Season Announcement 2011-12

Media refer: Lucy Eveleigh


Toronto, October 3rd 2011 – Following one of the largest seasons in the company’s history, Necessary Angel will be spending more time in the studio developing new work as Artistic Director Daniel Brooks’ explores themes of urban life in his new Untitled piece as well as re-connecting with John Mighton on his new play Risk.

Launching the season and continuing its touring life (after successful runs at the prestigious Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, and The Great Canadian Theatre Company as part of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival), Daniel MacIvor’s and Daniel Brooks’ This Is What Happens Next will be presented in November at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. In response to a highly successful run in our previous season, Divisadero: a performance, by Michael Ondaatje will be remounted in February 2012 with the same cast and directed by Daniel Brooks

THE 2011-2012 SEASON

This Is What Happens Next

Created by Daniel MacIvor and Daniel Brooks
Written and Performed by Daniel MacIvor
Directed and Dramaturged by Daniel Brooks
Music and Sound Design by Richard Feren
Lighting Design by Kimberly Purtell
Stage Managed by Marcie Januska
November 12 – December 4th, 2011
Citadel Theatre, (Rice Alternative Series)
9828-101A Avenue, Edmonton Alberta
For tickets call 1-780.425.1820
$39 – $69

A journey deep into the heart of the Kingdom of Kevin with an astrologer, a lawyer, an absent father, the embodiment of our own Will and Me, which takes us through the dark forest of addiction, divorce, Arthur Schopenhauer, The Little Mermaid and the life of John Denver. This is What Happens Next is a scary fairytale with a happy ending. Daniel MacIvor and Daniel Brooks’ previous collaborations include Here Lies Henry, House, Monster, and Cul-de-Sac.

Divisadero: a performance

Written by Michael Ondaatje
Directed by Daniel Brooks
Performed by Liane Balaban, Maggie Huculak, Tom McCamus, Amy Rutherford and Justin Rutledge
Music by Justin Rutledge
Designed by Andrea Lundy and John Thompson
Lighting Design by Alexander MacSween
Video Design by Jeremy Mimnagh
Stage Managed by Rob Harding
Produced in association with The Film Farm
February 8-26, 2011, opening date to be determined
Theatre Passe Muraille’s Mainspace, 16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto.
For tickets, call 416-504-7529
$25- $35

Divisadero: a performance is a violent and passionate story exploring themes of memory, identity, love and the grip of the past on the present. It is an examination of the intimate relationship between the speaker and the listener, and of language’s ability to weave a magical spell.

Text by John Mighton
Directed and Dramaturged by Daniel Brooks
In Association with Canadian Stage.
A public reading in November, date TBA.

John Mighton’s new play investigates the story of Ignaz Semmelweis, an Austrian doctor whose discoveries about sanitation were ignored and whose life ended in an insane asylum. Set in a Vienna seething with revolution – full of political subversives, prostitutes, self-important writers and ambitious doctors – Risk explores the nature of human knowledge. Mighton and Brooks’ previous collaborations include Possible Worlds and Half Life.

In creation by Daniel Brooks.
Workshop presentation in Spring 2012

Artistic Director Daniel Brooks is currently working on a project that inspects and dissects how people experience our city. The project will explore how urban space informs and influences themes such as loneliness/isolation, love, security, survival and the meaning of home, all in direct relation to the city of Toronto.

About Necessary Angel:

Founded in 1978 and based in Toronto, Canada, Necessary Angel has been an influential and original presence on the national and international theatre scene for over 30 years. Having produced more than 50 productions, including 30 world premieres and 10 North American premieres, the company is considered to be one of English Canada’s most important original creation and touring organizations. Necessary Angel tours its work to prominent theatres and festivals across Canada and internationally. The company’s plays have been nominated for and have won numerous Governor General’s Awards for Drama, Chalmers Awards for Outstanding New Play, and countless Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Over the years, Necessary Angel has welcomed the participation of outstanding literary icons, including Michael Ondaatje and Timothy Findley, while also developing new work with some of Canada’s leading playwrights, including Daniel MacIvor, John Mighton, Colleen Murphy, Jason Sherman, Colleen Wagner and David Young, whose works have become acclaimed on stages around the globe.

Daniel Brooks, Artistic Director of Necessary Angel since 2003, is a prolific and versatile artist whose innovation and risk-taking have made him a leader within the Canadian cultural landscape. He has been recognized with accolades and awards throughout Canada and around the world including the inaugural Elinore and Lou Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.

For more information, visit the Necessary Angel website at


Media refer: Lucy Eveleigh / 416.703.0406

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Necessary Angel produces compelling live performances. The company collaborates with artist innovators to explore urgent ideas through original work and existing texts creating entertaining and enlightening experiences for intrepid audiences.
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