Finally: An Epic Cycle – Toronto Fringe 2011 Press Release


From press release

“FINALLY: AN EPIC CYCLE”

A comedy about relationships, bike messengers and underdog hockey franchises.

No one saw it coming. After nearly half a decade of disappointment, the unthinkable has happened: for the first time in 46 years, The Leafs are finally playing in the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s the day of the seventh game, and Gen— on shaky ground with her boyfriend, Dan—has tickets to take him to The Game in a desperate attempt to cling to his affections. Or rather, she had tickets. Just hours before the puck is set to drop, she has lost her tickets.

Now, with the help of her roommate, Will, Gen must take to the chaotic streets to locate her tickets. Along the way, they encounter a cast of off-beat characters, including hipster baristas, Montreal bounty hunters and otherworldly bike messengers, all of whom test their sanity, their patience, and their friendship. Stories collide in this quirky comedy that explores the nature of fortune, relationships and a city that never gave up hope.

The idea for Finally was conceived in a Bloor street bar where company founder, Sarah Cody, and author D. W. Wilson huddled over drinks and notebooks to avoid the three-or-so feet of February snow that had accumulated outside. Seeking to create a truly Toronto-centric piece, Wilson and Cody decided the play should include homage to local cultural landmarks such as die-hard Leafs fans, fearless bike messengers and the different worlds that exist from one street to the next. Cody took the concept away, and with the help of the newly emerging company, developed the story of Gen and Will, and the colourful characters that both challenge and encourage them along the way.

Finally is directed by Joanne Williams, who received critical acclaim for her direction of last year’s SummerWorks play Theory by Norman Yeung, as well as for her direction of the short play Letting Go by Neale Kimmel for Alumnae Theatre’s 2011 New Ideas Festival. The cast is comprised of young, Toronto-based talent, including Luke Marty, Cassie Muise, Sarah Cody, and Thea nominated actor Derek Perks.

A must-see at this year’s Fringe, “Finally: An Epic Cycle” may be your only chance for years to witness a world where the Leafs are playing for The Cup!

Phone It In Productions
in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival presents
Finally: An Epic Cycle

Written by: Sarah Cody
Directed by: Joanne Williams
Featuring: Cassie Muise, Luke Marty, Sarah Cody, Derek Perks & Robin Cunningham
Lighting design by: Neal MacLean
Stage managed by: Neal MacLean
Opens July 8, 2011 runs to July 16, 2011
HELEN GARDINER PHELAN PLAYHOUSE, 79A St. George St., Toronto

Performances:
Friday, July 8, 2011 – 1:15pm
Saturday, July 9, 2011 – 9:15pm
Monday, July 11, 2011 – 10:45pm
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 – 4:45pm
Thursday, July 14, 2011 – 9:30pm
Friday, July 15, 2011 – 5:15pm
Saturday, July 16, 2011 – 1:45pm

Ticket Prices:
$11 in advance, $10 at the door