Toronto Masque Theatre has announced the line up for the 2013/14 season. There are three main stage productions. First up is Patrick Garland’s now classic play Brief Lives, based on John Aubrey with song and music from 17th century London. Second is a revival of Tears of a Clown, under a new title, Arlecchino Allegro. Finally, there is a reinterpreted classic from the world canon teamed up with a contemporary interpretation in the Myth of Europa. Details for the shows are as follows:
Brief Lives: Stories and songs of old London
October 25-27, 2013; Young Centre for the Performing Arts
This one is based on John Aubrey’s Brief Lives and features Larry Beckwith, Katherine Hill, Terry McKenna and William Webster. Directed by Derek Boyes.
Arlecchino Allegro: The patron calls the tune
January 23-25, 2014; Enoch Turner Schoolhouse
Improvisational comedy rubs shoulders with Renaissance music and witty interpretations of the music of Mahler, Mozart, Debussy, Leoncavallo, Schubert and, of course, Smokey Robinson. Featuring Larry Beckwith, Felix Deak, Diana Kolpak, Avery MacLean, Terry McKenna, Laura Pudwell and David-Benjamin Tomlinson.
The Myth of Europa: Desire, transformation and possession
April 25-26, 2014; Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre
The god Zeus, lost in passion, takes the form of a white bull to seduce the mortal Europa. Toronto Masque Theatre looks at this legend through three different lenses: the secular cantata L’Europe by Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, a poetic and dynamic theatrical rendering, and a new Toronto Masque Theatre commission from composer James Rolfe and librettist Steven Heighton. This one features Martin Julien, Suzie LeBlanc and Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière. (yay! Suzie LaBlanc)
In not so good news the COC has announced that David Lomeli has withdrawn from La Bohème due to ill health. He will be replaced as Rodolfo by Dimitri Pittas and Michael Fabiano. I guess that like many people I was really hoping David had overcome the problems that have been dogging him. He’s a lovely bloke and he was really good in Rigoletto a couple of seasons ago. Here’s hoping he gets well soon.