September 20, 2014
September 19, 2014
Watch: a drone’s perspective of the Scarborough Bluffs
Worn Fashion Journal announces its final issue
Fort York Visitor Centre opens to the public this weekend.
Thousands line up at the Eaton Centre for a chance to buy one of the new iPhones
IParkedInABikeLane stickers aim to shame drivers who park in the city’s bike lanes
Creepin' (Invisible Body Cast)
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 National Ballet’s Diamond Gala (Four Seasons Centre)

Alec and Percy, both in their early thirties, wear slim-fitting suits. Their hair has artisanal pomade in it. They sit on the stairs leading up to the second floor. They smell like basil.

Well-groomed people in formal wear mill about holding martinis in understated, tasteful glasses.

Alec: Oh, he’s going to talk to her.

Percy: Who?

Alec: Her, in the white dress.

Percy: Seriously?

Alec: Oh – she’s smiling!

Percy: What is he even saying to her?

Alec: It’s kind of a cool dress that she’s wearing.

Percy: Every time Jason talks to a girl, he gets a stiff upper back.

Alec: The cutout back – that’s cool.

Percy: Seriously, he would be a huge stud if he could just move his shoulders.

Alec: She’s cute.

Percy: Look at him though, he looks like he’s in an invisible full-body cast.

Percy takes a sip of his drink and stares into the bottom of the glass.

Percy: Like he’s in a straightjacket. Made of clay.

Percy swizzles his stir stick in his drink, causing a small whirlpool.

Liquid begins to escape over the rim.

Alec: What are you doing?

Percy: That’s Alyssa.

Pause.

Alec: Oh.

Pause.

Alec: Does he know that?

Percy: He knows.

Pause.

Alec: Well, go interrupt.

Percy: No, she’s gonna–she doesn’t want to see me.

____

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
September 19th, 2014
Editors Pick Thousands line up at the Eaton Centre for a chance to buy one of the new iPhones
Read More
By Igor Bonifacic
September 19th, 2014
Editors Pick Watch: a drone's perspective of the Scarborough Bluffs
Read More
By Igor Bonifacic
September 17th, 2014
Editors Pick It appears the El Mocambo is finished
Read More
By Igor Bonifacic
September 19th, 2014
Editors Pick Worn Fashion Journal announces its final issue
Read More
  • No article found.
  • By Igor Bonifacic
    September 19th, 2014
    Editors Pick Watch: a drone's perspective of the Scarborough Bluffs
    Read More
    By Igor Bonifacic
    September 19th, 2014
    Editors Pick Worn Fashion Journal announces its final issue
    Read More
    By Igor Bonifacic
    September 19th, 2014
    Editors Pick Fort York Visitor Centre opens to the public this weekend.
    Read More
    By Igor Bonifacic
    September 19th, 2014
    Editors Pick Thousands line up at the Eaton Centre for a chance to buy one of the new iPhones
    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