U-R-U

U-R-U
Playwright
Julia Lederer
Runtime
105 minutes

A STAGED READING
INSPIRED BY KAREL ČAPEK’S "R.U.R."

First Daughter, Helen Spectacular, arrives at the world’s largest robot-producing start-up with a plan to free the robots and grant them human rights. She quickly becomes embroiled in both a love triangle and a secret science experiment that might lead to a major robot revolt. Absurdly comic and existentially chilling, U-R-U examines the societal obsession with progress at all costs and the decreasing worth of humanity in this increasingly artificial world.

Patrons will be allowed to enter and exit freely during performances.

This show includes an informal Talkback at the end of each performance. About the Talkbacks:

Jan 11 - Brief discussion with Dr. Barry Freeman (Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto) about political theatre in the Czech Republic and Canada, and Julia Lederer (the playwright) about why R-U-R resonates now.

Jan 13 - TBD.

Jan 16 - TBD.

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Note: Celia Green will be stepping in for Akosua Amo-Adem for the performance on Jan 16.


Credits

Director
Heather Marie Annis
Cast
Kaleb Alexander
Akosua Amo-Adem
Rebecca Applebaum
Alison Deon
Kat Letwin
Michael Musi
Nicole Power
RH Thomson
Jennifer Villaverde
Stage Manager
Ellen Brooker
Sound Designer
Maddie Bautista
Projections Designer
Montgomery Martin
Producer
Johnnie Walker

Performances

  Date Time
11th January 12:30pm  
11th January 2:15pm Talkback
13th January 12:30pm  
13th January 2:15pm Talkback
16th January 8:15pm  
16th January 10:00pm Talkback

Accessibility information

U-R-U is a live script reading. Stage directions, including visual and action details, will be read along with the dialogue. Additional pre-recorded audio description will be available for Blind and low vision audiences by early January. Please check back for updates.


Venue

Factory Theatre Mainspace

125 Bathurst St
Toronto
Ontario
M5V 2R2

Access

Level of Physical Access
Accessible

Facilities

Air Conditioned
Yes
Washrooms
Yes
Outdoors
No

Content advice

Gunshots

Sensory description

Eight cast members are on stage seated or standing in front of music stands.


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