In an effort to maintain the spirit of creation within our walls during these trying times, Theatre Passe Muraille is unveilingDancing Without Mary. This is a series of programming that will take over the TPM Mainstage while we are without the irreplaceable Mary Walsh— programming that will keep her spirit alive in our building.
The primary reason behind this initiative is to animate our space while we are Dancing Without Mary. The secondary reason is more pragmatic. The creation of a new piece of theatre is an expensive process, especially a Canadian production that is developed across provinces. It is an unfortunate revelation, but our cancellation insurance does not cover one-person shows (it only covers cancellation for productions where 3 or more actors are simultaneously ill). In the event of a worst-case scenario, the loss of a complete run of Dancing With Rage would mean a loss of $60,000 for Theatre Passe Muraille. Dancing Without Mary is a chance for Theatre Passe Muraille to fundraise in an attempt to recoup lost costs while we wait for Mary to get better and join us.
The first installment of Dancing Without Mary features plays that are in the Passe Muraille spirit of doing political work; plays much like Mary’s will be once it opens. The plays feature glimpses of two of our country’s most famous Prime Ministers. One play was a long running and celebrated success story for TPM and the other is in its first draft stage of development. On Friday March 16, TPM will be presenting a play reading of Linda Griffiths’ Maggie and Pierre at 7:30. The second play is a reading of Michael Healey’s Proud at 7:30 on Monday, March 19.
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