Toronto’s RealSpace Theatre launches 1-night only 1960’s tennis club mystery dinner/show

IMG_2120Hot on the heels of last year’s super fun and successful Dine Her, the ultimate zombie dinner date (or is that date for dinner?!), RealSpace Theatre is back with another hilarious interactive real-time comedy performance created specifically for its unique venue with the audience playing their part in the action. For one night only, actor/writer/director and theatre company founder Bruce Hunter’s (pictured left) new comedy will knock your tennis shoes off with his new show….THE RISE & FALL OF KHAMAI LEON

Location: Queen’s Club, 568 Dupont Street, Toronto
Date: Saturday May 24th
Time: Doors open at 7:30pm
Dinner & show package is $125 per person
A percentage of the proceeds benefit The Philpott Children’s Tennis Fund
Get your tickets NOW: http://www.Queensclubevent.eventbrite.ca

I recently spoke with Erica Wood (pictured right) , co-founder and actor, who shared with me the story of RealSpace Theatre20140514_181501

What first inspired you to form RealSpace Theatre?
Bruce and I were talking about ways to make theatre relevant, accessible and engaging – again. Lots more people from all walks of life used to go to the theatre regularly. When did we stop engaging a broad range of audiences? Theatre is fabulously unique in its immediacy and actor/audience connection to the piece. Are people losing interest in theatre or do we need to make it engaging for non-theatre folk to come out to a show?  I suggested we work together on a short Stoppard comedy that could be performed cabaret style in a bar/lounge with other performances interspersed but Bruce suggested he write something new.

What was your first play and where was it staged?
The original beginning was a play called Getaway which was staged in a moving van. Bruce and I first worked together on Dine Her at the George St. Diner. We had been talking about doing something together and he was having lunch in the diner one day and boom! – the venue inspired him.  We added a zombie theme and the rest is history.

How well was it received – how big an audience and who?
Dine Her was very well received. Audiences loved the surprises, the humour, and especially being part of the action. Audiences built until we were playing to sold-out houses at the diner which sits about 45 max. Our audiences were a mix of the local community, the theatre community and diner regulars.

How do you attract other actors to come and play?
I think actors always want to play and to be working on different and unique things. Bruce has a great reputation and a great network from which to cast his characters.

How/why do you choose your venues?
So far, it seems the venues choose us (laughs). In the case of our current production, The Rise and Fall of Khamai Leon, Bruce was approached by an audience member from Dine Her to write something for the historic tennis club where she was a member. During the run of Dine Her, our actors holed up in a car wash across the street from the diner, prior to making their grand entrances. While spending time in that environment, Bruce was inspired to write Dog Wash, a “Reservoir Dogs” meets “Car Wash” comedy we hope to present towards the end of this year. And in the case of Fallen Angel,another future production, I was first inspired by a destitute angel I encountered…when Bruce and I talked, a roof seemed like a great locale choice for that show.

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You incorporate a charity element to the ticket sales – why is that important?
It’s part building on the sense of community these shows create and part what how good we want people to feel about coming out and spending their money.

The dinner/show event at the Queen’s Club this coming Saturday – you suggest audience members dress for the period….why?
Come dressed in the style of the early 60s – think Mad Men. Why? ‘Cause it’s fun to dress up and you’ll feel even more a part of the scene. But if that’s not your thing, no worries, you’ll have just as much fun if you’re dressed in modern garb.

Tell me about your upcoming interactive plays…what have you got planned?
Dine Her has a two-week run happening in Kitchener/Waterloo in June, with a fantastic local cast and Bruce directing.  Sometime this summer, we will present the premiere of Dog Wash in a car detailing location. The gunplay and comedic violence happens around you as you yourself are a player in this hilarious story.  This fall or perhaps spring of ’15, Fallen Angel will be presented on a roof top in downtown Toronto where audiences will follow one woman’s journey as she figures out how to be an angel (both literally and figuratively) while a curious cast of characters set out to both help her and spoil her.

If someone has a suggestion for a cool venue, where can they send their recommendation?
Email or message us via  Facebook.com/Realspacetheatre   OR   realspacetheatre@gmail.com

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