#DaughterOnTour lands in Toronto this November

DAUGHTER PREMIERES IN TORONTO

Dates: November 7-19, 2017
Co-produced by The Theare Centre and QuipTake with Pandemic Theatre
Venue: The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen Street West, Toronto)

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Creative Team

Written & Performed by Adam Lazarus
Co-created by Adam Lazarus, Ann-Marie Kerr, Jivesh Parasram, & Melissa D’Agostino
Directed by Ann-Marie Kerr

Sound Design by Richard Feren
Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay
Producers: Jivesh Parasram & Tom Arthur Davis


About the Show

This November, the most talked about show of the 2016 SummerWorks Performance Festival, Daughter, premieres at the Franco Boni Theatre.  Daughter is a true thought disrupter that will leave you charged and ready to talk.  This provocative one-man show about toxic masculinity is written by Canada’s Bouffon-King Adam Lazarus and co-created with Anne Marie Kerr, Melissa D’Agostino and Jiv Parasram. Both hysterical and disturbing, Daughter plays in the liminal space between autobiography and fiction. It is a darkly satirical piece about a father stuck in a moment of confusion – raised in patriarchy, confronting his new identity as a patriarch/father, and not knowing how to operate in the world. Can he change?
Daughter interrogates questions of culpability and complicity in our society. It examines the the subtle and not so subtle ways we condone and encourage misogyny, in the name of: that’s just how dudes are.
Welcome to Daughter: a play that exposes the hypocrisies and difficulties of the human experience.
★★★★★ “Adam Lazarus’s one man show provides an enormous psychological impact. Daughter leaves an audience challenged and deeply unnerved from exposure to the ugliness of misogyny.”
-Torontoist
★★★★ Critics’ Pick. Outstanding Production, New Play, Direction and Performance.
“Its themes are more urgent than ever…this is a strong, disturbing play, one you’ll need to discuss with friends afterwards.”
-NOW Magazine
A+. Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.
“Must-see. Daughter is the scariest show I’ve seen all year, as dangerously engaging (and genuinely funny) as it is brutally visceral.”
-My Entertainment World

Upcoming Productions

November 2017: The Theatre Centre Production
Co-produced by The Theare Centre and QuipTake with Pandemic Theatre
Dates: November 7-19, 2017
Venue: The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen Street West, Toronto)

January, 2018: High Performance Rodeo

February 2018: PuSh International Performance Festival

February 2018: National Arts Centre Production
Co-produced by The National Arts Centre, QuipTake, and Pandemic Theatre
Dates: February 2018
More details coming soon!

Keep your eyes peeled for more information about our tickets and further dates


Production History

 

August, 2017 • A Co-Production with QuipTake • As part of the Kick & Push Festival • Grand Theatre • Kingston

June, 2017 • A Co-Production with QuipTake • As part of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival • Teatrul Gong • Sibiu, Romania

August, 2016 • A Co-Production with QuipTake • As a part of SummerWorks Performance Festival • Factory Theatre • Toronto


Supporters

This project has been made possible through the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Daughter at the Kick and Push Festival, August 2017

Daughter

Created by Adam Lazarus, Ann-Marie Kerr, Melissa D’Agostino, Jiv Parasram, Michelle Ramsay, Richard Feren

Photo by Matt Campagna-50024

After our wildly successful run in Romania, Daughter returns to Canada for a 3 night run at the Kick and Push festival in Kingston, ON.  This will be your last chance to see the show before it returns to Toronto in the late Fall of 2017.

Here’s all the information about the festival, and how to get tickets:  https://www.kingstongrand.ca/event/daughter

See you there!

Daughter examines the beauty and horror of men raised in a patriarchal society having to come face-to-face with their new identity as patriarchs. Can they evolve? Can they repent? Can they change? This will be the scariest show you see all year, as dangerously engaging (and genuinely funny) as it is brutally visceral.

**This performance contains subject matter and language that may be considered offensive or disturbing to some patrons.

TICKET PRICING

$17.70 plus HST and handling fee

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Venue: Grand Theatre, on Regina Rosen Stage
SHOW DATES & TIMES
3 Aug 2017 9:30 PM
4 Aug 2017 9:30 PM
5 Aug 2017 9:30 PM

photography by Alejandro Santiago

QuipTake and Pandemic Theatre Present Daughter at SummerWorks

DAUGHTER
photography by Alejandro Santiago

I need to tell you some stories about myself.  You’ll like these stories. Some of them…

Maybe they will remind you of someone you know.
Maybe yourself.
I’ve done some things.
Bad things. Horrible things. Man things.
But, now I’m a father. I have a daughter.
So that’s all behind me…

 

 

From the distorted minds that brought audiences The Art of Building a Bunker, Bleed, and Wonderland, comes Daughter, a one-man show that explores the true-bouffon style: stories that expose and laugh at the hypocrisies and difficulties of the human experience.

