Preview: Stitch

1 Jun

Cliff Cardinal, the young playwright who is best known for making waves at the Summerworks Festival with dark and provocative pieces like 2012’s Huff, is finally (and deservedly) going to have one of his scripts brought to life as part of the regular theatre season. The work in question is Stitch – which, when it was presented as part of the 2011 Summerworks Festival, proved to be a breakout project for both Cardinal and for star Cara Gee who has since gone on to star in the CBC’s critically acclaimed drama Strange Empire.

Stepping into the part for this production at the Aki Studio Theatre as part of the Native Earth Performing Arts‘ 2014/15 season is Georgina Beaty. It’s a relatively limited run, playing from the 3rd of June to the 14th, but well worth catching! More details about the production and ticket details in the press release below:

The raw, gripping drama, Stitch by Cliff Cardinal, comes to Toronto this June in a production produced by Culture Storm and presented by Native Earth Performing Arts. Stitch, starring Georgina Beaty as Kylie Grandview, is the runaway hit from Cree playwright Cliff Cardinal first seen at SummerWorks Performance Festival in 2011. Stitch was awarded the SummerWorks Spotlight Award for Performance, as well as Theatre Passe Muraille’s Emerging Artist Award for its notable artistic merit.

 

 

Stitch is a transgressive, daring drama about one of the nameless faces that blip through the world of internet pornography. One female performer plays twelve different characters, including the central role of Kylie Grandview, a porn star who has suffered massive psychological abuse and consequently makes questionable life choices. After a series of self-sabotaging decisions that lead to her own disfigurement and the loss of her child, Kylie makes one last attempt to redeem herself and to be heard. Stitch explores a woman’s desperate attempt to be understood.

“We are honoured to support Indigenous writer, Cliff Cardinal, and his artistic freedom in storytelling,” said Heather Haynes, Culture Storm. “This award-winning drama recognizes the importance of fostering Indigenous talent in Canada.”

Stitch stars 2013 Jessie-Award Winner for Outstanding Performance Georgina Beaty, whose fierce performance is nothing short of captivating. Beaty is a Toronto-based actor and graduate of Studio 58 and the University of Alberta who has performed on stages across Canada.

Stitch also brings together a tour de force creative team, led by Director Jovanni Sy. Sy, born in Manila and raised in Toronto, is a veteran of the theatre industry and has been with the play from the early drafts as Dramaturge. Artistic Director of Gateway Theatre in British Columbia, Sy wrote and performed in his twice Dora Award-nominated one-man play A Taste of Empire.

Multi-award winner and nominee, Andy Moro (Euro/Cree) is the production designer for Stitch. Twice named among NOW Magazine’s Top-10 theatre artists, Moro’s vast experience creating profoundly affecting minimalist stage designs made him the ideal choice. Moro’s vision of black-box design traps Kylie Grandview in a setting fraught with danger.

Culture Storm is proud to introduce Luca Caruso-Moro who makes his professional debut as composer for Stitch. Rounding out the team is stage manager, Jen Stobart, who has been stage managing large and small shows for over 25 years.

Stitch by Cliff Cardinal is a Culture Storm Production presented by Native Earth Performing Arts

Written by Cliff Cardinal
Directed by Jovanni Sy
Starring Georgina Beaty Producer/Production Manager: Heather Haynes Production Designer: Andy Moro
Stage Manager: Jennifer Stobart

Aki Studio, Daniels Spectrum 585 Dundas Street East
Run Dates: June 3 – 14, 2015
Opening Night: Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Performances Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm • Sundays at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $15-$25
and can be purchased online at www.nativeearth.ca or by calling 416.531.1402 Student/Elder/Arts Worker discounts and Pay-What-You-Can Tuesday tickets available

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