Factory presents WE KEEP COMING BACK, Nov 14-25, 2018

For Immediate Release: October 31, 2018 • Please include in your listings/announcements

A CrossCurrents Canada presentation
Created by Michael Rubenfeld and Sarah Garton Stanley
with Mary Berchard and Katka Reszke
Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley
November 14 – 25, 2018 | Mainspace
Factory presents a Selfconscious production

This season, Factory launches CrossCurrents Canada, presentations of uncompromising Canadian stories by intercultural artists from across the country. For its debut CrossCurrents Canada production, Factory presents WE KEEP COMING BACK, a (mostly) true story of a Canadian artist, his mother, and the odyssey to their pre-Holocaust familial homes in Poland.

On their quest to work on their relationship and discover their lost ancestral history, real-life mother and son, Mary Berchard and Michael Rubenfeld head to Poland for the first time. This site of historic trauma offers healing, new friends, new love, and a surprising vibrant Jewish revival. Polish collaborator Katka Reszke, writer, filmmaker, and researcher in Jewish history, culture, and identity, acts as guide and adds her own incredible stories to the mix. Intimate and humorous, WE KEEP COMING BACK explores how confronting ghosts and pre-conceived ideas can uncover something beautiful and transformative.

Selfconscious Theatre, led by Michael Rubenfeld and Sarah Garton Stanley, was established as a laboratory for the artists to use the theatrical form to investigate personal narratives that challenge the boundaries of realities. Through the imaginative telling of their own stories, they guide themselves, and their audiences, towards new perceptions and possible futures. Michael and Sarah are marking 10 years of Selfconscious Theatre collaborations.

Michael Rubenfeld is a performance maker, cultural producer, playwright and actor originally from Winnipeg and now residing in Toronto and Poland. He served as the Artistic Producer of SummerWorks for eight years, from 2008-2016, during which time he also initiated Progress: An International Festival of Performance and Ideas. In 2017, he founded CanadaHub, a program of contemporary Canadian performance presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which won the prestigious Scotland Herald Angel award in its second year. That same year, in Krakow, Poland, Michael also co-founded FestivALT: New Currents of Radical Jewish Art in Poland.

Director, dramaturg and conversationalist, Sarah Garton Stanley is from Montreal, now lives in Kingston and works from Ottawa. Associate Artistic Director for English Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre, she leads The Cycles and The Collaborations. Sarah co-curates foldA and way back was Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.  Recent directing: Out The Window (Luminato Festival/Theatre Centre) Kill Me Now (RMTC/NAC English Theatre); Bunny (The Tarragon Theatre/The Stratford Festival).

WE KEEP COMING BACK runs November 14-25, 2018, with opening night on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 8pm.

FACTORY presents
The 2018 – 2019 Season

 A CrossCurrents Canada presentation
Created by Michael Rubenfeld and Sarah Garton Stanley
with Mary Berchard and Katka Reszke
Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley
Performed by Michael Rubenfeld, Mary Berchard, Katka Reszke
Scenography by Trevor Schwellnus
Sound design by Lyon Smith with Nick Di Gaetano
Factory presents a Selfconscious production

Factory Mainspace, 125 Bathurst Street at Adelaide, Toronto
November 14 – 25, 2018
Opening Night: Thursday, November 15, 2018 @ 8pm
Tuesday – Saturday @ 8pm | Sunday @ 2pm
Ticket prices start at just $20 for previews and range from $40-$50 for regular performances
Student and Senior prices also available
For more information and to purchase tickets: www.factorytheatre.ca
3-Play Passes Still Available
Prices start at $84
Purchase Play Passes:
• Online: factorytheatre.ca/2018-19-season
• Phone: 416.504.9971
• Box Office: 125 Bathurst Street (at Adelaide)

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Factory would like to thank the government funding bodies, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and The Government of Canada, our Season Sponsor BMO, CrossCurrents Canada Sponsor TD, as well as our generous donors who make developing, producing, and presenting Canadian theatre possible.

Founded in 1970, Factory was the first theatre company in the nation to devote itself to producing 100% Canadian content. 49 seasons later, Factory continues to lead in the development and sharing of Canadian stories having produced more than 300 productions from a diverse source of Canadian playwrights and launching the careers of countless theatre professionals.

Factory would like to acknowledge with gratitude all the storytellers, stewards, and caretakers – recorded and unrecorded – that continue to host Factory on their land. We would like to thank the Haudenosaunee, Wendat, Mississaugas of New Credit and other Anishnaabe Nations who have allowed us to create plays that have moved and transformed our audiences in Toronto for almost 50 years.

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