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April 26-28, 2019

Studio Theatre


Orpheus Productions Presents


A Chamber Opera

Music by Dustin Peters | Libretto by Sky Gilbert

Starring Marion Newman, Dion Mazerolle and Nathaniel Bacon

April 26-28, 2019 @ Factory

Orpheus Productions will present three performances of a workshop presentation of Shakespeare’s Criminal, a new chamber opera with music by Dustin Peters and libretto by Sky Gilbert, starring Marion Newman, Dion Mazerolle and Nathaniel Bacon, April 26-28, 2019 at Factory.

Shakespeare’s Criminal is an opera in one act about an older male poet named Shakespeare who is not able to admit that he is a homosexual; instead he hides his attraction for men in the flowery language of The Sonnets, for which he is much esteemed. He meets a beautiful young HIV positive man to whom he finds himself attracted, but whom he resists.

A wild, fierce, hysterical, voyeur enters; she urges the older poet to fall in love with the young man and have sex with him. The woman is so persuasive that it seems the older closeted poet will succumb; but at the last moment he cannot bring himself to risk his reputation. In revenge, the woman turns the old poet into a tree.

Special ‘Studio 54 Memorial Voyeur’ Fundraiser

Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 8pm

All Tickets $80

Includes the workshop presentation, pre-show talk with the creators, post-show cocktail party with disco deserts, and scandalous performances for your voyeuristic pleasure

by Hélène Ducharme and Shane MacKinnon!

Dress in your favourite 70s outfit and dance the night away Studio 54 Style!

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Dora Mavor Moore Award winner Dustin Peters is a Toronto-based composer whose works range from concert and chamber music to film scores and pieces for voice and dance. Peters has worked with some of Canada’s finest artists such as Kent Monkman, James Kudelka, Bill Coleman, Kevin Mallon and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. His works have been performed across Canada, USA and in Great Britain.

Sky Gilbert is an award-winning writer, director, filmmaker, professor and drag queen. His many critically acclaimed plays that have been performed in theatres worldwide include: Drag Queens On Trial, Lola Starr Builds Her Dream Home, Ten Ruminations On An Elegy Attributed To William Shakespeare, The Emotionalists, Bad Acting Teachers, The Situationists, A Few Brittle Leaves, and It’s All Tru (soon to be published by Playwrights Canada Press). He has published eight novels, several poetry collections, and a theatre memoir, Ejaculations From The Charm Factory; Guernica will publish Sky’s investigation of Shakespeare’s rhetoric — Shakespeare: Beyond Science later this year.

Kwagiulth and Stó:lo? First Nations, English, Irish and Scottish mezzo-soprano Marion Newman most recently starred as Tsianina Redfeather in I Call Myself Princess, a new musical play by Jani Lauzon; Messiah with Symphony Nova Scotia; and her debut with Edmonton Opera as the Mother in Hansel and Gretel. Acadian baritone Dion Mazerolle’s recent credits include the Mandarin in Edmonton Opera’s production of Turandot; and a début with the Canadian Opera company in the role of F.X. Lemieux in Louis Riel in 2017. A frequent collaborator with Sky Gilbert, actor Nathaniel Bacon originated the lead role in two of his recent plays: St. Francis Of Millbrook and My Dinner With Casey Donovan.  In 2015, Bacon won Best Leading Actor (Musical) at the Broadway World Toronto Awards for his performance of Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.


Workshop Presentations:

Friday, April 26 - 8:00 PM

Sunday, April 28 - 2:00 PM

Tickets - $35.00
Arts Worker / Student / Senior - $25.00

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