Where: Jam Factory, 2 Matilda Street
When: March 3 – 8, 2020 every evening at 8pm, with 2pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday
Cost: Tickets are on sale at www.eclipsetheatre.ca or call 1-800-656-0713
Details: Toronto’s Dora Award winning musical theatre company, Eclipse Theatre Company (ETC), created by Chilina Kennedy and Evan Tsitsias, presents an innovative and site responsive performance of Sunday in the Park with George. The production is directed by Evan Tsitsias. Stars Evan Buliung and Tess Benger, and also features Eric Craig, Charlotte Moore And Tracy Michailidis. 8 performances only.
The production continues ETC’s mandate to bring unique and site responsive pieces of musical theatre that unite space and story. 2020 marks Sondheim’s 90th birthday and they are thrilled to bring this Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece to Toronto audiences after a long absence.
This piece revolves around George, a fictionalized version of Seurat, in the months leading up to the completion of his most famous painting. Consumed by his need to “finish the hat”, he alienates the French bourgeoisie, spurns his fellow artists and neglects his lover Dot, not realizing that his actions will reverberate over the next 100 years. The eternal search for connection is coupled with themes of legacy and art as commerce. The “state of the art” is fully investigated in this piece and could not be more relevant in today’s world climate.
This performance will feature a cast of Canada’s top artists. Evan Buliung (George) won the 2019 Dora Award for his performance in Fun Home. He’s performed leading roles at Stratford, Shaw and Mirvish, most recently, Dear Evan Hansen. Tess Benger (Dot) has performed across Canada, playing everything from Anne in Anne of Green Gables in Charlottetown, several seasons at the Shaw Festival and most recently, her acclaimed portrayal of Sally Bowles in the Grand Theatre’s hit production of Cabaret.
Sunday in the Park with George features music by Stephen Sondheim, with a book by James Lapine. The production will also feature artist Lori Mirabelli, who will create a stunning new painting live during each performance. All paintings will be available for purchase at the end of each performance.