By Lori Bosworth
When you think of the Yukon, the Klondike Gold Rush, the land of the Midnight Sun and formidable winters all come to mind. (Contest: Torontonicity is giving away two copies of The Internship starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson on Blu-ray. RT this post on Twitter, like us on facebook or post a comment at the bottom of this blog post to be entered. Contest closes October 18, 2013 at 11:59 p.m.) Quebec playwright Sarah Berthiaume presents a less idealistic view of this northern territory in her play, Yukonstyle, presented by Canadian Stage, which begins previews for its English language premiere at the Berkeley Street Theatre on October 13, 2013. Berthiaume’s play, The Flood Thereafter, was performed earlier this fall at the Berkeley Street Theatre.
Starring Kate Corbett, Francois Klanfer, Ryan Cunningham and Grace Lynn Kung and directed by Ted Witzel, Yukonstyle focuses on three roommates weathering the harrowing Whitehorse winter against the backdrop of the televised Robert Pickton murder trial in 2007. Berthiaume was inspired to write the play after spending a winter in the Yukon. The play highlights younger Canadians who are not so concerned with what it means to be Canadian, but are simply trying to eke out a living amidst snow, mountains and murderers.
Translated by Nadine Desrochers, the set, designed by Gillan Gallow, is cold and remote, adaptable to both indoor and outdoor scenes, and attempts to replicate the beauty and brutality of winter in the Yukon.
Yukonstyle will be on stage at the Berkeley Street Theatre from October 13-27, 2013 (opening night is October 17, 2013). Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. with matinees on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Yukonstyle is 95 minutes with no intermission. Tickets are $22 to $49 and can be purchased at the box office, online or by calling 416-368-3110.
Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street
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