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Toronto: Crow’s Theatre presents “Uncle Vanya” and “The Shape of Home” this September
Monday, August 8, 2022
Crow’s Theatre is launching the 2022.23 Season with "A Month In The Country", a two-play excursion that beautifully reveals the lure of country living with its aching secrets, glorious seductions, and epic nature.
Receive one premium ticket to any performance of UNCLE VANYA and one premium ticket to any performance of THE SHAPE OF HOME, SONGS IN SEARCH OF AL PURDY, plus a complimentary custom cocktail at Bob's Bar in the Lobby for only $99.* Save up to $60 on regular ticket prices!
*Plus fee and hst, subject to availability. Not valid September 9 or September 14, 2022.
In the waning days of Czarist Russia, Ivan “Vanya” Voinitsky, and his niece, Sonya, toil ceaselessly to run their family estate. After retiring, Sonya’s father, a celebrated professor, returns to the estate with his young, glamourous wife. When he announces his plan to sell the land and evict them all, passions explode and lives come undone.
The dazzling cast of Carolyn Fe, dtaborah Johnson, Ali Kazmi, Eric Peterson, Anand Rajaram, Shannon Taylor, and Bahia Watson, led by the incomparable Tom Rooney as Vanya, breathes new life into Chekhov’s masterpiece in a new version by award-winning actor Liisa Repo-Martell. Brimming with emotional intensity, comedic genius, and tragic weight, this Crow’s Theatre commission and world-premiere adaptation provides an up-close encounter with a classic of world drama that every theatre lover must see.
Directed by Crow’s Theatre Artistic Director Chris Abraham, UNCLE VANYA reunites the creative team of Julie Fox, Thomas Ryder Payne, Kimberly Purtell and Ming Wong from The Seagull, the 2017 sold-out-hit co-produced with Canadian Stage and the Company Theatre.
THE SHAPE OF HOME, SONGS IN SEARCH OF AL PURDY is an original, theatrical, song cycle that beautifully conjures poetry and letters to tell the story of one of Canada’s most legendary artists. A musical investigation into the life and work of Canada’s unofficial poet laureate, THE SHAPE OF HOME honours Purdy’s quest to live life fully, to love deeply, and to challenge actively.
Commissioned by Festival Players, located in the heart of Al Purdy's Prince Edward County, this new work was created by award-winning artists Beau Dixon (Orphan Song, Tarragon Theatre), Hailey Gillis (Master and Margarita, Crow’s Theatre), Andrew Penner (Ghost Quartet, Crow’s Theatre), Raha Javanfar (Rose: A New Musical, Soulpepper), Marni Jackson (co-writer of the film Al Purdy Was Here), and Frank Cox-O’Connell (The Riverboat Coffee House, Soulpepper), who also directs, THE SHAPE OF HOME is adventurous and audacious and finds beauty in unexpected and unusual places.
Both Chekhov’s Ukrainian and Purdy’s Canadian countryside are home to longing, heartbreak, and the star-filled sky of life’s eternal question; “What the hell do we do with this brief little life of ours?” Al Purdy.
A Crow’s Theatre production
Written by Anton Chekhov
A new version by Liisa Repo-Martell
Directed by Chris Abraham
With Carolyn Fe, dtaborah johnson, Ali Kazmi, Eric Peterson, Anand Rajaram, Tom Rooney, Shannon Taylor, Bahia Watson
Co-Set designers Julie Fox and Josh Quinlan
Costume designer Ming Wong
Lighting designer Kimberly Purtell
Sound designer Thomas Ryder Payne
September 6 to October 2, 2022
Opening Night: Friday, September 9, 2022, at 7:30 pm
This production is dedicated in loving memory to John Duffy (November 5, 1963 - March 3, 2022), Crow’s Theatre Board Chair, 2018-2022.
Crow’s Theatre presents Festival Players
THE SHAPE OF HOME
SONGS IN SEARCH OF AL PURDY
Created by Frank Cox-O’Connell, Beau Dixon, Hailey Gillis, Marni Jackson, Raha Javanfar, Andrew Penner
Directed by Frank Cox-O’Connell
Performed by Frank Cox-O’Connell, Beau Dixon, Hailey Gillis, Raha Javanfar, Andrew Penner
Set and Lighting designer Steve Lucas
Costume designer Lindsay Forde
Sound designer Steáfán Hannigan
September 11 to 25, 2022
Opening Night: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 8 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:30/8pm $60
Wednesday matinees at 1:30/2pm $50
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30/8pm $65
Saturday and Sunday matinee at 1:30/2pm $60
Sunday Pay-What-You-Can matinee tickets available two hours prior to show time
Group, student, senior, arts worker, pay-what-you-can, and under-30 prices available
‡All single tickets are subject to a $2.50 service fee and HST.
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