New Talent: Toronto 2010 Fringe Preview

From Press Release

“A black pillar of smoke hung over the whole city… It felt as if
something was about to consume us all…”

Theatre Erebus Inc. presents
the highest grossing show at the 2008 Hamilton Fringe
By Brian Morton

On the first day of Hamilton’s Plastimet Recycling Plant fire on July 9, 1997, a young woman makes a choice that will haunt her for the rest of her life. NEW TALENT is a powerful drama taking its audience on an authentic journey into the sordid underbelly of Hamilton, Ontario that few of us will ever see or know about. A vivid exploration of the all too real netherworld of prostitution and addiction set against the backdrop of the worst environmental disaster in Canadian history. Brian Morton’s hit play is a voyage of self-discovery that ultimately offers a message of hope, forgiveness and redemption.

Theatre Erebus Inc. is the brainchild of Artistic Director Brian Morton to fill a need in Hamilton for a company that entertains, but also provokes thought, explores contemporary Canadian realities, and is unafraid to challenge its audience’s perceptions. Past projects have included David Demchuk’s SUMMER OFFENSIVE (Hamilton Fringe 2007), FUGUE by Rona Munro (Downtown Arts Centre 2007), KRAPP’S LAST TAPE by Samuel Beckett (Hamilton Fringe 2006), ODD JOBS by Frank Moher (Waterdown Memorial Hall Theatre), ETTA JENKS by Marlene Meyer (Hamilton Place Studio Theatre/Tarragon Mainstage), and MY FATHER’S HOUSE by Sylvia Fraser (Dundas Centre for the Arts/Toronto Centre for the Arts). Theatre Erebus also produced a festival of Canadian plays at the 1990 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The Toronto premiere of NEW TALENT stars Greg Cruikshank and Anna Ross, it will be stage managed by Amelia Watkins with direction by Brian Morton. This all-new version of the play will also be seen at the 2010 London and Hamilton Fringe Festivals.

Presented by Theatre Erebus
Theatre Passe Muraille Mainstage
Saturday, July 3 @ 1:45 PM
Sunday, July 4 @ 7:00 PM
Wednesday, July 7 @ 12:15 PM
Thursday, July 8 @ 7:30 PM
Friday, July 9 @ 9:45 PM
Saturday, July 10 @ 11:00 PM
Sunday, July 11 @ 4:30 PM
All tickets are $10 at the door
or book in advance by calling the Fringe Hotline at 416-966-1062 or online at
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