Assassinating Thomson -Toronto Fringe 2013 Press Release


From press release:

Critically acclaimed Visually Impaired visual artist Bruce Horak lives with 9% of his vision and has, over the last two years, painted a series over 400 unique portraits which attempt to capture the way that he sees, aptly named The Way I See It.

As he tells the story of The Way I See It, the tale of Canadian painter Tom Thomson’s unsolved murder is interwoven throughout, including the truth and lies behind the mysterious death of one of Canada’s greatest artists and the subsequent rise of The Group of Seven. The mystery takes you from the tiny community of Canoe Lake, to the hallowed halls of our nation’s capital, and eventually on to the World stage.

Art, politics, greed, ambition, love and murder are intertwined in a one-man tour-de-force as Horak exploits icons of Canadian History, including Tom Thomson, Lawren Harris, and William Lyon Mackenzie King.As he reveals his controversial perspective on Canadian Art History, he shares the unique way he sees the world through an original portrait of each new audience.

What the critics are saying about Bruce Horak the actor… the painter…the creator…

 “One of the weirdest and most brilliant shows the Fringe has ever seen” ★★★★★The Edmonton Sun

“Horak crackles with energy…he’s unbelievably fast on his feet.” – The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax)

“All anyone could talk about after the show” – The Peak Magazine

“Delivering lines with timing to set your atomic clock by.  The man was impeccable.” – Plank Magazine

“Bold and almost shocking in its originality…I haven’t quite seen through the eyes of a blind man, but I’ll probably never get closer.”  -Kelowna Daily Courier, in response to The Way I See It at the Kelowna Art Gallery

Monster Theatre has been creating plays and touring them across North America since 2000. Their success on the Canadian Fringe circuit has lead to great popularity among presenters across Canada, bringing Monster Theatre work to professional stages year round.  Select productions include The Canada Show: The Complete History of Canada in One Hour (Winner ‘Just For Laughs’ Frankie award for Best Comedy), The Shakespeare Show (★★★★★Winnipeg Free Press), The Seven Lives of Louis Riel (“★★★★★The idea is as brilliant as the execution is funny!” –CBC), Freud vs. his Ego (“Utterly adept at slapstick, wordplay and sound effects, these two actors from Vancouver are hilariously in sync with each other and their audience in this quick and clever version of the “talking cure.” ”★★★★ 1/2 -Winnipeg Free Press),  2011’s “Best of Fest” winner Houdini’s Last Escape (“Monster Theatre pulls a rabbit out of a hat with this wildly theatrical show…it’s no illusion this one’s going to sell out.” ★★★★ 1/2Uptown Magazine), Every Story Ever Told (“Get your tickets early to what may be the funniest show at this year’s Ottawa Fringe Festival.” -Fully Fringed) and No Tweed Too Tight: Another Grant Canyon Mystery (“Brings the house down!” ★★★★ 1/2 -Winnipeg Free Press).

Assassinating Thomson

Playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival

Venue: St. Vlad’s Theatre: 620 Spadina Avenue

Air Conditioned!

Friday, July 5: 7pm

Saturday, July 6: 5:45pm

Monday, July 8: 10:30pm

Tuesday, July 9: 8:30p,

Wednesday, July 10th: 12:15pm

Friday, July 12th: 4pm

Saturday, July 13: 10:30pm