Rob Ford and the Mysterious Case of the Flying Anarchist – Toronto Fringe 2011 Press Release

From press release


A new adaptation of a Dario Fo play by Matt Jones: July 6-16 at the Toronto Fringe

The next time the G20 comes to town, Rob Ford is ready, Stephen Harper is ready, Police Chief Bill Blair is ready. So when a bomb goes off downtown, scores of protesters are rounded up right away. Everything is going smoothly until an anarchist organizer falls to his death from a window during interrogation. Police reports say it’s an accident. And that it’s a suicide. A lone maniac tries to discover the truth. What was the Mayor doing at the police station that night?

Based on Dario Fo‘s classic 1970 clown show, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Matt Jones‘s adaptation is a pre-emptive attack on Toronto’s new political landscape. A graduate of Concordia University’s Creative Writing program, Jones will be starting a PhD in Theatre Studies at the University of Toronto this September. His writing has appeared in the Montreal Mirror, the Montreal Gazette, Canadian Dimension, This Magazine and his plays have been staged in Montreal, Toronto and New York City.

The play is directed by Caroline Fournier, produced by Matt Jones and Andrea Joy Rideout (Essential Service Theatre, Teesri Dunya) and features actors Susanna Jones and Caroline Fournier. It runs July 6-16 at St. Vlad’s Theatre (620 Spadina).

Showtimes: Wed July 6, 7pm; Sun July 10, 11pm; Mon July 11, 4:45pm; Wed July 13, 9:30pm; Thur July 14, 12pm; Fri July 15, 8pm; Sat July 16, 1:45pm. Tickets available through the Fringe: (416) 966-1062. A Montreal show follows August 3-7 at Théâtre Ste-Catherine.

Praise for Dracula in a Time of Climate Change (Toronto Fringe Festival 2009):

Eye Weekly – “A whole bunch of bloody good one-liners and winning performances by Scott Kettles as Dracula and, especially, Susanna Jones as his Igor-like henchman Renfield.”

The Torontoist: “Best Pint-Sized Scene-Stealer: Susanna Jones in her perfect portrayal of Renfield in Dracula in a Time of Climate Change. This girl needs a show of her own.

Ryerson Free Press: “Dracula in a Time of Climate Change is a fun story, with an excellent script, but is really held together by Dracula’s hilarious fish-out-of-water act, stunning one liners and multiple impaling references.”

See trailer below: