Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cameron McPhail in innovative retelling of Don Giovanni

Cameron McPhail in #UncleJohn
 Last month, we featured Canadian barihunk Cameron McPhail in some beefy pictures from Britten's The Rape of Lucretia.

Tonight he opens in #UncleJohn (yes, that's the title), a modern interpretation of Mozart's Don Giovanni with a new English libretto by Against the Grain Theatre artistic director Joel Ivany.  In this version, the opera is set at Zerlina and Masetto's wedding reception with the audience as the guests. The singers arrive at the wedding reception dressed like the audience. They also utilize the same bar as the audience with Uncle John (Don Giovanni) partaking in his fair share of booze.

Cameron McPhail in The Rape of Lucretia
Ivany wrote the libretto in English to ensure that people could get a full understanding of the rich text. The opera is set in Banff, a city well-known as a wedding destination in Canada. Uncle John is billed as suave and sexy, brimming with over-confidence and addiction, not just to women, but to his illusory sense of connectedness to social media.

#UncleJohn is playing at the The Black Box Theatre in Toronto. It runs from December 11-19 and tickets are available online.

You can follow the show on Twitter at #UncleJohn and Cameron McPhail at @Cameron_McPhail.

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