In her first season as artistic director at Studio 58, Courtenay Dobbie has programmed TomorrowLove to kick-off the professional theatre training school’s spring season. A series of 13 intertwined playlets by Rosamund Small, they imagine the near future’s romantic relationships.
“First produced by Outside the March, a Toronto company known for their immersive and unique theatrical experiences, TomorrowLove drew me in with its irreverent and inventive take on love, sex, and futuristic technology,” says Dobbie in a media release. “It felt particularly apt as we in the theatre community are in the process of adapting, re-envisioning, and finding new ways of creating.”
From lovers viewing each other’s memories on a screen, a virtual reality sex app aimed at spicing things up to a never-ending fridge promising to solve the eternal “what’s for dinner” argument, TomorrowLove has been described as Black Mirror meets Modern Love.
“We’ve been loving working on Rosamund Small’s collection of playlets about love and the future, partly because they’re hilarious, snappy, moving, and refreshingly fun in these times,” says directors Shekhar Paleja and Lauren Taylor.
“Each play has a unique, newly invented product that upends or delights the lives of the people who encounter it, prompting questions like, who needs a body? What’s a body for? What is consciousness? Is success love? What exactly are the rights of replicated clones? Can I have a fridge that holds all the yogurts? And more that lead to the big question: how will we love one another in the future?”
With the playlets released online as a collection on February 28 and available through March 7, audiences can binge-watch them in a single night or spread them out over the week.
Sign-up to receive a link to watch for free at studio58.ca.