Coming to Toronto Fringe 2009: ICARUS REDUX

From Press Release

A father who can’t handle his son. A son who can’t handle the world.  Theatre veterans Kim Purtell (Cul de Sac, How it Works) and Jonathan Whittaker (Nigredo Hotel) join with newcomers in Icarus Redux -  a new Canadian tragicomedy by first-time playwright and director Sean O’Neill.  Re-imagining the famous myth, Icarus Redux is a contemporary queer text exploring the nature of love and a search for redemption.

World Premiere of ICARUS REDUX  By Sean O’Neill

Produced by Open Season Theatre as part of the 21st Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival

St. Vladimir’s Theatre


The myth of Icarus comes to life in Open Season Theatre’s dramatic reimagining of the ancient story for the 2009 Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival. Icarus Redux takes the story of Icarus, the boy who flew too close to the sun, and Daedalus, the father who made his wings, and turns it upside down, weaving in contemporary story of a father struggling with grief, memory, and vision following the death of his son.

First time playwright Sean O’Neill (Degrassi: TNG, 1-800-Missing) directs Dora-nominated actor Jonathan Whittaker (Nigredo Hotel, Dirty Dancing, upcoming CBC pilot Throwing Stones) and newcomer Alex Fiddes in the roles of Daedalus and The Boy. Along with assistant director Bethany Jillard (My Name is Rachel Corrie, How it Works, Tough! – Dora nomination), Dora-winning lighting designer Kimberly Purtell (Cul de Sac, How it Works) and design team Kasey Hinton, Brendon O’Neill, and Erin Freedman, O’Neill creates a bleak yet beautiful visual landscape underscored by composer James Scott’s original music.

Opening on July 2 at 6:30PM at St. Vladimir’s Theatre, 620 Spadina Ave., Icarus Redux runs until July 12, 2009. For tickets and information, call (416) 966-1062, or


Open Season Theatre is a newly formed Toronto-based theatre collective dedicated to

creating entertaining, provocative and literate theatre.


Performance Schedule:

Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 6:30PM

Friday, July 3, 2009 at 8:45PM

Monday, July 6, 2009 at 3:15PM

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 8:00PM

Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 3:30PM

Friday, July 10, 2009 at 11:30PM

Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 12:45PM

St. Vladimir’s Theatre, 620 Spadina Ave, South of Harbord St., Toronto

Tickets: $10

Box Office: (416) 966-1062

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