Where: Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Avenue
When: September 17–October 8, 2017
Cost: All Tickets $42.50 + hst (previews $25 + hst). Season Pass $140 + hst. On Sale until September 17 only at www.brownpapertickets.com/TheCoalMine
Details: Coal Mine Theatre launches its highly anticipated 17/18 season with the Canadian premiere of The Aliens, the award-winning play by Pulitzer Prize Award-winning playwright Annie Baker.
Behind a Vermont coffee shop is where misfits Jasper and KJ find asylum from the achingly lonely world around them. Here they are geniuses. Here they are the next best novelist and a spiritual healer. Here they meet seventeen-year-old café employee Evan, who is pulled into to their world of magic mushrooms, philosophical musings, and would-be rock bands. The production is a cruel and compassionate examination of a lost generation in modern-day America.
Annie Baker is a multi-award-winning American playwright who received the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for The Flick. Sharing the Obie Award for Best New American Play in 2010 with another Baker script, Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for women playwrights, premiered Off-Broadway in April 2009 and the West End in September of the same year.
Making his Coal Mine directorial debut is Mitchell Cushman, multi-award-winning artist and founding Artistic Director of Outside The March. Winner of the Siminovitch Prize for Protégé Director in 2013, Mitchell recently directed Lessons in Temperament for Soulpepper in New York City. He has received multiple awards for his theatre work including the Ken McDougall Award, Toronto Theatre Critics’ award for Best Director, and two Dora Awards for Outstanding Production.
The all-Canadian cast features film and stage actor/musician Noah Reid as the temperamental writer Jasper; Will Greenblatt as the mild-mannered thinker KJ; and Maxwell Haynes as the awkward and impressionable high school student Evan.