So the cat’s out of the bag. The long awaited where, when and who of Against the Grain’s Toronto run of A Little Too Cozy have been revealed. A Little Too Cozy is the third and final instalment in a trilogy of Mozart “transladaptations” developed by AtG, which place the works in appropriate, non traditional opera, venues and which use English language librettos by Joel Ivany bringing the stories into a contemporary context. The first two instalments; Figaro’s Wedding and #UncleJohn, sold out their Toronto runs.
For a Little Too Cozy, Ivany has transplanted Così fan tutte to a modern-day wedding reality TV show, where the final four contestants have found their match… but as expected, there’s always a catch. The piece, workshopped at The Banff Centre last summer, will be presented in Studio 42 at CBC Toronto. Ticketholders will arrive as members of the studio audience for a live taping of A Little Too Cozy, where they’ll witness the final episode of the reality show that asks its contestants: “Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met?”
The usual gang, pretty much, is back. Stage direction is by Joel Ivany, with AtG Music Director Topher Mokrzewski at the head of a 5-piece chamber orchestra. Lighting is by Jason Hand with set and costume design by Snezana Pesic.
It’s a pretty classy cast too. The four contestants will be sung by soprano Shantelle Przybylo, mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb, tenor Aaron Sheppard and baritone Clarence Frazer. Baritone Cairan Ryan and soprano Caitlin Wood reprise their roles as the TV show’s host Donald L. Fonzo and Female Handler Despina, respectively.
Seven performances will take place in Studio 42 at CBC Toronto’s headquarters, 25 John Street, from May 12th to 21st, 2016 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $95, and are available at againstthegraintheatre.com. This will sell out so I suggest you get in there earlier rather than later.