From Press Release
Eden Montgomery – a Toronto-based, self-loathing novelist – is being haunted.
Written by emerging playwright Lara Stokes, Fantastic Extravagance, which was short-listed for the 2014 Toronto Fringe new play contest, follows the struggle of an up-and-coming author as she battles fame. Eden’s book has become a misunderstood best-seller and, while the public is marveling at her ironic genius, she is determined to take back her book.
And through it all, Eden is being haunted by Poppy, her novel’s protagonist whom she killed off… Maybe she shouldn’t have…
The Steady State Theatre Project has been working with Lara Stokes on developing this play through its programming over the last two years, and is so excited to bring this hilarious gem to the Fringe, which be directed by Maya Rabinovitch (Don’t Look, I Will Not Hatch!) and will feature Lindsey Clark (Scheherazade, Post Eden) and Jon Blair (The Sketchersons, Sunday Night Live).
“Fringers will love Fantastic Extravagance. This play’s hilarious self-deprecation matched with its connection to the very audiences and artist who attend the Fringe in Toronto is sure to have them rolling in the aisles.” Says director Maya Rabinovitch. “I’m so glad to have the chance to help young artists churn out new works like this through my company (Steady State).”
Steady State has been well-known to Fringes across Canada with productions like I Will Not Hatch! (Outstanding Director/Ensemble/Production – NOW Magazine’s Fringe Wrap), Reflections on Giving Birth to a Squid (Best of Fest – Edmonton Journal, Best Original Production, honourable mention – Montreal Fringe/Centaur Theatre), and Double Double (FOUR STARS – NOW Magazine). Roger Levesque of the Edmonton Journal said of Steady State’s 2012 show, “My fondest memory from last year’s Fringe… I can’t recall ever laughing so hard at the Fringe…” Fantastic Extravagance is sure to be another Fringe success for this young company.
Venue: Randolph Theatre – 736 Bathurst St.
Dates: July 3 @ 7:00pm, July 4 @ 11:00pm, July 6 @ 5:15pm
July 8 @ 5:00pm, July 10 @ 12:00pm, July 11 @ 9:15pm, July 13 @ 1:45pm