Goodnight, Amherst

Teatro Comunque

For Immediate Release: May 6, 2010


Inspired by the Tragically Hip’s “38 Years Old”, “Goodnight, Amherst” profiles a broken family in Amherst, Ontario. When eldest son Michael unexpectedly returns home, his rural family must confront their own senses of love and justice and come to terms with the horrifying truth of the night that tore them apart twelve years earlier.

Written and starring playwright James Fanizza, “Goodnight, Amherst” will be remounted at the 2010 Toronto Fringe Festival after a sold-out weekend showing at The Walmer Street Theatre in June, 2009. The revitalized performance combines a varied ensemble of theatre unknowns and veterans alike to achieve a distinctly fresh production.

“‘Goodnight, Amherst’ is a raw examination of a family coming to terms with the afterlife of a brutal event” says Heather Allin, both president of ACTRA Toronto and starring as the lead character Barb Anderson. “It’s a great role”.

Carrie Adelstein takes the reins as director for the second time, lending her intuition and eye for detail to the production.

“This feels like a brand new show for us” says Adelstein. “I am continuously inspired by our incredible cast and crew and can’t wait to see the reaction from the audience”.

Teatro Comunque is a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to performing Canadian works while showcasing fresh, new, up-and-coming Toronto-based talent. The company strives to enliven and serve a community of artists in Toronto through continually producing thought-provoking, Canadian theatre while pairing new talent with seasoned thespians.

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