THE 30TH RHUBARB FESTIVAL – Buddies In Bad Times Theatre



Buddies’ announces a stellar line-up for the 2009 Rhubarb Festival of new works. For 30 years The Rhubarb Festival has offered Toronto artists a critic-free environment to experiment with contemporary theatrical explorations. Rhubarb encourages established artists to take new risks and emerging artists to explore the medium of performance creation in an inspired, encouraging space.

Buddies In Bad Times Theatre presents an exciting line-up of new, original, contemporary theatre, performance and dance for our 30th Rhubarb Festival. This year’s festival kicks-off with a special feature presentation of acclaimed New York performer Taylor Mac in The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac as part of his cross-Canada tour.

One Performer — Taylor Mac.  No set but lots of costumes and a giant suitcase. 

This show has played over 40 theatres around the world including the Sydney Opera House, London’s  SoHo  Theatre  and Stockholm’s Sodra  Teaturn.

A flamboyant chameleon of words, music, and sociopolitical tirades, visual and vocal phenomenon Mac employs gender-bending surrealism to explore the human condition and challenge the contemporary culture of fear.  Obie Award-winner David Drake (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me) directs. A MUST SEE!

The 2009 line-up features a host of brave new offerings from by Toronto’s hottest indie artists such as Lex Vaughn, Jenn Goodwin, Erin Sheilds, Meav Beaty, Andrea Donaldson, Amos Latteire, Chad Dembski, Alex Wolfson, Susie Burpee, Michael Rubenfeld, Catherine Hernandez, Alistair Newton and Halifax’s Secret Theatre. Buddies is also proud to bring you a special presentation of Public Recordings’ internationally acclaimed /Dance/Songs/.

Canada’s oldest and largest new works festival is famous for playing fabulous host to the most outrageous acts you’ll catch all year round. This year’s line-up features one-of-a-kind performances you won’t see on any other stage!

“We’ve got comedy, theatre, contemporary dance, drag, performance art and rock ‘n’ roll all under one roof. Once you’re in the door you’re in for a wild ride.

Evening Passes are available for a lean $17, and that gets you in to the shows of your choice that night. $25 gets you a Week Pass so you can come and go, take your time and catch every show at your own pace.

A limited number of Festival Passes are available for a mere $60. Our Festival Pass gives you unlimited access to any performance on any night and comes with a copy of Rhubarb-o-Rama, edited by Franco Boni and featuring rare short plays by artists of Rhubarbs past such as Jacob Wren, Darren O’Donnell, Moynan King, Daniel MacIvor and more.”

Please support theatre in Toronto, during these hard times.  Shows are  being forced to close due to lack of funding. We must keep the arts  alive!

Feb 4 – 22, 2009
Buddies In Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander Street, Toronto ON
Box Office 416-975-8555

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