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This is the Point

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Co-produced by Ahuri Theatre and The Theatre Centre

Originally presented at The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West
November 4–20, 2016

THIS IS THE POINT is a joyous and unflinching portrait of four individuals whose lives have been shaped, in part, by cerebral palsy.

Dan and Christina, currently expecting their third child, are parents searching for the best way their disabled son Bruno can share his voice. Tony is a non-verbal adult who won’t shut up. Liz is his long-time romantic partner grappling with the judgements that society makes about their love and sexuality. Through a series of staged conversations and theatrical reenactments, these two couples draw from their personal lives to explore and debate questions of representation, the nature of companionship and whether people of different abilities can ever connect with each other on equal terms.

This new play has been developed through the 2 year residency program at the Theatre Centre in Toronto. It incorporates high and low tech augmented communication aids (devices used by non-verbal people to express themselves), as well as projected live video feeds, to create a heightened naturalistic style that simultaneously connects and contrasts the physical body with the technologies we use to communicate.

Contains scenes of sexuality and violence.

Written by Tony Diamanti, Dan Watson, Christina Serra, Karin Randoja and Liz MacDougall (Based on the original play by Tony Diamanti)
Directed by Karin Randoja
Performed by Tony Diamanti, Liz MacDougall, Christina Serra, and Dan Watson
Lighting & Video Design by Melissa Joakim
Set & Costume Design by Jenna McCutchen
Sound Design by Miquelon Rodriguez
Production Stage Management by Alexa Polenz

This is the Point was developed in Residency at The Theatre Centre.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and BMO Financial, and the support of Generator through their Company Residence Program

“✭✭✭1/2. Anyone who’s feeling anxious or isolated or in need of connection can look to these four performers, who are communicating and connecting with each other, their kids and the audience — with love, above all else.
-Carly Maga, The Toronto Star

“✭✭✭. There’s plenty of pleasure to be derived from the mix of scenes, monologues, clips from home movies and live interactions – and simply watching bodies not regularly seen on a stage perform.”
-J Kelly Nestruck, Globe and Mail

“Educates, enlightens, entertains about people who might seem “different”. So timely.”
-Glenn Sumi, Now Magazine

“It made me cry, made me think, and mostly made me laugh.”
-Jess Gillis, Mooney on Theatre

“A whip-smart play about love, sex and disability in all its gritty, messy, humanness.”
-Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter

“This play is significant on a number of levels. It is doing exactly the sort of work we need to make sure we’re all doing right now, namely talking and listening and generating mutual understanding and, more importantly, mutual respect.”
-Lisa McKeown, My Entertainment World