125 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario

Expect Theatre premieres
as Part of the Next Stage Theatre Festival

A theatrical experience exploring the inner world of one of Canada's most violent, yet inspiring, 'hoods

Expect Theatre proudly premieres AWAKE as part of the 2013 Next Stage Theatre Festival which runs January 2-13, 2013. One of the most popular and socially relevant plays at the 2011 Fringe - and a Globe and Mail Hot Ticket Pick - AWAKE gives audiences a glimpse into the lives of those we usually only read about in the headlines and runs at Factory Theatre's Mainspace from January 3-13. Based on interviews with youth, cops and moms who've lost their sons, this multimedia fusion of
docu-theatre and gospel music looks at gang violence.

AWAKE takes audiences deep into the heart of one of Toronto’s most violent neighbourhoods – Jamestown – to explore the ripple effect of gangs within a community. AWAKE was inspired by the infamous 2005 shooting of Amon Beckles when his killer entered a Jamestown church during funeral service, found him, and shot him six times in the chest.

AWAKE, a verbatim script based on interviews with community members gathered by writers/directors Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley, the co-Artistic Directors of Expect, has been rewritten since its workshop outing at the Fringe, and re-focuses the story on Amon’s mother, Nadia Beckles, as well as on the aftermath and stress of a community shooting.

But AWAKE is not only a story about mourning the loss of lives; AWAKE is also a celebration of the people and culture coming out of one of Canada’s most dangerous, infamous, yet inspiring and culturally exciting areas.

Expect Theatre premieres AWAKE as part of Next Stage Theatre Festival
Written and Directed by Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley
Musical Director: Andrew Craig
Choreographer: Nicola Pantin
Set & Costume Designer: Jackie Chau
Lighting Designer: Arun Srinivasan
Soundscape: Ed Hanley, Dramaturge: Erica Kopyto
Stage Manager: Laura Cournoyea

AWAKE performance times (Next Stage Theatre Festival runs January 2-13, 2013):
January 3 at 5:00pm, January 5 at 7:15pm, January 6 at 9:15pm, January 7 at 8:45pm, January 8 at 6:45pm,
January 10 at 7pm, January 11 at 7:30pm, January 12 at 9:15pm, January 13 at 4:45pm
Factory Theatre Mainspace, 125 Bathurst Street
Tickets $15 (7pm onwards start-time); $12 (6:59pm or earlier start-time)
Tickets On Sale November 19, 2012 - online at www.expect.org or by phone at 416-966-1062

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