Body So Fluorescent
April 13–23, 2023

“A play that is contemporary and necessary, challenging and provocative, and thrillingly innovative as a solo piece.”

— The Georgia Straight

a madonnanera, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and b current production

What happened last night on the dance floor? Two friends retrace their steps from the night before to figure out how it all ended in an explosive fight, shifting from self to alter-ego in their effort to untangle the facts. Body So Fluorescent is an electrifying solo performance that asks difficult questions about Blackness, otherness, and appropriation.

Following a national tour, critical acclaim, and a short film adaptation, co-creators Amanda Cordner and David di Giovanni reimagine their hit show for the Buddies stage.

photo of Amanda Cordner by Dylan Mitro, styling by Cat Calica, hair and makeup by Robert Weir
graphic design by Awake Studio

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Tuesday, April 11 // 7:30PM (preview)
Wednesday, April 12 // 7:30PM (preview)

Thursday, April 13 // 7:30PM (opening night)
Friday, April 14 // 7:30PM
Saturday, April 15 // 7:30PM
Sunday, April 16 // 2PM

Tuesday, April 18 // 7:30PM
Wednesday, April 19 // 7:30PM
Thursday, April 20 // 7:30PM
Friday, April 21 // 7:30PM
Saturday, April 22 // 7:30PM
Sunday, April 23 // 2PM

Amanda Cordner + David di Giovanni // playwrights
Amanda Cordner // performer

madonnanera is an artistic collaboration invested in creating outrageous and intersectional new work. First developed as a 25 minute piece for the Rhubarb Festival in 2016, Body So Fluorescent has gone on to tour in Calgary, Stratford, and North Carolina. Body So Fluorescent was produced at the SummerWorks Festival in 2018, and received Now Magazine’s Best of the Fest in Outstanding play, direction, production, performance. Body So Fluorescent has since been turned into a short film, and premiered at the 2020 InsideOut LGBT Film Festival, and won Outstanding Canadian Artist. madonnanera’s second show WRING THE ROSES played as part of Why Not Theatre’s RISER Project in 2019, and was nominated for Outstanding Ensemble at the Dora Mavor Moore awards.

b current Performing Arts is a hotbed for culturally-rooted theatre development in Toronto. Originally founded as a place for Black artists to create, nurture, and present their new works, our company has grown to support artists from all diasporas. Over three decades, b current has created space for intersectional voices to be heard, always with a focus on engaging the communities from which their stories emerge. As a result, these communities trust the company and respect the work that it does. Whether audiences identify with the work through ethnic experience, social values, or political awareness, these groups are loyal to the programming because they recognize the high level of cultural authenticity and integrity fostered in its artists and their works.

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Dates & Times

April 11+12

Show Run
April 13-23
Tue-Sat 7:30PM
Sun 2PM



For each of our mainstage shows this season, we’re offering tickets at a range of price points, though seating is general admission, and every seat is just as good as the next. If cost is a barrier, this is your chance to get an affordable ticket. If you are able to pay more, this is your change to increase your support for the work onstage and ensure it stays affordable for those who need it.

Covid Safety

Please note that we continue to ask all patrons, artists, and staff to mask while in the space. Audience members will be asked to provide proof of vaccination at reduced capacity performances.

For more information on our COVID safety measures, click here.

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