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Death Clowns in GuantŠnamo Bay

Death Clowns in GuantŠnamo Bay
Studio Theatre, 4 Glen Morris Street
Time: Mar 21st, 8:00 pm End: Mar 24th, 4:00 pm
Interest Categories: Political Science, Humanities, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), 2000-, 1950-2000
Running March 21-24, a play by graduate students at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies presents:

A play by the Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies graduate students and directed by Ashley Williamson:

Death Clowns in Guant√°namo Bay (running March 21-24 2013)

Once upon a time in Guant√°namo Bay, three men were found dead in their prison cells. How did they die? Two clowns take a skewed look into the legal black hole that is the Guant√°namo Bay prison camp but find themselves faced with a series of obstacles that make it impossible to find out what happened. Death Clowns in Guant√°namo Bay is a play about torture, death and the impossible necessity of communicating suffering across distances and cultures. Using mannequin doubles, readymade sculptures, morbid clowning, a singing SWAT-team chorus and gallows humour, the play asks audiences to look at life in the camp in a darkly lucid and dreamlike manner.

The play was collaboratively devised by graduate students at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. The group was organized into a cell structure around  Matt Jones, Artistic Director (Blacklist Committee for Unsafe Theatre) and Director Ashley Williamson. In addition to the acting and production cells, a dramaturgy cell wrote the script, a readymades cell designed and built torture machines and a hacker cell designed an app that will allow the audience to interact with the set and the torture machines before the show begins. A clown minstrel cell plays original clown music before and during the play.


Please note that tickets are $10.00 for Thurs-Sat (8pm) evening performances, but for the Sunday March 24th matinee (2pm-4pm) admission is PWYC. Post Show Talkbacks will be held Friday March 22nd and Saturday March 23rd.

For more details please call the Drama Centre at 416-978-7986, or visit their website.  Get in touch at blacklistcommittee@gmail.com; find more information here: blacklistcommittee.wordpress.com; follow the group on Twitter at @BlacklistC.

For interviews contact Matt Jones (Artistic Director): 647-523-1381.


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