Imaginary Circumstances Theatre Presents Daniel MacIvor’s Never Swim Alone and This is a Play, October 23-25
Come on out to the Ted Daigle Auditorium, Edmund Casey Hall on the St. Thomas University campus at 7:30pm October 23-25 to catch these wonderful plays by one of Canada’s greatest playwrights. Tickets are 10$ for Students and 15$ for General Admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Picaroons Brewtique.
“I first performed Daniel MacIvor’s Never Swim Alone upon graduating High School,” said Artistic Director Alex Donovan. “My drama teacher had come to a friend and myself with the idea of performing it over the summer and we were ecstatic. He had also mentioned potentially doing This is a Play but unfortunately we didn’t have the time to rehearse both shows. Fast forward four years and I’ve now graduated university and have been itching to get back to these pieces. Luckily enough, I’m now a part of a blossoming theatre company thanks to the help of the Fredericton theatre community and Theatre New Brunswick’s “TNB Presents…” program. It felt like the perfect time to go back and see how things have changed. We can’t wait for people to see our interpretations.”
Never Swim Alone:
This dramatic comedy follows two businessmen competing in “a verbal boxing match”: an argument which takes place in bouts. They are refereed by a rather aloof woman in a blue bathing suit, who watches the event from on high atop her white lifeguard chair. The play, like an orchestrated piece of music, synchronizes the movement and voices of the men at various intervals throughout the fight. Thematically, the lingering presence of a simpler youth pervades at the edges of the show, creeping in at times to reveal a complex history that drives both men forward. Never Swim Alone is a relentless piece that leads audiences through a gauntlet of emotion.
This is a Play:
Have you ever wondered what an actor may be thinking while delivering a lengthy monologue on stage? This Is a Play is a comedic journey through the inner monologue of three actors, as they weave their way through a play about LETTUCE. Featuring sections of rehearsed lettuce-related dialogue, This Is a Play boasts a further dimension, allowing audience members to hear each actor’s inner thoughts. This Is a Play brings audiences to stitches and is a perfect companion piece to Never Swim Alone, with its provocative content and utilization of complex movement and choreography.
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