I’m at the end of my summer adventure. And a beginning of the new one (or two or more.)
There was a Fringe Spectacular, I’ve been at Caravan Farm Theatre running the box office and enjoying the company, and at The Banff Centre and XOXOfest in Portland - both places that are devising ways to co-create a better world with amazing people and new tools.
Tuesday I arrive back in Toronto.
And I’m delighted to announce the line up for The Fun Palace Radio Variety Show - our newest project that brings all of our interests together.
"A real treat. Smart, funny, self-aware but not self-satisfied, it was great live theater that also makes for excellent radio.” - Culturebot.org
Join us at the Monarch Tavern for two nights and an afternoon of music, stories, questions in the dark and a hard boiled story about philosopher Walter Benjamin.
Each night, the Fun Palace Players - absurdly great talents from Toronto’s theatre and comedy scenes, including Susanna Fournier, Becky Johnson, and Christopher Stanton – along with me hosting and Chris Earle directing - present a detective radio drama about Walter Benjamin, Dramatic Readings of the Internet, to interviews with experts in Toronto politics, neurochemistry, and other topics that matter. And after each show, local musicians will play a live set, Live at the Fun Palace.
Line up of great guests:
Thursday October 2 8pm
The heartbreaking voice of Mr. Thom Gill; writer & designer Malcolm Sutton on non-fiction bestsellers from the 60s and those of today; the wonderful ambient folk of ANAMAI; the very funny, new to town Lucy Hill & Daniel Maslany; the very wonderful Liz Peterson & Matt Smith singing together.
After the show - stay or join us at 10 for
an opening party with a set from
DJ John Caffrey
Friday October 3 8pm
Questions in the dark with Toronto income disparity researcher David Hulchanski ; songs from musicians, actors and fantastic people Paul Braunstein and Ajineen Sagal; a tale from author and editor of Little Brother Magazine, Emily M. Keeler; beautiful music from Isla Craig; hilarious news with Jessica Moss; and the one and only Ryan Kamstra
10pm “Live at the Fun Palace”
a full-blown Murder Folk Night
A special afternoon show or as we call it:
“Pre-gaming for Nuit Blanche”
with Theatre Centre scientist in residence Dr. Tanya Suvendrini Lena from CAMH; songs for the baby grand piano from Laura Barrett; the cast of Concord Floral; Music from our very own Music Director Jonathan Adjemian and more surprises - some of them from the United Kingdom and some of the other 100+ Fun Palaces happening around the world this weekend.**
6pm Live at the Fun Palace
To be announced. But you should already plan to come.