Age of Arousal

By Linda Griffiths
Directed by Maja Ardal
Presented by Nightwood Theatre In Association with Factory Theatre
November 16 - December 17, 2007

Genre-busting, rule-bending and ambitiously original, award-winning playwright Linda Griffiths’ Age of Arousal is a lavish, sexy ensemble piece about the forbidden and gloriously liberated self. The setting is 1885: a time of great passion, great confusion. A population imbalance leaves London flooded with half a million more women than men and an escalating suffrage movement has ushered in a rip-roaring New Age. Mary Barfoot, an ex-militant suffragette, runs a school for secretaries with her beloved Rhoda.  The school’s invasion by three spinster sisters and a charismatic cad named Everard, creates a catalyst for political, sexual and emotional explosion. Ideas and libidos clash for dominance, as each character confronts the meaning of revolutionary courage.  Age of Arousal makes its Toronto premiere at Nightwood Theatre, fresh from an acclaimed run at ATP’s PlayRites Festival and a Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play.

“Griffiths is one of Canada’s ‘originals’ known not only for the quality of her work, but for the sheer range of her career.”  - Maclean’s Magazine

Starring: Clare Coulter, Sarah Dodd, Maggie Huculak,
Ellen-Ray Hennessy, Gemma James-Smith, Dylan Smith
Set & Costumes: Julia Tribe
Lighting Design: Kimberly Purtell
Sound Design: E.C. Woodley
Assistant Director: Audrey Dwyer
Dramaturgy: Karen Hines

“Endlessly witty, vigorous, funny… brilliantly inventive…” Calgary Herald

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