JUSTIFY YOUR EXISTENCE!

WUT? Theatre Productions ★ Toronto, Ontario

Friday, August 6 at 9pm ET/6pm PT⁣ on facebook.com/fringelivestream

Drag Divas Merlola Bordeaux and Alanis Percocet offer a once in a lifetime opportunity for one lucky artist to step into the spotlight! But first they’ll have to JUSTIFY THEIR EXISTENCE in a no holds barred cabaret evening of personal storytelling!

Featuring performances by Kristin Govers, Carter Ford, Emily Case, Sherri Lynn, Keith Brown and Terrastray.

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Terrastray

Terrastray is a Canadian alternative folk punk band formed in Toronto in 2017. The band consists of vocalists/guitarists Kalli Lang and Evan Churchill, violinist Momo Cummings, cellist Calum Csunyoscka and drummer T.j. Faulkner. The band’s sound is described as emotional punk, with influences from metal, played on all acoustic instruments. Their lyrics cover various subject matter, often dealing with mental illness or political injustice. The name “Terrastray” was created by the band as a way to describe the feeling of wanting to leave the Earth.

Alanis Percocet

Curtis is a writer and theatre artist who recently learned to draw on some eyeliner and sculpt some blush to try drag on for size. As a theatre artist he associate-produced one of the very last pieces of live theatre anyone in Toronto saw, Box 4901 by Brian Frances at Buddies In Bad Times. His plays Tire Swing (2016) and Imp (2017) were produced with Filament Incubator. His other work has included co-writing and directing two plays with Katherine Doering, Katherine Is Not A Communist (2018), and Colour Me Pablo (2019).

His podcast Lola and Lani is an audio cartoon treat for the ears that I create with his soulmate, Merlola Bordeaux, and you can hear it wherever you get podcasts!

This year he will be releasing online performances of my own creation as Alanis and as myself, so feel free to follow him on Instagram to stay tuned. xox

Merlola Bordeaux

Zack Lovetime is a graduate of York University’s theatre program, specializing in Devised Theatre and Playwriting. In the past, he’s worked as Assistant Director for the original productions of I Cook, He Does The Dishes as well as Assistant Stage Manager and Writer’s Assistant for LACE Production's The Unbelievers. Over the past few years Zack has been developing his drag persona, Merlola, performing regularly at Toronto open stage events and in a one woman play titled The Last Communion of Saint Merlola. Since the pandemic, he and his partner in crime, Alanis Percocet, have turned their attention to the world of podcasting, creating the queer utopia of Cityville on their podcast Lola and Lani.

Kristin Govers

Born and raised in Montreal. I studied literature at Concordia and have always had a love for words. That’s where the storytelling comes in. The Awkward Ballerina is a story about growing up with cerebral palsy, and how at one point I dreamt of being a dancer. The story explores my challenges, fears, hopes, and triumphs while revisiting that dream.

Emily Case

Emily Case is a recent graduate of Studio58 at Langara College located on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam First Nation. She was been involved in the arts since she was a wee lass and is so excited to see theatre beginning to come back after the long break.

Carter O'brien Ford

Carter O'brien Ford is an actor, writer, and theatrical technician currently based in Philadelphia, PA, USA. He was the librettist and co-lyricist for Love at First Site, winning the International Thespian Festival's 2013 MusicalWorks Award. Since then he spent six years in NYC performing improv, sketch, and storytelling. Most notably, he co-hosted SmutSlam NYC, a sexual storytelling competition and Tournament of Improvisers, a March Madness style short form show. .

WUT? Theatre Productions A Toronto based independent theatre company, we aim to explore all the ways that art is dangerous, relevant and wonderful. Matthew McLaren (Artistic Director) Born and raised in Victoria, BC., Matthew McLaren is a Toronto based freelance director of theatre as well as a playwright, dramaturge, photographer and former Editor-in-Chief of The Marble Theatre Review/Showbill Canada.A graduate of UVic's Theatre and Writing programs, for over two decades, he's collaborated with companies such as Theatre Inconnu, Langham Court, Theatre Skam, Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, Puente Theatre and Atomic Vaudeville.He made his professional directing debut in 2016 with a production of Mark Harmon's "Bad Jews" at Theatre Inconnu and has since returned to direct Ariel Bronz's "The Tenant Haymovitch" in 2018.Since moving to Ontario, Matt's had the pleasure of working with SummerWorks and The InspiraTo Festival staging new work. A regular in Toronto's Storytelling community, you can find him performing at Old Words, Confabulation, Dare and True Stories Toronto.