2019 SummerWorks Preview Questionnaire: Rochdale

11 Aug

Your name: Sabrina Marangoni

Your production: Rochdale

Your role: Performer

Tell me about your show.

Its 1969. The Vietnam war rages on. Apollo 11 lands on the moon. The Chicago Seven are indicted. Nixon is elected. Trudeau is in office. The FLQ bombs the Montreal Stock Exchange. And in Toronto, Rochdale College- an experiment in cooperative housing and alternative education- is about to become very famous for all the wrong reasons

What other shows or artists are you looking forward to seeing?

I’m really looking forward to seeing ‘Black Ballerina’ ; a movement piece based on Syreeta Hectors experience as a mixed race female in Canada. The storytelling that can be done solely through the body always fascinates me so I’m very excited for that. ‘Gender Reveal Party’ also sounds like a very interesting and relevant piece that I would love to experience.

What would you like to see more of in the Toronto performing arts environment?

Diversity. I’ve definitely seen an improvement within the past few years when it comes to this but I think we still have a very long way to go to ensure that the performing arts scene is fully diverse. I would also love to see more untold Canadian history on stage. A big part of why I love being part of Rochdale so much is because it’s a big part of Toronto’s history that my generation really knows nothing about and to be able to bring it forward has been an incredible experience so I would love to see more of that.

Campaign advertising for the upcoming federal election is replaced by one-person Fringe shows performed by the party leaders. Tickets are free so you can attend any show without necessarily being a supporter of the performer or their party. Whose show do you go see, what is it called, and what is the show about in a nutshell?

I go see Trudeaus show. We’ve all wondered how he hasn’t started greying yet, what with all the stress of running a nation right? Well look no further. This show is called ‘Perfectly Quaffed’ and he gives the audience a live tutorial and inside secrets on how he gets his luscious locks looking spectacular! Even on his morning jogs!

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