From Press Release
BREAKING VELOCITY OVERCOMES THE ODDS
at the Toronto Fringe Festival
Actor/Playwright Megan Phillips brings her story of broken dreams turned triumph to the Toronto Fringe Festival in the astonishing one-woman musical drama Breaking Velocity.
In 2006 Phillips was about to complete her Masters Degree in Musical Theatre at the UK’s prestigious Mountview Academy for the Performing Arts, but her dream of performing in New York was interrupted when she was suddenly struck by a car on her way to class. She spent the next five years recovering from several surgeries on her shattered ankle. Breaking Velocity follows Phillips’ emotional journey as she rediscovers her dreams and her self-worth. She soon finds that true power comes from valuing the path she’s on, not what could’ve been.
“I’m so excited to bring this show to Toronto,” says Phillips. “Breaking Velocity is about how sometimes the speed of life is too fast for us. The fact that I shattered my ankle is part of it, but we can also break the path of velocity. We might be heading really fast in one direction when something else intervenes and there’s a huge shift. Whether that is a physical accident or an emotional break-up or a death, it’s a really universal theme. There is this deep human need to defy the odds.”
Creator & star Megan Phillips was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. She has an MA in Musical Theatre Performance from Mountview Academy for Performing Arts in London, UK. Since returning home, selected credits include Evelyn in Homecoming King (world premiere, 30 Below Theatre), Fay in Here on the Flight Path (Metro Theatre), Helena in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Gertie in Oklahoma! (Theatre Under the Stars). She has co-written, co-produced, and co-starred in a comedic web series entitled 1-800-Dirty-Talk, and sings backup for Vancouver-based soul artist Jessi Nicholson.
The show is directed by Ernest Johns who was the Associate Artistic Director at the Jean Cocteau Repertory, an Off-Broadway resident ensemble in New York City between 2000 & 2006. Ernie holds an MFA from Brooklyn College, where he was awarded the first Joel Zwick Award for Directing, and a BFA in Acting from Virginia Commonwealth University.
With her quirky sense of humor, touching performance and a killer voice, Phillips brings a story of healing and finding happiness that cannot be missed at this year’s festival.
Nutmeg Creations in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival presents
created by Megan Phillips
original music by Megan Phillips, Jessi Nicholson & Glen Hamilton
starring Megan Phillips
directed by Ernest Johns
stage managed by Megan Fraser
assistant stage managed by Melissa Oei
Opens July 4 runs to July 15 at THE SOLO ROOM at the Tarragon Theatre (2nd floor) 30 Bridgman Ave.
Wednesday July 4, 8:15 pm; Friday July 6, 10:00pm; Saturday July 7, 8:30pm; Monday July 9, 7:30pm; Tuesday July 10, 6:45pm; Thursday July 12, 9:45pm; Friday July 13, 5:15pm; Sunday July 15, 5:45pm
Tickets can be purchased by phone at (416) 966-1062 x1, online at www.fringetoronto.comor in person at the Festival Box Office located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s (34 Lennox Ave.)