Keystone Theatre is delighted to return to the Toronto Festival of Clowns with their newest silent film inspired play Gold Fever. After premiering The Last Man on Earth at the festival in 2011, and touring across Canada to rave reviews and sold out houses, Keystone sets its sights on a new work inspired by the Klondike. Set in a barren and brutal landscape where fortunes are made and hearts are broken, Gold Fever explores how the dream of striking it rich brings out the best and the worst in people. Brilliant physical comedy and the rough and tumble spirit of the Klondike combine as we bring unique characters and their stories to life.
Dora Award Winning Keystone Theatre performs in their signature style bringing the aesthetic of silent films to life on stage. The highly talented ensemble dons stylized makeup and costumes all in black, white, and shades of grey. A few strategic title cards appear from time to time, but their stories are primarily communicated through look, gesture, and emotion all supported by an original musical score performed live. Their varied expertise combined with their passion for silent film has allowed them to perfect an entirely unique genre of physical theatre.
Co-Created by The Keystone Theatre Ensemble | Director: Richard Beaune | Producer and Stage Manager: Kimberly Beaune | Musical Director/Composer: David Atkinson | Performers: Dana Fradkin, Phil Rickaby, Sarah Joy Bennett, Stephen La Frenie | Keystone Theatre
Keystone Theatre creates original plays in the style of silent film. We do this so that we can challenge ourselves to the fullest as artists while creating work that is widely accessible (no language barrier) and easily enjoyable. It takes a lot of work to get it right, but we enjoy the challenge. Our newest show is inspired by the Klondike gold rush. While we were touring our last show (The Last Man on Earth– which premiered at the Toronto Festival of Clowns!), one member of our company heard news from her parents that their travels through the Yukon were great fun – which got us thinking…
Our shows don’t really fit into any genre or style other than our own Keystone Style, which is an amalgamation of the work we’ve seen in silent films and the collection of training and experience that we all bring to the work. To list all of the clown teachers that our company has learnt from would take pages, but the influence is deep and covers many genres. Combined, we end up creating something that is genuinely new and unique.
May 30th @ 8pm, June 1st @ 6:30pm, June 2nd @ 4pm
Pia Bouman Studio Theatre – 6 Noble St.