From Press Release
ACTIVIST THEATRE TROUPE BRINGS THE PRISON TO THE FRINGE
Hot on the heels of a 33-show cross-country tour that spanned theatres, churches, high schools and prisons, Theatre of the Beat has come home to Ontario to perform their first comedy – This Prison: Or He Came Through the Floor. Founded in 2011, Theatre of the Beat has quickly gained a reputation as a Social Justice theatre troupe that engages tough topics that people don’t usually talk about. After previously tackling pacifism, globalisation, and how communities respond to crime, Theatre of the Beat is now exploring fundamentalism, and what it’s like to be trapped in inherited worldviews.
This Prison Or: He Came Through the Floor tells the story of a deranged prisoner on death row, and the man who has come to rescue him. Combining tea-time and philosophy, This Prison explores Plato’s allegory of the cave using a witty script, slapstick comedy and a memorable set.
Written by Johnny Wideman, and starring Johnny Wideman and Benjamin Wert, Theatre of the Beat will bring ‘This Prison’ to the Toronto, Winnipeg and Edmonton Fringe festivals. Last year, Theatre of the Beat performed ‘Gadfly: Sam Steiner Dodges the Draft’ at the Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver Fringe festivals. Co-written by Johnny Wideman, and co-starring Johnny and Benjamin, ‘Gadfly’ received a nomination for ‘Best English Script’ at the Montreal Fringe, as well as positive reviews across the country.
This Prison Or: He Came Through the Floor can be seen during the Toronto Fringe Festival at the Robert Gill Theatre. The showtimes are the following:
Wednesday July 3rd at 8:45 PM
Saturday July 6th at 11:45 PM
Sunday July 7th at 4:00 PM
Tuesday July 9th at 10:45 PM
Thursday July 11th at 1:45 PM
Friday July 12th at 11:30 PM
For tickets, call the Fringe at 416-966-1062 or go to www.fringetoronto.com. Tickets are $10 at the door, $11 in advance.