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When

Runs from Saturday October 7 2017 to Sunday October 22 2017

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Venue

The Franco Boni Theatre
1115 Queen Street West
Toronto ON M6J 3P4

Performance Notes

× “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.”- Andy Warhol

Created by award winning Bad New Days (The Double) and Ahuri Theatre (This is the Point), Flashing Lights is an original play exploring how digital technology is radically shaping human evolution.

Flashing Lights tells the tale of Peter, an unremarkable guy who inexplicably becomes famous. His dizzying rise and fall effects everyone around him, in particular his family; his savvy wife Shannon and their child Ter. What starts off as a portrait of contemporary family life quickly unravels into a meditation on the borders between digital and physical existence and the future of this brave new world being created.

This new play has been created collaboratively by award-winning theatre artists Adam Paolozza (Dora Award Spent & The Double), Guillermo Verdecchia (Governor General’s and Chalmers Award Winner), Ken MacKenzie (Kim’s Convenience, Brantwood), Dan Watson (This is the Point, What Dream it Was), Liz Peterson (Performance About A Woman, Capitalist Love Duets) and Miranda Calderon (Butcher, Taking Care of Baby).

Flashing Lights combines a fantastical absurdist narrative with a highly physical theatrical style using technology like smart phones and tablets as puppets, masks, light, and sound sources. Drawing on the ideas of Marshall McLuhan, Sherry Turkle, Jean Baudrillard and other theorists, the play speaks to the growing anxiety about the future and to the vertiginous feeling that time itself is speeding up. Will humankind’s frail, flesh and blood selves be able to keep up?

Created by the Company with Text by Guillermo Verdecchia
Directed by Adam Paolozza
Performed By Liz Peterson, Miranda Calderon, Dan Watson, Adam Paolozza & Guillermo Verdecchia
Set, Costume & Lighting Design by Ken MacKenzie
Video Design by Melissa Joakim
Sound Design by Matt Smith
Stage Management by Dylan Tate-Howarth


In an effort to make Flashing Lights accessible financially we’re offering a Pay What You Can Afford ticketing scheme. Prices are set at $5, $20, $45 and $60. If you can afford $60 we ask that you pay that. If you can only afford $5 that’s fine, too! The show will be accessible to anyone while challenging the ideology around how we place monetary value on an art experience.

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