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’Theatre beyond borders…’

© Photos by Leah Takata

The Prague-Toronto-Manitoulin Theatre Project: A thoughtful and entertaining look at mythological figures that cross-cultural boundaries.

Toronto, ON -- The University of Toronto at Scarborough (UTSC) Drama Department in conjunction with the Faculty of Alternative Theatre of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU), the Studio Ypsilon Theatre Young Company, and one of Canada’s foremost Native theatre companies, De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group of Manitoulin Island present the

 

Prague-Toronto-Manitoulin Theatre Project (PTMTP).

The current project is the third installment of an ongoing collaboration between the UTSC drama program, DAMU and the Studio Ypsilon Theatre, which started in 1998. For the 03/04 project, De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group from Manitoulin Island was added to the Canadian company.

Among the many talented individuals who have lent their time and creative spirit to the project is acclaimed First Nations poet and playwright Daniel David Moses who acts as PTMTP ‘poetin residence’. On May 2 the combined Canadian group will travel to Prague where participants will work to integrate the “Canadian�? and “Czech�? parts of the performance into a single unified presentation with the title Myths That Unite Us.

The end result will consist of a number of thematically connected scenes, mostly comical, dealing with stories and events from European, Native American and Canadian mythology, both ancient and contemporary. Music, both vocal and instrumental, as well as lively dance, is a major part of the evening’s entertainment.

Performances of ‘Myths that Unite Us’ featuring the combined ensemble of actors will begin in Prague on May 10.

Free Canadian performances will include the Leigha Lee Browne Theatre (UofT Scarborough, May 30-31), The Robert Gill Theatre (UofT, June 1), two Manitoulin Island performances (June 5 and 6) and Moyse Hall (McGill University, June 9).

Admission is FREE and all are welcome. Reservations are required*.

Free performances of A Trickster Tale by Tomson Highway featuring De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group on June 2 and Franz K. is from Prague featuring the Young Company of the Studio Ypsilon Theatre on June 3 will also be showcased as part of the exchange. Both performances will take place at the Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, University of Toronto at Scarborough at 8 pm.

Reservations are required.

Tickets for all Toronto and Montreal performances can be reserved by contacting Lauren Wickware at wickware@utsc.utoronto.ca or 416-287-7007.

UTSC is located at 1265 Military Trail, which is located just south of Hwy 401 and Morningside.

Project sponsors include:

The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU), The Canadian Embassy in Prague, The Comenius Institute of Montreal, Czech Airlines, The Centre for Russian and

Eastern European Studies (UofT), The Cermak Fund for Student Support, Josef Cermak, Q.C., Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Montreal, Council of Ontario University and College Theatre Programs, Council on Student Services (UTSC), Cultural Affairs (UTSC), De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group, Department of Drama (Queen’s University), The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Canada, The Faculty of Alternative Theatre, Luba Frastacky, The Graduate Center for the Study of Drama (UofT), Hospitality and Conference Services (UTSC), Department of Humanities (UTSC), The Honourable Hélène Chalifour Scherrer-Minister of Canadian Heritage, Minister Vladimir Dostal-Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, David and Audrey Mirvish, Department of Russian and Slavic Studies (McGill University), Prof. Josef Skvorecky and Zdena Skvorecka, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Students' Administrative Council (UofT), Studio Ypsilon Theatre, University of Toronto at Scarborough, A.K. Velan, M.E., P. Eng, The Velan Foundation.

 

For more information contact:

Leah Takata

Producer, Prague Toronto Manitoulin Theatre Project

UTSC, Class of 9T9

Tel: 416.287.7076

Fax: 416.287.7176

takata@utsc.utoronto.ca

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*As of May 27, 2004 Please Note:

All Toronto performances of the joint Canadian/Czech production of 'Myths That Unite Us' are currently SOLDOUT. This includes performances on May 31 30, 31 (Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, UTSC), and June1 (Robert Gill Theatre, UofT).

Tickets are also sold out for the Studio Ypsilon production of' Franz K. is From Prague' on June 3rd.

A limited number of tickets are left for 'A Trickster Tale' by Thomson Highway, featuring Debaj Theatre Group on June 2nd.

For any friends or family in Montreal, a limited number of tickets are also available for the show on June 9th at Moyse Hall, McGill University. Contact Lauren Wickware to reserve your seats. She can be reached via email at wickware@utsc.utoronto.ca or 416-287-7007.

Should you want to be placed on the waiting list, please contact Lauren at the above tel. or email.

On behalf of the students and organizers of the Prague-Toronto-Manitoulin Theatre Project, our sincerest thanks for you continued support and encouragement of our initiative.




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