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Best of Fringe Spotlight: The Shape of Things

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As part of the Best of the Fringe series, The Shape of Things will performance here at the Toronto Centre for the Arts on July 21st at 9 pm, July 22nd at 1 pm, and August 1st at 9 pm. If you didn’t get a chance to see the show at the Fringe, now’s your chance to see what all the buzz is about.

When Adam (Christian Smith), a geeky English Literature major meets Evelyn (Jen Neales), an intriguing graduate art student, at the local museum his life takes an unexpected turn. Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things examines the emotional and physical consequences of both the artistic process and self improvement. The production investigates the moral and ethical grey areas that Evelyn, Adam and those close to them are forced to encounter on the path to authenticity. LaBute takes an unblinking stare into the blood, guts and gristle of modern relationships; bringing us to examine what the trueshape of love can look like.

About the Cast:
Jen Neales: Jennifer Neales has been acting around the world for over 10 years. Some of her selected credits are: Tina in the Off-Broadway Musical "Ruthless"; Jennie Malone in "Chapter Two", touring in Japan; as Roberta in "Love and Human Extinction" (Fringe Festival's Best Actor 2009); a lead in Trey Anthony's "I am NOT a Dinner Mint"; and acting and touring with Trey Anthony Productions as Suzy in "'da Kink in My Hair" in New York City, North Carolina and Toronto. Jennifer is now writing her one-womyn show "The Invisible Bride's Maid".

Christian Smith: He's an actor, sketch comedian, and is a part of the award winning sketch comedy troupe The Riot. You can see him in the upcoming feature film In Return, or if you watch TV- probably a silly commercial. Christian is a graduate of the acting programme at York University.
Adrianna Prosser: Adrianna is an actor/playwright/geek here in Toronto and is an alumni from the U of T/Sheridan program for Theatre & Drama Studies. She fills her time with circus arts, stage combat, playwriting, and comics. To know more about all that head to, or follow @adriannap on Twitter. Next up for this fiery redhead is a War of 1812 piece she is writing for the City of Toronto Museums. As well, her more personal piece about bereavement is a collaboration with Bricoteer Puppetry Project. 

Brendan O'Reilly: Brendan O'Reilly is a Toronto based performer and a graduate of York University's acting conservatory. He has a particular affinity for classical text and heightened language. This is his first show since graduating from school in April! 

About Theatre Bassaris:

Theatre Bassaris fosters emerging actors and directors in an environment that promotes creative expression, artistic risk, and the collective learning experience of all involved artists.

Founded out of York University's theatre program, and the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Theatre Bassaris, founded in 2009, has expanded to provide emerging young theatre artists with a voice and a stage while emphasizing collective learning while practicing and improving  the skills of all those involved. We have since independently produced No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre, co-produced Saved by Edward Bond with Bound to Create Theatre and Eos Theatre for the Toronto Fringe - winning the Best of Venue Patron's Pick, and over the past season have produced an co-produced several other shows, including Early Retirement by Laurel Brady, and Reasons to Be Pretty, by Neil LaBute.

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