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Brain Storm Play @ Toronto Fringe Festival

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Theatre Passe Muraille

16 Ryerson Avenue

Toronto, ON M5T 2P3

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BIST is partnering with LUCID LUDIC to see Brain Storm - a play about brain injury - at the Toronto Fringe Festival!

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A TICKET, ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT PLEASE CALL JULIE AT: 647-990-1485 IF YOU CAN NOT FIND US AND SHE WILL GIVE YOU YOUR TICKET TO THE PLAY

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After undergoing surgery, Kate is left with a brain injury, completely upending her sensory perception and relationship to the world. As she struggles to navigate her new life, she looks to her deceased grandmother, a medium who communicated with the spirit of famous Canadian neuro-surgeon Wilder Penfield, channeling his message of hope for a conscious mind that outlives the physical brain. At the core of Kate’s path to recovery is a desire to create art that speaks to her new perceptions, but the process is fraught with seemingly unsurmountable obstacles.

We ask the audience to approach this piece as both the surgeon and patient: with an attitude of curiosity crossed with vulnerability, allowing oneself to be explored and even prodded through the process.

Creation History: Director Taliesin McEnaney’s grandmother was a ‘script mentalist medium’ who channeled written messages from the spirit realm. One of her spirit guides was Dr. Wilder Penfield. Fast- forward 40 years and Taliesin is dealing with a major brain injury within her own family and struggling with many of the questions that Penfield devoted his work to: sensory perception, epileptic seizures, and cognitive changes. Using the scripts from her grandmother’s writings as a textual resource, and translating them into a physical and visual style, BRAIN STORM is Taliesin’s metabolization of these decade-spanning events which asks the question: are our brains magic, machines – or both?

BRAIN STORM is co-created and performed by Hayley Carr, Maïza Dubhé, Shayna Virginillo, and Alexandra Montagnese. Conceived of and directed by Taliesin McEnaney, set and costume designed by Will Bezek with lighting design by Claire Hill.


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