Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Theatre Kingston/Salon Theatre Press Announcement-King's Conscience


For Immediate Release

Dan Rider-General Manager
Kim Renders-Artistic Director
Theatre Kingston

*/The King's Conscience/*
*Hamlet re-mixed!*

"*/We got in this stupid fight about how I don't share myself enough. Or
say the right things. Or when I do share myself I'm
all-manipulative...This whole death thing is pretty hard to get my mind

February 4-20, at the Baby Grand Theatre, Theatre Kingston with Salon
Theatre Productions presents */The King's Conscience/*, an exciting
"re-mix" of Shakespeare's /Hamlet/ that will turn Kingston's Baby Grand
Theatre into a lively "salon bar" while combining hip-hop, comedy,
tragedy, skull-juggling, and some of Shakespeare's greatest soliloquies.

*/The King's Conscience/* is the story of a princely young man who
battles the demons that haunt him after the mysterious death of his
father. written by award winning playwright *Charlotte
Corbeil-Coleman*and starring National Theatre School graduate and
Kingstonian *David Rockne Corrigan.* Sheridan College Music School
graduate and Kingston-born talent, Anna Sudac adds to the "re-mix" as
the love-mad Ophelia.

The King's Conscience is directed by *Layne Coleman*, former Artistic
Director of Toronto's acclaimed Theatre Passe Muraille, who says "I
believe this show will bring young people to a new understanding of
/Hamlet/, and lead older people to a new appreciation of Rap." The
exciting new look at theatre's most famous conflicted young man has been
performed, in an earlier version, at the 2009 Montreal and Toronto
Fringe Festivals to excellent response.

"Corrigan exudes enough energy to avoid the tedious pitfalls of the
one-man-show genre." /Eye Weekly /

"... hearing 'To Be or not to be' as rapped by Corrigan might make you
think twice about Shakespeare's true life ambition." /Montreal// Arts

*_NEW Times/Prices_*: The production will play Tuesdays to Saturdays at
8 p.m. with Pay What You Can Matinees on Sundays Feb. 7 and 14 at 2:30
p.m. and will introduce extra late night shows at 10 p.m. on Friday and
Saturday evenings, as an extra "hip" entertainment alternative. There
is also a Pay What You Can Preview on Weds. Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. Opening
night is February 4.

Student/Senior tickets are $17.75, Adult tickets $25.10. The production
is part of ArtIgnite. Tickets may be purchased at the Grand Theatre
Box Office, 613 530-2050 or online at www.kingstongrand.ca

About the Company

*David Rockne Corrigan*-Actor, Playwright, Associate Artist, SALON

David is a graduate of the National Theatre School, where he has
recently instructed, and KCVI, where he frequently produced and directed
at the Earl Street Theatre. In summer 2009, he performed an earlier
version /of The King's Conscience/ at fringe festivals in Toronto and

*Anna Sudac *is a Toronto-based, Kingston-born singer/songwriter, and
graduate of Sheridan College's Music Theatre performance program. She
has performed in venues ranging from the National Arts Centre to
Toronto's Gladstone Hotel. Anna's voice can be heard on various
professional recordings, and her song /Still Smoking/ was featured
on the local compilation CD "By Grace," benefitting Dawn House Women's

*Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman*-Playwright & Associate Artist, Salon Theatre.

Most recently, Charlotte co-directed the Oil Sands collective creation
for Emergency Architect Theatre at Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa
and Fort McMurray. She was Writer-in-Residence for the 2008-09 Factory
Theatre Lab season in Toronto where she also starred in her hit play,
"/SCRATCH/", which received a Best New Play Dora Award nomination. She
is a graduate of National Theatre School and recipient of the 2007
Herman Voaden National Playwright's Prize. She is working on projects
now for Factory Theatre and film producer, Ilana Frank.

*Layne Coleman*-Director, Artistic Director, SALON Theatre & The
Macdonald Festival. Layne is a former Artistic Director of Theatre
Passe Muraille and has enjoyed a long and brilliant career as a theatre
artist. As an actor, he was most recently seen in /Goodness,/ produced
by Volcano Theatre and performed in Vancouver, Toronto, Rwanda, and
Winnipeg. Other recent credits include /The Ecstasy of Rita Joe/,
produced by the National Arts Centre and The Western Theatre Company
and /Kingfisher Days/, produced by Thousand Islands Playhouse. He is
also a celebrated writer with recent credits including /Tijuana Cure/,
produced by Theatre Smash and Theatre Passe Muraille which was nominated
for a Dora for Best New Play; and /Oasis of Hope/, a short story for
/The Walrus/ magazine which was nominated for a National Magazine Award.

He has been awarded The George Luscombe Award for mentoring, The Rita
Davies Award for contributions to the Arts in Toronto, and the Silver
Ticket Award for lifetime achievement.

Rounding out the creative team is Dan Rider (Production Manager and
Lighting Designer) and Kate Daley, (Set and costume designer).

Jim Garrard
Artistic Director
Salon T heatre


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