ON STAGE The Lavender Railroad

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: In-The-Moment Theatre presents the Toronto-premiere of The Lavender Railroad(in two parts: Safe House & Ex Cathedra) by Lawrence Aronovitch at The Box Theatre Toronto – 89 Niagara Street Suite 103: June 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18 2017 8:00 p.m. showsSingle Tickets: $20 general admission | $25 at the door  http://www.ITMtheatre.comFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:TORONTO – MAY 10, 2017 – Imagine a world in which homosexuality is illegal and punishable by death. Introducing the Toronto premiere of a multiple Rideau-Award winning production. In-The-Moment Theatre presents The Lavender Railroad, a play by Lawrence Aronovitch, at the Box Toronto Theatre –89 Niagara Street Suite 103 June 8 – 18..Written by playwright Lawrence Aronovitch , The Lavender Railroad is set in a world where homosexuality is a crime punishable by death. In the first part, Safe House , a fugitive named Sebastian ( Tony Babcock ) meets his mysterious rescuer, an older man who calls himself Mother Courage ( Peter Nelson ). In the second part, Ex Cathedra , a nun (Judith Cockman) is called into a meeting with a female security commander (Jennifer Vallance) and is surprised to discover her identity. The link between the two stories is the Lavender Railroad, which brings hope to homosexuals trying to stay alive..Toronto theatre veteran & acting coach Tony Babcock directs the piece. A fan of dystopian, politically charged material, he believes that this story is more relevant than ever. “We find ourselves in an age of ‘fake news’ with a disturbing resurgence of discrimination. I think the Theatre has a unique way of showing us the truth. Lavender brings this truth in spades.” Sadly, there are several organizations reminiscent of the Lavender Railroad that have to do important work in our own world today. Examples include the Rainbow Railroad & the Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees (IRQR) ..“The play speaks to anyone who believes naively that rights are a given, that truths are forever and that a wrathful God does not exist,” says Aronovitch. “I believe that covers everybody.” Aronovitch developed the play, inspired in part by Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale , with help from Paula Danckert, the company dramaturge at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and former head of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal. The play premiered in Ottawa in 2011 at Evolution Theatre. When Aronovitch moved to Toronto in 2016, he had a meeting with Babcock to discuss working together and the Lavender Railroad came up as an idea almost immediately. “As soon as Lawrence mentioned the show to me and brought up the themes and powerful imagery, I knew we had to bring it to Toronto.”.Stage manager for the show is Rae Costin..The Lavender Railroad runs from June 8 – 18 at The Box Theatre Toronto – 89 Niagara St. Suite 103 at 8 p.m Tickets can be purchased online at www.ITMtheatre.com/lavender Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img

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