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Toronto: Outside the March and Factory Theatre present “Trojan Girls & The Outhouse of Atreus” August 3-28
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
OUTSIDE THE MARCH and FACTORY THEATRE are thrilled to present the World Premiere of Gillian Clark’s Trojan Girls & The Outhouse of Atreus, directed by Mitchell Cushman, and featuring performances by Katherine Cullen, Liz Der, Sébastien Heins, Amy Keating, Elena Reyes, Cheyenne Scott, Merlin Simard, and Jeff Yung. Trojan Girls & The Outhouse of Atreus is a two-part immersive theatre experience performed simultaneously in both the Factory Courtyard and the Studio Theatre. Performances run from August 3 to 28, 2022 (Opening Night, Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 7:00PM).
One of her generation’s most original and explosive voices, Gillian Clark (Let’s Try This Standing) has envisioned a world that owes as much to the Greek plays of Euripides as it does to the movie musical GREASE. Outside the March, our country's leader in immersive theatrical storytelling, and Factory Theatre, the home of groundbreaking Canadian playwriting, have teamed up with Clark to offer the one-of-a-kind live, communal experience that audiences have been craving.
Welcome to New Troy, Canada, August 2009. The night of the annual Duck n’ Swing dance. Odysseus hatches a death-defying Prom-posal, Nestra and King Memnon rendezvous in the Outhouse for some old Summer Lovin’, and Cassandra feasts on raw hot dogs while sooth-sayin’ the world’s destruction. Half the audience gathers outdoors around the campfire, and half cuts a rug in the dance hall, while the actors race back-and-forth—inhabiting both the teenagers of New Troy and their middle-aged parents. At intermission audiences switch spaces to experience the other side of the story.
"It's going to be Elektra-fying!"
The two immersive environments are brought to vivid life by an award-winning five-person design team. Anahita Dehbonhie’s scenic design and Jareth Li’s lighting will take over the entirety of Factory Theatre’s historic building, including surprises embedded in every window and balcony. Nick Blais’ costume design will feature over a hundred quick changes, as each actor continuously switches back-and-forth between characters. Sound Designer Heidi Chan and Audio Systems Designer Michael Laird have created an intimate headset experience for the outdoor portion, allowing audiences to disappear fully into the world of New Troy.
An earlier version of Clark’s play was originally presented in 2019 to rave reviews under the title The Ruins, by the acclaimed Nova Scotia-based company Two Planks and a Passion. The team at Outside the March has been working to develop the piece with Clark into this two-part epic over the past three years, with support from the National Arts Centre’s, National Creation Fund.
Tickets prices for Trojan Girls & The Outhouse of Atreus range from $25 – $75, and include a limited number of $0 tickets for every performance. Audiences are invited to select the ticket price option that works best for them to experience the show.
COVID-19 SAFETY AT FACTORY
Full and up-to-date details on the COVID-19 safety protocols for Trojan Girls & The Outhouse of Atreus will be announced by the end of June. All updates can be found at factorytheatre.ca.
Outside the March and Factory Theatre, in association with Neworld Theatre,
present the World Premiere of
TROJAN GIRLS & THE OUTHOUSE OF ATREUS
Written by Gillian Clark
Directed by Mitchell Cushman
Starring Katherine Cullen, Liz Der, Sébastien Heins, Amy Keating, Elena Reyes,
Cheyenne Scott, Merlin Simard, and Jeff Yung.
Set Design: Anahita Debonehie
Costume Design: Nick Blais
Lighting Design: Jareth Li
Sound Design: Heidi Chan
Audio System Designer: Michael Laird
Dramaturge: Jeff Ho
Associate Director: Makram Ayache
Assistant Designer: Cindy Dzib
Assistant Designer: Niloufar Ziaee
Director of Production: Courtney Pyke
Production Manager: Giuseppe Condello
Stage Managers: Daniel Oulton and Meghan Speakman
Assistant Stage Manager: Alysse Szatkowski
Producers: Katherine Devlin Rosenfeld and Mark Aikman
Associate Producers: Kinsey Powell and Laura McCallum
Access Committee: Cara Eastcott, Devon Healey, Adam Cahoon, Thurga Kanagasekarampillai
When: August 3 - 28, at 7:00pm (Mondays dark)
Opening Night: Saturday, August 6, at 7:00pm
Where: Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2R2
Price: Sliding Scale, ticket prices range from $0-$75. To purchase tickets, please