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Theatre Lab presents DEAD END Written by JONNY SUN

 October 6 - 23
(Preview October 5)

Studio Theatre


Theatre Lab presents


Written by JONNY SUN


Lighting Design by MELISSA JOAKIM Sound Design by JASON O’BRIEN
Special Effects Design by MEGAN FRASER Costumes by ROSELIE WILLIAMSON
Stage Management by HEATHER BELLINGHAM Fight Direction by LOUISA ZHU


Associate Produced by SIGRID VELIS and KEVIN VIDAL


What is there left to do when you have one bullet, one granola bar, and one zombie blocking the only exit? That’s the dilemma facing these two survivors of the zombie apocalypse. Having narrowly escaped certain death, it appears their luck has finally run out. With the zombie slowly nearing, they contemplate survival, fear, humanness, and their relationship with each other. Suspenseful and darkly comedic, DEAD END follows in the tradition of playwrights such as Martin McDonagh and David Ives, and is unique in its use of narrow staging and single setting to convey the feeling of claustrophobia and impending doom.



I think at heart, it's a meditation on the idea of the Other," says playwright Jonny Sun, whose irreverent and hilarious Twitter persona @jonnysun has amassed over 175,000 followers. "I was drawn to writing it too because it's essentially made up of all the elements I love about intimate theatre: it's about the space and about being trapped there with these characters, which is an experience that only theater can truly encapsulate... I think [the audience will] like it because it's funny and dark and sad and sharp and entertaining."


Adds director Michael Orlando, "This story and our production has many points of access for the audience member." Theatre Lab staged readings of Dead End earlier in 2016 to packed houses, who connected with the show that is, at once, very dark and screamingly funny. "Someone may find themselves being initially drawn in by a certain element, but become more deeply engaged because of another I have often briefly described it to friends as hilarious and heartbreaking, equal part railway engine and stunned silence."


Why are they excited about this show? Put simply by Orlando - "I'm most excited to be able to tell this story. As a theatre artist, I consider myself primarily a storyteller, and Jonny has given me/us an incredible one to tell. Working on a new show is very much an act of faith, and working within such a strong and talented mix of both previous and new collaborators is thrilling and very fulfilling."


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Company info:
Theatre Lab


Pay What You Can Tickets available in person on Tuesday's for perfomances taking place that day, suggested minimum donation $15.

Company info:


Theatre Lab


The Theatre Lab is an artist-driven theatre company. We search for, explore, sponsor and create new works that are meaningful to us. The Theatre Lab is particularly concerned with providing access to the 'means of production' to artists that are committed to challenging themselves, and the public, with engaging material. The Theatre Lab is dedicated to new experimental work, original Canadian plays and the creation of new devised pieces in our own aesthetic.


About the playwright:


Jonny Sun

Jonathan Sun is an emerging Canadian playwright whose works have been performed at the Yale School of Drama, the Hart House Theatre in Toronto, and as part of Theatre Lab's FIRST SIGHT Performance Series. He is an advocate for interdisciplinary creative practice and works across the fields of theatre, music, visual and installation art, design research, architecture, engineering, new media, and comedy. He is currently a PhD candidate at MIT, a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and a recipient of the MIT De Florez Fund for Humor. His Twitter account @jonnysun, an ongoing character and comedy project, has over 175,000 followers to date and has been published in NPR, The Washington Post, The Independent, Vice, The Hollywood Reporter, Buzzfeed, Playboy, Cosmo, The Yale Herald, and was nominated for the 2015 Shorty Award for Comedian of the Year.


He holds a Master of Architecture from Yale, where he wrote his latest play FRIED MUSSELS at the Yale School of Drama, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science at the University of Toronto, where he was the recipient of the 2012 L.E. Jones Award for outstanding contribution to engineering and the arts and the 2012 University of Toronto Arts Council Award. While at the University of Toronto, he wrote the first draft of DEAD END, and also wrote and directed SKULE NITE 1T2, at the Hart House Theatre in 2012.



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