This fall, Theatre Inamorata is staging their first full production: the world premiere of Kristofer Van Soelen’s Gray, directed by Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster.
Inspired by Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and set in present-day Toronto, Gray takes us through the opulent and sensual world of contemporary art. When Jane meets and sculpts Dorian, a naive and exquisitely beautiful woman, the sculpture is perfection—until Dorian is swept into the hedonistic and morally ambiguous world of Opal, an upscale gallery owner. As Dorian becomes more and more self-involved and destructive, the sculpture begins to take on her acts of cruelty, while Dorian remains young and beautiful.
Featuring a predominantly female-identified cast and creative team, Gray takes a hard look at female identity and the implications of our society’s obsession with beauty.
Tennille Read, most recently seen in The Death of Mrs. Gandhi and the Beginning of New Physics at the Next Stage Festival earlier this year, will be playing Dorian Gray. Rounding out the cast are Ximena Huizi, Mamito Kukwikila, Michelle Langille, Edward Charette, and Sydney Violet-Bristow.
Gray will be stage managed by Hannah MacMillan and designed by Lindsay Woods (set and costumes), Steph Raposo (lighting), and Andy Trithardt (sound).
The production runs from September 21st to October 1st, 2017 at The Commons, 587a College Street.
More information and tickets are available at www.theatreinamorata.com.
Fun facts! The Gray team shares the age they wish they could be be for the rest of their lives.
I wish I could look and feel thirty-eight forever. Maturity and youthfulness in a happy equilibrium.
I would stay twenty-six forever. Nothing like that first year of people taking you seriously and realizing just how much you have to give.
My current age: thirty-one. I am enough, I am perfect in my imperfections. It’s okay for me to take up space in spaces that intrigue, scare, and challenge me. It is the age in which I claimed myself, in which I said, “I have NO fucks to give” and meant it. :-)
Peter Wylde told me thirty-five is a woman’s prime. Well… I have to agree. I feel confident, brave, and at the same time more vulnerable. I travel more, fail harder, and love more deeply. I also see more clearly what is truly valuable. And sex is better… true story.
I have a fantasy where I’m eight years old but have the mind of my adult self. I go around dropping really sick burns on grown-ups and other children. It’s extra impressive because I’m eight and no one sees it coming. But a forever of that?? Nuh-uh. Gimme a week of that? Delicious.
Twenty-four. I have grown so much since my teenage years and twenty-four is only a few years away from my current age. I feel like the next few years are going to transform me into the person I've always dreamed of, because of what I know about myself.
Courtney Ch'ng Lancaster
Oh gosh. I'm enjoying thirty—still young enough to be carded on occasion at the LCBO, but old enough to consider it a compliment.
Kristofer Van Soelen
I’d be seventeen again. Be in great shape, tons of energy. Save hours every month in shaving time. Young enough to seem precocious, so people are still generous with help and encouragement. And old enough to drive. Plus Zac Efron seemed to be having a great time in that trailer I saw.