Black Box Fire presents Misha,† by Adam Pettle at the Hamilton Fringe
On August 16, 2008 the new community theatre company on the block, Black Box Fire will open its first ever entry at the Hamilton Fringe Festival, Misha.† This hilarious and heartwarming play by Canadian playwright Adam Pettle will run in Venue 3 at the Downtown Arts Centre from August 16th to 24th.†
After witnessing the murder of his best friend, Max Cohen takes the audience on an emotional journey through the life and death of his best friend Misha Ilanov, a 16 year old Russian/Jewish immigrant.† Told through a variety of flashbacks, Max relates the stories that shaped the lives of these two young boys, while he contemplates committing suicide.
Based on the disturbing story of Matti Baranovski, a Toronto teen murdered in November 1999, Misha carefully walks a very thin line between aspects of high drama and hilarious comedy.† In the hands of a less skillful playwright this could have been deeply offensive, but instead Adam Pettle creates memorable and powerful characters. Director Bryan Fotheringham was immediately moved when first reading this piece and has been desiring to direct it since. Black Box Fire is happy to give him this opportunity.
Starring Michael Herman as Max Cohen, Iain Lacourt as Misha Ilanov and
Timothy Mauch as Aaron Kluger, Misha promises not to disappoint.
Black Box Fire is emerging from a successful first season, which included
Crazy and a Half, Stop Kiss, and the Emerging Artists Series, a four-week
theatre festival that showcased the talents of young people in the Hamilton
“Black Box Fire continues to impress. Their shows are well-styled and they
have an edge without being weird.” – Katie Penrose, VIEW magazine
Saturday, August 16 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, August 17 @ 1:30pm
Monday, August 18 @ 9:00pm
Wednesday, August 20 @ 10:30pm
Friday, August 22 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, August 23 @ 4:30pm
Sunday, August 24 @ 6:00pm
Venue 3 – The Box
Downtown Arts Centre (DAC)
28 Rebecca Street,
Hamilton L8R 1B4
Visit www.hamiltonfringe.ca for
more detailed venue information.
Tickets go on sale 30 minutes before each show at the DAC Box Office. All
Fringe shows are $9.00 (cash only at the door). Tickets are available on a
first come, first serve basis. There is no advanced sale of individual