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Toronto: Theatre Myth Collective presents the world premiere of “Inge(new)” May 25-June 4
Friday, March 10, 2023
Theatre Myth Collective proudly presents the World Premiere production of Inge(new) – In search of a musical, presented at the Red Sandcastle Theatre in Toronto, May 25 – June 4, 2023. Book/Additional Lyrics by Evan Tsitsias. Music by Rosalind Mills. Lyrics by Alexis Diamond. Additional Music/Lyrics by Julia Appleton. The production will be directed by Evan Tsitsias and star Tracy Michailidis, Astrid Van Wieren, Cory O’Brien and Elora Joy Sarmiento for 12 performances only.
Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? On the eve of her 40th birthday, Bridget finds herself at an audition with no available role for her. In come 3 other auditionees, and together they must navigate their way through this meta- theatrical world, where past and present collide in absurd and mysterious ways. It’s “No Exit” meets “Six Characters in Search of an Author”. The piece interrogates ageism, misogyny, gender roles, programming and more as it deconstructs musical theatre tropes.
This performance will feature a cast of Canada’s top artists. Tracy Michailidis (Bridget) won the 2018 Dora Award for her performance in Life After and was nominated for a Dora for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Into the Woods. She’s performed on Broadway, US National Tours and performed in Indecent for Studio 180/Mirvish. Cory O’Brien (Max) appeared in the original Canadian cast of Come From Away at the Royal Alex and the Elgin Theatre. He has completed seven seasons at the Stratford Festival; toured North America in Mary Poppins and performed in theatres in Alberta, Quebec, New Brunswick and extensively all over Ontario. Cory was part of the original cast of The Lord of the Rings with Mirvish. He appeared in Cats at the Panasonic Theatre.
Elora Joy Sarmiento (Joy) is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Musical Theatre Program between St. Lawrence College and Queen’s University. Her past credits include Cinder-Ellie! (Tweed & Co.), Disenchanted and 9 to 5! (Stephenville Festival).
Leading the team is Evan Tsitsias (Director), who has worked internationally as a theatre creator. He was nominated for a 2018 Dora Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for Kiss of the Spider Woman with Eclipse Theatre Company, of which he was the former and Founding Artistic Director. In Canada, he has directed for Musical Stage Company, Impact Festival, Angelwalk, Summerworks, Next Stage and more. His short film Bagged, aired on the CBC, WIFT, DC Shorts and NSI. He is the Artistic Director of Directors Lab North and has spent the past 9 years working at Theatre Under the Stars in Houston, Texas. His book, The Directors Lab is published this year by Playwrights Canada Press and this year, his new book, This is Beyond (co-editor) will be released by the Press.
Along with Evan is Musical Director Kieren MacMillan, a Toronto-based music director and composer whose musical dramas have been awarded Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Production for Young Audiences (NOW Magazine), Top Ten Concerts in Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2006 and 2008), and a Total Theatre Award nomination (Total Theatre Edinburgh). Jen Cohen (Dora Nominee/Siminovitch Prize Nominee) joins the incredible team as Choreographer along with the Rachel Shaen as Lighting Designer, Zita Nyarady as Assistant Director, Annasofie Jakobsen as Stage Manager and Lauren Welchner as Co-Producer.
Inge(new) – In search of a musical features a Book/Additional Lyrics by Evan Tsitsias, Music by Rosalind Mills (OMNI, Global, CityTV. MenTV, Prime and CBC), Lyrics by Alexis Diamond (Governer General Award Nominee) and Additional Music/ Lyrics by Julia Appleton (Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriter’s Project).
The show will be presented at the Red Sandcastle Theatre from May 24 to June 4, 2023 every evening at 8:00pm, with 2:30pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday. The Red Sandcastle is located at 922 Queen St. East in Leslieville.