Utopia at SummerWorks

After a very successful three night run at the NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival in Fredericton, we Free Radicals are packing our bags for the SummerWorks festival in Toronto. Here’s what you need to know about the show in Toronto. View our TRAILER for the show by scrolling down after this post.

Theatre Free Radical Presents Utopia by Len Falkenstein
Coming soon to the SummerWorks Theatre Festival, Aug. 8-18

Late one enchanted night, a strange new visitor drops anchor at a backwoods Christmas tree farm somewhere in the Maritimes. A small, glowing planet floating in orbit overhead, but connected to Earth by way of an earthen stairway into the sky that starts just outside the back door of the farmhouse of single mom Karen and her troubled teen daughter, Jess. Ruled legal owner and guardian of the planet, Karen takes on the mantle of Queen of Utopia. And when the planet is discovered to be habitable and bursting with natural resources and fossil fuels, she is soon courted by developers and politicians of all stripes. What to do with Utopia is a question that will soon push Karen and her family to the edge, even as the once friendly face of the planet begins to appear more malign.

WINNER: Second prize, 72nd annual Ottawa Little Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Competition

“A moving fantasy which manages to stay grounded in fundamental human experiences”—Gordon Portman, Dramaturge, Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre; Juror, Ottawa Little Theatre Playwriting Competion.

“..superbly weird..”—Greg Everett, STU Reviews (http://stureviews.wordpress.com)

Utopia is a rich, densely layered work that is at once a dark fairy tale, an allegory, and a moving, emotionally powerful drama about parenthood and the plight of the powerless. Utopia is the newest play from Fredericton, NB-based Theatre Free Radical, whose play Doppelgänger appeared at SummerWorks in 2009. The play features a haunting original score by ambient/experimental musician and composer Eric Hill, as well as Theatre Free Radical’s trademark multimedia performance style, which has captivated critics and audiences at Fringe Festivals from coast to coast, earning Best of Fringe ratings for Doppelgänger (Edmonton, 2006), Free/Fall, Manifesto (Winnipeg, 2001) and Allure (Edmonton, 2000).

Utopia will be performed at the Lower Ossington Theatre
(100A Ossington Avenue):
Friday August 9, 5:00 pm
Saturday August 10, 7:30 pm
Sunday August 11, 12:00 pm
Monday August 12, 2:30 pm
Wednesday August 14, 10:00 pm
Thursday August 15, 5:00 pm
Sunday August 18, 2:30 pm

For more information:

lfalken@unb.ca; 506 238-3258;


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