October 31, 2014
October 30, 2014
Vice and Rogers are partnering to bring a Vice TV network to Canada
John Tory gets a parody Twitter account
October 29, 2014
Marvel marks National Cat Day with a series of cats dressed up as its iconic superheroes
Doug Ford is likely going to be fined $11,950 for all the illegal signs his campaign planted
Doug Ford is deciding whether he wants to be the leader of Ontario’s Conservative Party.
Creepin' (Cool Pleasures)
Theatre from the streets

A series of mini-dramas based on public conversations, as overheard and rewritten by local playwright/director Aurora Stewart de Peña.

Overheard at the Tibet Café and Bar on Kensington Ave.

Anton and Leo, in their mid-40s, are wearing loose t-shirts. They have Android phones on the table next to their empty plates. They lean back and smoke while their food digests.

Anton: I’ve been to India, to China, to Uruguay, to Africa, where they don’t have a dime in the world, and it’s all the same.

Leo: It’s money, man, it’s cash flow.

Anton: No, it isn’t, take that away, like take it completely away. You’re in India. You don’t have anything, you don’t even dream that it’s possible to have anything. You live in a puddle, it’s all you’ve ever known.

Leo: Slumdog Millionaire.

Anton: Exactly.

So you take that situation, and money’s not even a concern. It doesn’t exist for you, you don’t even have access to the idea of it.

Leo: You’ve never seen it before, you’ve never even held a coin. Never felt its cool pleasures.

Anton: Don’t be fucking smart.

It’s not a concern, you think in terms of goods and services, of keeping your kids alive, and you’d think that would be what’s dragging you down, but it’s not.

Leo: If you don’t have any money, you don’t have any power, and if you don’t have any power, any control of your situation, you get depressed.

Anton: No, that’s not it, money’s the filter through which we view our depression. It’s the lens, but it’s not the causation.

Pause. Anton takes a long drag of his cigarette. He exhales smoke around his face.

Anton: In places where money isn’t a factor, they still feel it. They still get down, it’s something else.

A man who doesn’t have money, who’s never heard of it, who doesn’t even think in those terms, who doesn’t want the things that money can buy, he still wakes up under a dark cloud.

Leo: But I think–

Anton: There’s a great sadness in the world, and we’re all just running for shelter.

Anton takes a drag of his cigarette.

It’s black. It’s all-consuming, and–

Anton points at Leo with his cigarette, exhaling in his general direction.

It’s coming for all of us.

____

Aurora Stewart de Peña is half of the theatre company Birdtown & Swanville (the other half is Nika Mistruzzi). You can follow her on Twitter at @Aurorahhh.

For more, follow us on Twitter at @torontostandard, and subscribe to our newsletter.

  • TOP STORIES
  • MOST COMMENTED
  • RECENT
By Igor Bonifacic
October 29th, 2014
Editors Pick Doug Ford is deciding whether he wants to be the leader of Ontario's Conservative Party.
Read More
By Igor Bonifacic
October 28th, 2014
Culture The CBC will be the lead Canadian broadcaster for the 2018, 2020 Olympics
Read More
By Igor Bonifacic
October 30th, 2014
Editors Pick John Tory gets a parody Twitter account
Read More
By Igor Bonifacic
October 29th, 2014
Culture Marvel marks National Cat Day with a series of cats dressed up as its iconic superheroes
Read More
  • No article found.
  • By Igor Bonifacic
    October 30th, 2014
    Culture Vice and Rogers are partnering to bring a Vice TV network to Canada
    Read More
    By Igor Bonifacic
    October 30th, 2014
    Editors Pick John Tory gets a parody Twitter account
    Read More
    By Igor Bonifacic
    October 29th, 2014
    Culture Marvel marks National Cat Day with a series of cats dressed up as its iconic superheroes
    Read More
    By Igor Bonifacic
    October 29th, 2014
    Editors Pick Doug Ford is likely going to be fined $11,950 for all the illegal signs his campaign planted
    Read More

    SOCIETY SNAPS

    Society Snaps: Eric S. Margolis Foundation Launch

    Kristin Davis moved Toronto's philanthroists to tears ... then sent them all home with a baby elephant - Read More