Wednesday, May 28, 2014

News: (Toronto) Soulpepper announces summer programming (press release)



Toronto, ON - May 26, 2014: Albert Schultz, Founding Artistic Director of Soulpepper Theatre Company, today released details about Soulpepper's summer programming including the return of Tony Kushner's epic two-part Angels in America, the gripping drama Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose, and Borne, a world premiere from Judith Thompson featuring a company of performers living in wheelchairs. The Young Centre Cabaret stage also boasts an exciting weekly lineup including Judith Lander and Sharron Matthews, as Soulpepper's Cabaret Series continues. Visit for tickets and show times.

Upcoming Soulpepper summer shows outside of the Young Centre include: The Lost Songs of Toronto, with Soulpepper 2014 Resident Artists Waleed Abdulhamid, Dennis Lee, John Millard, Patricia O'Callaghan, Mike Ross and Suba Sankaran, performed as part of the Luminato Festival's literary programming; and Albert Schultz'sFrankly, Sinatra at The Capitol Theatre in Port Hope, ON.

The fate of a young man accused of murdering his own father lies in the hands of 12 strangers crowded into an oppressively hot, claustrophobic deliberation room. A single dissenting voice rings out "not guilty" planting the seed of reasonable doubt and unraveling what was seemingly an open-and-shut case. Tempers flare and human nature is tested in this classic jury-room drama written by Reginald Rose and directed by Alan Dilworth. The cast features: Soulpepper Founding Members Stuart Hughes, William Webster and Joseph Ziegler; Derek Boyes; Tim Campbell; Joe Cobden; Tony DeSantis; Jordan Pettle; Andre Sills; and Michael Simpson; with Byron Abalos, Cyrus Lane and Robert Nasmith in their Soulpepper debuts.

Twelve Angry Men runs from June 11 to July 19; opening night is June 17.
Twelve Angry Men is generously supported by Middlefield. 


Subtitled A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Tony Kushner's Angels in America is arguably the most significant drama of the last 25 years. Encompassing the lives of individuals negotiating New York City during the AIDS crisis that wracked the world in the 1980s, Kushner looks to a deeply human series of reactions to a seemingly indiscriminate epidemic, and offers a spiritual outlet for the redemption and reclamation of their souls. A multi-play experience, Angels in America parts I and II are best seen chronologically. Directed by Albert Schultz, the award-winning 2013 cast returns: Soulpepper Founding Members Diego Matamoros and Nancy Palk; Troy Adams; Damien Atkins; Raquel Duffy; Michelle Monteith; Gregory Prest; and Mike Ross.

Angels in America Part I: Millennium Approaches runs from June 12 to July 12; Angels in America Part II: Perestroika runs from June 13 to July 12; Marathon opening day of both parts is June 14, at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Mature content. Limited run. Marathon performances available.
Angels in America at Soulpepper is an official WorldPride 2014 affiliate event. WorldPride takes place in Toronto from June 20-29

RARE Theatre Company in association with Soulpepper 
Borne is a unique piece of theatre created by award-winning playwright Judith Thompson (RARE, Young Centre 2013). Under Thompson's direction, nine performers who use wheelchairs tell their own hilarious and heart-breaking stories in their own words. This riveting world premiere explodes the myths and preconceptions about living with a disability. Borne is created and performed by Joshua Dvorkin, Nikoletta Erdelyi, Dan Harvey, Harley Nott, Dan Raralio, David Shannon, Russell Winkelaar, Nancy Xia and Maayan Ziv.

Borne runs from June 27 to July 19. Opening night is July 1. 

Soulpepper's new series of weekly Cabarets continues at the Young Centre every Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. Each Cabaret runs for 60-90 minutes and features a different guest artist or ensemble in an intimate and conversational setting.

Cabaret tickets start at $15. Visit for more details.
Music programming at Soulpepper is supported through The Slaight Family Music Program by Gary and Donna Slaight. 

All above Soulpepper performances take place at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.


Soulpepper's original cabaret, The Lost Songs of Toronto can be experienced one night only this summer as part of the Luminato Festival's Day of Literary Intensity. This, the last day of the Festival, begins with a "Literary Picnic" that runs from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Trinity Bellwoods Park and features 45 of the city's most extraordinary writers (including Soulpepper Resident Artist Ins Choi); continues with a series of "Literary Walks" through the city; and concludes with Soulpepper's The Lost Songs of Toronto. Watch as six 2014 Soulpepper Resident Artists, including Toronto's fabled poet laureate Dennis Lee, explore the bygone songs of Hogtown – ballads and love songs, children's tunes and rock anthems – that have carried the explicit stamp of the city for 200 years. Only what to do if these songs are "lost" because they never existed? Write and sing them anew says Lee, the beloved author of Alligator PieThe Lost Songs of Toronto is performed and created by Waleed Abdulhamid, Dennis Lee, John Millard, Patricia O'Callaghan, Mike Ross, and Suba Sankaran, with original creative direction by Ravi Jain.

June 15, 6 p.m.
952 Queen Street West (Edward Day Gallery). Visit for tickets and more details.

The Cameco Capitol Arts Centre in Port Hope and Soulpepper present Albert Schultz's Frankly, Sinatra, a world premiere performance by Schultz backed by some of Canada’s finest musicians including Colleen Allen, Brian Barlow, Steve Hunter and David Young. Watch as Schultz explores and celebrates the complex and brilliant man from Hoboken with a personal journey in words and music.

July 17 to 19, 8 p.m.
The Capitol Theatre, 20 Queen Street, Port Hope, ON. Visit for tickets and more details.

2014 Soulpepper Lead Sponsors are: Scotiabank, TELUS, the Slaight Family, and the Michael & Karen Vukets Family Foundation. Soulpepper gratefully acknowledges annual operating support from the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. The Soulpepper Academy is supported in part by the Canada Arts Training Fund at Canadian Heritage.

Tickets to Soulpepper productions at the Young Centre are available by calling the Young Centre Box Office at 416.866.8666 or by visiting Tickets for Twelve Angry Men and Angels in America range from $29 - $74 (including 13% HST and service charge; pricing is subject to change). $23 tickets are available for Arts Workers. $23 tickets for Soulpepper productions are also available for 21-30 year-olds at StagePlay is sponsored by TD Bank Group. The $23 Rush Ticket / $5 Youth Rush program is sponsored by Sun Life Financial. Tickets for Borne range from $25 to $49. The 2014 Soulpepper brochure can be viewed 

Located in its multi-venue home, the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto’s Distillery Historic District, Soulpepper is Canada's largest urban theatre company. Founded and guided by artists, under the leadership of Artistic Director Albert Schultz and Executive Director Leslie Lester, Soulpepper has a complex and integrated mission which includes: industry-leading youth outreach initiatives; the Soulpepper Academy, Canada's only multi-year paid professional training program for theatre artists of all disciplines; and a year-round diverse repertory season which is grounded in the classics and committed to the creation of new works, new forms, and innovative practices.

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