McLuhan Salon – Bad New Days & Ahuri Theatre, October 15, 2017, Toronto

02Oct17

McLuhan Salon #2: Flashing Lights

We are pleased to partner with Bad New Days and Ahuri Theatre for our second McLuhan Salon this fall to take place Sunday, October 15 at The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen St W) at 2:00 PM.

First, we are treated to an innovative play Flashing Lights where Marshall McLuhan makes cameo appearances, and then to a McLuhan Salon discussion lead by a stimulating panel, including Flashing Lights director Adam Paolozza, author Guillermo Verdecchia, actor Dan Watson.

Created by award-winning Bad New Days (The Double) and Ahuri Theatre (This is the Point), “Flashing Lights: A High Tech  Fable About our Digital Lives  “is an original play exploring how digital technology is radically shaping human evolution. It tells the tale of an unremarkable guy who inexplicably becomes famous. His dizzying rise and fall effects everyone around him, in particular, his family; his savvy wife and their child”.

The play weaves a hyper-realistic, absurd narrative, with the use of everyday technology like smartphones and tablets, into an atmospheric theatrical style that responds to our anxiety about the future and the speed of technological advancements. Drawing on the ideas of Marshall McLuhan, Sherry Turkle, Jean Baudrillard and other theorists, Flashing Lights speaks to the growing anxiety about the future and to the vertiginous feeling that time itself is speeding up. Will humankind’s frail, flesh, and blood selves be able to keep up?

This new play has been created collaboratively by award-winning theatre artists Adam Paolozza (Dora Award Spent & The Double), Guillermo Verdecchia (Governor General’s and Chalmers Award Winner), Ken MacKenzie (Kim’s Convenience, Brantwood), Dan Watson (This is the Point, What Dream it Was), Liz Peterson (Performance About A Woman, Capitalist Love Duets) and Miranda Calderon (Butcher, Taking Care of Baby).

FLASHING LIGHTS
Co-Produced by Bad New Days & Ahuri Theatre
The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West
Sunday, October 15, 2:00 PM: SHOW + McLUHAN SALON
Tickets Pay What You Can Afford $5 | $20 | $45 | $60
Book 416-538-0988 | www.theatrecentre.org 

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The McLuhan Salons

are curated by Paolo Granta and David Nostbakken, and sponsored by the St. Michael’s College – the McLuhan’s intellectual home in the University of Toronto – and its popular Book & Media Studies program, in conjunction with the Estate of Marshall McLuhan and several high-level academic and cultural institutions. The series is generously supported by the William and Nona Heaslip Foundation.

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“Since Sputnik put the globe in a ‘proscenium arch,’ and the global village has been transformed into a global theater, the result, quite literally, is the use of public space for ‘doing one’s thing'”. – Marshall McLuhan From Cliché to Archetype, 1970

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