From press release:
New Comedy THE HUNS by Michael Ross Albert to Premiere at Toronto Fringe Festival
Following their critically acclaimed, sold-out production of Anywhere in the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival, One Four One Collective and The Spadina Avenue Gang presentthe world premiere of a menacing new comedy by Michael Ross Albert (Anywhere, Best of Toronto Fringe/Patron’s Pick; Tough Jews, Dora nomination – Outstanding New Play).
The Huns will be among the first Fringe plays performed at Streetcar Crowsnest’s Guolien Theatre, in a production helmed by Crow’s Theatre’s own associate artistic director, Jessie-nominated Marie Farsi (SURVEIL, rEvolver Festival; upcoming: Ghost Quartet, Crow’s Theatre/Eclipse Theatre Company).
Set during a frenzied conference call at a tech company the morning after a break-in, The Huns is a dark workplace comedy about millennial anxieties, minor revolutions, and modern-day barbarians. The ensemble cast of this fast-paced and provocative new work will feature One Four One Collective’s artistic producer, Cass Van Wyck (Therac 25, Unit 102; My Entertainment World Critic’s Pick nomination – Outstanding Performance), as well as Dora-nominated actors Jamie Cavanagh (Confederation Parts I and II, VideoCabaret/Soulpepper) and Breanna Dillon (What Happened Was…, Witchboy Theatre).
To create the chaos of the play’s central conference call, the production will include an intricate sound design, with a dozen pre-recorded cameo voice performances from members of the Toronto indie theatre community, including sound designer, Andy Trithardt (Wildfire, Soulpepper/RARE Theatre).
Though darkly comedic, the play examines the serious themes of depression, anxiety, and mental health in the workplace. Its characters are locked in a brutal and desperate conflict with each other, and with the world around them. The Huns is a scathingly frank examination of a floundering generation’s relationship to work, a satirical critique ofthe culture we’ve become, and a rallying battle-cry for radical change.
Featuring a stellar cast and creative team, The Huns is a visceral, unnerving, laugh-out-loud look at modern workplace culture and mental health. It promises to be an intense and unforgettable Fringe experience.
One Four One Collective and The Spadina Avenue Gang
in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival present
written by Michael Ross Albert
directed by Marie Farsi
featuring Jamie Cavanagh, Breanna Dillon, and Cass Van Wyck
sound design by Andy Trithardt
stage managed by Aidan Hammond
Venue: Streetcar Crowsnest, Guloien Theatre (345 Carlaw Ave.)
Friday July 5, 9:30pm
Saturday July 6, 6:15pm
Sunday July 7, 8:30pm
Tuesday July 9, 7:30pm
Thursday July 11, 5:30pm
Friday July 12, 10:15pm
Sunday July 14, 4:00pm