A NEW PLAY FOR A DIVIDED CITY
August 9 to 17, 2014

Produced by the Complex Collective and Koffler Centre of the Arts

COMPLEX
Lower Ossington Theatre (100-A Ossington Avenue Toronto, ON)
Presented as part of the Summerworks Performance Festival

READ CHALKFARM, MENTAL HEALTH, AND COMPLICATING THE NARRATIVE FOR THE PLAY’S ORIGIN STORY AND SOME SURPRISING INSIGHTS ON THE SUBJECT MATTER

Life With More Cowbell calls Complex a “Beautifully layered exploration of relationships, class, the struggle for order, and mental illness…”

The playwright spoke with She Does the City  about how the play “speaks to the experience of living in areas that are at once demonized and mythologized.”

From imaginary numbers to one of Toronto’s most notorious neighbourhoods, Complex follows the relationship between a University of Toronto math major and a teenager growing up in Chalkfarm. Fascinated by the community’s dangerous reputation, she becomes a volunteer tutor for the “at-risk” high school student. We watch as she begins to latch on to the young man, who’s struggling for reasons she’d never expect.

“TORONTO IS BECOMING a city of stark economic extremes as its middle class is hollowed out and replaced by a bipolar city of the rich and poor – one whose lines are drawn neighbourhood by neighbourhood…Those in the lowest-income areas are also more likely to be immigrants and visible minorities.” – Anna Mehler Paperny, The Globe and Mail

“THOUGH OUR CURRENT immigration policy favours young, clever newcomers who are physically and psychlogically fitter than the rest of the population, after they have been here for 7 years they are more likely to be ill than their Canadian-born peers.” – Dr. Kwame McKenzie, Medical Director of Underserved Populations at CAMH



The Team

Playwight/Producer: Rebecca Applebaum
Director: Christopher Stanton
Assistant Director: Margaret Evans
Co-Producer: Nick Hutcheson
Set and Costume Designer: Laura Gardner
Sound Designer: Lyon Smith
Lighting Designer: Siobhán Sleath
Stage Manager: Beth Wong
Production Assistant: Jenn Rossetti
Performers: Beryl Bain, Mazin Elsadig, Emily Piggford and Tim Walker
Graphic Designer: Alex “Addy” Johnson


SummerWorks Performance Schedule
VENUE F: Lower Ossington Studio TheatreSaturday, August 9, 5:30pm
Sunday, August 10, 9:00pm
Monday, August 11, 6:30pm
Tuesday, August 12, 6:00pm
Wednesday, August 13, 8:00pm
Friday, August 15, 10:00pm
Saturday, August 16, 3:30pm
Sunday, August 17, 12:30pmBuy tickets here: http://summerworks.ca/2014/portfolio/complex/