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Elora Gorge. The haunting new play by Christopher Stanton. This is one show that will stay with you long after the lights come up.
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An Ontario town is perplexed when a man is found drowned in the woods – nowhere near water. As the mystery surrounding the stranger deepens, the people of Elora become oddly spellbound. Meanwhile, something darker lurks in Elora Gorge.

From Christopher Stanton, co-creator and director of Minotaur (2 Dora Mavor Moore Nominations), comes a haunting new story in the tradition of Haruki Murakami, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and David Lynch. This is one show that will stay with you long after the lights come up.

The award-winning design team of Stanton, Trevor Schwellnus and Lindsay Anne Black have conceived of Elora Gorge as an intricate blend of dialogue, live music, soundscapes, shadow play, lights and projections. Through these elements, the play will inhabit a world in which mystery means everything and anything is possible.

Elora Gorge also boasts a large cast of Toronto theatrical luminaries, including Aviva Armour-Ostroff, Stewart Arnott, Marjorie Chan, Carlos Diaz, Kyra Harper, Carlos Gonzalez-Vio, Dov Mickelson, and Janet Porter.

Because of the innovative design and the large cast, The Room decided to bring Elora Gorge to the Kickstarter community for your support. We need your assistance to subsidize the cost of the design, as well as some minimal compensation for our hugely talented and selfless cast. Our full budget for this production comes in at just under $10,000. We hope to raise $4400 of that total here through Kickstarter.

The Room is an independent company making big, bold theatre with small budgets. As such you can rest assured that your generous contribution will make a big difference to all of the artists involved - each of whom believes strongly enough in Elora Gorge to do it for next to nothing.

Our rewards highlight the internationally-recognized work of the artists involved. The textured, eye-catching designs of local graphic artist Nancy Ng; the striking script by Christopher Stanton; the exclusive chance to watch the cast and creative team in rehearsal - these are just some of the opportunities waiting for you in exchange for your support.

Elora Gorge will be produced at the SummerWorks Festival in Toronto, running August 4th - 14th, 2011. For more information about SummerWorks, go to summerworks.ca.

For more information about The Room and Elora Gorge, check out our website at thisistheroom.com.

Questions? Comments? Song lyrics that have been stuck in your head for days on end? We want to hear from you: info@thisistheroom.com.

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    Our endless gratitude, the knowledge that you've contributed to the staging of an eerie, beautiful and mysterious independant theatre production - plus a kickstart to your karma. Boom.

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    Two beautiful Elora Gorge bookmarks (designed by Nancy Ng) and an official Elora Gorge program mailed right to your door.

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    Four beautiful Elora Gorge bookmarks (designed by Nancy Ng) and an official Elora Gorge program - signed and personalized by the cast - and mailed right to your door.

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    One official LIMITED EDITION and super-kickass Elora Gorge poster, designed by celebrated Toronto graphic artist Nancy Ng. Signed by the cast if desired. Limit of 25.

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    Two tickets to any performance of Elora Gorge at the 2011 SummerWorks Festival in Toronto, ON, Canada, running August 4th - 14th. Show times and details here: http://www.summerworks.ca/2011/home.php

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    A bound copy of the original Elora Gorge production script, signed and personalized by the playwright, delivered right to your own front door. (It's so brand-new that it's unpublished and unavailable to the public!)

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    Same as per $200 reward, plus inclusion in The Room's "Roommates' Circle." That means inclusion in a special producers' list in our program and on our website, and an exclusive invitation to attend a closed rehearsal of Elora Gorge in Toronto. Meet the team! Get a sneak peek into the creative process! Witness behind-the-scenes shenanigans! Then join the cast and creative team for a drink on opening night, August 4th.

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    One LIFETIME SUBSCRIPTION to any and all future productions by The Room - a company dubbed "the indie theatre version of Broken Social Scene" by NOW Magazine. That means you get one complimentary ticket to every unique, inspired and innovative project the company ever does. Forever. In perpetuity. Amen. (Reward includes FOUR tickets to any performance of Elora Gorge at the 2011 SummerWorks Festival in Toronto, ON, Canada, running August 4th - 14th. Show times and details here: http://www.summerworks.ca/2011/home.php )

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