The Cold War depicts the Canadian history that you’ll never learn at school
THE COLD WAR has the zeitgeist squarely in its sights. It’s déjà vu all over again. Brought to you in the infamous black box, this stinging satire of Canadian history exposes the international back-room dealings of John Diefenbaker, Mackenzie King, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Nikolai Zabotin and Sam Steele. Meanwhile, returning war vet Tom Muffet readjusts to life at home while his wife Mary is sentenced to LSD experiments.
No gallstone remains unturned or sacred cow unmilked as VideoCabaret pursues its relentless reveal of the Canadian history that you’ll never learn at school, as part of the much-lauded, hysterically historical, Dora Award winning series The History of the Village of the Small Huts.
72 Characters fill the stage, including John Diefenbaker, Gerda Munsinger, Mackenzie King, Louis St. Laurent and Pat the Dog.
THE COLD WAR is the first VideoCabaret production to be remounted in the new VideoCabaret Theatre
THE COLD WAR’s all-star cast includes:
Aurora Browne (ACTRA Award-Outstanding Performance-Ensemble for Baroness von Sketch Show, Run the Burbs, Orphan Black)
Richard Clarkin (Canadian Screen Award for Actor in a Supporting role in The Drawer Boy, Murdoch Mysteries, Son of a Critch, The Drawer Boy on stage)
Cliff Saunders (Elinor Wonders Why, The Umbrella Academy, Northern Rescue)
Kimwun Perehinec (Dora-winning ensemble in Casimir and Caroline, BJ Fletcher: Private Eye What Linda Said)
Greg Campbell (The War of 1812, The Drawer Boy, The Confederation Project)
Richard Alan Campbell (The Great War, The War of 1812, The Life and Times of Mackenzie King)
Valerie Buhagiar (Dora nomination for Botticelli in the Fire and Sunday in Sodom, Highway 63, Titans, The Expanse, Mysticons).
Written by: Michael Hollingsworth
Directed by: Mac Fyfe and Michael Hollingsworth
Producers: Aviva Armour-Ostroff and Layne Coleman
Stage Management: Andrew Dollar and Joanne Rumstein-Ellis
VIDEOCABARET was founded in a Toronto art gallery in 1976 by Michael Hollingsworth and Deanne Taylor along with members of the groundbreaking video-performance troupe The Hummer Sisters; art-rock composer Andrew Paterson and video-design-prodigy Chris Clifford. They created together the first theatre productions integrating cameras, tapes, piles of hot-wired TV’s and live rock’n’roll–genre-mashing spectacles staged across Canada, New York and London.
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