We are pleased to announce the triumphant return of The Cooking Fire Theatre Festival, a week-long performance extravaganza celebrating theatre, food, and public space in Toronto’s Dufferin Grove Park. Each evening throughout June 20–24, acclaimed theatre companies will present original work that promises to delight, entice, and inspire, ranging from an absurdist take on Toronto’s housing market to a visit to a strange and wondrous clock shop. Delicious organic meals will be served to the audience over cooking fires and from Dufferin Grove Park’s two wood-fired outdoor bake ovens. Building on the success of the last seven years, this year’s Cooking Fire Theatre Festival will offer the experience of enchanting and challenging theatre, wonderful food, and the beginning of summer.
TheatreRUN, Theatre Smith-Gilmour & Why Not Theatre: Spent
Spent is an absurd physical comedy about two executives who fall off the corporate ladder. Internationally celebrated, this brilliant show about the 2008 economic meltdown returns in a short version specially created for the festival.
Edge of the Woods Theatre & Houppz Théàtre: SplasH2O Distilled
A spectacle of all things wet and watery! After touring the world, SplasH2O makes a joyful return to Toronto with a condensed version of the acclaimed show. It explores the many facets of water in our lives, both its poetry and its folly, using clown, slapstick, cabaret, and more. Dive into the unexpected!
French Connection: Period of Tranzish
A young, newly married clown couple just bought their first brand new home! Their love is big but their house is small . . . An exciting new collaboration between Lisa Marie DiLiberto, Adam Paolozza, and Dan Watson, Period of Tranzish is a slap-stick take on love and marriage in close quarters.
SNAP Productions: Grannie Didn’t Go to Florida
It’s vacation time, and Bailey is driving the whole family to Florida. But Grannie has other ideas and she knows how to get her way — until she gets everyone lost. Then the man who comes to save them decides he’d better not. A darkly comic new play by Richard Sanger (inspired by Flannery O’Connor), featuring a Buick, banjo music, and Tanja Jacobs as the grandmother from hell.
Échantillon no. 23: Power Punch®
Quietly mucking about in his laboratory, Bensikov concocts a powerful potion that relieves the sufferings of Ivana, his elderly mother. In no time, news of the scientist’s invention gets to the enterprising Mr. President, who jumps at the chance to get his hands on the mystery medicine. A puppet show about the best intentions.
Hare Theatre: Mr. F’s Clock Shop
After his previous exploits in Dufferin Grove Park, Fellini returns. And this time he has bought a clock shop. He has secrets. And boxes to keep them in. And lots of clocks. A solo show about running out of time.
Performances begin at 7:00pm, dinner is served from 6:00pm
June 20–24, 2012
Dufferin Grove Park (2 blocks south of Dufferin and Bloor)
Admission is pay-what-you-can ($10 suggested donation)