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What’s On (Edmonton): I Love You and It Hurts – The Kings’ University

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What’s On (Edmonton): I Love You and It Hurts – The Kings’ University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Theatre of the Beat Presents: 
I Love You and It Hurts 
at The King’s University 
9125 50 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6B 2H3 
Saturday, October 21st at 7:00PM 
Admission is by Donation

I Love You and It Hurts
Theatre of the Beat has developed three short plays that reflect lived experiences of elder abuse, healthy masculinity, and intimate partner violence in youth relationships, with a focus on how to recognize the subtle early signs of abuse. The topics chosen were identified by our community partners (experts at Assaulted Women’s Helpline and Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region) as topics that need to be immediately addressed.

Be a Friend – by Jessica Moss
The friendships and relationships we forge in our teens and 20s allow us to define ourselves, and survive in a lonely world: but what if those same relationships are steeped in manipulation, lies, and power dynamics? For three interconnected characters, all caught between who they could be and who they’re seen as, subtle forms of abuse can look like a thrilling new kind of love, or the most treasured, oldest friendship. Be A Friend is an honest and nuanced look at how young people connect with each other when everyone has roles to play, personas to create, and their true selves to discover; when getting the relationship you need might mean giving up the relationship you depend on.

Mother – by Lindsey Middleton
Mother explores the dark and desperate realities of financial elder abuse. When a daughter is confronted with personal and financial ruin, her Mother is her last resort. But what is the cost of love? How do we help those we love going through financial and emotional strain? How do we live with and recover from neglect, manipulation and deceit? Can we? After interviewing numerous members of the elderly community who have experienced or witnessed elder abuse in its numerous forms, “Mother” was conceived.

The Walkover – By Cedric Martin
The Walkover explores contemporary masculinity in the context of a hockey locker room. The play examines the different roles and identities men assume in these spaces and the impact it has on their relationships and communication with others. The production delves into the masks we wear and the barriers we put up to fit into societal norms of masculinity, while also exploring the need for safe spaces for men to discuss their experiences. As one of the last male-only spaces, what can Healthy Masculinity look like?

This project is produced in partnership with our community partners Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region and Assaulted Women’s Helpline of Ontario.

The Immersive Experience
At the end of each play, the audience will have the opportunity to make suggestions to the actors to change the outcome of the scenes or jump into the scenes themselves. Using the Forum Theatre model, this interactive element allows audiences to “rehearse for reality,” learning skills and resources for how they can make a difference. Crisis workers will be present at each performance.

I Love You and It Hurts will be presented at The King’s University on Saturday, October 21st at 7:00pm.

PRODUCTION TEAM:

Director: Max Cameron Fearon
Writers: Cedric Martin, Lindsey Middleton, Jessica Moss
Forum Facilitator: Cedric Martin Production
Manager: Cedric Martin
Stage Manager: Chin Palipane
Set Designer: Gordon Harper
Lighting Designer:
Chin Palipane
Costume Designer: Camila Farah
Sound Designer: River Oliveira
Cast: Gordon Harper, Diem Lafortune, Lena Maripuu, Neta J. Rose.

Theatre of the Beat:
Founded in 2011, Theatre of the Beat (TOTB) is a Canadian touring theatre company working to catalyze conversations on social justice and its intersection with the beliefs of the communities in which we find ourselves by staging change across North America and the world. Through an immersive cultural exchange of grassroots theatre, hospitality, and philosophy, the company empowers its audience to work towards a just future. Stay up to date with I Love You and It Hurts by following us on any of our social media pages or visiting our website!

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