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A Christian Turn'd Turk

A Christian Turn'd Turk
Studio Theatre, 4 Glen Morris
Time: Apr 19th, 8:00 pm End: Apr 22nd, 2:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), History (FAS), History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Book History/Print Culture, Art (FAS), 1500-1800
Performances of a 1612 play by Robert Daborne, directed by Noam Lior

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts is pleased to present

Robert Daborne’s A Christian Turn’d Turk (1612)

Co-sponsored by Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, Poculi Ludique Societas, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies

The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (University of Toronto) and Poculi Ludique Societas are pleased to join together again to present Robert Daborne’s A Christian Turn’d Turk , originally written and staged in 1612. The Studio Theatre will be the scene for an action-packed story about religious conversion and pirates, (complete with naval battles), kidnapping, slave trading, seduction, disguises, betrayals, mutinies, intrigues, clowns, and a surprising range of murders!

A Christian Turn’d Turk follows the (mostly true) story of John Ward, an English sailor who became a popular hero by turning to piracy, and then becoming a figure of national scandal by turning to Islam.  The play is a polemic against conversion, filled with fascinating and problematic representations of foreign cultures, religions, and practices, all of which reveal a great deal about the sense of an English identity in development through and against concepts of otherness and foreignness. It is a case study for questions of identity, be they cultural, national, religious, sexual, economic, or any of the above.

Director Noam Lior and design team Linda Phillips (Costumes) and Paul J. Stoesser (Scenic and Lighting Design) return again this year and are joined by Fight Choreographer Casey Hudecki and Sound Designer Robert LaRonde. The cast features Bil Antoniou, Alan Bee, Sarah Cody, Robbie Grant, Matthew Gin, Robert LaRonde, Luke Marty, Peter McArthur, Peter McLaren, Tom McGee, Gord Noel, Madeleine Redican , Mark Rochford, Daina Valiulis and Kristen Zaza.

This production is sponsored by the Jackman Humanities Program for the Arts and is co-presented with the Centre for Reformation & Renaissance Studies; it is presented in conjunction with the conference Early Modern Migrations: Exiles, Expulsion, & Religious Refugees, 1400-1700  (April 19-21).

April 19-22, 2012 (Thursday-Sunday)

Time:   8 pm Thursday to Saturday;  2 pm matinee on Sunday.
Location:  Studio Theatre, 4 Glen Morris Street
Box office contact:  (416) 978-7986

Ticket information: $20/$15 senior/$10 students

Information about thisperformance and the Early Modern Migrations conference can be found at http://migrations.crrs.ca

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