Birthday Cake (2016)
The Toronto Fringe Festival
Playwright: Sarah Marchand
Director: Simone Brodie
Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace
June 30th, 2016 – July 10th, 2016
Birthday Cake explores what happens when we pursue our obsessions–or let them pursue us. Set on her thirteenth birthday, Sarah/Lola alters from weird to whimsical as she waits for party time. Everything is ready and set to perfection; all that’s left are the invitees. Through shadow puppetry, clown, burlesque, music, Greek Mythology and more, Birthday Cake unwraps the anxious subconscious in all its chaotic, theatrical, icing-filled glory.
While Birthday Cake is fun, grotesque, and sexy, it also engages with important issues such as mental health, eating disorders, bullying, and sexism/objectification within the arts industry. By grappling with these topics within the play, we hope that in some small way, Birthday Cake can help to diminish the stigma around mental health and eating disorders, while also pushing for a more equitable and supportive environment within the arts. (Company Submission)