TESTIFY: Damien Atkins, our buddy.

Damien Atkins remounts his Dora Award winning musical Real Live Girl, for one night only, in support of Buddies.

Damien speaks to the influence and importance of Buddies.

“When Brendan [Brendan Healy Buddies AD] asked me if I would be interested in reviving Real Live Girl for one night only, as a benefit for Buddies, I jumped at the chance. When I first moved to Toronto, I felt pretty lost. Buddies represented a safe place for me as both a young artist and a young gay man. Buddies was one of the first theatres to take me seriously, to be interested in the stories I wanted to tell. I feel so unbelievably fortunate to live in a city that is home to North America’s largest queer theatre. And doing Real Live Girl is a great way to celebrate it. It’s a theatre that gives young people a place to feel safe and special, that gives us all a place to hear our own stories. Please come and support Buddies – we’re going to make it a great night!”

Also, check out Xtra’s coverage of RLG here.

And, TorontoStage’s video interview with Atkins here.

Real Live Girl, March 5 2010. $100 ($80 charitable tax receipts available upon request). Tickets available now through Buddies’ Box Office 416.975.855. More info here.