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You’re invited to two theatre productions with strong Old Boy connections
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Upper Canada College has produced some of this country’s top actors, authors, artists, architects, broadcasters, musicians and journalists. And with these Old Boys acting as role models for students, this flow of talent into arts careers shows no signs of slowing down.

Four younger Old Boys are among those making an impact in the theatre world today. They’ll be in the spotlight in October. Why not come out and enjoy their works? You’ll also be joining the UCC community to support Old Boys in professional theatre who, in turn, continue to support current students.

We invite you to hear their stories at these two special events:

Bloody Family at The Theatre Centre on Wednesday, Oct. 1

Toronto’s Theatre Centre opened the doors to its new performance spaces this year with Justis Danto-Clancy ’07 as its director of facilities and production. He’s closely involved with Bloody Family, devised and directed by Phil McKee ’01.

Ravi Jain ’99, the artistic director of Why Not Theatre and artistic director in residence at The Theatre Centre, is producing Concord Floral at The Theatre Centre in November. James Graham ’07 will perform in yet another Theatre Centre production, NSFW, in November.

All four men will be on hand for the Oct. 1 performance of Bloody Family and you’re invited to attend the show and talk to them afterwards. Bloody Family is an adaptation of the ancient Greek tragedy The Oresteia that contrasts compassion with necessity and examines the birth and failure of justice.

The Theatre Centre is at 1115 Queen St. W. Tickets can be purchased here.

Please direct any questions to Dale Churchward at UCC or Justis Danto-Clancy at The Theatre Centre.


BYOB — Bring Your Own Boy to A Brimful of Asha on Oct. 7

Award-winning actor, director and producer Ravi Jain ’99 shares the stage with his real-life mother in A Brimful of Asha — a story of family, arranged marriage and the quest for the perfect bride. Just as Jain’s mother Asha feels that time is running out for her son to find a suitable wife, he feels he isn’t ready for marriage.

A Brimful of Asha was originally developed and presented at The Tarragon Theatre, and this latest production is presented by Why Not Theatre in association with Soulpepper Theatre Company.

You’re invited to a pre-show chat with Ravi and Asha Jain, as well as Soulpepper artistic director Albert Schultz, on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. Thirty tickets will be available to members of the UCC community for the discounted price of $49 for adults and $25 for students until Sept. 30, and can be purchased by phoning the box office at 416-866-8666 and using the promotion code UCCSPECIAL. If more tickets are wanted after Sept. 30, they’ll be at full price, if available. You can find more information at www.soulpepper.ca

Young Centre for the Performing Arts is at 50 Tank House Lane.

Here’s what critics have said about A Brimful of Asha:

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“Pioneering in its intimacy and yet unapologetically heartwarming, Ravi Jain’s play is a beguiling blend of old and new styles, which fits the material beautifully.” – The New York Times