New and old classics in TIFT lineup

Bringing the old and new to Barrie theatre audiences, Talk is Free Theatre‘s artistic producer Arkady Spivak has released details of the new season.
“Next season in Barrie will feature plays that are highly impactful on the forms and styles of theatre they represent,” says Spivak. “But my equal goal was to find plausible, meaningful contexts for some of the best national artists. This included increasing representation of female writers and directors as well as offering two directing debuts, among others.”
The 2014/15 lineup will include new and forgotten classics from the world repertoire, as well as a visit from an original Canadian musical, adds Spivak.
First up is Vigil on Nov. 6, written by Morris Panych and directed by Kelly Thornton. Starring Jennifer Phipps and Alex Poch-Goldin, Vigil is described as “a poignant dark comedy about an extended visit between Kemp, a lifelong misfit, and his bedridden elderly aunt.” It runs until Nov. 15.
Next up is Kristen Thomson’s I, Claudia, director by Mitchell Cushman and starring Amy Keating. “Performed entirely in mask, I, Claudia is a hilarious and heartbreaking journey into the raw psyche of an extraordinary girl with a lot on her mind.” It’s scheduled for Nov. 27 to Dec. 6.
Then, “iconic Canadian choreographer James Kudelka” makes his theatre directing debut with The Prince of Homburg.
“Written by Heinrich von Kleist in 1809, shortly before his suicide and not performed until 1821, it follows the heroic commander of the Prussian cavalry, the Prince of Homburg, who dreams of victory, glory and fame. But reckless disobedience during a crucial military operation leads the prince into his greatest battle yet. His fate becomes the subject of an intricate cat-and-mouse game in which the Elector, bombarded with pleas for mercy by his generals and his niece, offers to quash the sentence if the Prince himself can prove it was unjust.”
The performance runs from Jan. 29 to Feb. 7.
Next on the theatre’s bill of fare is Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical, in a production from Vancouver’s independent company Delinquent Theatre. With book and lyrics by Christine Quintana, music by Mishelle Cutler and rap lyrics by Brad Cochrane, Stationary will be directed by Laura McLean, with additional direction by Chelsea Haberlin. “It explores the lives of eight young people at a moment when big dreams meet reality checks.” The show runs from April 8 to 11.
After starring in this season’s Floyd Collins, co-produced with Patrick Street Productions, Daren Herbert will return as Littlechap, the central role in the seldom seen Stop the World – I Want to Get Off!. Written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, this allegorical musical is set in a circus ring and chronicles an everyman’s rise to success as countered by the instability of his private life. It features a number of hit songs, including What Kind of Fool Am I?, Gonna Build a Mountain and Once in a Lifetime. Making his directing debut, the production will be helmed by Josh Epstein. It will run between May 21 and 30.
All performances will be held at the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts at 1 Dunlop Street. More information and tickets are available at www.tift.ca or 705-792-1949.

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