Ringplay Productions Announces UNTITLED - a new work!
Therapeutic Conversations Meet Abstract Art in “Untitled”
Interview with Co-Writer Patrice Francis
Q. Why a name like Untitled?
A. It’s easy to get attached to labels and by so doing, box ourselves
in. Many abstract art pieces are labelled “Untitled” to give the
beholder the freedom to take from the piece what they will; what they
need. “Untitled” is based on the concept that the content of people’s
lives and the weight of their expressions are more significant than what
they choose to name an experience, a process or a painting. Untitled
supports the idea that we’re all still…becoming and sometimes we become
without knowing what to call it.
Q. What can audiences expect from the production “Untitled”?
A. Expect to be moved. You’re in for an intermission-free evening of
therapeutic conversations, monologues and short plays - all originally
written by Francis and Ben-Hepburn. Some pieces will sponsor laughter,
others will usher in serious reflection and hopefully everyone will find
something provocative that leads to self-exploration and discovery.
Q. Tell us about the cast.
A. We have 18 actors comprising of newcomers and veterans. Of the 18,
four are students in junior or senior high school. We also have a few
actors who participated (and excelled) in various drama categories in
the 2019 E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival. The cast is truly a
mix of men, women and children who love theatre and can appreciate its
link to artistic expression.
Q. Will Untitled be performed on the main stage at The Dundas?
A. If, by main stage, you’re referring to the Winston V. Saunders
Theatre, no. Untitled will be mounted in the experimental stage of the
Philip A. Burrows Blackbox Theatre which is at the rear of the “main
Q. Please give us the dates again
A. Certainly: Untitled will open on Friday, April 26th at 8 p.m. and will run that weekend with performances at 8 pm. on Saturday, April 27th and 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 28th. The following weekend, it will also play from May 3-5 at those same times.
Q. Who’s directing “Untitled”?
A. I thought you’d never ask! Marcel T. Sherman, an actor and
Ringplay’s resident stage manager, is directing this work. For him, it’s
both a joy and a challenge and that’s a great place to be when birthing
a new play.
Q. What’s the most exciting thing about “Untitled”?
A. I can’t name just one thing. It’s the unique combination of these
original pieces, coupled with the way art is being woven throughout.
It’s the actors’ response and the director’s commitment to the vision.
It’s also the kaleidoscope of talent, both young and post-young. It’s
experimental, and true and tempting all at once. If you think the idea
of therapy and abstract art in a live stage production is intriguing, it
is. Let the intrigue draw you and meet us at the Dundas beginning April
26th. This one is too…colourful, too singular to miss!
Philip A. Burrows Black Box
Six performances only
Friday, April 26 8P Saturday, April 27 8P Sunday, April 28 6P Friday, May 3 8P Saturday, May 4 8P Sunday, May 5 6P