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The Rules

The Rules
Helen Gardiner Phelan Theatre, 79 St. George St.
Time: Mar 6th, 8:00 pm End: Mar 17th, 2:00 pm
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Play by Chuck Mee; directed by Banuta Rubess and presented by UC Drama program

The University College Drama Program at The University of Toronto presents

Chuck Mee's


Directed by Baņuta Rubess
"Of course there used to be rules. But now everyone knows they're just made up."

The University College Drama Program is pleased to announce the Canadian premiere of OBIE award-winning playwright and author Chuck Mee's The Rules as its 2011-12 Resource Show. Premiered in 1996, The Rules will be presented here under the direction of Baņuta Rubess, who is returning after last year's successful production of Howard Barker's cutting-edge The Possibilities

The Rules continues UC Drama's tradition of producing thought-provoking, experimental theatre, and offers more of a performance event than a play. The Rules leads us to question the idea of what it means to be 'civilized.' Mee does this through his evocative style of storytelling that is both fragmented and collagelike. Scenes and characters zigzag through space and time in locations as diverse as the decadent Happy Valley set in Kenya or the operating room of a surgeon. They ruminate on current social mores while licking a cigar or harvesting organs. We live by rules that predate our here and now. The Rules is about the people who set the rules, enforce the rules and flout them. As Mee explains "Rules of what is done and what isn't done, what is acceptable behavior and what is rude behavior-all become techniques of political control."

The University College Drama Program at the University of Toronto brings together intellectual curiosity and rigor, creative inspiration, and disciplined professional training.

Baņuta Rubess is a seasoned experimental artist, who bridges both worlds, the North American and the European. She has deep ties to theatre companies such as Nightwood Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, and Tapestry NewOperaWorks.

The Rules opens Tuesday, March 6th at 8 PM and runs Tuesday through Saturday until
March 17th 2012 at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Theatre, 79 St. George Street
Additional shows: Friday March 16th, 11pm and Sunday, March 18th 2pm

Tickets Available! (Adult $15, Students & Seniors $10) 
BOX OFFICE: ucdrama.tickets@gmail.com
WEB SITE:  http://www.uc.utoronto.ca/content/view/1135/2946/

NOTE:  a Friday Chat with the director, dramaturge and members of the production team will be held in the Robert Gill Theatre on Friday 9 March at 2-4 p.m.  Further information is available here.

For Media Inquiries and Interviews contact Ankita Kumar-Ratta at (416) 432-3550.

For supplementary material and news on UC Drama visit: www.uc.utoronto.ca/drama

Featuring: Polly Phokeev, Jennifer Fraser, Philip Furgiuele, Ainslie Drew-Brook and Katherine Housley

Set and Costume Design: John Thompson and the UC Drama Design Class

Dramaturgy: Justin Blum and the UC Drama Dramaturgy Class

Stage Management and Production: Jenna Koenig and the UC Drama Production Class

Supervised by Peter Freund

The Rules poster

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