Where: Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen Street East
When: May 14-25, 2019
Cost: Tickets are $25 (advance) and $30 (cash at door). To purchase visit www.cementfactorytheatre.ca or www.brownpapertickets.com
Details: Cement Factory and NightShift Theatre assemble a dynamite ensemble to bring Risk Everything to the east end’s Red Sandcastle theatre. Written by acclaimed Toronto playwright George F. Walker and directed by award-winning performer and designer Allan Michael Brunet, this dark comedy about family ties and personal values comes to Leslieville for a limited run.
Risk Everything is the last instalment in George F. Walker’s Suburban Motel series, which explores the darker side of our capitalist society from the underdog’s perspective. This fast-paced comedy follows Denise as she tries to free herself from a troubled past and become a respectable member of society. When her grifter mother shows up with a dangerous scheme and starts recruiting her TV addicted ex-con husband as an accomplice, it will take all of Denise’s resources and determination to keep from lapsing into her old ways. Throw an angry mob boss and a porn director neighbour into the mix and the family may have to risk everything to avoid losing it all.
For this production, Allan Michael Brunet will transform the Red Sandcastle theatre on Queen Street East into a seedy east end motel room. “I found a house that was about to be torn down. It looked like it had been decorated in the ‘70s. I stripped it of its fake wood panelling and floor to ceiling drapes. Perfect decors for a cheap ‘90s motel room.” Building a set from recycled materials found on Kijiji also makes sense for an environmentally conscious company with a limited budget.
As a special bonus, Cement Factory is reviving the tradition of presenting a short story before the feature event by inviting some of its friends to perform a 10-minute play before each show.
More Info: www.cementfactorytheatre.ca