RISK EVERYTHING By George F. Walker May 14-25, 2019

Cement Factory and NightShift Theatre have assembled a dynamite ensemble to bring Risk Everything to the Red Sandcastle Theatre this spring. Written by acclaimed Toronto playwright George F. Walker and directed by award-winning performer and designer Allan Michael Brunet, this dark comedy about family ties and personal values comes to Leslieville for a limited run, from May 14 to 25.

Risk Everything is the last instalment in George F. Walker’s Suburban Motel series, which explores the darker side of our capitalist society from the underdog’s perspective. This fast-paced comedy follows Denise as she tries to free herself from a troubled past and become a respectable member of society. When her grifter mother shows up with a dangerous scheme and starts recruiting her T.V. addicted ex-con husband as an accomplice, it will take all of Denise’s resources and determination to keep from lapsing into her old ways. Throw an angry mob boss and a porn director neighbour into the mix and the family may have to risk everything to avoid losing it all.

“Walker’s characters are imperfect and unpredictable, all slightly broken but with an irrepressible spirit that makes them a pure joy to get to know”, says Allan Michael Brunet about working on this script.

For this production, Allan Michael Brunet will transform the Red Sandcastle Theatre into a seedy east end motel room. “I found a house that was about to be torn down. It looked like it had been decorated in the ‘70s. I stripped it of its fake wood panelling and floor to ceiling drapes. Perfect decors for a cheap ‘90s motel room.” Building a set from recycled materials found on Kijiji also makes sense for an environmentally conscious company with a limited budget.

As a special bonus, Cement Factory is reviving the tradition of presenting a short story before the feature event by inviting some of its friends to perform a 10-minute play before each show. Visit CementFactoryTheatre.ca for complete line-up.

Cement  Factory and NightShift Theatre present:

RISK EVERYTHING by George F. Walker 

Directed and designed by Allan Michael Brunet

Featuring Kiran Friesen, Joanne Latimer, Gugun Deep Singh and Paul De La Rosa
Stage managed by Christine Luksts

May 14 to 25, 2019 

Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4M 1J5

416-845-9411        red@redsandcastletheatre.com

Performances:

Tuesday – Saturday: 8PM; Sunday PWYC Matinee: 2PM
Tickets: $25
(advance), $30 (cash at the door): 

cementfactorytheatre.ca; nightshiftprods.wordpress.com; brownpapertickets.com

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“The tightly structured play unspools with perfect precision, moving, as the best farce does, from a premise with at least some pretense of naturalism toward an explosion of lunacy.”

– The Globe and Mail

About George F. Walker (georgefwalker.ca)

George F. Walker is one of Canada’s most prolific and popular playwrights. Since beginning his theatre career in the early 1970s, Walker has written more than 30 plays and has created screenplays for several award-winning Canadian television series. 

The Suburban Motel series is one of his standout pieces of work. These plays deal with the plight of the underclass, and the desperate and often ridiculous measures they resort to in their efforts to improve their lot. Part Kafka, part Lewis Carroll, Walker’s distinctive, gritty, fast-paced tragicomedies illuminate and satirize the selfishness, greed, and aggression of contemporary urban culture.

About Allan Michael Brunet and Cement Factory (cementfactorytheatre.ca)

Allan Michael Brunet is an award winning theatre creator with over 30 years’ experience. Graduating with honours from the University of Ottawa in acting and directing, Allan Michael became the premier lighting designer in the region’s French theatre scene and worked with some of Canada’s top directors. At the same time, he joined local street theatre troupe a Company of Fools, helping develop the highly energetic, physical and interactive style of performing Shakespeare which made them a local favourite, and remains their trademark to this day. After leaving Ottawa, Allan Michael became the lead puppeteer with Théâtre de la Dame de Coeur, translated several plays from French to English, toured the world as designer and puppeteer, and spent 3 years in New York, performing with Cirque du Soleil. Now based in Toronto, Allan Michael continues to design, perform and create theatre. He has been nominated five times for awards in design, winning twice, and three times for acting, winning once. 

Cement Factory is Allan Michael Brunet’s latest venture: a company with which he can draw on his varied interests and extensive experience to create theatre that is entertaining, vibrant and, well, concrete. Risk Everything is Cement Factory’s inaugural production.

About NightShift Theatre (nightshiftprods.wordpress.com)

NightShift Theatre was founded by Joanne Latimer and Katerina Taxia who met while working on the hilarious show Tony & Tina’s Wedding at The Second City. Through a shared passion for the creative drive and the joy that comes from like-minded artists playing together, they formed NightShift Theatre.  To stir, to provoke, to connect. This is NightShift’s fourth production.

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More praise for productions of Risk Everything:
“Walker [is] one of Canada’s most prolific and acclaimed playwrights…”

“There are rarely moments when there is no audible laughter from the audience.”

Risk Everything is consistent throughout, with well paced drama and laughs.”
                                                                                                                  – David Keane

Risk Everything is well worth the gamble.”

Risk everything is an enjoyable farce with some poignant insights at its heart.”
                                                                                                                  – Dublin Live

“It’s all about riding a wave of quicksilver–albeit over a seabed of ground glass.”
                                                                                                                  – Aisle Say, NY

“An invigorating walk on the wacky side.”
                                                                                                                  – LA Times

“An exhilarating, very funny experience.”

“In a word: Brilliant.”
– Red Curtain Review

“Extremely funny and provocative piece of theatre.”
                                                                                                               – Unforgettable Lines

“The tightly structured play unspools with perfect precision, moving, as the best farce does, from a premise with at least some pretense of naturalism toward an explosion of lunacy.”
                                                                                                              – The Globe and Mail

“The play itself is an absolute gem. Walker’s razor-sharp script walks the line between social satire and modern tragedy and features some of the funniest and most touching bits of dialogue in recent dramatic memory.”
                                                                                                                  – The Gazette

CEMENT FACTORY & NIGHTSHIFT THEATRE present
RISK EVERYTHINGBY GEORGE F. WALKER

with KIRAN FRIESEN JOANNE LATIMER GUGUN DEEP SINGH PAUL DE LA ROSADirected and Designed by Allan Michael Brunet Stage Manager Christine Luksts

May 14 – 25 at the Red Sandcastle Theatre

Performance Times & 10-minute Play Line-up

 

May 14: 8PM – The Question by David Healey May 15: 8PM – Bitter Almonds by Michael Ripley May 16: 8PM – 300 Bucks by Allan Cooke
May 17: 8PM – Bitter Almonds by Michael Ripley May 18: 8PM – The Question by David Healey May 19: 2PM* – Serengeti by Barry McKinley

*- Sunday performance is a Pay What You Can matinee

May 21: 8PM – The Question by David Healey May 22: 8PM – Bitter Almonds by Michael Ripley May 23: 8PM – 300 Bucks by Allan Cooke
May 24: 8PM – Serengeti by Barry McKinley
May 25: 8PM – 300 Bucks by Allan Cooke

Tickets: $25 (advance); $30 (cash at door)AVAILABLE AT

brownpapertickets.com

RED SANDCASTLE THEATRE
922 Queen Street East (near Logan) 416-845-8411 redsandcastletheatre.ca