In the liminal space between truth and fiction, writer/performer Adam Lazarus’ twists the knife in our dirty little secrets. Are we defined by our past? Where do we draw the line? Can we forgive, despite an inability to forget?

Directed by Ann-Marie Kerr (2012 Gina Wilkinson Prize) and performed by master clown Adam Lazarus (2010 SummerWorks Spotlight Award), Daughter examines the beauty and horror of men raised in a patriarchal society having to come face-to-face with their new identity as patriarchs.

Can they evolve? Can they repent? Can they change?

Directed by Ann-Marie Kerr; Written by Adam Lazarus; Created by Adam Lazarus, Ann-Marie Kerr, Jiv Parasram and Melissa D’Agosinto; Co-direction by Melissa D’Agostino and Jiv Parasram; Performed by Adam Lazarus; Sound Design by Richard Feren; Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay; Movement and Choreography by Kate Alton; Produced by QuipTake and Pandemic Theatre.

Curator’s Note

“Watching an early version of this piece, I laughed like a maniac, then wondered what I was laughing at; felt embarrassed (for myself, then for Adam), wondered if I’d been deceived, and, finally, came away with a host of questions about who we are as men, as adults, as parents, and filled with respect for Adam’s bravery and artistry.” – Guillermo Verdecchia

Factory Theatre Studio – 125 Bathurst Street

Ticket Price: $15 – Book Now
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Thursday August 4th 10:00 PM – 11:15 PM
Saturday August 6th 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM
Sunday August 7th 10:15 PM – 11:30 PM
Monday August 8th 9:00 PM – 10:15 PM
Friday August 12th 10:30 PM – 11:45 PM
Saturday August 13th 10:30 PM – 11:45 PM
Sunday August 14th 6:45 PM – 8:00 PM

Secret Project – Building a Monster or Talking to daughters…

Prune Nourry's 108 Terracotta Daughters
Prune Nourry’s 108 Terracotta Daughters

On Monday December 7, 2015, I’ll be stepping into a studio and working with a number of different artists to generate material to show to the public on December 12, 2015.

The outcome… I’m not sure.

WHAT:
A new work performed by me in collaboration with various artists.

As with any QuipTake production, the show promises to provoke and jostle. It’ll be funny and not.

There will be bourbon.

Why? Come to the show.

Over the course of the next few months, I’ll be sharing images, and ideas related to the piece.

That’s it. What more do you need to know? It is a secret project after all…

WHO:
The collaborators will be revealed in time.

TIMES:
Saturday, December 12, 8pm.

HOW MUCH:
This is a PWYC event with a cash bourbon bar.

LOCATION:
Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, Toronto

Keep in the loop:
KEEP VISITING US HERE
twitter: @adlazarus

LOVE ME FOREVER BILLY H. TENDER

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BILLY H. TENDER

A new play written and performed by Jesse LaVercombe

Jan 5 — 12, 2016
Videofag
187 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2L4

Directed by Adam Lazarus
Dramaturgy by Guillermo Verdecchia
Music by Jesse LaVercombe and Adrian Shepherd
Sound design by Adrian Shepherd
Design by Shannon Lea Doyle and Kelly Anderson
Stage Managed by Alexa Polenz
Produced by Curtis te Brinke

“I want to tell you about a day. January 31st, 2021. It wasn’t that long ago, I believe.

It was a salient day, at least in North America. I felt it on the Internet and in the weather and in my tummy. It was like the zeitgeist finally saw itself in the mirror, and it wasn’t sure whether to fight or flirt, so it kind of did both and just ate itself. It was a Sunday, clear skies but cold.”

– Hal Tender
(second son of Stella Virginia Tender [former Canadian stage actress, now research assistant in the U. of Guelph’s Post-Audience Theatre Theory and Semiotics Department], younger brother of the one, the only, Billy H. Tender)

Pig Iron Presents a Bouffon Masterclass with me…

Pig Iron Presents
Bouffon Masterclass
with Toronto’s Adam Lazarus
*One Night Only – Monday, November 23*  
Join us for a Bouffon master class with Toronto’s award-winning Adam Lazarus, former pedagogical assistant to Philippe Gaulier. Take the plunge into a world of hypocrisy, razor-sharp mockery, physical precision and the satirical world of the bouffon.

About the workshop
This workshop is designed for both professional and pre-professional actors, dancers, writers, critical thinkers and physical performers, wishing to increase their performance palette. Working in the tradition of French Master Teachers Philippe Gaulier and Jacques Lecoq, the forefathers of physical theatre, this weekend course will challenge students to take risks, hone their improvisational skills and push through performance inhibitions.  The workshop aims to help actors find the pleasure of being present and the utter joys in mocking the sacred and critiquing the people and institutions who have power and influence and who set the rules for how society should function.  

