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Discount Dave and the Fix
Written by Rebecca Auerbach
Directed by Aviva Armour-Ostroff
October 12, 2023
125 Bathurst Street
When a rockstar crashes a backstage party at a Shakespeare Festival, a thrill-seeking young actor is set on a path of self-reckoning. A provocative blend of truth and fiction, Discount Dave and The Fix is a suspenseful, hilarious, and harrowing examination of our obsession with celebrity, how addiction can bury our wounds, and what it takes to heal.
Seen on stages across the country, award-winning actor, and one of this year’s RBC Emerging Playwrights, Rebecca Auerbach brings her powerful story-telling skills to a deeply personal solo show with an IN DEVELOPMENT reading this season.
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Rebecca is an award-winning actor, singer/songwriter, and playwright. As an actor, she has worked extensively in theatre across the country including The Arts Club (Jessie Nomination), Theatre Calgary (Betty Award), Alberta Theatre Projects, The Vancouver Playhouse (Jessie Award), Caravan Farm, The Belfry, The Globe, The Citadel, Royal MTC, WJT, Factory Theatre, Nightwood, Studio 180, Musical Stage Company (Dora nominations) National Arts Centre, Summerworks, The Charlottetown Festival and many more. Highlights include 2 season’s with Bard on the Beach, and 9 season’s with Blyth Festival where most recently she co-created and co-composed The Pigeon King (Blyth/NAC). As a writer, in addition to her new solo piece Discount Dave & The Fix, she is currently developing The Wilder Sisters (working title), a play with music commissioned by the Blyth Festival about a country music duo inspired by the women of the CKNX Barndance era. Rebecca also works as a voice artist, narrating numerous audiobooks, voicing commercials and animation. She is a recipient of the Jessie Award for Most Promising Newcomer and a graduate of Studio 58. Recent Film/TV highlights: Sunset Superman (TUBI/Feature), Bike (BELL/Series), and Riley Rocket (Sphere Media/Oasis Animation). Rebecca also plays in the folk/roots/country band Regal Road, and she is most grateful to her soulful German Shepherd, Archer, for changing her life.
Death to the Prometheans
Written by Camille Intson
Directed by 郝邦宇 Steven Hao
Zinnie, Hannah, John, Thea, and Yannis are five international performing arts students indoctrinated into an elite artistic training program at a(n unspecified) world-leading conservatory, navigating as best they can the perils of young adulthood, institutional demands, and finding purpose in making art in a world on fire. At the same time, in a play-within-a-play, the young Titan Prometheus and his siblings plot an assault against Zeus at his annual sacrificial Blood-Bash, unbeknownst to the rest of the Olympians. But can authority really be challenged from within? How can young people imagine systems of education, governance, and political power outside of that which they were taught? What does it mean to break the shackles of tradition? And, at the end of the world, how much is art really worth?
PGC Tom Hendry Award-winning playwright, and one of this year’s RBC Emerging Playwrights, Camille Intson joins IN DEVELOPMENT with her newest play, Death to the Prometheans. The reading will be directed by 2022/23 RBC Emerging Director 郝邦宇 Steven Hao.
Camille Intson (she/her) is an award-winning Tkaronto-based writer, interdisciplinary theatre maker, and new media artist. Her work frequently explores the nature of queer femme identity and spirituality, emerging technology and intimacy, intergenerational power relations, and institutionalized whiteness, often pandering to new generation performers and audiences. Recent projects include JANE (Tarragon Theatre Greenhouse Festival/in development with Pantheon Projects; 2023 Equity Showcase Cayle Chernin Development Award Finalist), CLICK BUSH TRAIN BUG: A Fable for Twelve (Tarragon Theatre/TMU Creative School), WALSH: A New Musical (with Jake Schindler), troubadour (2023 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee/2022 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award), We All Got Lost (2021 Playwrights’ Guild of Canada Tom Hendry Award Winner; 2019 Hamilton Fringe Best in Fringe/Best in Venue/New Play Contest Winner), and Road (2017 NNPF National Playwriting Competition Winner). She can be found at camilleintson.com or @thecamiliad.