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A young lawyer and a married woman walk through the woods. Their friendship has reached an impasse. A Chekhovian musical about desire and fidelity.

Adapted from a story by Anton Chekhov, one of the world’s most celebrated and enduring writers, A Misfortune is a romantic, bittersweet musical about small moments and momentous decisions.

ABOUT THE NEXT STAGE FESTIVAL

Now in its 7th year, The Next Stage Theatre Festival (NSTF) is the premiere winter theatre event in the city. Produced by the Toronto Fringe, NSTF is a platform for past Fringe artists to take groundbreaking work to the next level – and a gathering place for discerning culture lovers in the city. Click here to learn more!

WHERE DO YOU COME IN

We want this musical (music by Scott Christian, book & lyrics by Kevin Shea, lyrics by Wade Bogert-O'Brien) to be all that it can be - to be the best that it can be - and sometimes doing things on a festival budget prohibits that for us. 

We have an amazing cast of world-class talents (Adam Brazier, Réjean Cournoyer, Kaylee Harwood, Trish Lindström and Jordan Till) and an incredible creative team (Evan Tsitsias, Director; Chris Tjuchiuchi, Musical Director/Pianist; Joanna Yu, Set & Costume Designer; Andrew Smith, Lighting Designer) and we really want to be able to give this team as much room as possible to stretch and create an amazing experience for you, the audience! 

Every single dollar you donate to us will translate to the stage. Everyone will potentially be compensated, but that this Kickstarter money is meant to to buy us rehearsal space, production materials, and time with actors, who are forgoing their usual rates because they believe in this project.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
(Factory Studio)

Thursday, Jan. 9 - 4:45 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 10 - 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 11 - 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 12 - 2:45 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 14 - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 15 - 8:45 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 16 - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18 - 4:45 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 19 - 7:15 p.m.

Risks and challenges

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go." -- T.S. Eliot

The Next Stage Festival (NSTF) was created to encourage artists who have previously participated in any CAFF member festivals to move beyond the summer production model and showcase their work to a wider audience, including discerning artistic decision makers who could be interested in programming their shows on main stages across the country.

Theatre is always a risk. It's also an essential part of a Festival like NSTF.

We'd argue that adapting a Chekhov short story that is fewer than 10 pages long into a 60-minute musical carries somewhat greater-than-average risk, even in the realm of theatre! But we believe the challenge of bringing this new work to the stage will be worth it, and we believe this piece will delight and surprise audiences.

As we finish up the final draft of the script and launch rehearsals, we have our fingers crossed that everything will go smoothly, including this Kickstarter campaign!

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