Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New Canadian Musical Bloodless at Theatre 20 this Fall

Announcement from Theatre 20 -

Toronto premiere for new Canadian musical by Joseph Aragon.  Theatre 20, a new artist-led musical theatre company known for their dedication to evocative Canadian-made and story-driven work, celebrates the first full production in its history, Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare.

This darkly funny and sinfully entertaining musical by Winnipeg playwright Joseph Aragon (Illuminati: The Musical) opens Oct. 12 at Toronto's Panasonic Theatre (previews begin Oct. 9 with press opening Oct. 11) and runs through the 28th of October.

Set against a 19th century backdrop in Edinburgh, Scotland, Bloodless revisits the true story of two serial killers who manage to make crime pay - literally - when they create a successful business selling their victims to medical schools.

Winner of the "Best of Fest" award (2009) at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and the "Harry S. Rintoul" award for Best New Manitoban Play, Bloodless is directed by Theatre 20 Founding Artist and Artistic Director Adam Brazier (Passion, Into The Woods), who made his directorial debut in 2010 with Birdland Theatre's Dora Award-nominated production of Assassins.

Completing the creative team are Musical Director Jason Jestadt and Creative Consultant Colm Wilkinson, Theatre 20 Founding Artist and world-renowned performer best known for originating the role of Jean Valjean in the London cast of Les Misérables. Bloodless set and costumes are designed by Beth Kates and Melanie McNeill respectively, with choreography by Associate Director Linda Garneau. Production consultant is Paul Shaw, stage manager is Carolyn Mykytyshyn with Wilson Wong as assistant stage manager.

Theatre 20 is an artist led, story-driven company with a focus on developing and presenting original Canadian musicals as well as re-imagining existing repertoire from both the national and international canons. It is a not-for-profit, registered charitable organization that has been formed not only to create musical works for the stage but also to play an active and positive role within the community. It aims to nurture the talent of writers and composers and foster the development of young artists through mentorship and education programs.

Theatre 20's Artistic Director is Adam Brazier; Founding Artists include Tamara Bernier Evans, Evan Buliung, Brent Carver, Dan Chameroy, Juan Chioran, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Susan Gilmour, Trish Lindström, David Keeley, Nora McLellan, Louise Pitre, Eliza-Jane Scott, Rosie Shaw, Carly Street, Steven Sutcliffe and Colm Wilkinson.

For more information about Theatre 20, or to inquire about development, education, sponsorship and/or volunteer opportunities, visit theatre20.com.

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