It’s almost August, and some of us know that means it’s almost SummerWorks. The juried theatre festival has taken a bit of a different turn this year, under the new artistic leadership of Michael Rubenfeld, and is branching out into music and performance art. In a shockingly tech-savvy move for the Toronto theatre community, it also has a blog. Last week, the blog started posting viral videos, including one where veteran Canadian actor/playwright Michael Healey yells for someone to “fuck his wide ass,” and the video featured in this post, titled “Expression.” In the video, playwrights Hannah Moscovitch, Tara Beagan, Claudia Dey, Rose Laborde, and Linda Griffiths discuss the travails of being “hot playwrights.” The video, which culminates in a pillow fight, has already sparked a comments war on the fest’s blog about its feminist implications.
What do you think, gentle Torontoist reader? Is the video a sexist throw-back? A sassy send-up? A clever marketing trick? A pretentious inside joke? More importantly, which shows are you planning to see?