A Gigantic Plastic Bovine for Theatre Passe Muraille's 40th
At noon today, in honor of turning 40 and to welcome home The Drawer Boy, Theatre Pass Muraille raised-the-roof and inflated a two-story-high cow.
I'm ashamed to say I've never seen Michael Healy's award winning The Drawer Boy, but I'm not one to pass-up the opportunity to take photos of a giant bovine in the downtown core.
Based on a character study of rural farm life by Theatre Passe Muraille in the 70's called The Farm Show, the Drawer Boy recaps the tale of a young Toronto actor who invites himself to live with two bachelor brother farmers in rural Ontario to 'experience farm life'. It is, according to my theatre-junkie-expert friend, "one the best Canadian plays ever written." This fact is verified by hundreds of glowing reviews online.
Once the bovine was inflated, it only seemed logical to inflate the theaters' swine (they go up pretty quick too!). The media photo-op became quite the spectacle of drivers diverted from the nightmare of Queen and Bathurst to Wolseley St. dodging snap-happy spectators, holding up traffic to take pictures and/or mooing.
The Drawer Boy opens October 26 and runs to November 18 at Theatre Passe Muraille's Mainspace
, (16 Ryerson Ave).
Photos by Richelle