news | Friday August 13, 2010

Dramas Illumine Dark Matter

This fall in Toronto, Theatre Passe Muraille, Canada’s oldest alternative “theatre without walls”, will be presenting two plays that use outlandish comedy to explore serious issues.

BASH’d! is a fast-paced, high energy, musical love story, told almost entirely in rhyme. Performed by two gay hip-hop artists, T-Bag & Feminem, BASH’d! tells the story of Dillon and Jack. Dillon is a young man who comes out of the closet, leaving his conservative parents and the “905” suburbs behind for the downtown streets of The Big Smoke. Jack has two gay dads, and already lives in the big city. He is fabulous and fun, stylish and charming. Jack and Dillon meet, fall in love and get married; but just before they can live happily ever after, Jack is viciously attacked.

The Refugee Hotel is a moving portrayal of a group of Chilean political refugees who arrived at a Vancouver residential hotel in 1974, months after Chile’s bloody military coup. Passionate and insightful, the play brilliantly captures the immigrant and exile experience in Canada. It is a story about love and the strength of the human spirit.

Listen to Carmen Aguirre talking with the CBC.

The Refugee Hotel previews on September 16 and runs from September 17 to October 4. BASH’d (A GAY RAP OPERA) previews on October 14 and runs from October 15 to 31.

Visit the web site to see the Passe Muraille 2010 schedule.

The Refugee Hotel will be available from Talonbooks this month and BASH’d! will be available with the Spring 2011 list of titles.

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