Outside the March presents “Mr. Marmalade” at the Toronto SummerWorks Festival 2011, set inside a real-life kindergarten classroom.
When playing house leads to playing broken home.
Comparable to an episode of Rugrats on LSD, Mr. Marmalade centres around Lucy, age four, and her abusive relationship with her imaginary friend, a violent, sex-obsessed drug addict. The play's dark comic lens explores the ways in which children today are being socialized and sexualized at a younger and younger age. While the play examines children pressured into adult situations, this site-specific production takes audiences on the opposite journey, inviting them inside the walls of a kindergarten classroom.
Featuring David Storch, Amy Keating, Katherine Cullen, Sebastien Heins, Ishai Buchbinder, and Jason Chinn. (A group that hails from all over Canada and beyond: Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal, and one guy from Durham County, North Carolina).
Directed by Mitchell Cushman.
Stage Managed by Ava Jane Markus
Designed by Jon Grosz
Playing at the Toronto SummerWorks Festival, August 4 – 14, 2011.
One of the exciting things about this production is that we are renting out a real-life kindergarten classroom, inside St. Mary Catholic School, in which we’ll be staging our show. We hope to use the site-specific nature of this piece to forge an intimate, more personal relationship with our audience, as well as branch out to people who might not normally attend the theatre. Due to the unique nature of our venue, the show will have a very limited house count, playing to a maximum of 40 people per performance. This limits the amount of revenue we are able to earn back on ticket sales.
Your contributions to our production will go directly to helping subsidize the cost
of renting the space for rehearsals and performance (Approx. $1000), plus to
bolster our publicity budget (target - $500), so that we have the resources to get
the word out about this unique production.
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