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Love and Information at Toronto Fringe

Submitted by RAPA Communications on 7/17/2017


RAPA's production of Cary Churchill’s Love and Information at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival, July 5-16, 2017,  kicked off with an inclusion on Toronto.com's What To See at Toronto Fringe list. It went on to earn positive reviews from critics:

·         “well-acted, polished production…I was especially impressed by their musical performances” (Mooney on Theatre)

·         NNN (Now)

·         "B+ - the dynamic text, strong cast, and well-paced direction by Andrea Donaldson make for a stimulating show and an optimistic cry in the midst of the digital woods.” (My Entertainment World)

Directed by Andrea Donaldson, Caryl Churchill's dazzlingly inventive play Love and Information is an insightful exploration of the how the speed at which humans communicate interferes with or enhances the depth at which we connect?

Referred to as "the David Bowie of contemporary theatre" (Dominic Dromgoole) and credited with "changing the language of theatre" (Marius Von Mayerburg), Caryl Churchill is known for works in which "time, gender and character are all exploded" (The Telegraph). Love and Information is no exception. A kaleidoscope of witty and poignant vignettes, Love and Information addresses the ways individuals lust for, process, and reject knowledge while trying to connect with and understand one another. The opportunity for creative input by the director and company are boundless, and what drew award-winning director Donaldson to the project. In a play with over 50 unordered scenes, directors are invited to reshape the play in each production; no two productions are the same. Says Donaldson, "Love and Information is a very relatable show, with themes and topics that resonate with any individual who is trying to make sense of the universe and our place in it."

RAPA was also well represented at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival by Alumni and Faculty. Alumni shows numbered among some of Now Magazine’s "outstanding achievements" including:

Outstanding New Plays: Grey by Chantal Forde ('00)

Outstanding Productions: Seeking Refuge, with Liana Bdewi ('14), Milton Dover('14), and Trisha Talreja ('16)

Outstanding Ensembles: Grey, with Kenton Blythe ('12); Lysistrata, with Timothy Ng ('14); Maddie's Karaoke Birthday Party, with Kelly Holiff ('07); Nasty with Kit Boulter ('12), Annelise Hawrylak ('13), Maighdlin Mahoney('15), Denise Norman (Fac.), Jordi O'Dael ('13), Sofía Rodríguez ('15), Heath V. Salazar ('13), and Shai Tannyan ('13); Seeking Refuge, with Liana Bdewi('14), Milton Dover ('14), and Trisha Talreja ('16)

Several alumni shows were also named in Torontoist's "highlights" of the Fringe, including Lysistrata and Nasty; see the full list here