Italian Mime Suicide / 
Suicide d'un mime à l'italienne

April 21st - May 1st, 2022
at The Theatre Centre

 

Bad New Days brings ITALIAN MIME SUICIDE to The Theatre Centre after a critically acclaimed, smash-hit run in Montreal at Théâtre Aux Écuries, earning a “Top Ten Shows of 2021” by the Montreal Gazette.

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With an imagistic aesthetic reminiscent of the kitsch iconography of clowns, mimes and world-weary circus acrobats, ITALIAN MIME SUICIDE sensitively explores the levity within tragedy, creating a funny, poetic meditation on melancholy, the acceptance of failure and the usefulness of art in troubled times.

ITALIAN MIME SUICIDE marks Bad New Days’ return to Toronto stages to ask why do we make art, why is it important, and why now?

“Italian Mime Suicide features four marvellous mimes accompanied by a turntable musician who fuses jazz, electro and traditional polyphonic singing. Through different vignettes, always funny, sad and touching at the same time, the characters depict what could have caused the despair of this mime and pushed him to end his life. […] isn’t that precisely the magic of mime? To offer only poetry and beauty, even if it is a question of interpreting the greatest tragedies…?” –Sophie Jama, pieuvre.ca

Italian Mime Suicide
Italian Mime Suicide

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Directed by ADAM PAOLOZZA and KARI PEDERSON

Created by THE COMPANY

Dramaturgy by KARI PEDERSON

Set, Costume & Projection Design by EVGENIA MIKHAYLOVA 

Based on Original Set & Projection Designs by ANAHITA DEHBONEHIE & Costume design by ALLIE MARSHALL

Lighting Design by ANDRE DU TOIT

Music by Turntablist SLOWPITCHSOUND (Cheldon Paterson) 

Based on Original Music and Arrangements by ARIF MIRABDOLBAGHI, BRUCE MACKINNON, JUSTIN RUPPEL.

Performed by ROB FEETHAM, ADAM PAOLOZZA, NICHOLAS EDDIE and ERICKA LEOBRERA

Original Cast Rob Feetham, Miranda Calderon (Toronto '16), Rose Tuong (Montreal) Adam Paolozza, Viktor Lukawski

Stage Managed by DYLAN TATE-HOWARTH

poster photo by Omar David Rivero

teaser by Sandrick Mathurin

other photos by Najim Chaoui