FIRST DAY BACK at The Storefront Theatre
In FIRST DAY BACK, you enter a school the day after a gay ninth grader, Ollie, killed himself following years of bullying and abuse. There's an eerie hush in the halls as Ollie's friends and tormenters gather to figure out who's responsible. As you take your seats in the art room, be prepared to have your prejudices about school, homophobia, bullies, and teenagers shaken to their core.
Playing at The Storefront Theatre
(955 Bloor St W TTC: Ossington)
Until June 27, 2015
Thur-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm
Tickets $10 under-18, $15 students/arts workers, $20 advance, $25 door. Limited seating for each show.
More Info: http://www.tenfootpole.ca/?page_id=49
What the critics say:
"Richly thoughtful... Salerno presents each character with emotional truth."
- Now Magazine
"From the moment I sat down, I felt like I was back in high school...It's a thought-provoking yet entertaining piece of theatre."
- Gay Theatre Toronto
"A poignant, non-preachy, surprisingly funny work... It felt just like high school."
About the Performer and Director:
Rob Salerno is a Toronto-born writer and performer who's been labeled a "theatrical rabble rouser" by The Globe and Mail. His preoccupations as a writer include social justice and probing issues that polite people wouldn't touch, such as gaybashing, sexual ethics, HIV/AIDS, and cancer. His five original plays, Balls, Fucking Stephen Harper, Big in Germany, RAW and First Day Back have toured to more than thirty festivals around the world, winning rave reviews, awards, and audience praise.
Steven Gallagher is a playwright, actor, and director from Toronto, Canada. Steven most recently directed Myth of the Ostrich, which was a hit of the Toronto Fringe and Next Stage Theatre Festival. Steven's plays Craplicker, Memorial, and Stealing Sam, have been seen at the Toronto Fringe, Best of Fringe, Next Stage Theatre Festival, Vancouver Queer Arts Festival, and Half Moon Theatre (New York). Stealing Sam won Best of Fringe, Patron's Pick, and NOW Magazine's Outstanding Play, Production, Actor and Director at the Toronto Fringe, and was awarded Best Drama at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC in 2014. As an actor, he was most recently seen as Fagin in Oliver! at King's Wharf Theatre, and Albin in La Cage aux Folles at Neptune Theatre (Merritt Award Nominee). Two seasons in The Dream in High Park as Quince in a Midsummer Night's Dream, and the original cast Top Gun! The Musical! at the 2002 Toronto Fringe. Steven is the recipient of a 2013 Harold Award.
The Storefront Theatre (View)
955 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M6H 1L7
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|