News & Public Notices
Grand OnStage to present accessibly-enhanced performances of "This is the Point" at the Grand Theatre
March 4, 2019 -
The City of Kingston's Grand OnStage proudly presents "This is the Point" by Toronto's Ahuri Theatre opening on Wednesday, March 6 at the Grand Theatre, continuing through Sunday, March 10. The 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances on Saturday, March 9 will include American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. Both performances will also feature Audio-Visual Description (AVD) which may be heard through headphones for the visually challenged.
"We're very excited to present the play ‘This is the Point' as part of this year's Grand OnStage season as it breaks new ground for us," said Colin Wiginton, City of Kingston, cultural director. "It's important to remove barriers for our audiences but, with ‘This is the Point,' we have an opportunity to showcase artists with mixed abilities to create a live theatre experience that is inclusive for everyone, audience and actors alike."
This unique performance piece is a joyous and unflinching portrait of four individuals whose lives have been shaped, in part, by cerebral palsy. Through a series of staged conversations and theatrical re-enactments, these individuals draw from their personal lives to explore and debate questions of representation, the nature of companionship and whether people of different abilities can ever connect with each other on equal terms.
This new play was developed through the two-year residency program at the Theatre Centre in Toronto, and is the winner of two Dora Mavor Moore awards including Outstanding Production and Ensemble. It incorporates high- and low-tech augmented communication aids (devices used by non-verbal people to express themselves), as well as projected video feeds, to create a heightened naturalistic style that simultaneously connects and contrasts the physical body with the technologies we use to communicate.
For tickets and information, contact the box office at 613-530-2050 or visit www.kingstongrand.ca. Limited accessible seating is available for each performance during the run. Contact the Box Office directly at 613-530-2050 to book tickets. This production contains scenes of sexuality and violence and is strongly suggested for ages 14+.
Talkbacks between the artist and audience will immediately follow performances on March 6 and March 9. For details please visit https://www.kingstongrand.ca/events/this-is-the-point-a-play-about-love-sex-disability.
The City of Kingston's Grand OnStage (GO) presents an annual curated season of entertainment events each September through May. While the season is comprised of about 40 shows, it maintains a focus on Canadian-artists by presenting over 50 per cent of the event roster being from Canada. Additionally, GO proudly offers internationally-acclaimed artists showcasing an array of dynamic cultures from their homelands.