February 8, 2016
Burlington, ON – One year after a tragedy, two families sit down to dinner. Far from finding the closure they seek, the dinner strips bare their good intentions to reveal layers of parental, sexual, and political hypocrisy. Written with sensitivity and humour, Late Company is both a timely and timeless meditation on a parent’s struggle to comprehend the monstrous and unknown in their child. Inspired by a real-life case of a bullied teen and written by Jordan Tannahill, winner of the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Drama; Late Company runs at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre from February 24 through 28.
Late Company Director Peter Pasyk grew up in Burlington. “The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is about a 5 minute bike ride from my family home. However when I was growing up there was no professional theatre in Burlington and so I had to move to Toronto in order to follow my vocation as an artist and build professional experience.” After attending Ryerson University to study theatre, Peter started his own theatre company in Toronto (Surface/Underground), and then became director in residence at Tarragon Theatre. From there Peter went on to become the Director in Residence at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. “This coming summer I will be working at Stratford,” says Peter, “I am thrilled that I can bring my professional experience back to my home town. Late Company is a very special play to me and one that I think will truly resonate with the Burlington audience. I hope that The Burlington Performing Arts Centre thrives and that it will provide the kinds of opportunities to local artists that I did not have 15 years ago."
Late Company has received numerous honours, including being named among the Top Ten Toronto theatre productions of 2015 by NOW Magazine, published by Playwrights Canada Press (Fall 2015), First Place at the 2013 Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition, Best Production Award at SummerWorks Festival 2013, NOW Audience Choice Award at SummerWorks Festival 2013 and the 2012 Enbridge playRites Award.
Tickets for Late Company, February 24-27 (7:30pm) and February 27 & 28 (2:00pm) at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre can be purchased by phone 905-681-6000, online www.burlingtonpac.ca, or in person at the Box Office located at 440 Locust Street.
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The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is a spectacular LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) GOLD certified facility. The Centre is inclusive and respectful to all, combining accessibility with imaginative design and creativity, incorporating accessibility features wherever possible. The mission of The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is to provide the people of Burlington with a broad range of excellent performance opportunities that will both inspire and delight.
For further information contact:
Hilary Sadler, Manager Marketing and PR
The Burlington Performing Arts Centre