March 23 - April 8
“a poetic look at a world where hope must grow in sandy soil.”
— Now Magazine
Modern Times Stage Company
A war orphan and a war veteran live on the fringes of a ruined world – one is trying to remember, while the other is trying to forget. Inspired by TS Eliot’s The Wasteland, bloom is a humorous and haunting story of despair and hope played out between an old man with a decaying soul, and the boy who may bear the seeds of his redemption.
photo of Soheil Parsa by Tanja-Tiziana _ design by Lucinda Wallace
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Buddies in Bad Times Theatre welcomes a Modern Times Stage Company production
by GUILLERMO VERDECCHIA
directed by SOHEIL PARSA
starring PETER FARBRIDGE, KESHIA PALM + KIM NELSON
set + costume design ANAHITA DEHBONEHIE
sound design THOMAS RYDER PAYNE
lighting design MICHELLE RAMSAY
stage manager LORI ANDERSON
production manager CHARISSA WILCOX
producer GIA NAHMENS
MARCH 23 – APRIL 8, 2018
Friday, March 23 // 8pm (preview)
Saturday, March 24 // 8pm (preview)
Sunday, March 25 // 2:30pm (preview)
Tuesday, March 27 // 8pm (opening)
Wednesday, March 28 // 8pm
Thursday, March 29 // 8pm
Friday, March 30 // 8pm
Saturday, March 31 // 8pm
Sunday, April 1 // 2:30pm
Tuesday, April 3 // 8pm
Wednesday, April 4 // 8pm
Thursday, April 5 // 8pm
Friday, April 6 // 8pm
Saturday, April 7 // 8pm
Sunday, April 8 // 2:30pm
The Modern Times Stage Company was established in Toronto in 1989. We create original plays, revisit classical work and translate the plays of Iranian dramatists. Led by Iranian-Canadian director, Soheil Parsa, the company’s work has performed in Colombia, Cuba, Iran, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Denmark. Themes of loneliness, the mystery of existence, the search for happiness and truth, and the conflict between Fate and Will are often at the centre of Modern Times’ works. The productions are usually placeless and timeless; design elements are ultimately more like archetypes. Archetypes transcend cultural and political borders, and this is what the company strives for in its creations: to move away from ideology towards a human vocabulary that speaks across civilizations.
The company has been honoured with 16 Toronto ‘DORA AWARDS’ and has been nominated for sixty. Director Soheil Parsa has received several national and international distinctions.
Buddies has enjoyed a long relationship with Modern Times, who audiences will remember from their seminal production of Macbeth in 1995 to the more recent Hallaj in 2011 and last year’s production of Blood Weddings.
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