Written by Gillian Clark
Directed by Mitchell Cushman
An Immersive Theatre Experience from Outside the March and Factory Theatre in association with Neworld Theatre | World Premiere
It’s going to be Elektra-fying!
The fated collision of Greek mythology and GREASE mythology, unfolding in two locations at the same time. Welcome to New Troy, Canada, August 2009. The night of the annual Duck n’ Swing dance. Odysseus hatches a death-defying Prom-posal, Nestra and King Memnon rendezvous in the Outhouse for some old Summer Lovin’, and Cassandra feasts on raw hot dogs while sooth-sayin’ the world’s destruction.
An epic exploration of inheritance in the age of Climate Emergency, with two plays performed simultaneously by the same ensemble. Half the audience gathers outdoors around the campfire, and half cuts a rug in the dance hall, while the actors race back-and-forth—inhabiting both the teenagers of New Troy and their middle-aged parents. At intermission audiences switch spaces to experience the other side of the story, as the stakes of the 50/50 raffle continue to climb.
Trojan Girls & The Outhouse of Atreus has been developed with support from the NAC National Creation Fund and is based on Clark’s play The Ruins, developed by Two Planks and a Passion.
COVID-19 PROTOCOLS AT FACTORY
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Due to the immersive nature of Trojan Girls & The Outhouse of Atreus, mask wearing will be mandatory during the indoor portions of the performance. Disposable masks will be available at the Box Office for anyone who needs one.
We believe theatre should be accessible to all who want to participate. That is why we’ve introduced a sliding scale ticket model with a $0 option. Tickets prices for Trojan Girls & The Outhouse of Atreus range from $25 – $75, and include a limited number of $0 tickets for every performance. Audiences are invited to select the ticket price option that works best for them to experience theatre at Factory.
In order for patrons to be given an equal opportunity to access Factory productions at the $0 price point, a maximum of 3 tickets can be booked per patron, per performance.
Trojan Girls and the Outhouse of Atreus contains ableist and queer oppressive language, mention of a late-term miscarriage, discussions of trauma and loss caused by fire, and mention of intimate partner violence. The experience also involves a live campfire during the outdoor portion of the show, smoke, haze, and strobe lighting.
About the Playwright
Gillian Clark (she/her) is a disabled multidisciplinary theatre creator and the artistic co-director of Keep Good (Theatre) Company. She is a settler of European descent who resides in Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montréal, with a large part of her heart in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. Gillian is a graduate of the National Theatre School’s playwriting program and aims to create with joy, care and risk. Her plays include: The Ruins (Two Planks and a Passion Theatre), Let’s Try This Standing and Adventures (Keep Good (Theatre) Company). She has held residencies with Nightswimming, Outside the March, 2b theatre and Two Planks and a Passion Theatre. Gillian is grateful for everyone who has intersected and shaped the community of New Troy in one way or another.
About the Director
Mitchell Cushman is a director, creator, & founding Artistic Director of Outside the March, one of Canada’s leading immersive theatre companies. His work has been seen on stages as large as the The Stratford Festival & The Royal Alexandra Theatre, in spaces as intimate as kindergarten classrooms and living rooms, and in locales as far flung as London, New York, Whitehorse, Edinburgh, Munich, Finland and Japan. Since the onset of the pandemic, he has been exploring new possibilities for live performance, co-creating the internationally-acclaimed telephonic adventure The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries (OtM), the “Grand Act of Theatre” Something Bubbled, Something Blue (NAC/TIFT/OtM), & directing a feature film adaptation of the award-winning Lessons in Temperament. In 2015 he co-created the award-winning Brantwood – Canada’s largest exploration of immersive musical theatre. In 2018, he co-created and director the intercontinental 3 day immersive experience, The Curious Voyage. Other favourite directing credits include: The Tape Escape, The Flick, Dr. Silver, Jerusalem, Lessons in Temperament; The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale; TomorrowLoveTM, Mr. Burns, Vitals, Terminus, Passion Play, Mr. Marmalade (Outside the March); Treasure Island, Breath of Kings, Possible Worlds (Stratford); Hand to God; The Aliens (Coal Mine); Merrily We Roll Along (YES Theatre); Hand to God (RMTC). Mitchell has been the recipient of the Siminovitch protégé award, a Dora Award for Outstanding Direction, 3 Dora Awards for Outstanding Production, and 14 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards. He holds an MFA degree in Directing from the University of Alberta.
Understudy, Helen/Nestra & Hecuba/Penthesilea
Understudy, Elektra/Andromache & Penelope
郝邦宇 Steven Hao
Bartender & Understudy, Menelaus/King Memnon & Odysseus/Orestes
Understudy, Cassandra/Ned & Thal/Hermes
Headset Design/Audio Consultant
Director of Production
Assistant Stage Manager
Apprentice Stage Manager
Head of Wardrobe