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Occurs on Saturday May 14 2022

Approximate running time: 3 hours and 30 minutes


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

Event Notes

× Welcome to Hybrid By Design.

This is a festival that celebrates process and experimentation.

We invite you to do the same.

Each block of time, whether it be an afternoon or an evening, has been curated with a series of offerings for you to experience.

Imagine you’re going to a friend’s house to play video games together. You’ll be shouting ideas on how they should play the game, and enjoying fun snacks and drinks the whole time.

Some blocks are open to audiences coming and going, while others we recommend you attend in full. We’ll always do our best to let latecomers in at the earliest appropriate moment based on when you arrive.

What's On Tonight:


Start Time: 6:30pm

Running May 9-15, 2022, Hybrid by Design features seven works by artists from The Theatre Centre’s Residency program and a selection of international work curated by Battersea Arts Centre in London, U.K. As part of Canada Council’s Digital Now program, the work featured will bridge live performance and digital creation in experimental, genre-defying ways ensuring audiences in-person and at home can experience the show of a lifetime.


Labour, technophobia, donkeys, and sharing the load of revolution: asses.masses is a video game performance that follows the epic journey of unemployed asses as they navigate the perils of a post-Industrial society in which they’ve been made redundant. Each night, brave spectators take turns stepping forward from the herd to become the players of a custom made video game. Cheeky and political, asses.masses puts the control(ler) in its audience’s hands and asks them to explore the space between the work that defines us and the play that frees us.

Content warning: Coarse language, simulated sex, simulated violence

Created by Patrick Blenkarn and Milton Lim
Dramaturgy by Laurel Green
Sound Design and Original Compositions by David Mesiha

Tickets for Hybrid by Design are free - donations are happily accepted

Hybrid by Design is made possible by the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Now Fund, and the Department of Heritage Canada Arts Presentation Fund.

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