From Press Release
Two disembodied souls find themselves stuck in â€˜purgatoryâ€™ – a strange and mystical place where they must come to terms with past sins in order to be reborn again into a new life on earth.
An enigmatic Guide helps these souls confront and understand their past, focusing on a sexual assault incident that deeply affected both of them. Ben, an arrogant publisher, is the accused perpetrator (Harvey Weinstein type) and Sylvie, his supposed victim, is a young troubled feminist writer.
What happens here will determine whether they get a shot at a fresh life or whether their souls end up downstairs… in the fiery abyss.
Playwrights Rebecca and Josh, hit upon an idea: a contemporary take on the â€˜Me Tooâ€™ movement from a dual female/male perspective. Many incidents in the play have parallels to recent news and tabloid events. The setting, a kind of multi-faith purgatory, was inspired by notions of rebirth. Purgatory allows for tackling the bigger questions from a philosophical perspective. Though practical matters (i.e. the court system) are touched upon, we are concerned with the larger goal of â€˜repairing the worldâ€™ as men and women going forward in generations to come.
DEADÂ TalksÂ entertains and provokes discussion about this â€˜Me Tooâ€™ world we are all living in.
- DEAD TalksÂ plays at the Tarragon Theatre Mainspace. (30 Bridgman Ave.)
- Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offersÂ a range of money-saving passes and discountsÂ for serious Fringers.
- Tickets can be purchasedÂ online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
- Content Warnings: MatureÂ language; SexualÂ content.
- This venue is barrier-free. Designated accessible seating is in the middle of the auditorium.
- Be aware thatÂ Fringe performances always startÂ exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
- Wednesday July 4th, 6:45 pm
- Friday July 6th, 10:30 pm
- Sunday July 8th, 3:15 pm
- Tuesday July 10th, 6:30 pm
- Thursday July 12th, 4:00 pm
- Saturday July 14th, 7:00 pm
- Sunday July 15th, 12:00 pm
Photo: Norah Morris.