Rachel Blair’s hit play A Man Walks Into a Bar returns at Next Stage Festival. Biting, provocative, and clever: it’s a must-see for anyone interested in talking about gender politics, patriarchy and feminism, and a should-see for those who don’t talk about it.
With a production proven to ignite discourse and healthy debate, the team behind the critically praised play have organized a talk back with brilliant guests and feminist activists Anne Thériault and Jeff Perera at The Hoxton on Sunday, January 10th. Everyone is welcome to join the discussion.
So what’s the play about? Something we’re all too familiar with; here’s the gist:
A woman, with the help of a man, tells a joke: A man walks into a bar and meets a waitress. As lines between the performers and the characters blur, a tense and funny standoff about gender, power, and selling sex emerges. Playwright Rachel Blair has created a sharp meta-theatrical two-hander that skewers the dialogue surrounding men, women, and feminism. Influenced by modern movements #YesAllWomen and #NotAllMen, A Man Walks Into a Bar is an argument with itself.
Voted Patron’s Pick and Best of Fringe in 2015, and recommended by Now Magazine, Torontoist, Post City, and Mooney on Theatre, this hilarious, sexy, thought-provoking play will get you laughing, thinking, and talking.
Rachel Blair won the Fringe New Play Contest in 2008 for Wake, which also received Patron’s Pick and Best of Fringe. She was shortlisted in 2012 for Tarragon Theatre’s RBC Emerging Playwright Competition and invited to the Banff Playwright’s Colony with her play The Comfort Women. Director David Matheson is currently Professor of Acting at Sheridan/UTM and Artistic Director of Dora nominated Wordsmyth Theatre. David’s past Fringe highlights include Best of Fringe’s [sic] and Patron’s Pick Bluebeard.
For showtimes & ticket info during Next Stage Fest, go here.
Talk Back – The Fallout of #NotAllMen will take place after the 7:45pm show on Sunday, January 10 at The Hoxton (69 Bathurst Street).