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FLASHING LIGHTS

A High Tech Fable About Our Digital Lives

 

Co-Produced by Bad New Days & Ahuri Theatre
The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West

October 7-22, 2017
Tickets Pay What You Can Afford $5 | $20 | $45 | $60

 

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“Chilling, Captivating and Hilarious”
-Carly Maga, The Toronto Star

“Flashes of brilliance…Flashing Lights has the science down”
-J Kelly Nestruck, Globe and Mail

“Flashing Lights is a spot-on satire of memes and online celebrity”
-Jordan Bimm, Now Magazine

Created by award winning Bad New Days (The Double) and Ahuri Theatre (This is the Point), FLASHING LIGHTS is an original play exploring how digital technology is radically shaping human evolution.

FLASHING LIGHTS tells the tale of Peter (Dan Watson), an unremarkable guy who inexplicably becomes famous. His dizzying rise and fall effects everyone around him, in particular his family; his savvy wife Shannon (Miranda Calderon) and their child Ter (Liz Peterson). What starts off as a portrait of contemporary family life quickly unravels into a meditation on the borders between digital and physical existence and the future of this brave new world being created.

FLASHING LIGHTS combines a fantastical absurdist narrative with a highly physical theatrical style using technology like smart phones and tablets as puppets, masks, light, and sound sources. Drawing on the ideas of Marshall McLuhan, Sherry Turkle, Jean Baudrillard and other theorists, FLASHING LIGHTS speaks to the growing anxiety about the future and to the vertiginous feeling that time itself is speeding up. Will humankind’s frail, flesh and blood selves be able to keep up?

This new play has been created collaboratively by award-winning theatre artists Adam Paolozza (Dora Award Spent & The Double), Guillermo Verdecchia (Governor General’s and Chalmers Award Winner), Ken MacKenzie (Kim’s Convenience, Brantwood), Dan Watson (This is the Point, Ralph + Lina), Liz Peterson (Performance About A Woman, Capitalist Love Duets) and Miranda Calderon (Butcher, Taking Care of Baby).

SUPPORT OUR FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

In an effort to make FLASHING LIGHTS accessible financially, we are offering a Pay What You Can Afford ticketing scheme. Prices are set at $5, $20, $46 and $60. If you can afford $60 we ask that you pay that. If you can only afford $5 that’s fine, too! The show will be accessible to anyone while challenging the ideology around how we place monetary value on an art experience.

JOIN US FOR A VERY SPECIAL MCLUHAN SALON ON OCTOBER 15TH

We are thrilled to partner with the McCluhan Salon Series to present a very special event on October 15th following our 2pm performance. The McCluhan Salon Series aims to bring the ideas of famed Canadian Media Theorist Marshall McLuhan out of the University and into the city, to better understand who we are, what matters to us, and where we might be going in a networked and radidly changing world. Following the 2pm performance, a panel of Scholars will discuss the ideas of Marshall McLuhan in connection to the themes of Flashing Lights. Admission to the event is included with the price of admission to our performance. For more information click HERE

Created by the Company with Text by Guillermo Verdecchia
Directed by Adam Paolozza
Performed by Liz Peterson, Miranda Calderon, Dan Watson, Adam Paolozza & Guillermo Verdecchia
Set, Costume & Lighting Design by Ken MacKenzie
Video Design by Melissa Joakim
Sound Design by Matt Smith
Stage Management by Dylan Tate-Howarth

Made Possible through the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts

“Chilling, Captivating and Hilarious”
-Carly Maga, The Toronto Star

“Flashes of brilliance…Flashing Lights has the science down”
-J Kelly Nestruck, Globe and Mail

“Flashing Lights is a spot-on satire of memes and online celebrity”
-Jordan Bimm, Now Magazine

“Flashing Lights is very, very funny in that great way that layers laughter over some dark, uncomfortable truths.”
-Drew Rowsome

“… the staging is more than clever. These performers are all adeptly physical, which they have to be to keep up with the velocity of the ever-changing imagery.”
-Susan Walker