Halloween

Canadians, See This Before It Disappears

For my friends in Canada, there is an very cool show happening that, if I could be there, I completely would want to go see this.

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Aberrant Theatre has launched “The Ghost Light Anthology” for this Halloween Season and you can still catch it before the run is done on October 31, 2018.
Toronto, ON

It’s 2018, and monsters are inescapable – on our screens, in the headlines, and often in our own neighbourhoods. Toronto based Aberrant Theatre is making the most of that fact to unleash The Ghost Light Anthology – an utterly unique live horror experience, just in time for Halloween.

“The world is a scary place right now, and in times like these the horror genre always thrives. When humanity doesn’t know where else to look, we tend to stare into the darkness,” says Aberrant co-founder Andrew Gaunce. “The Ghost Light Anthology gives audiences a whole new window into that abyss, and we’re confident that Toronto audiences won’t be able to look away.”
The Ghost Light Anthology is a theatrical collection of five cautionary tales with a focus on modern day monsters. It’s an immersive “haunt” style experience. It’s a summoning ritual. It’s going to have you checking under the bed, in your closet, and behind the shower curtain. The proceedings will begin at 8:00pm sharp on the following evenings: October 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, and 27th, with a closing performance on Halloween night. The event will be held at The Box (89 Niagara Street) – a historic building that operated as a coffin factory as recently the 1970’s.

From director Jordi O’Dael: “The atmosphere is the most important part. I want to offer people an experience they can’t get sitting on their couch. Live performances have such a wonderful opportunity to engage people and to disassemble the idea of a ‘captive audience.’ People want to feel something- whether it’s joy, discomfort, sadness, or fear- and it’s our job to let them.”

Featuring a stellar cast comprised of Jacob Free, Lucy Meanwell, David John Phillips, Frances Samson, Michael Sutherland, and Kate Werneburg, as well as written work by acclaimed playwrights Trace Crawford, Jared Michael Delaney, Grant MacDermott, Jake Martin and Katerina Watson, The Ghost Light Anthology is set to become Toronto’s newest Halloween tradition.

Ticketing details can be found at https://ghost-light-anthology-2018.brownpapertickets.com/, and additional information about Aberrant Theatre can be found at their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/AberrantTheatre/

Here’s a bit about the people behind the show:

Cast:

Jacob Free

Jacob Free is a theatre and music performer in the Toronto area and is super jazzed to be doing some spooky scary theatre. He is frequently scared of many things, but now HE will be doing the scaring! Past credits include: True West (California Underground Productions) The Parkdale Experience (dive into Parkdale festival) and Eurydice (Pazzo Theatre Collective)

Lucy Meanwell

Lucy is an actor and theatre-maker from Toronto. Credits include: Jerusalem (Outside the March/Company Theatre); Knots (Vocative Theatre/Toronto Fringe); The Penelopiad, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (GBTS). Lucy trained at the University of Windsor and is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School. She writes poetry which can be found at lucymeanwell.wordpress.com.

David John Phillips

Theatre credits include Pickering in Pygmalion (Guild Festival Theatre), Danforth in The Crucible (Hart House), Protasius in Purgatory in Ingleton (Toronto Summerworks), Solness in The Master Builder (Against the Grain), and Paravacini in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap (LOT). David co-created Work and Play at the Threshold of Legibility, and is writer/producer/director of Cluster Fucked (2018 Toronto Fringe). Film credits include Diamond Tongues (Slamdance), Sundowners (Nashville Film Festival), Almost Adults (Inside Out Festival), Dim the Fluorescents (Slamdance Grand Jury Prize) and the soon-to-be-released American Grace. He is the voice of the coffee table in Läck. He trained at NYU’s Tisch School with Ron Van Lieu, Kristen Linklater, and Olympia Dukakis. More at DavidJohnPhillips.net

Frances Samson

Frances Samson is a performance artist originally from Toronto, Canada. She is a former company dancer and guest artist of the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. In 2016, Frances attended Ryerson University’s School of Performance prior to officially joining the Limón Dance Company in the fall of 2017. Additionally, she has completed summer studies with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Arts Umbrella and Kenny Pearl. Frances has participated in numerous festivals such as the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the José Limón International Dance Festival (New York & Sinaloa), the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival and the Fringe Festival (Toronto & Rochester). She has had the pleasure of performing for Walt Disney World, TEDx, Miss Universe Canada, Frog in Hand, Rotary International and the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company. She currently divides her time between Toronto and New York City.

