Friday July 8th, 2011
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
(a play for galleries)
by Tim Crouch
July 8, 13, 14, 15
Directed by David Bernstein
Sierra Percy-Beauregard and David Bernstein
(Understudies: Emma Monet and Sam Kome)
Regular Tickets: $20 ($15 students)
Premiere/Gala: Fri. July 8, Tickets: $40
"ENGLAND" is part poem, part conceptual art, and part political drama. It is also a unique piece of theatre to be launched at Cube Gallery by The Glacial Company, a new theatre collective based in New York City.
This is an experimental play specifically written to be performed in art galleries," says Ottawan David Bernstein, who is staging the play. Bernstein is also a graduate of Canterbury High School's drama program and a current student at New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.
In the play, two guides in an art gallery stray from their normal tour and begin to weave a fragmented story about a terrible illness, a trans-continental transplant, and the true value of the things we hold dear.
"This is collective storytelling at its most surprising," says Bernstein. "Tim Crouch's ENGLAND is brought to life with nothing more than some deceptively simple text, a few props and gestures, and the collective imagination of the audience."
This is what the New York Times had to say about ENGLAND: "ENGLAND belongs to that wonderful genre of thoughtful plays that could be discussed for hours without exhausting its ideas."
David Bernstein made his professional debut as a performer at age 14 in the National Arts Centre's "Love's Labour's Lost," and has since appeared on CBC Television alongside Colin Mochrie. His New York credits include "Someone is Living in This House," an original creation by multimedia theatre collective Rescue Agreement, and "Flyer: Remember," the world premiere of a site specific work with Special Sauce Company.
England will be presented at the Cube Gallery in the Wellington Village on the 8th, 13th, 14th, and 15th. The performances will begin at 8:00 pm. On opening night, the Cube Gallery will present a gala evening celebrating the premiere, with tickets costing $40. For all other shows, tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for students. Seating will be limited, so reservations are recommended. They can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 613-728-1750
Visit www.glacialcompany.org for more details.
Ottawa Citizen preview article here