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For Immediate Release


Media refer: Gia Nahmens – Modern Times Stage Company – 647.300.8098– [email protected]


Turns 25 Years Young!

 Toronto (September 18, 2014) – Modern Times Stage Company is thrilled to announce its 25th anniversary season.
A quarter century ago, in 1989, Modern Times began with a $300 budget for ‘The Conquest’ at the Actor’s Lab Studio… Since then, our reinterpretation of the Western classics, translation and adaptation of seven outstanding Iranian plays and creations of new Canadian work have left an indelible mark on Canadian theatre. We strongly believe that we have brought new and important perspectives to Canadian theatre.  Our achievements over 25 years would have not been possible without the valuable contribution and collaboration of many great Canadian actors, playwrights, designers, producers, stage managers, administrates and technical people. This year, the staff and Board of Modern Times would like to take a look back and acknowledge all the people that made this company and its work possible. 

” In 1989, when we were forming Modern Times, it was inconceivable that the company would survive for 25 years. Now in 2014, we are proudly celebrating our 25 years of hard work and achievements.
~ Modern Times Stage Company Artistic Director, Soheil Parsa

To commemorate the occasion, we have a series of activities planned throughout the season. We’ve got a new website (a completely new look for our company), and many retrospectives on the way. Dozens of alumni, supporters, audience members, sponsors, staff members will be sharing stories, tales of productions and looking back on what Modern Times means to them.

On October 27th Modern Times will raise a glass at a soirée at Talulah’s lounge of Buddies in Bad Times at 12 Alexander Street East with live music, drinks, some (necessary) speeches and dancing. We’re inviting all our previous collaborators to join us. We’d like to spend the evening with you, offer you a drink, reminisce about our past, and dream about our future.

At the same time, we’d like to take the opportunity to announce our Season 2014-15 productions. On tour in Denmark in December 2014 is our production of ‘Forgiveness’. Forgiveness is a bracing, compelling, beautifully realized production. As with all Parsa productions, the theme is investigated with sensitivity and produced with a clear-eyed spareness, muscularity, elegantly danced with an in-your-face directness. Lynn Slotkin. The cast will reunite once more on the 11th and 12th of December at Bora Bora Dance and Visual Theatre for a reprisal of the production for a Danish audience.

We are creating a brand new production of Lorca’s ‘Blood Wedding’ set for March 2015. This story of ill-fated romance serves as the backdrop for a poetic exploration of the conflict between individual desires and social conventions. A classic of 20th Century theatre in the hands of Siminovitch short-listed Soheil Parsa. A co-production with Aluna Theatre, this classic work by Federico Garcia Lorca will be presented at Buddies-in-Bad-Times Theatre from March 11th to 29th, 2015.

Artistic Director Parsa is one of Toronto’s most respected directors in the indie scene. His work has influenced a generation of artists and engendered the careers of many diverse artists. We are very proud of this milestone and the accomplishments of the company for the past 25 years. Please help us spread this message far and wide this year: Modern Times is one of Toronto’s cherished theatre companies.




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