More Fabulous Things

Don’t forget! SummerWorks’ annual Launch Party is happening on Saturday June 18 2011 at the Edward Day Gallery and MOCCA. I personally went to the venue yesterday with some of the amazing folks of SummerWorks and I can already tell you, it’s going to be amazing with everything we have planned for you, Toronto!

Some exciting things happening in and around town:

YICHUD (Seclusion)

Our amazing Artistic Producer, Michael Rubenfeld, is a part of YICHUD (Seclusion) brought to you by Theatre Passe Muraille in producing partnership with Covergence Theatre (Toronto, Ontario). Written by Julie Tepperman and directed by Aaron Willis and Richard Greenblatt, Yichud (Seclusion) revolves around the story of Rachel and Chaim. Here is a little snipet from the Magnetic North Theatre website:


Rachel & Chaim are Orthodox Jews living in Toronto.

They have requested an arranged marriage and today is their wedding day. The “Yichud Room” is the place where the bride & groom go to be alone together immediately following the wedding ceremony. In the case of Rachel & Chaim, who’ve only had a handful of chaperoned dates, this is the first time they have ever been alone together. In another part of the Synagogue, tensions rise between the groom’s older brothers Ephraim & Menachem, rival Torah scholars who haven’t seen each other in four years. Meanwhile, the bride’s parents Mordechai & Malka are secretly planning to divorce after the wedding. In a last attempt to woo her back, Mordechai takes some unorthodox measures. YICHUD (Seclusion) directly confronts the tensions that exist in the Orthodox Jewish world between tradition and modernity, powerfully dramatizing issues of love, sex, marriage, faith, religion, respect, honour, and duty. The setting is specifically Jewish; the story is universal and life-affirming.

Sounds intriguing doesn’t it? As Michael Rubenfeld says, “Yichud come to YICHUD tonight!”

YICHUD (Seclusion) is playing right now at Theatre Passe Muraille until May 29 2011 before going on tour at the Academic Hall at the University of Ottawa from June 3 – 6 2011. Tickets for the last few Toronto shows can be purchased through the Arts Box Office or in person at Theatre Passe Muraille. For information about tickets for the Ottawa shows, please visit Magnetic North Theatre for more details.

Please follow @MNTF on twitter and visit the show’s official Facebook Event page!

Casting Call – Long Dark Night

Long Dark Night, appearing in this year’s SummerWorks line-up, is still looking for 2 castmembers.

30’s. Male. A gritty private detective and high-functioning alcoholic. Constantly writing in his notepad, Skip narrates his life story in long passages of dramatic purple prose. He’s every dramatic leading man from the 1940s.

40+. Female. Tuesday Mae III is the robust and ribald owner of the Tit Tat Club, a smart and sassy Mae West/Sophie Tucker type who knows her game and never backs down.

Long Dark Night is a new original musical comedy spoofing the film noir oeuvre, written and directed by Mark Shyzer and with music by Mark Shyzer and Jeff MacLean. If you are interested, please send your resume and headshot to  

They thank all the applicants for their interest, but only eligible candidates will be contacted for an audition. Candidates will be asked to prepare a 1 to 2 minute comedic monologue and 16 bars of a jazz standard or traditional Broadway song. All parts require strong singing voices and comedic chops. As this is a new work in progress, they are looking for a cast that can contribute to character development and bring unique qualities to the work.

Deadline to apply is Friday June 3 2011.

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