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Plays in cars - AutoShow - comes to Springer Market Square

July 16, 2015 -

Convergence Theatre will use Springer Market Square as the venue for its performance of AutoShow, a series of 10-minute plays about what goes on in cars. The production is part of the new the Kick & Push Festival and tickets are being sold through the Grand Theatre box office (thekickandpush.com).

See the free rehearsal in Headway Park

As part of the Arts on the Rise program presented by the City of Kingston, the Kick & Push Festival invites you to a free dress rehearsal of AutoShow in Headway Park, 40 Compton St., on Saturday, July 25 at 5 p.m.

The rehearsal will get the cars and actors revved up for the opening performance of this fast-moving theatre production in Springer Market Square on July 28.

What goes on inside your car? See AutoShow in the square

Featuring new works by John Lazarus, Kat Sandler, Deborah Pearson, Alex Dault, Brendan Gall, Alan Dilworth, and Marie Beath Badian and directed by Aaron Willis and Rebecca Benson, Convergence Theatre invites you to move through its cycle of short plays throughout Springer Market Square, taking you right inside the small intimate spaces where the stories unfold ... rain or shine. Loving, fighting, working, sleeping, eating, planning, waiting, escaping, dying ... what else goes on inside your car?

"So many pivotal moments in our lives happen in and around cars; we're a car culture and we start to look at our metal boxes with wheels as extensions of our identity, they begin to mean something to us, to represent something about how we live our lives," says AutoShow director Aaron Willis. "AutoShow brings those pivotal moments to life with small groups of people watching 10-minute plays in and around real cars. The seven playwrights bring us a cycle of stories that are moving, funny, and surprising in many ways."

A big part of Convergence Theatre's esthetic is to surprise the audience with when, where and how theatre can take place. In AutoShow, the audience will often be only a few feet away from the action. It will be an intimate and visceral theatrical experience.

AutoShow is suitable for all ages and will take place July 28, 29 and Aug. 1, 4, 5, 9, 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. in Springer Market Square. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students and seniors, plus applicable fees and taxes. Two dollars from each ticket will be donated to the City of Kingston SPARK program. SPARK (The Subsidy Program for Affordable Recreation in Kingston) provides assistance for city-run recreation and leisure memberships, programs, classes, camps and fees.

Tickets are now on sale through the Grand Theatre box office at 218 Princess St., by phone at 613-530-2050 or online at kingstongrand.ca.

Convergence Theatre is a Toronto-based, artist-driven, Dora-nominated "indie" theatre company that creates plays in site-specific or non-traditional venues. Convergence Theatre has been twice voted the 'Best Site Specific Theatre Company in Toronto' by NOW Magazine (2013 & 2008).

The Kick and Push Festival is Kingston's newest summer attraction. Six theatre companies are teaming up this summer in a collaborative effort to fill the downtown with exciting events that are unique to Kingston. Participating companies include Theatre Kingston, Blue Canoe Productions, Single Thread Theatre Company, the Cellar Door Project and special guests Fixt Point and Convergence Theatre. You can visit the Kick & Push Festival at TheKickandPush.com

The City and the Kick & Push Festival wish to acknowledge their partners, including, Kingston Accommodation Partners, the Great Waterway, Tourism Kingston and Downtown Kingston! 

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About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality.

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For more information, please contact Julie Fossitt, Marketing Manager for Cultural Services at the City of Kingston at jfossitt@cityofkingston.ca or 613-530-5122.