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The Toronto Pigeons

April 22 2021, Online

#ftTorontoPigeons

Recommended for ages 13+

Written by Luke Reece
Directed by Marcel Stewart

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You Can’t Get There From Here Audio Series

Episode 5: The Toronto Pigeons

It’s June 13, 2019, and The Toronto Raptors are three hours away from their Game 6 tipoff with the Golden State Warriors. Two pigeons, Trae and A.C., are settling in above Jurassic Park in Toronto to watch the game when, all of a sudden, their excitement is interrupted by a kestrel named Klaw who crash lands on their perfect pigeon perch. Having never been to Toronto, Trae and A.C. begin to give Klaw all their insider knowledge about the city – the good, the bad, and the feathery.

A fun electrifying mash-up of soundscape and spoken word (or is it spoken bird?), The Toronto Pigeons is an all-verse, sky-high exploration from National Slam Poet Champion Luke Reece, of how and why The Toronto Raptors 2019 Championship win catalyzed a feeling of belonging in a city renowned for its icy exterior.

About the Playwright

Luke Reece

Luke Reece strives to share authentic and engaging stories with audiences through his work as an award-winning playwright, poet, producer and educator. Through his work as an artistic leader within the national arts community, he advocates for nuanced storytelling that challenges Canadian audiences. Luke is one of Toronto’s most decorated slam poets, becoming the Toronto Poetry Slam (TPS) Grand Champion in 2017, winning the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word as the captain of the TPS team, and again as the coach. In 2018 he placed 2nd in Canada individually which earned him a spot representing the country at the 2019 World Cup of Poetry Slam in Paris France where he placed 4th. Most recently Luke has been featured performing for Toronto Raptor and NBA Champion Serge Ibaka on his Instagram Talent Show.


About the Director

Marcel Stewart

Marcel is an actor, writer, director, arts educator, and organizer with Jamaican heritage, but born in the UK and raised in Canada. He often returns to the questions: Who am I? How am I? How did I get here? Who have I lost? What is my purpose? Marcel was a member of the Soulpepper Academy, and he recently completed the Theatre Enhancement Program (Directing Foreman) through Factory Theatre. Acting credits include: The Brothers Size (Soulpepper); Father Comes Home From the Wars (Soulpepper); Incident at Vichy (Soulpepper); The Drawer Boy (Festival Payers); Wilberforce Hotel (Blyth Festival); We Are Proud to Present (Theatre Centre); Up the Garden Path (Obsidian); Toronto the Good (Factory Theatre). Marcel is a 3-time Dora nominated actor and has performed in numerous Dora Award-Winning productions. He is currently a member of b current’s Playwrights Incubator and works for Suitcase in Point as their Outreach Director. He also loves to sleep.


Cast

Creative Team

Michelle Bensimon

Sound Designer

Samira Banihashemi

Apprentice Sound Designer

Matt McGeachy

Dramaturg

Lily Chan

Assistant Production Manager