Shelf Life (Produced by Mixed Company Theatre)
Mixed Company Theatre presents the first production of their ongoing InterGEN Project entitled Shelf Life, written by Luciano Iogna and directed by Simon Malbogat. This world premiere play explores the intergenerational gap and was inspired by workshops held with residents living in Toronto’s neighbourhood of Weston / Mount Dennis, in association with Lambton House and Urban Arts Toronto.
With teenage Ashley not speaking to mom, Devon obsessed with saving up for his first car, and grandma Cora feeling stifled by her daughter’s overprotectiveness, how can the Muncie family learn to communicate again and find mobility when both generations feel caged and powerless within their circumstances. Through the InterGEN Project, Mixed Company bridges the gap between older adults and youth. Designed to increase understanding between older Torontonians and teenagers, the project breaks down intergenerational barriers by sensitizing both groups to the issues, realities, and concerns they have in common as well as those which potentially cause conflict.
Mixed Company Theatre specializes in Forum Theatre. Forum Theatre encourages social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement as the audience is moved to offer alternative, positive options to the negative situations presented. Mixed Company Theatre has been in operation for 32 years – producing, performing and touring productions, animations and forum theatre workshops to educational, workplace and community organizations. For more on Mixed Company Theatre,click here.
“Mixed Company Theatre is pushing the boundaries of theatre in Toronto. By engaging their audience in interactive productions that challenge personal assumptions and push people to develop solutions, it is more than just entertainment – it’s activism, engagement and personal growth.” —Craig Kielburger, Founder, Free The Children
“In bringing its performances into schools, communities and workplaces, Mixed Company Theatre has helped unleash talent and creativity within countless individuals and taught many the power of positive change.” —Former Mayor David Miller, City of Toronto
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