• Nadia Ross

Excerpts from the Emo Journals 1995


In the 1990s the AIDS epidemic in Toronto hit its tragic peak. Our friends, partners and collaborators were dying and the Toronto arts community was shaken to the core. These very dark days were made even darker, when a rigid and harsh conservative government took over the province, slashing funds and essentially gutting a community under crisis. Once the dust settled, many of the people that made up Toronto’s vibrant theatre community had either died, left the theatre, or left the city all together. Splintered and wounded, many from this community would never fully recover from this ‘perfect storm’ that decimated a new wave of creativity that was just starting to take root.

Excerpts from the Emo Journals was born during this sad time. Our great collaborator and friend, Mark Shields, was dying. He bravely continued to work on Emo, a play about the end of his world. Dark, tragic and angry, the piece had no words because there were no words to be found that could express our collective sadness. Excerpts from the Emo Journals is a piece about the end of our world, as witnessed by those of us who were on the front lines of this dark time in our history.

1995 / TORONTO, CANADA Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, Canada Written and directed by: Nadia Ross and Daniel MacIvor.   Consulting director: Daniel Brooks   Performed by: Jim Allodi, Caroline Gillis, Mark Shields and Volker Burger.   Light Design by: Andrea Lundy. Set design by Paul Mezei.   Soundscore by: Richard Feren.   Stage Management: Jonathon Da Silva   Presented at: Theatre Passe Muraille   Awards: Dora Award Best Sound Design for Richard Feren

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