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The TCDS presents: Polaroid Stories by Naomi Iizuka
November 17, 2016
"Polaroid Stories" by Naomi Iizuka an Adaptation of Ovid's Metamorphoses Trinity College Dramatic Society November 23 - 26, 2016 @ 8:00PM George Ignatieff Theatre Directed by Melissa Anne Fearon
Polaroid Stories is a nonlinear blend of classical Greek mythology and real-life stories from interviews with street-involved youth and sex workers. Set in the ominous underbelly of an unknown city, this modern adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses unfolds stories of desire, confusion, anger, and longing that call into question where truth and safety lie. Drug dealers, lovers, sex workers, and hitchikers tell stories of their pasts, their futures, their fears, their dreams--stories which may not be true, but add up to “something like the truth”. Like their mythic counterparts, these mortals face insurmountable obstacles imposed by world where danger and devaluation are embedded into their daily lives. Polaroid Stories is an exploration of human desires and limitations in a world in which refuge is found in money, love, drugs, and the desperate hope of good things to come.
CONTENT WARNING: This show contains on stage violence and drug use/overdose, discussion of suicide, abuse, and drugging; and allusions to sexual assault and self harm; as well as homophobic slurs and strong language. Any questions on the content of the show can be forwarded to the director.
CAST (in order of appearance): D (aka Dionysus) - Ezera Beyene Philomel - Mirabella Sundar Singh Eurydice - Marium Raja Persephone (also Semele) - Andrea Castaneda Orpheus - River Pereira Narcissus - Jonathan Dick Echo - Claire Shenstone-Harris G (aka Zeus / Hades) - Marium Masood SKINHEADboy (aka Theseus) - Louis-Alexandre Boulet SKINHEADgirl (aka Ariadne) - Katarina Prystay
CREW: Assistant Director & Movement Director - Kenley Ferris Ku Music Director & Composer - Henry Paterson Stage Manager - Rae Costin Fight Choreographer - Emma Keil-Vine Dramaturg - Mac Stewart Lighting Designer - Thomas Lynch Sound Designer - Ishita Pranjali Costume Designer - Rachel Chen Makeup Designer - Grace Manalili Set Designer - Shay Santaiti Assistant Set Designer - Nicole Bell Assistant Stage Manager - Luis Lopez Props Masters - Sabryna Ekstein and Emily Shaw Graffitii Artists - Leyland Adams and Chris Kroisik Publicity Team - Esmé Lafleur and Hannah Lazare Producer - Ola Okarmus
All proceeds of this production will be donated to the following organizations: SKETCH, Sanctuary Toronto, and Eva's Initiative.
SKETCH Working Arts is a community-arts-development initiative based in Toronto engaging young people homeless and on the margins, ages 16-29, from across Canada. SKETCH creates equitable opportunities for diverse young people to experience the transformative power of the arts; to develop their leadership and self-sufficiency; and to cultivate social and environmental change through the arts. SKETCH celebrates and proliferates its community-arts practice with partners in various Canadian towns and cities to build a movement where young people, free from barriers, are celebrated and engaged as culture-makers, perception changers and collaborators in building creative community.
Sanctuary Toronto is a Christian charitable organization that seeks to establish and develop holistic, inclusive and healthy community.We offer dignity, support and direction to people who want to reclaim healthy, meaningful lives. Through drop-ins, street outreach and one-to-one relationships, we offer food, clothing and basic health care. Our staff help individual community members access welfare, housing, legal counsel, medical care, counseling, therapy or drug rehabilitation. Perhaps the most valuable thing we offer is simple friendship. When people don’t feel like they belong, they just can’t seem to recover. For most people on the street, their experiences of community have been dysfunctional at best. Rather than simply duplicating social services, Sanctuary provides a unique, healthy community – a safe place.
Eva's Initiatives with Homeless Youth works directly with every youth who comes through our doors to develop a personalized action plan that will empower them to achieve their short and long-term goals. Our award-winning programs have been proven to help homeless youth lead productive, self-sufficient, and healthy lives. Eva’s Place, Eva’s Satellite, and Eva’s Phoenix provide safe space and support for 123 homeless youth aged 16-24 every night. Each facility is designed to help youth with their unique circumstances transition out of homelessness and on to independent living.Eva’s staff work with each homeless youth to develop a personalized action plan. This plan is designed to empower each young person to achieve both short and long-term personal and career goals.