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Utopia has gotten some great responses at SummerWorks.

Istzan Dugalin of mooneyontheatre.com says,

“Utopia is a thoughtful and heartwarming little gem of a play… It charmed me completely. It’s a must see at this year’s SummerWorks!”
Read full review at:
http://www.mooneyontheatre.com/2013/08/10/utopia-theatre-free-radical-2013-summerworks-review/#more-13643

Ramya Jegatheesan of the Charlebois Post says,

“Utopia invites and explores many meaty questions. What does your geography make of you? What gives a place value? Is a land of concrete more valuable than a place of woods and marshes? How do we care for our places? And for each other?
The cast is solid and the lighting effective…”
Read full review at:
http://www.charpo-canada.com/2013/08/review-toronto-utopia-summerworks.html

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Utopia: interview, review, trailer

Interested in finding out more about Utopia? You can read an interview about the play with Toronto’s FernTV at:

http://www.ferntv.ca/FERN_TV/Utopia.html

You can read a review of the recent Fredericton, NB run of the show at:

stureviews.wordpress.com

And you can watch our video trailer at:

vimeo.com/70783061

Scroll down for SummerWorks show times and information!

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;

The trailer is ready!

Gearing up for SummerWorks and NotaBle Acts

The Free Radicals are looking forward to getting back in rehearsal mode soon, in preparation for our run of Utopia at Toronto’s SummerWorks Performance Festival, August 8-18, where we’ll be performing at the Lower Ossington Theatre and sharing the stage with many of the top theatre companies from Toronto and across the country.

And we’ve recently learned that we will have a three night run at this summer’s NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival in Fredericton, with performances slated for July 25-27 at Memorial Hall, UNB. So hooray, hometown… We’re finally doing the show here!

Watch for more details on the shows in coming weeks, and help us spread the word!

Utopia Hits Saint John (and Fredericton)

After a great opening night with a warm and appreciative crowd, we have two more performances of Utopia in Saint John at the Saint John Theatre Company’s studio space, the BMO Rehearsal Hall at 112 Princess Street. Show time is 7:30 PM Friday April 12 and Saturday April 13. Please join us!

For those in Fredericton, you can also catch a sneak peek of Utopia at the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre Cabaret in Fredericton on Monday April 15 at 7 PM at Wilser’s Room. The event will feature readings by 8 local playwrights, including a short performance of a scene from Utopia.

National Honours for Utopia

It’s been a great last few months for our company. We learned in February that our new work, Len Falkenstein’s Utopia, which we’ll be performing in Saint John April 11-13 (see post below) has won second place in the Ottawa Little Theatre’s national One Act Playwriting Competition for 2012. As part of the prize for the contest, the play will receive a three day rehearsal and dramaturgy sessions in advance of a staged reading at Ottawa Little Theatre on April 20.

And this past week we learned that we’ve been invited to perform Utopia at the SummerWorks Theatre Festival in Toronto this August. SummerWorks is Canada’s largest (and one of its most prestigious) juried theatre festivals, annually presenting cutting edge new works by many of Canada’s top professional companies. Visit http://summerworks.ca/2012/ for details on the festival.

Theatre Free Radical will be pround to represent New Brunswick at the festival!