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Body Politic ()

Produced by

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and lemonTree Creations

Playwright: Nick Green
Director: Alisa Palmer

Venue

The Alexander Street Cabaret Space

Run

May 21st, 2016 – June 12th, 2016

Awards & Nominations

2017 Dora Award Nominee (General Theatre Division) – Outstanding Production

2017 Dora Award Winner (General Theatre Division) – Outstanding New Play (Nick Green)

2017 Dora Award Nominee (General Theatre Division) – Outstanding Performance – Female (Diane Flacks)

Synopsis

This sweeping historical drama re-imagines the events and personalities surrounding one of the most potent journalistic forces in our country, and the legacy it has left behind.

The story unfolds as a founding member of the paper’s collective recounts a series of memories during an intimate encounter with a young man. As an unexpected relationship develops, the generational differences between them shine a light on the massive shifts in queer identity and politics in the last 50 years, the disappearing of a history, and the loss of a unifying struggle.

As Toronto’s queer media landscape shifts again with the end of the printed editions of Xtra, Body Politiclooks back at the very beginning of it all. After years spent interviewing people involved in The Body Politic, playwright Nick Green brings to life the legal, political, and personal struggles surrounding one of Canada’s most important queer publications.

The Body Politic, published from 1971-1987, remains one of the most historically significant drivers of queer politics and history in Canada. Collectively owned and operated, this newspaper housed the voices of over one hundred of Canada’s foremost queer activists, artists, poets, and writers. With 16 years of archives available, The Body Politic survives as a record of Canadian queer history at some of it’s most seminal moments: censorship battles, police raids, historic rallies, the onset of HIV/AIDS, and many of the important debates that still resonate in today’s queer politic. (buddiesinbadtimes.com)


Cast

Cole J. Alvis Performer
Jonathan Seinen Performer
Geordie Johnson Performer
Diane Flacks Performer
Aldrin Bundoc Performer
Craig Pike Performer

Creative Team

Nick Green Playwright
Alisa Palmer Director
Brendan Healy Dramaturge
Michelle Ramsay Lighting Designer
Scott Penner Set Designer
Joanna Yu Costume Designer
Richard Feren Sound Designer
Carly Chamberlain Assistant Director
Rebecca Picherack Associate Lighting Designer
Laura Delchiaro Associate Costume Designer
Gein Wong Installation Artist

Music

Richard Feren Composer

Production

Indrit Kasapi Producer
Cole J. Alvis Producer
Adrien Whan Technical Director
Charissa Wilcox Production Manager
Michael Hart Stage Manager
Jenny So Scenic Painter
Craig Smith Welder
Sam Hale Apprentice Stage Manager
Anna Treusch Props Buyer
Jazz Kamal Crew
Shane MacKinnon Crew
Daniel Bennett Crew
Jennifer Laws Crew
Jacqueline Costa Crew
Kyle Fair Crew
Luke Dobson Crew

Staff

Suzie Balogh House Technician