Toronto - June 6, 2005
Award-winning writer, director and producer Shawn Postoff presents his
first theatrical production at the Fringe Toronto Theatre Festival July
7th to July 16th. Sir Richard Wadd, Pornographer uses powerfully
evocative, sexually explicit language to investigate the aesthetics of
arousal. In the process, it grapples with difficult issues surrounding
the legal, cultural and emotional definitions of sexual maturity.
Sir Richard Wadd (John Healy) is an intelligent, proud and unapologetic
producer of homemade gay porn with a decidedly literary flair. Assisted
by Tristan (Michael Facciolo) and Troy (Rick Grayson), his two dashing
and loyal performers, Sir Richard takes his voyeuristic web-cam audience
on a wide-ranging romp through modern-day cyber-erotica.
75% of the dialogue is written in iambic pentameter (the kind of verse
that Shakespeare wrote in) and its sexually charged imagery is the “hook”
that Sir Richard uses to draw his Internet audience into his website.
But when Kevin (Jefferson Guzman), a 14 year-old runaway poet shows up
on his doorstep looking for work (not to mention validation, compassion,
and love), Sir Richard’s humanity is suddenly put to the test. The
law makes it extremely dangerous for the pornographer to have underage
kids anywhere near him, yet Richard’s genuine sense of decency longs
to offer Kevin a much-needed helping hand.
While this is Postoff’s first foray into the world of theatre, he
is no stranger to the written word. He recently completed his third season
on the writing staff of Showtime’s hit television series, Queer
as Folk, for which he was the youngest writer on staff and twice
nominated for a Writers Guild of Canada screenwriting award. His award-winning
short films have traveled to festivals around the world. His second short,
Coming To Terms, was selected for the American Library Association’s
2002 Booklist, and has been screened at over 30 international film festivals.
The cast of Sir Richard includes: John Healy (Sir Richard) recently appeared
in George F. Walker’s Criminal Genius at the Alumnae Theatre
and plays Eddy in the recently released Cinderella Man with Russell
Crowe; Michael Facciolo can be seen in Clement Virgo’s upcoming
Lie With Me; Jason Fraser (John) recently returned from New York
City where he directed two plays with The Bridge Theatre Company; Jefferson
Guzman (Kevin) premiered his first short film, M-F, at the Canadian
Filmmakers Festival this spring. This is Rick Grayson’s debut. Jennifer
White is Stage Manager and Stephen Koshurba is Producer.
7 performances ONLY! Opens Thursday July 7th and runs to Saturday, July
Thurs, July 7 @ 7:00 pm, Sat, July 9 @ 11:00 pm, Mon, July 11 @ 1:00 pm,
Wed, July 13 @ 7:30 pm, Thurs, July 14 @ 4:30 pm, Fri, July 15 @ 9:15
pm, Saturday, July 16 @ 12:00 pm
Ticket Prices: $10 / Less with a Fringe Pass
Location: Royal St. George Theatre 120 Howland Ave., Venue # 8.
Tickets: Fringe Hotline 416-966-1062
For more info: www.fringetoronto.com
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