Excerpted from Press Release
Confessions of an Operatic Mute traces the path Briane Nasimok took from from his first visit to the O’Keefe Centre when he was 8 years old and vowing to get on that stage, to an anything but stellar public school performing career with roles ranging from A Boy to Policeman Number Two.
Appearing in a college revue that was so bad it closed during dress rehearsal he was “discovered” and offered a chance to join the Canadian Opera Company as a non-singing extra performer. Although Briane’s knowledge of opera had been limited to Warner Brothers cartoons, he knew this would be his only chance to get on the O’Keefe stage a place that he had been yearning to reach for 13 years.
This turned into a career that allowed him to tour North America and after 287 performances he declared himself Canada’s Foremost Operatic Mute.
Briane also shares his personal stories of being bullied in childhood for being fat – and how that helped create the wit that later found him on stage at Yuk Yuks and appearing on Evening at the Improv with Howie Mandel and Jim Carrey. Mixed in is the story of his touching relationship with his father, a divorce lawyer in the 60’s, and the special relationship with his older sister Karen who got him to perform comedy routines at age 8.
Confessions, which previewed at the SouloTheatre Festivals in Toronto last May and in Totnes, England last July, is being remounted and improved by Dora Award winning director by Peter Moss – petermoss.ca
“Briane is a natural and powerful storyteller… veering into comedic mayhem”
R. Stephen, Windsor Square
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 – 8:45pm
Friday, July 4, 2014 – 10:30pm
Saturday, July 5, 2014 – 1:45pm
Sunday, July 6, 2014 – 3:00pm
Monday, July 7, 2014 – 8:30pm
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 – 5:45pm
Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 12:30pm
George Ignatief Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place. (Near Bloor and St. George.)
Tickets are $10 (cash-only) at the door, $12 in advance. Advance tickets may be purchased online (visa/amex), or from the Fringe Club box office (cash/visa/amex), located in Honest Ed’s Alley during the festival. Money-saving passes are also available; see website for details.
Be advised that there is absolutely no latecomer seating at Fringe shows.