I’ve collaborated with Jennifer Brewin of Common Boots Theatre (formerly Theatre Columbus), Marjorie Chan, and a room of awesome people to put together this new play for the 2015 Holiday Season. In Common Boots’ tradition, it will be an outdoor promenade show for the whole family at the Evergreen Brick Works, only this time we brought out the wild side of the Don Valley! There was much laughter, awesome people, and many fuzzy tails.
If you missed the show, here is a clip of Eps and I from an appearance we made on Global TV’s The Morning Show. I wrote this little song that ended up in the show and we got to sing it every night!
Join us for a series of urban fables about the wild and the civilized and everything in-between.
We share our city with the furred, four-legged, and feathered. We encroached on their land and yet they adapted, nesting on our garages and raiding our garbage bins.Their struggles to survive are understood only by those who care to look. In a fast-moving world, with little compassion for those that lag behind, the simplicity and joy of their being reminds us of a bustling city and what it means to live in the present. Tails from the City is seeing the city from the point-of-view of raccoons, squirrels, and pigeons to uncover their lives.
Marjorie Chan has been commissioned to create a play for our 2015 winter production at Evergreen Brick Works, an original fable for modern times.Together with a company of actors and directors (Jennifer Brewin and Amy Lee) they will concoct a cast of characters inspired by the animals that inhabit the back alleys and waterways of Toronto’s inner city. Marjorie will shape those creatures into a winter story.We draw from the masters who have also sourced the wild kingdom for narrative impetus, including Aesop’s Fables and George Orwell’s Animal Farm, with perhaps a touch of Benjamin Britton’s Noye’s Fludde.
Tails from the City received 1 award in the Independent Theatre division at the 2015/2016 Dora Mavor Moore Awards:
- Outstanding Costume Design- Anna Treusch
Common Boots Theatre presents
Tails From the City
A new play by Marjorie Chan in association with the Company
December 14-31, 2015
Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto
Featuring: Lucy Hill, Derek Kwan, Michael Rinaldi & Courtenay Stevens
Directed by Jennifer Brewin with Amy Lee
Plus eight Local choirs and other surprise guests