Michael Sutherland

Michael is very excited to be working on this project. He has had a lot of fun getting to know this creative team and reconnecting with old friends. Michael attended Studio 58 acting program for his education. Selected theatre roles include: Shane in Dead Cat Bounce (Water Colour Theatre), Chief Bromden in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (First Light Theatre) and Spirit Player in Post Cards (John McCrae House). He would also like to thank his friends and family for supporting him during his transition back to the city. I’m back, baby!

Kate Werneburg

Kate is an Ottawa-born, Toronto-based, writer and actor. Her performance work for the stage includes appearances as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, Dauntless City Theatre, Tamora in Titus Andronicus, Seven Siblings Theatre, Queen Eleanor in King John, Shakespeare BASH’D, Counting Sheep, Lemon Bucket Orkestra/Summerworks Theatre Festival, Frankenstein, Theatre New Brunswick, The Nearly-World Famous Dufflebag Theatre (bilingual troupe), A Company of Fools, The Great Canadian Theatre Company, Glasswater Theatre, Winterbird Arts, and the Hercinia Arts Collective. Her newest script, Joys and Splendors, was developed by the Storefront Theatre’s 2016/17 Playwrights’ Unit. Its on-going development is supported by an Ontario Arts Council Recommender grant. She co-created, performed, and produced Elizabeth – Darcy: An Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, a two-woman, site-specific, performance that has toured Ontario, and played Toronto’s Campbell House museum in eight runs. Her journalism has been featured on the blog She Does The City, and in Intermission Magazine.

Crew:

Jordi O’Dael – Director / Producer / Aberrant Co-Founder

Jordi is a Toronto based trans nonbinary performer, director, dramaturg, and producer. A UWinnipeg/Randolph College alum, Jordi has based their career on portraying 12 year old children, ancient evil constructs, and creating queer punk feminist impressionist pieces. In 2017, Jordi served as co-writer, dramaturg, producer, and performer for the award winning, breakout hit ‘NASTY’ at the Toronto Fringe. Their primary interests are the unexplained and unsettling, ghosts and ghouls, serial killers, destroying the gender binary, corgis, and using theatre as a vehicle for social change.

Andrew Gaunce – Producer / Aberrant Co-Founder

Born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, Andrew is a Toronto based performer, writer, producer, and lifelong devotee of the horror genre. Andrew honed his performance skills at Fanshawe College’s Theatre Arts program, and has spent the last few years performing with various indie theatre companies in Toronto, including Seven Siblings Theatre, the Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective and Monkeyman Productions (where he now also holds a production role). Most recently, Andrew found himself at the Halifax Fringe for Aberrant Theatre’s award-winning inaugural production “Something Wrong” – a solo horror show that he also wrote and performed.

Jules Vodarek Hunter – Stage Manager

Jules Vodarek Hunter is a playwright, coordinator, stage manager and theatre creator. Most recently she assistant directed Lion Womxn which had a sold-out run at Summerworks and honourable mentions for The John Kaplan Spotlight award and Summerworks Prize for Production. She has facilitated workshops in playwriting and dramaturgy, meme-making and blackout poetry. In 2015 she toured to London, Montreal and Winnipeg with her play co-written with Anastasya Bobovyk, For You, For Me, For Nicolas.  In February, Jules attended the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity to develop her new play As Long as Tomatoes Grow. Her work is informed by her dedication to social justice, equity and supporting young people in telling their own stories.

I hope you’re all able to make it to the show. If you do, let me know how you enjoyed it!

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