Play about Rob Ford to debut at Edinburgh Fringe Fest
A play about Rob Ford is set to debut this summer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world. This is totally unrelated to the fresh ink on that movie deal announced in Toronto on Monday, but it's not altogether that surprising that our mayor would serve as inspiration for the dramatic arts. Toronto-born, UK-based playwright Jason Hall's 21 Things You Should Know About Toronto's Crack-Smoking Mayor is based on the New York Magazine article of the same title.
The good news is the play won't shy away from the dark side of the story. Hall states on his Kickstarter page: "the idea grew out of my unease with the way the entire Ford story was being played for laughs in the international press. Instead, the events of 2013 give me the chance to lift the lid on some uncomfortable truths about Toronto, from deep ideological divisions among its citizens to the violent collision of gangs, guns and drugs in the parts of the city the tourists never see."
The play will star a woman named Kerry who on NYE 2013 has "one drink too many" and gets to speak her piece on Toronto's wayward Mayor in a "one-woman comedy about the one-man tragedy of Toronto politics." You can learn more about the play, and donate to support its production, here on Hall's Kickstarter page or on, ahem, crackmayorplay.com. While Scotland is a long trek for Toronto theatre goers, a successful run in Edinburgh could mean the play comes to TO.
The 2014 Edinburgh Fringe will run from August 1 - 25th.