SHAWN DOYLE Returns to the Stage

As if the man wasn't busy enough...

With a movie in theatres (AWAY FROM EVERYWHERE), 3 TV shows on the go (BELLEVUE, THE EXPANSE & FRONTIER), and an upcoming guest starring role on another BIG series (we have to keep secret for now) it's hard to imagine finding any spare time, but some how Shawn Doyle did and boy - did he fill it!

The award winning NL actor will return to the theatre stage for the first time in a decade to star in THE ORANGE DOT.

Written by Sean Dixon and Directed by Vikki Anderson - THE ORANGE DOT co-stars Daniela Vlaskalic and tells the story of...

Two city workers who are called to take down a large tree blighted with termites. The equipment they are meant to use is stuck in traffic, so they wait . . . armed with their smartphones, a stethoscope, an ancient arrowhead, a soupçon of boredom, and a large dose of existential dread about what the world is coming to.

They talk, argue, flirt and while away the morning together. At times, Natalie (Vlaskalic) seems overcome by the tree. At other times, she just seems unable to cope. Joe (Doyle) tries to understand but is ultimately bewildered, until the unthinkable transpires.

An unsettling comedy in the vein of Becket’s Waiting for Godot and Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter, THE ORANGE DOT is a blend of absurdity and realism that delves into the dynamics of power, the nature of partnerships and the modern human condition.

THE ORANGE DOT will run at the Guloien Theatre at the Streetcar Crowsnest in Toronto from March 16th to April 1st, 2017.

You can click here for more info and tickets.

 

What follows is the official press release for the production...

 

Theatrefront
presents the World Premiere of

THE ORANGE DOT
Written by Sean Dixon • Directed by Vikki Anderson
Starring Daniela Vlaskalic and Shawn Doyle
March 16 – April 1, 2017 • Streetcar Crowsnest

Two city workers are called to take down a large tree blighted with termites. The equipment they are meant to use is stuck in traffic, so they wait . . . armed with their smartphones, a stethoscope, an ancient arrowhead, a soupçon of boredom, and a large dose of existential dread about what the world is coming to.

They talk, argue, flirt and while away the morning together. At times, Natalie seems overcome by the tree. At other times, she just seems unable to cope. Joe tries to understand but is ultimately bewildered, until the unthinkable transpires.

An unsettling comedy in the vein of Becket’s Waiting for Godot and Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter, THE ORANGE DOT is a blend of absurdity and realism that delves into the dynamics of power, the nature of partnerships and the modern human condition.

Sean Dixon is a playwright, novelist, actor, and banjoist whose plays include, Aerwacol, Falling Back Home, The District of Centuries, The Girls Who Saw Everything, and A God in Need of Help which was published by Coach House Press and produced at Tarragon Theatre in 2014.

A Toronto theatre director, designer and producer, Vikki Anderson is currently the Artistic Director of Theatrefront for which she directed The Mill Part 4: Ash. Recent credits include Top Girls (Shaw Festival), Psychosis 4:48 (Necessary Angel) and Good People (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre). Vikki was the founder of DVxT Theatre whose critically-acclaimed productions include Ibsen’s The Doll House, Beckett’s Happy Days, and the Henry James novella-inspired The Turn of the Screw.

Daniela Vlaskalic is a co-creator of and performer in The Drowning Girls (Tarragon Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Belfry Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Citadel Theatre, MTC Warehouse), which was published by Canada Playwrights Press. She has appeared on stages across the country including Canadian Stage, Stratford Festival, Citadel Theatre, and the National Arts Centre.

Award-winning actor Shawn Doyle has appeared on numerous stages and screens across North America. Currently Shawn is starring on three different television shows: season two of the acclaimed Sy-Fy series The Expanse; the Netflix series Frontier, and CBC’s Bellevue opposite Anna Paquin. Select theatre credits include Company by Stephen Sondheim (The Vagabond Players); A Number by Caryl Churchill (Canadian Stage), a role that won him a Dora Award; Gagarin Way by Gregory Burke (Crow’s Theatre) and CHESS (Maryland Arts Festival).

Theatrefront has been a dynamic part of Toronto’s theatre community for over 15 years creating stories that are relevant to modern audience–exploring themes of personal and political identity–and producing award-winning and stylish theatre productions, led by the vision of Artistic Director, Vikki Anderson.

Theatrefront presents the World Premiere of THE ORANGE DOT
Written by Sean Dixon • Directed by Vikki Anderson
Starring Daniela Vlaskalic and Shawn Doyle
Set and Costume Design by Joanna Yu
Lighting Design by Siobhán Sleath • Sound Design by John Gzowski
World Premiere | March 16 – April 1, 2017
Opening Night: March 17, 2017 @ 8pm
Monday – Saturday @ 8pm, Saturday matinee @ 2pm

Streetcar Crowsnest, Guloien Theatre, 345 Carlaw Avenue
Ticket prices range from $20-$35
For more information and to purchase tickets visit theatrefront.com
Connect at FB/theatrefront/@theatrefront #orangedot

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