After years spent under copyright, Aldous Huxley’s enduring classic Brave New World will come to life on a Canadian stage for the first time in decades. Produced by Litmus Theatre and Kabin and with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille (TPM), Brave New World previews September 27-28, opens September 29 and runs until October 16, 2016.
Brave New World features a great ensemble, including many actors who have been with the show since its first workshop back in 2014. The ensemble is: Nehassaiu deGannes, Jesse Dwyre, Sofia Fabiilli, Carlos González-Vio, Eli Ham, Ryan Hollyman, Adriano Sobretodo Jr., Zoë Sweet.
Known for their innovative approach to space, Litmus Theatre will transform the striking Theatre Passe Muraille post-industrial space, once a bread factory and stable house, into the World State that Huxley imagined in 1932. Dora Award-winning director Matthew Thomas Walker and two-time Dora Award-winning designer Patrick Lavender will draw on the post-industrial character of Passe Muraille’s architecture to inspire an imaginative production activating rarely used space surrounding and above the audience.
Led by Artistic Directors Adriano Sobretodo Jr., Claire Wynveen and Matthew Thomas Walker, Litmus Theatre first made a splash with the daring Matchbox Macbeth. Litmus’ next show, Birth of Frankenstein, was nominated for four Dora Awards and won for Best Indie Director.
Brave New World is known for its iconic contributions to culture, such as the euphoric drug SOMA, the conveyor-belts full of human embryos, the predetermination and sleep-teaching techniques, and the infamously promiscuous culture. Litmus Theatre will introduce new audiences to these iconic ideas that Huxley dreamed up in the 1930s, while also moving beyond the tropes to mine the deeper meanings at the core of the text.
This production is sure to make audiences think, question, and analyze Huxley’s ideas for days. Having read Huxley’s book many years ago, I am definitely very curious about Litmus Theatre’s interpretation. Be sure not to miss this production!
Brave New World
Never put off till tomorrow the fun you can have today.
Produced by Litmus Theatre and Kabin
With support of Theatre Passe Muraille
Previews: September 27 & 28, 2016
Opening Night: September 29, 2016 at 7:30pm
Shows: September 30 – October 16
At Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace
Tickets: $22 – $30; avail online or at 416-504-7529