 
About the Bouffon
The bouffons travel in gangs and emerge out of the ghettos and swamps to look at and confront the mainstream world, to poke it and to unveil hypocrisy in all its forms.  A study of the bouffon ideally leads toward play, hilarity and incendiary critiques. It is with the performer’s pleasure to move, to sing, to cry and to dance, that the audience is drawn in and the performer’s beauty is pushed out. Games and exercises are used to discover students’ pleasure to play and mock social deceptions while simultaneously making audiences love you.
Bouffon creation techniques are extremely useful for performers in all disciplines, especially those with a wicked sense of humor. Adam Lazarus is an award-winning actor, director and acting instructor.  He regularly teaches at Canada’s National Theatre School as well as the University of Toronto.  He was a former apprentice to Philippe Gaulier with whom he also studied.  Adam is the Artistic Director of the Toronto Festival of Clowns.
Date/Time
Monday, November 23, 2015
6:30-10pm
Location
Pig Iron Theatre School
1417 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA
Cost
$30
RSVP
There are a limited number of spaces. Register now.
meganj@pigiron.org
215.425.1100

Performance Intensive – Toronto

IMG_8571PERFORMANCE INTENSIVE – TORONTO
For the first time in 3 years I’m teaching a performance week.  These were always very popular and the timing is finally right again!
 
WHEN:
December 7-12, 2015
10am-3pm + performances on the 12th at 4pm and 8pm.
 
WHAT:
A 6 day performance intensive led by Adam Lazarus and guest instructors.
This course focuses on the generation and refining of material. Starting with the question, ‘what’s on your mind?‘ and ending with created plays, character monologues, turns, dialogues, or readings that are ready for initial public viewing.

The goal is for these pieces to be in the pocket of the students for future development and presentation.

Each day, the time will be split into two streams – teaching and performance.

 
Teaching: We will explore the forms of jeu, clown, bouffon, character and melodrama. Students will be led through various improvisations and movement exercises to inspire scenes, characters and storylines.
 
Performance: Students will offer ideas for performance that will be worked on and refined.
 
On the final day of classes, there will be 2 public showings of the week’s generated material. Showings are PWYC with money going back to the students.
 
FOR WHO:
Designed for professional and pre-professional actors, dancers, writers, critical thinkers and physical performers. You don’t need to come with a finished idea or any idea at all – just a desire to create and present in a collaborative environment.
 
TIMES:
Monday to Saturday, December 7-12, 10am-3pm.
Saturday December 12, Public showing at 4pm and 8pm.
Please allow 2 to 3 hours of extra time daily outside of class for rehearsal.
HOW MUCH:
$500/$400 for CAEA/union affiliated/teachers/previous students
Showings are PWYC with money going back to the students.
 
$100 deposit required to hold a spot.
 
Bursaries available.
Small class size.
Sign up early.
 
LOCATION:
Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, Toronto
 
To reserve a spot:
email: adlazarus(at)rogers(dot)com
 
TAUGHT BY WHO:
Adam Lazarus is an internationally celebrated artist and acting instructor across Canada, the USA and in Europe. He is a sessional instructor at The National Theatre School of Canada and a regular facilitator of workshops for many of Canada’s top musicians, theatre and film makers. He was the co-founder and artistic-director of the Toronto Festival of Clowns for it’s first 10 years and a graduate of École Philippe Gaulier.

WEEKEND INTENSIVE IN FORM – Clown, bouffon, character, melodrama and jeu

WEEKEND INTENSIVE IN FORM
Clown, bouffon, character, melodrama and jeu 
Bootsy Collins by Michael Weintrob

WHAT:
A three day taster of the language of comedy and physical performance. Over the weekend we will explore the forms of jeu, clown, bouffon, character and melodrama.

WHEN:
August 28-30, 2015

FOR WHO: 
Designed for both non-performers as well as professional and pre-professional actors, dancers, writers, critical thinkers and physical performers.

MORE WHAT:
Le Jeu
French word for play. The foundation of all performance under this pedagogy. A day of discovering how to have fun, how to play on the stage.

Melodrama
The play of performing the greatest emotions of the human palette, the song of the human experience, amplified for 5000 people.

Character
The pleasure to be hidden inside the full bodied mask of a character.

Bouffon
The art of social satire.

Clown
The joy of being ridiculous.

TIMES:
Friday August 28, 6-10pm,
Saturday August 29, 11-5pm
Sunday August 30, 1-5pm

HOW MUCH:
$250/$200 for CAEA/union affiliated/teachers/previous students

$75 deposit required to hold a spot.

LOCATION:
Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, Toronto

Auditing options available.
Bursaries available.
Limited Space available.

For more info or to reserve a spot:
visit: www.quiptake.com,
email: adlazarus@rogers.com
call: 416-821-3833

TAUGHT BY WHO:
Adam Lazarus is an internationally celebrated artist and acting instructor across Canada, the USA and in Europe. He is a sessional instructor at The National Theatre School of Canada and a regular facilitator of workshops for many of Canada’s top musicians, theatre and film makers. He is the artistic-director of the Toronto Festival of Clowns and a graduate of École Philippe Gaulier.