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Flashing Lights at The Theatre Centre

Photo Credit: Adam Paolozza

Where:  The Theatre Centre, Franco Boni Mainspace, 1115 Queen Street West
When: October 7-22, 2017
Cost: Pay What You Can Afford $5, $25, $45, $60 (plus applicable service charges). To purchase 416.538.0988 or visit online at theatrecentre.org

“In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” – Andy Warhol


Details: Flashing Lights is an original play exploring how digital technology is radically shaping human evolution. The production tells the tale of Peter (Dan Watson), an unremarkable guy who inexplicably becomes famous. His dizzying rise and fall effects everyone around him, in particular his family; his savvy wife Shannon (Miranda Calderon) and their child Ter (Liz Peterson). What starts off as a portrait of contemporary family life quickly unravels into a meditation on the borders between digital and physical existence and the future of this brave new world being created.

The show combines a fantastical absurdist narrative with a highly physical theatrical style using technology like smart phones and tablets as puppets, masks, light, and sound sources. Drawing on the ideas of Marshall McLuhan, Sherry Turkle, Jean Baudrillard and other theorists, Flashing Lights speaks to the growing anxiety about the future and to the vertiginous feeling that time itself is speeding up. Will humankind’s frail, flesh and blood selves be able to keep up?

This new play has been created collaboratively by award-winning theatre artists Adam Paolozza (Dora Award Spent & The Double), Guillermo Verdecchia (Governor General’s and Chalmers Award Winner), Ken MacKenzie (Kim’s Convenience, Brantwood), Dan Watson (This is the Point, What Dream it Was), Liz Peterson (Performance About A Woman, Capitalist Love Duets) and Miranda Calderon (Butcher, Taking Care of Baby).

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