TRUTH/DARE is a live staged reading performed by a cast of notable Toronto artists and aficionados, combining memorable text from the film, original video, choreographed dance and the infectious music from the Blond Ambition tour. Much like the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the spirit of TRUTH/DARE is one where the audience is invited to dress up in their finest early ‘90s street wear, echo their favourite lines, and join the cast in dancing to the music of the era. The Queen of Pop demands: ‘Dance, sing, get up and do your thing!’
After a successful public workshop of TRUTH/DARE at the experimental art space Videofag in December 2012, Antonio and Ruggiero have further developed the project specifically for Buddies’ Pride Week festival. Joining Salvatore and Adamo on stage is an exciting cast of both emerging and established talent from various artistic backgrounds including: Gavin Crawford, Sharron Matthews, Damien Atkins, Keith Cole, Terrence Bryant, Sebastien Heins, with dancer-choreographer Paul Charbonneau and dancer Roney Lewis, plus a few surprise cameo appearances along the way.
More than an uproarious, sweaty night on the dancefloor, TRUTH/DARE sheds light on the many layers of fame, ego, and the power of fandom. Revealing not only the icon, but the woman behind the icon, and the many behind her. It is a night that gives us permission to laugh at the glorious pretensions of her celebrity, and at ourselves for being still enamoured by it - even moved by it – over twenty years later.
Buddies in Bad Times artistic director Brendan Healy offers: 'It is such a pleasure to welcome TRUTH/DARE at Buddies for Pride. Like many people from my generation, the movie Truth or Dare was seminal in my gay education - for better AND for worse. To watch a group of talented artists reclaim, reconstruct, revile and rejoice in everything that this represents is borderline therapeutic. And hilarious.'
TRUTH/DARE is proudly partnered with the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA). A portion of the show’s proceeds will be donated to PWA, the largest direct support service agency for people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada.
TRUTH/DARE Created by Salvatore Antonio and Adamo Ruggiero
Presented as part of Queer Pride 2013 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 1B4
Wednesday June 26 & Thursday 27, 2013
Doors open at 7:30pm, performance begins at 8:00pm
Tickets $15 advance / $20 door
Box office: 416-975-8555 or buddiesinbadtimes.com
TRUTH/DARE encourages the audience to stand and move about during the performance, and therefore does not have traditional theatre seating. If you or a member of your party will require special assistance due to mobility issues, please contact the box office at 416-975-8555.
There will be a TRUTH/DARE After Party in the space starting immediately following the performance (10pm) featuring DJ Konstantine Kurelias. Admission to the After Party is $7 or free with a ticket to the 8:00pm performance.