Spoon – Toronto Fringe 2013 Press Release

From press release:


Sky Gilbert teaches his protégé Spencer Charles Smith how to Spoon

Spoon is a campy, queer and postmodern site-specific explosion of gender failure. Andrew (played by Owen Fawcett) and Charles (played by Spencer Charles Smith) have just moved into their new Yonge Street apartment when Charles’ obsession with performing the role of the woman – the little spoon – in their gay relationship begins to tear the couple apart.

This uniquely queer and brutally honest new work by up-and-coming Toronto playwright, Spencer Charles Smith, is the first major project from a promising new queer theatre company, Straight Camp. Spoon began three years ago in St. Catharines, where Smith workshopped the first version with Suitcase in Point Theatre Company. He then brought it to U of T and made it the focus of his MA last year, having the second workshop directed by Jonathan Seinen. This Fringe production is full-length and the final stage of the Spoon creation process.

Directed by Sky Gilbert and dramaturged by Alistair Newton, Smith is taking notes from two of Canada’s queer theatre heavyweights. Gilbert founded Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in 1979 and Newton just closed his sold out run of Of a Monstrous Child: A Gaga Musical at Buddies. Smith is also a queer activist and co-owner of the world famous Glad Day Bookshop – the site-specific venue for Spoon.

Sexy violence, campy music, queer theory, and lots and lots and lots of spoons. Sexual/emotional/intellectual failure. And milk.

Straight Camp
in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival presents
written by Spencer Charles Smith
directed by Sky Gilbert
dramaturged by Alistair Newton
designed by Nick Carney
featuring Jacqueline Costa, Owen Fawcett and Spencer Charles Smith

Opens July 3rd and runs to July 14th

Site-Specific venue: the third floor space above GLAD DAY BOOKSHOP, 598 Younge Street (just North of Wellesley subway station)


Wednesday, July 3, 2013 – 8:00pm

Thursday, July 4, 2013 – 8:00pm

Friday, July 5, 2013 – 8:00pm

Saturday, July 6, 2013 – 8:00pm

Sunday, July 7, 2013 – 8:00pm

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 – 8:00pm

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 – 8:00pm

Thursday, July 11, 2013 – 8:00pm

Friday, July 12, 2013 – 8:00pm

Sunday, July 14, 2013 – 8:00pm

Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating.



At-the-door tickets: $10
At-the-door tickets are available at GLAD DAY BOOKSHOP starting one hour prior to show time – cash sales only. 

Advance tickets: $11
50% of tickets are available for sale in advance.
Advance tickets go on sale June 15th, 2013.

Purchase online: fringetoronto.com.
By Phone: 416-966-1062, ext 1.
In Person: During the Festival Box Office in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s (581 Bloor St W).

Photo by Michael Erickson