Bodies Stange – Toronto Fringe 2016 Press Release

From press release

The Messy Kween Collective is keeping it strange at this year’s Fringe Festival; a troupe of Toronto’s Best Actors will be convene in the gathering dusk under the fairy lights and permanent canopy of Majlis Art Garden to attempt Kyle Capstick’s probably impossible Bodies Strange. The troupe, composed of Carlos Albornoz, Larissa Currie, Annie MacKay, Jordi O’Dael, Grace Phan-Nguyen, and Alexi Pedneault will transport audiences to an imaginative world where characters transform into trees, birds, spiders, and who knows what else using ingenious theatrical devices dreamed up by designer Kelly Anderson.

This isn’t about hearts;
it’s about shapes.
I need you to know me in any shape.

Following a lover’s departure for war a woman becomes a tree and sets a family in a cycle of transformations that spans 3 generations. Bodies Strange is a theatrical challenge full of murder plots, moral quandries, and a thrillingly skewed sense of reality. It is bold in its storytelling, Greek in its inspiration, and playful in its execution.

I don’t know how you do it.
How you’ve lived all these lives with all this pain and this anger inside of you.
How you keep repeating this story.
Isn’t it exhausting to live in someone else’s story?

The Messy Kween Collective serves body on stage like you’ve only ever dreamed.  We celebrate new work that is as ambitious as it is unconventional with an artistic practice of unapologetic diversity and unrestricted imagination. 


  • June 30th at 9:00 PM
  • July 1st at 9:00 PM
  • July 2nd at 9:00 PM
  • July 4th at 9:00 PM
  • July 5th at 9:00 PM
  • July 6th at 9:00 PM
  • July 8th at 9:00 PM
  • July 9th at 9:00 PM
  • July 10th at 9:00 PM


  • Bodies Strange plays at the Majlis Art Garden (163 Walnut Ave)
  • Tickets are $10 at the door, $12 in advance. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Honest Ed’s Alley, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.

Photo provided by the company