Following our run at the Tarragon Theatre Extraspace last spring, MUSIC MUSIC LIFE DEATH MUSIC: An Absurdical is now published in print and online. Visit the production page to download the script and sheet music!
Many thanks to Norman Nehmetallah for excellent design, and to Kilby Smith-McGregor for the covers (featuring Yuri Dojc’s photograph of cast avec onions, l-r: Jennifer Villaverde, Theresa Tova, Richard Harte and Sierra Holder).
And… MUSIC MUSIC LIFE DEATH MUSIC has been nominated for 12 BroadwayWorld Toronto Awards:
Best Direction of a Musical (Adam Seelig)
Best Performance by a Female in a Musical (Theresa Tova and Jennifer Villaverde)
Best Performance by a Male in a Musical (Richard Harte)
Best Ensemble (Harte, Sierra Holder, Tova, Villaverde, Joshua Skye Engel, Lynette Gillis, Tyler Emond, Seelig)
Best Costume and Best Set (Jackie Chau x2)
Best Lighting (Laird Macdonald)
Best Sound Design (Seelig)
Best Independent Theatre Production
This fall One Little Goat performed PLAY: A (Mini) History of Theatre for Kids for 7,000 elementary students and teachers in 25 Model Schools for Inner Cities throughout Toronto, at no cost to the schools, with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and individuals like you. The note we received below speaks to the importance of PLAY's ongoing impact:
"Thank you for your visit today and the wonderful performance of PLAY. It is so important for our children to be exposed to such wonderful representations of the Arts as they do not have the opportunity that students in other areas of the city receive due to the socio-economic challenges that exist here." —Sohail Shaikh, Principal, Military Trail Public School
One Little Goat is proud to be fostering young artists, audiences and... critics?! Pictured left is what the Gr.4 class of Cedar Drive Junior Public School had to say (unsolicited) about our performance of PLAY ("wanted more funny or less boring"!).
Photos (1) Actors Rochelle Bulmer, Richard Harte & Jessica Salgueiro at 25 schools, fall 2018 (2) Student in Noh mask & Rochelle Bulmer at Chester Le Junior Public School, Oct 26, 2018 (3) Gr.4 review of PLAY, Cedar Drive Junior Public School, Nov. 20, 2018
Next year, PLAY will reach 14,000 more students in 50 Model Schools!
“I think of poetic theatre as “aural”; it’s about the words, the impact of the sounds.” Music Music Life Death Music creator Adam Seelig speaks to the WholeNote’s Jennifer Parr about the upcoming world premiere.Read More
For Immediate Release: March 28, 2018 • Please include in your listings/announcements
“Toronto’s enterprising One Little Goat Theatre Company” - New York Times
PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
MUSIC MUSIC LIFE DEATH MUSIC
WRITTEN, DIRECTED AND COMPOSED BY ADAM SEELIG
STARRING RICHARD HARTE, SIERRA HOLDER, THERESA TOVA AND JENNIFER VILLAVERDE
LIVE BAND LED BY MUSIC DIRECTOR TYLER EMOND
MAY 25 TO JUNE 10, 2018 AT TARRAGON EXTRASPACE
TORONTO – One Little Goat Theatre Company, producer of the acclaimed Ubu Mayor and The Charge of the Expormidable Moose, presents the world premiere of MUSIC MUSIC LIFE DEATH MUSIC: An Absurdical. The show is written, directed and composed by Adam Seelig, and features original, live music and a stellar artistic team of multi-Dora Award nominees and winners, including actors Richard Harte, Theresa Tova, Jennifer Villaverde, and introducing Sierra Holder. MUSIC MUSIC LIFE DEATH MUSIC runs from May 25 to June 10, 2018 at the Tarragon Extraspace (media night May 25).
An exploration of the unexpected dynamics between three generations of family—a grandmother, her daughter, son-in-law, and teenage grandson—MUSIC MUSIC LIFE DEATH MUSIC is a biting comedy with an original, catchy score depicting a family’s attempt to relate to each other, and the society they live in.
“Every family is ludicrous in its own way,” says author Adam Seelig, “and I’m excited to see how this particular family’s idiosyncratic blend of love and contempt, tenacity and fragility, trust and suspicion, joys and frustrations all play out on stage, with music.”
