relationships between disability, environment and the human spirit, PSYCHOSIS seeks to explore the trauma and ongoing challenges of mental health, while dealing with bouts of darkness, depression and the human psyche.


The Life and Death of Fred Herko, Written by Natalie Liconti

October 10-20 at 8pm

In 1964, at the age of 28, a queer dancer named Fred Herko jetéd out the window of his ex-lover’s apartment – naked, and high on speed. The Life and Death of Fred Herko is an interdisciplinary, site-specific performance that sheds light on a footnoted figure in queer history and examines the collateral damage of art.


#GetMad with RWM

October 10-20