Venue:  Robertson Theatre
TimeFriday 11pm; Saturday 2pm
CategoryTheatre + Spoken Word
City of Origin:  Burlington ON
Price:  $20 or Festival Pass
Website: http://www.totteringbiped.ca/#!the-second-life/c1xty

Snapshot:

The online virtual world of ‘Second Life’ stretches thousands of kilometers and millions of visitors. While searching for her lost sister, Jessica struggles to find out what ‘ and who ‘ are real. Life and its double are at stake in this multi-media exploration of loss in the digital age.

About:

The Second Life’ was developed over a 4 year period after winning honours at Ontario’s professional playwright development centre, Pat the Dog. It ran successfully at Hamilton’s Theatre Aquarius, Kitchener’s IMPACT ’15 Festival, and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

Artists:

Jenna Harris (actor) is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts theatre conservatory program in New York City, and is an actor, writer/creator, arts educator and dancer. She is also the Artistic Director of Discord and Din Theatre, and a founding member of [elephants] collective. As an actor, Jenna has worked in both the United States and Canada and most recently appeared in This is Where We Live at the SummerWorks Theatre Festival. As a writer, Jenna has written everything from radio shows to animated shorts, webseries to feature films, site-specific work to full-length plays, and is the Editor-in-Chief of City Voices: A Book of Monologues by Toronto Artists. Jenna’s play Mine was part of the 2015 Next Stage Theatre Festival, and she is currently a member of the 2015-16 Tarragon Playwright’s Unit and Studio 180 Theatre’s inaugural IN DEVELOPMENT program. Jenna’s arts education and teaching background includes teaching dance at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Tech and the 92nd Street Y in New York, and here in Toronto, at numerous theatre schools and youth collectives.

Julia Krauss (actor) is an actor and theatre director based out of Toronto, Ontario. Julia’s acting experience includes working with physical & devised theatres like The MT Space in Kitchener-Waterloo (Ontario); Ghost River Theatre in Calgary (Alberta), and Push Theatre in Rochester (New York). For the last two years, Julia worked with the Southern Ontario Youth Theatre Festival to showcase physical & devised theatre from young, emerging artists. Past credits as an actor include the role of Lisa in the MT Space’s Theatre for Social Change piece Just Faith?, Jennifer in Occupy Spring (MT Space); Tess in Quantum Entanglement (Flush Ink Productions); Mary in The Twilight Zone (Ghost River Theatre); and Laura in Fear Project (Studio Players/ MT Space). Earlier this year, Julia assistant directed Parents Night alongside George F. Walker and Wes Berger.

Zach Parsons (actor) is an alumni of the Theatre program at the University of Waterloo. Some highlights at UW include such roles as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, and many others. Elsewhere, his recent credits include Charlie in the world premiere of On The Inside (Lost&Found Theatre), Elliott in the Toronto Fringe show Cut-Throat: The Isolation of Ambition (PACE Theatre), as well as some staged readings here and there, and lead roles in a few independent feature films. He’s returning to Tottering Biped’s The Second Life as Nathan, and is thrilled to again be working with such a fantastic team to bring the show to life.

Trevor Copp (director/ stage manager) founded Burlington’s Tottering Biped Theatre (TBT) in 2008. He completed Theatre Studies at Waterloo, a MA at Guelph, and Mime at the Marcel Marceau School in Paris. Trevor co-created TBT’s First Dance and MT Space’s The Last 15 Seconds and Body 13, shows which he performed at the Theatre Passe Muraille, Grand Theatre and Theatre Aquarius seasons, the IMPACT ’09/’11, Magnetic North, and Canoe Festivals; National tours, and a tour of the Middle East and Albania. As an actor, he also performed in TBT’s Thom Pain, Home Free, The Ends of the Earth; Oakville Festival of the Classics’ Pericles; Theatre & Company’s Beauty and the Beast, Metamorphosis, Ten Times Two and Barefoot in the Park; and Motus O Dance Theatre’s The Shunning. Trevor is also a regional American Style Latin Champion, Mime, and Contact Improvisation practitioner.

Praise:

“If you are interested in the new face of theater Second Life is a must see drama that explores a dark and disturbing world of cyberspace. A tense provocative evening of theatre, Trevor Copp’s drama is a lethal, riveting look at a world rocking on the edge of frightening discoveries that will threaten your sleep at night.” – Gary Smith, The Hamilton Spectator

“an evening of ethereal, otherworldly provocation. I felt myself somehow suspended in time and space, [Copp’s] endeavours promise to be the wave of theatre future.” – Tamara Kamermans, View Magazine

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