The production features a diverse, all-star cast including Richard Harte (Andrew Lloyd Webber'sThe Boys in the Photograph, One Little Goat's Antigone:Insurgency, Ubu Mayor); Theresa Tova (NOW Magazine Top Theatre Artist of 2017, Tough Jews, The Jazz Singer); Jennifer Villaverde (Soulpepper's Animal Farm, Dora Nominee for YPT's Hana's Suitcase); and introducing Sierra Holder (Sheridan College, Class of 2018).
Writer, director and composer Adam Seelig is the founder and Artistic Director of One Little Goat Theatre Company. He is the author of Every Day in the Morning (slow) (New Star Books, finalist for the 2011 ReLit Award in poetry) and his plays include Ubu Mayor (BookThug 2014), Talking Masks (BookThug 2009), Antigone:Insurgency (2007) and, for children, PLAY: A (Mini) History of Theatre for Kids (Toronto 2016-18).
The production also features live musical performances by renowned Canadian musicians, led by Music Director Tyler Emond on bass (2007 Oscar Peterson Prize), and includes Joshua Skye Engel on guitar (Eat A Peach), Lynette Gillis on drums (Overnight), and Adam Seelig on a vintage Fender Rhodes electric piano.
Performances are at the Tarragon Extraspace, 30 Bridgman Ave, Toronto, Ontario. To purchase tickets please visit www.onelittlegoat.org or call 416-531-1827. Performances run from Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday matinées at 2:30pm. Tickets range from $20 - $35.
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ABOUT ONE LITTLE GOAT:
One Little Goat is North America’s only theatre company devoted to contemporary poetic theatre. Founded in New York in 2002, and based in Toronto since 2005, the company is acclaimed for its highly interpretive, provocative approach to international plays. One Little Goat's productions have been staged in Toronto, Philadelphia, Chicago and New York, where the company opened La MaMa's 49th season in 2010 – the final season led by the legendary Ellen Stewart. For more details www.onelittlegoat.org.
AUDITION NOTICE – ONE LITTLE GOAT THEATRE COMPANY – TORONTO
Production name: MUSIC MUSIC LIFE DEATH MUSIC: An Absurdical
Deadline to submit: January 15, 2018
Audition date: week of January 22, 2018
Email applications to: OneLittleGoatTC at gmail.com
Contact name: Adam Seelig
“Toronto’s enterprising One Little Goat Theatre Company” (New York Times) is holding auditions for the world premiere of MUSIC MUSIC LIFE DEATH MUSIC: An Absurdical by Artistic Director Adam Seelig (Executive Producer, Derrick Chua; Assistant Producer, Annie MacKay).
Synopsis: DD and JJ’s romantic night at home is interrupted when B (DD’s mother) arrives unannounced, waking up PP (DD and JJ’s teenage son). MUSIC MUSIC LIFE DEATH MUSIC follows the unexpected dynamics between these four characters representing three generations of family.
Dates: performances May 25 - June 10, 2018 at the Tarragon Theatre Extra Space; rehearsals April 30, 2018 onward (precise schedule tbd).
We are seeking actors of the highest calibre with excellent singing abilities for the following roles - actors of all vocal ranges and cultural backgrounds welcome:
- DD: a woman (age 40-50, any vocal range, any ethnicity)
- JJ: a man, DD’s spouse (age 40-50, any vocal range, any ethnicity)
- B: a woman, DD’s mother (age 65-75, any vocal range, any ethnicity)
- PP: a boy, DD and JJ’s son (age 14-15, any vocal range, any ethnicity)
Note regarding the role of PP: only actors aged 16+ will be considered; the role may be played by an adult man or woman who can play a teenage boy.
Please submit résumé and headshot by email to Adam Seelig, Artistic Director, OneLittleGoatTC at gmail.com by 5pm, Monday, January 15, 2018. *Optional: if available, please forward a link to a sample of your singing abilities.
Only Equity (CAEA) members will be considered, except for the role of PP who can be played by a CAEA or non-CAEA actor. Only those selected for an audition will be contacted. Actors will be engaged under a form of Equity policy.
One Little Goat is North America’s only theatre company devoted to contemporary poetic theatre. Acclaimed for its highly interpretive, provocative approach to international plays, One Little Goat consistently features leading Canadian theatre artists. MUSIC MUSIC LIFE DEATH MUSIC is the company’s second play-with-music for mature audiences (the first was UBU MAYOR by Adam Seelig, starring Michael Dufays, Richard Harte and Astrid Van Wieren).