March 3 - 8, 2020
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Jam Factory, continues Eclipse’s mandate to bring unique and site responsive pieces of musical theatre that unite space and story. 2020 marks Sondheim’s 90th birthday and we are thrilled to bring this Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece to Toronto audiences after a long absence.
This piece revolves around George, a fictionalized version of Seurat, in the months leading up to the completion of his most famous painting. Consumed by his need to “finish the hat”, he alienates the French bourgeoisie, spurns his fellow artists and neglects his lover Dot, not realizing that his actions will reverberate over the next 100 years. The eternal search for connection is coupled with themes of legacy and art as commerce. The “state of the art” is fully investigated in this piece and could not be more relevant in today’s world climate.
REVIEWS – SUNDAY IN THE PARK
"...intimate and ambitious... lots of nice details…offers lots to admire. What's surprising in this version is how intimate and refreshing the show feels… achieves an immersive, intimate feeling... works beautifully ... achieves musical theatre transcendence. Eclipse Theatre remains one of the more intriguing new companies on the scene. – NOW MAGAZINE
"... a sumptuous experience... riveting... this Sunday in the Park with George is always in motion and deliciously intimate. And conceptual flourishes have been layered and layered without disturbing the flow of the story. If you want to think, there is a lot to digest, but if you just want to sink back and lean into a luxurious musical theatre experience, it unfolds right before your eyes and ears…take this opportunity to savour this fine ensemble's stellar version. – Drew Rowsome - Mygaytoronto
“…a spine-tingling moment of visual and musical harmony. This is a beautiful canvas. Take it in.” - Mooney on Theatre
“…this production is lush, atmospheric and captures—with stirring emotional force. A live painting (by Lori Mirabelli) is created on stage during the performance. This bit of creative embellishment is compelling in its thematic significance and a fun contribution to the creative ambiance of this production. – Istvan Reviews
"Colour and Light", brings the show to a high that carries it through the rest of the evening …a lovely way to spend a Sunday, or any day.” – Broadwayworld
“…creative and energizing…we will hope patiently for a full blown production to follow” – On Stage
Old Lady / Mother
Franz & Billy
Louis The Baker
Mrs. & Harriet
Soldier #1 / Main Soldier
Set & Costume Designer
Apprentice Director & Producer
Production Manager & GM
Publicity: Ashley Belmer
The Jam Factory
The 150 year old historic space, originally the Sherrif Jam factory, had been closed for two years and re-opened as an event venue in February 2017. It retains the same exposed brick and gorgeous wood beam charm of the old venue; but with upgraded washrooms, a fresh catering prep space, and a newly-levelled floor showing off the jazz-age industrial decor and stunning sunsets overlooking the Don Valley.
* accessible elevator available upon request
This production was made possible with the generous support of
Allan Detsky & Rena Mendelson
David & Stacey Cynamon
and to all our donors, board members and supporters: we thank you for making this dream possible.
Donna Child & Rebecca Ramshaw at Artworld Fine Art, William Schmuck, Stratford Festival, Tami MacDonald, Mary-Jo Carter-Dodd, Theatre Passe Muraille, The Theatre Centre, Michael Rubinoff, Nicole Joy-Fraser, Donna Marie Baratta, Eric Hauser, Shannon Refvik, Mark Allan, John Gundy, and everyone in the Musical Theatre Department at Sheridan College
Sunday in the Park with George Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com
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