Gold Fever – Toronto Fringe 2014 Press Release

From Press Release

Award-Winning Keystone Theatre brings their new darkly funny SILENT FILM INSPIRED PLAY “GOLD FEVER” to the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival, beginning July 2nd.

Set in a barren and brutal landscape where fortunes are made and hearts are broken, “GOLD FEVER” explores how the dream of striking it rich brings out the best and the worst in people. Brilliant physical comedy and the spirit of the Klondike combine as Keystone brings unique characters and their stories to life. Played in the silent film style with no spoken dialogue, the voice of the piece is the original musical score played live by our award winning Music Director, David Atkinson. A few projected scenic backdrops and stylized title cards complete the picture.

This is Keystone Theatre’s third play in their signature silent film style. Their first play “The Belle of Winnipeg” garnered critical acclaim and was nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, winning for Outstanding Original Sound Design/Composition. Their next play“The Last Man on Earth” sold out at theToronto Festival of Clowns and headlined the Pearl Company Canadian Theatre Festival in Hamilton, before a hugely successful tour of Fringe festivals in Montreal, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton, selling out venues, winning awards and being held over. “The Last Man on Earth” was remounted to rave reviews at The Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs in April of this year.

This new play, “GOLD FEVER”, premiered at the Toronto Festival of Clownslast spring, once again breaking attendance records. A darker comedy than the first two, “GOLD FEVER” promises to push the Keystone Style into new territory, while still engaging with the magical world inspired by silent film.

Keystone Theatre’s past work has been called…
“simple theatrical magic ★★★★” – CBC Manitoba
“sweet, engaging and thoroughly entertaining ★★★★★” – Global Edmonton
“pure speechless delight ★★★★1/2” – Calgary Herald
“polished to a fine buff ★★★★” – Edmonton Journal
“an entertaining, laugh-filled hour NNN” – Now Magazine
“…art, pure and simple.” – Gary Smith, The Hamilton Spectator

“GOLD FEVER” was collectively created by the ensemble. It is performed by Phil Rickaby, Stephen LaFrenie, Sarah Joy Bennett, Dana Fradkin, Richard Beaune, Christol Bryan and David Atkinson, directed by Richard Beaune, stage managed by Parker Nowlan and designed by Kimberly Beaune. Music Direction by David Atkinson.

“GOLD FEVER” plays at the Al Green Theatre – 750 Spadina Ave:
Wednesday, July 2 @ 8:15 pm
Saturday, July 5 @ 5:15 pm
Monday, July 7 @ 10:15 pm
Tuesday, July 8 @ 6:30 pm
Wednesday, July 9 @ 1:45 pm
Friday, July 11 @ 9:15 pm
Sunday, July 13 @ 12:00 noon

Running time approx 85 min

Advance Tickets $10 + $2 service fee (Visa & MasterCard accepted)
At the Door $10 each (cash only)

Tickets available:
As of June 12th
• Online at
• by Phone at 416-966-1062 ext 1

As of July 2nd

• In person at the Festival Box Office located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s (581 Bloor St. W.)
• In person at the Al Green Theatre 1hr prior to the show (cash only at the door)