Theatre Performances - This Is The Point
This Is The Point
Showtime: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Location: RBC Theatre
Show suitable for: Contains scenes of sexuality and violence
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|This is the Point||February 26, 2019||07:30 pm||$30.00 - $45.00|
This is the Point
|February 27, 2019||07:30 pm||$30.00 - $45.00|
THIS IS THE POINT is a joyous and unflinching portrait of four individuals whose lives have been shaped, in part, by cerebral palsy.
Dan and Christina, currently expecting their third child, are parents searching for the best way their disabled son Bruno can share his voice. Tony, whose original play was the inspiration for THIS IS THE POINT, is a non-verbal adult who won’t shut up. Liz, his long-time romantic partner is grappling with the judgments that society makes about their love and sexuality.
THIS IS THE POINT addresses misconceptions related to disability by sharing the ordinary and extraordinary stories of these two real-life couples. With a verbatim theatre quality and physical comedy delivery, a series of staged conversations and theatrical re-enactments, from getting Bruno ready for school in the morning, to Tony breaking up with his computer because he doesn’t like the simulated voice.
The production incorporates high and low tech augmented communication aids (devices used by non-verbal people to express themselves), as well as projected live video feeds, to create a heightened naturalistic style that simultaneously connects and contrasts the physical body with the technologies we use to communicate.
THIS IS THE POINT debates questions of representation, the nature of companionship, and how people of different abilities can connect with each other on equal terms.
A message from Natalie Lue, CEO
WINNER OF 2 DORA MAVOR MOORE AWARDS: OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION AND OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE!
This touring production has been made possible by the Ontario Arts Council – Theatre Connects programme.
“A whip-smart play about love, sex and disability in all its gritty, messy, humanness”
- The Slotkin Letter, November 2016
“This Is The Point changes the way we see people with disabilities - especially when it comes to love and sex”
- National Post, November 2016
Tony Diamanti (Writer & Performer) is an award-winning writer and actor. He uses Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and is involved with various groups for the awareness, needs, and rights of all people who use augmentative and alternative communication. He is a member of the Advocacy Group for People who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication in Toronto. Tony has presented and facilitated a number of training programs for AAC users with the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy, the Anne Johnson Health Station, and Harmoney place Support Servies in Toronto, and is a board member for Communication Disabilities Canada. In 2006, Tony co-wrote the play Broken Speech, presented at the Toronto Fringe Festival. He co-wrote and performed in This is the Point which won two Dora Awards in 2017 for Outstanding Production and Acting Ensemble. Tony was also recently the subject of a documentary called Love, Sex and Disability.
Liz MacDougall (Witer & Performer) has worked in film & television for the past 10 years. She is a graduate of George Brown College's culinary program in Toronto and is an advocate for disability rights. In addition to the Culinary Arts program at George Brown, she took the Assaulted women and Children Counsellor Advocate program, which she found challenging but rewarding. Currently she works Craft Service through IATSE for various television and movie production companies. She has been involved in theatre for three years which she loves. She co-wrote and performed in This is the Point which won two Dora Awards in 2017 for Outstanding Production and Acting Ensemble. Liz hopes to make enough money from the play to buy a Lamborghini.
Dan Wason (Writer & Performaer) is an award-winning creator and producer of theatre and events. He is Artistic Producer of Ahuri Theatre (This is the Point, What Dream is Was) and founder of Edge of the Woods Theatre (Nuit Blanche North Ralph + Lina) in his home town of Huntville. He is also the new Executive Director of the Huntsville Festival of the Arts. Dan also works in community engaged arts with a particular focus on collaborations with people of different abilities. Most importantly, he is a proud papa of three awesome kids Bruno, Ralph & Simone, and partners with one incredible human being Christina.
Christina Serra (Writer) is very privileged to have been part of The Theatre Centre's residency program. She is co-founder of Edge of the Woods Theatre, which brings alternative theatre to the Muskoka region. Theatre experience includes This is the Point (four Dora nominations), Ralph + Lina (foud Dora nominations, including outstanding female lead), and creating original works with Stranger Theatre and the Cooking Fire Theatre Festical. She can most commonly be found running music classes for tots or running after her three children, Bruno, Ralph and Simone. Christina is proud to be part of the evolution of This is the Point and hopes it continues to share the message; assuming only makes an ass out of you and me. Be nice to everyone.
Run time: 85 minutes without an intermission *subject to change
*Visitors with access requirements are encouraged to inform the Box Office when purchasing tickets.
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Doors open at 5:00pm
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