The Rise and Fall of Target Canada at The Regent Theatre
|November 23, 2018||Filled under Events||
Where: The Regent Theatre, 551 Mount Pleasant Rd.
When: November 29 – December 2, 2018
Cost: General Admission is $30 and can be purchased at www.communitytarget.brownpapertickets.com/
Details: The Passionate Players – a community theatre fundraising initiative from two of Canada’s leading immersive theatre companies Outside the March and Convergence Theatre – returns for their fifth production, this time the World Premiere of A Community Target. Written and compiled by emerging Canadian playwright Robert Motum, the play is directly lifted from interviews with scores of former Target Canada customers and employees, from cashiers all the way to the CEO and everyone in between.
On January 15, 2015, less than two years after they opened their first Canadian stores, Target announced that they would be discontinuing operations in Canada. At the time, the story was analysed by every business critic and financial pundit on television; they spoke about numbers, shareholders, and stocks. What was strikingly absent from this conversation, however, were the voices of the 17,600 Canadians who had just lost their jobs and had their lives upheaved. A Community Target shares these stories in an intimate, personal and communal way.
The production will be performed in and around one of Toronto’s oldest cinemas and one-time vaudeville house, The Regent Theatre, and will be staged in a promenade style, giving audience members the opportunity to explore every inch of this historic building.
A Community Target will feature a cast of thirty community members – non-professional performers who are participants in the The Passionate Players Program. Now in its fifth year, The Passionate Players is a benefit endeavour from Outside the March and Convergence Theatre. The program offers community members interested in gaining hands-on experience in theatre the opportunity to train and participate in a full-fledged production. All proceeds from the production go to supporting the not-for-profit creative endeavours of both companies.
**Note: The main floor of the Regent Theatre is wheelchair accessible.