NO STRINGS (ATTACHED)
MARCH 16 - 26
“Charming and disarmingly clever… one of the most interesting and touching performances I’ve seen in a while.”
— G Scene, Brighton UK
A hilarious and touching confessional exploring the romantic lives of queer and trans* folks. One hopeless romantic shares his experience navigating the fast-paced worlds of on-line dating, jealousy, and sexual politics in his search for love.
Fresh off tour with sold out shows in Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia, Sunny Drake brings his funny and tender look at queer and trans* relationships to the Buddies cabaret stage for a special limited engagement.
No Strings (Attached) is a smart, fast-paced take on dating in the age of social media and technology that blends first-person confessional stories with interactive video and sound. It follows Jimmy, a self-confessed romance addict, as he shares his struggle to find a meaningful relationship in a world obsessed with monogamy and unsure of what to keep from mainstream relationship models and what to re-invent. At once personal and political, Jimmy’s romantic tragedies found in his own jealousy and high expectations, as much as in the larger social forces that impact the ways we love each other.
image of Sunny Drake by Tanja-Tiziana.
Pink Pluto and Eventual Ashes in association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre present
NO STRINGS (ATTACHED)
written + performed by SUNNY DRAKE
directed by GEIN WONG
video GEIN WONG, LAURA WARREN, ALEX WILLIAMS, HISAYO HORIE
set + costume design JOE PAGNAN
lighting design MICHELLE RAMSAY
immersive space designer JADE LEE HOY
composer NJO KONG KIE
dramaturgy CATHERINE HERNANDEZ
puppet ANN POWELL
stage manager BETH WONG
cabaret technician JAZZ KAMAL
ABOUT PINK PLUTO
Pink Pluto is the theatre and performance company of Sunny Drake and Gein Wong. Sunny is an Australian born queer trans effeminate writer, performer & producer. Now based in Toronto, he’s toured his award-winning theatre shows extensively in Canada, Australia, the USA, Puerto Rico and Europe. He is also the author of a blog which weaves trans* and queer politics with personal story. sunnydrake.com
ABOUT EVENTUAL ASHES
Eventual Ashes is a prolific Toronto-based Performing Arts company that produces and presents interdisciplinary work with strong narratives that center emotions, empathy and stimulates audience discussion. Formed in 2008, director, playwright, composer and video artist Gein Wong serves as the Artistic Director. Recent productions and co-productions include The Femme Playlist (Buddies 14/15 season), Stonewall 45 (World Pride) and Say Their Names, Remember (opened the Ai Weiwei exhibit at the AGO). Eventual Ashes is currently developing a new work, Ocean Carving, as part of Buddies’ Artist Residency Program. evenutalashes.com
“Charming and disarmingly clever… Drake is one of those rare provocative performers who are uber smart but ultra cosy at heart… one of the most interesting and touching performances I’ve seen in a while. I learned something too, and I loathe learning when I’m out, unless it’s done with subtle talented panache….Mr Drake. I’m a fan.”
-Gscene, Brighton UK
“Theatrically sophisticated and accomplished”
-RealTime Arts Australia
“The mood of the Transgender Seeking was similar to a romantic comedy which filled your heart with hope and love. However it was also so profound and sharp that it had a darkness that does not fit into any romantic comedy… The result is a play you leave with powerful images in your mind which are thoroughly attached to the unforgettable story”
-Melbourne Arts Fashion
“Sunny Drake’s show was a pleasure to behold, a sparkly moment in a life”
-Wotever World, London UK
- Please refrain from wearing fragrances like perfume, essential oils, scented deodorant or cologne, so we can make it a scent reduced space for those with chemical sensitivities.
- ASL interpretation on Friday March 25, 8:00pm provided by a Deaf artist, Sage Willow in collaboration with ASL/English interpreter, Tala Jalili. This performance will be pay-as-much-as-you-can for Deaf people.
- Buddies is a physically accessible venue for folks who use wheelchairs or mobility devices. The nearest accessible TTC station is Bloor-Yonge.
- Free ticket offered to disability assistants attending a show in support of a disabled ticket buyer.
- Saturday matinees are sober shows – we will be serving tasty non-alcoholic drinks (March 19 & 26, 2:30pm)
- Low income: Saturday matinees are pay-as-much-as-you-can (March 19 & 26, 2:30pm). A limited number of TTC tokens will be available upon request for low/no income folks – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Parents who are struggling to afford child-minding costs – please contact email@example.com for a small discount on your ticket.
- All other access enquires to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday – Friday at 8:00PM // Saturday 2:30PM + 8:00pm
Wednesday, March 16 // 8pm (preview)
Thursday, March 17 // 8pm (opening night)
Friday, March 18 // 8pm
Saturday, March 19 // 2:30pm + 8pm [matinee is a sober show*]
Wednesday, March 23 // 8pm
Thursday, March 24 // 8pm
Friday, March 25 // 8pm [ASL interpretation provided*]
Saturday, March 26 // 2:30pm + 8pm [matinee is a sober show*]
Friday, March 18 – Singles’ Night: bat your eyelids across the room at other single cuties, whilst enjoying the show! Post-show singles social mixer hosted by the fabulous Belle Jumelles.
Show 8pm-9pm. Mixer 9pm-10pm
Thursday, March 24 – Poly Night: join other poly hotties to watch a theatre show including… poly hotties! Post-show poly social mixer hosted by the incredible Chanelle Gallant.
Show 8pm-9pm. Mixer 9pm-10pm
*For more information on accessibility for No Strings (Attached), please read the ‘Accessibility’ tab.
WAYS TO SAVE
Whether you want to see just one show or keep coming back for more, Buddies has affordable ticket options that are right for you. We have Rush Tickets during the week and Pay-What-You-Can shows every on the weekends. We also have $25 tickets to almost every show for folks who buy their tickets early, and you can save even more when you sign up for Buddies Rewards.
All Shows $20
Student / Senior / Arts Worker $15
Saturday Matinees PWYC (at the door)
A limited number of $12.50 Rush Tickets available for every performance.