Thomas is using a public restroom. He is surprised when God starts talking to him from the next stall and tells him that he has been selected to deliver a new commandment to mankind. There’s one big problem, though: Thomas is an atheist. His belief structure shattered, Thomas embarks on a journey he never wanted as he tries to deal with his new life as reluctant prophet. Today, Thomas is crashing an open mic night to tell his story.
Daniel MacIvor’s House meets Monty Python’s The Life of Brian, The Commandment is a solo dramatic comedy about loss, love and the pitfalls of taking a crap beside the almighty.
Phil Rickaby – Performer, Writer, Producer
Phil is an actor and playwright, and a founding a member of Keystone Theatre, a Toronto company that creates plays inspired by silent film. You may have seen him as Gormless Joe in Keystone Theatre’s The Belle of Winnipeg, The Last Man on Earth, and Gold Fever, as well as in the films Abolition, The Dragon and the Unicorn and So You’ve Decided to be Attacked by Zombies. Phil is also the host of the Canadian theatre podcast, Stageworthy. Find Phil online at www.philrickaby.com @philrickaby
Richard Beaune – Director
Richard Beaune has performed in every province and territory across Canada in both official languages over a 30 year career. His work as actor and director has garnered rave reviews and several awards, including a Dora Mavor Moore Award and a Canadian Comedy Award, and has been seen in Canada’s largest theatres, including the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, as well as the smallest indie theatres and found spaces. Stylistically, his work has ranged from Shakespeare (29 professional productions and counting) to new works of physical theatre and all stops in between, but always carries a trademark sensibility that he credits to being a clown at heart. A dedicated theatre educator, he has taught at Brock University, Ryerson University’s Act II Studio, York University and George Brown College, as well as countless workshops. Richard is perhaps best known as the founding Artistic Director of Keystone Theatre, a company that creates new plays in the style of silent film which has been recognized across Canada for its unique and carefully crafted work. Ultimately, his goal in life is to make you smile. www.richardbeaune.com
Adrianna Prosser – Assistant Direction, Marketing
Adrianna is a storyteller: online, onstage, and on film as a playwright, actor, geek and social media guru. She is a host and Executive Producer for the award winning education webseries Cranium Cookie, Producer of her smash hit one-woman show Everything But the Cat… and the Social Media Community Manager for the City of Toronto Historic Sites. Adrianna has been on the Toronto Fringe Festival scene since 2007, but most recently directed Meet Cute – winner of the 2015 Best of Fringe award, after her 2012 Best of Fringe production of The Shape of Things, as Jenny. To find out more about this fiery redhead please visit www.adrianna-prosser.com@adriannap