To commemorate its 35th year, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre offers a season of contemporary theatre that tackles how our history shapes our present. From personal histories to societal histories and from histories we believe to be true to histories that have been repressed and hidden, Buddies’ 35th season is a bold challenge to the normative weight of history and continues the company’s long-standing tradition of using the theatre to create a more compassionate and understanding society for us all.
Artistic Director Brendan Healy says: “We are the world’s largest and longest-running queer theatre and this is something that we are deeply proud of. However, we have never been a company to simply rest on our laurels. The subject of our art is always the future and this anniversary year strikes me as the perfect moment to put a critical eye to the narratives of the past that we all take for granted. It is only through an examination of the past that we can begin to conceive of a hopeful future.”
The season begins with a provocative new work from acclaimed UK playwright Tim Luscombe. PIG is an explicitly honest account of contemporary sexuality, exploring the ways we love each other amidst redefining forces of marriage equality, HIV/AIDS, and the advent of on-line sex communities. Directed by Buddies' AD Brendan Healy and starring Broadway veteran Bruce Dow and Shaw Festival mainstay Blair Williams, this world premiere production promises to be a defining moment for queer theatre, in the line of such classics as Angels in America and The Normal Heart.
Later in the season, Buddies resident artists Damien Atkins, Paul Dunn, and Andrew Kushnir will premiere The Gay Heritage Project. These three celebrated creator/performers explore the rich catalogue of gay lives that are commonly erased from popular history, and bring them to life on stage in a unique style of highly-physical theatre.
Our country's leading theatrical innovator Marie Brassard returns to Buddies with her latest work, Me Talking to Myself in the Future. Brassard is known across Canada and internationally for her cutting-edge shows that blend performance, technology, and music into an immersive sensory experience that is truly unique. Buddies is thrilled to welcome this important artist back, (audiences will remember her from 2005's Jimmy).
The company's 35th anniversary year will see the return of the iconic, long-running tradition of Strange Sisters, a raucous celebration of queer women in performance. The evening will be curated by award-winning artist and activist Kim Crosby, whose impressive resume includes work with grassroots organizations The People Project, Artreach, and Queering Black History Month, as well as artist residencies with d'bi young's AnitAfrika Theatre and Buddies' own Young Creators Unit.
The season will also see Laura Nanni return to the helm of The Rhubarb Festival for its 35th edition of experimental new works.
In June, the company will host a month-long festival in celebration of World Pride 2014. As the eyes of the world turn to Toronto for this hist
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