MonaRita – Toronto Fringe 2011 Press Release

From press release

Newfoundland Actors Bring Toronto Poet’s First Play to Life

Toronto-based poet Shannon Bramer is now wearing a different hat –that of playwright. Her first play, MonaRita, had its premiere in St. John’s, NL, in 2010, and is now set to tour this summer, including stops in Bramer’s current city, Toronto, and her home town of Hamilton. Bramer is thrilled that the original cast is bringing her work to a larger audience across Canada. “I can’t imagine other actors doing the show now. They’re my girls!”, she said. 

“How do you know if someone loves you?”

MonaRita is the hilariously surreal story of two close friends at a crossroads. After Mona becomes a mother, she loses herself— and the greatest friendship of her life is in danger of being lost when best friend Rita breaks it off to make a new life without her. Will Mona let Rita go? Can Rita exist without Mona? Isn’t love supposed to last forever?

MonaRita was directed by award-winning filmmaker Sherry White and features some of Newfoundland’s most talented and accomplished actors, Sara Tilley and Ruth Lawrence.

Sherry White returns to the theatre, fresh from her latest TV and film projects (including the Geni-nominated film, Crackie) to direct a show that demands trust and vulnerability between its two actors. Funny and poignant, the friendship of sweet-natured, fumbling Mona and self-assured go-getter Rita will make you laugh. Spending 60 minutes with these two may also make you appreciate those people in your life who know and love you, as you are.

Toronto Fringe dates:

Bathurst St. Theatre

Fri July 8, 5:15 pm
Sat July 9, 7:30 pm
Tue July 12, 9:00 pm
Wed July 13, Noon
Thu July 14, 11:00 pm
Sat July 16, 5:45 pm
Sun July 17, 1:45 pm

Online Orders – Click Here to Book (passes from May 30, tickets from June 15)
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