Saturday / Feb 18 / 17
10:00 pm

Stage 13: Freedom To Live
Staceyann Chin

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander Street, Toronto

Presented in the context of the
38th annual Rhubarb Festival
**This event ASL interpreted**
Staceyann Chin

Freedom To Live

Staceyann Chin is presented by FADO Performance Art Centre as a part of
Presented by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

**This event will be ASL interpreted.** A block of pay-what-you-can tickets are being held for d/Deaf and hard of hearing patrons for this performance. These can be booked in advance by e-mailing barry@buddiesinbadtimes.com, or purchased at the door prior to the performance.

FADO Performance Art Centre and the 38th Rhubarb Festival are proud to welcome Staceyann Chin's unique voice back to the stage at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre


This is a rare opportunity to experience the powerful and provocative work of Staceyann Chin, an out spoken-word poet and LGBT rights and political activist. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Pittsburgh Daily; and has been featured on 60 Minutes and The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2015, she was named by Equality Forum as one of their 31 Icons of the 2015 LGBT History Month.


In her performance for MONOMYTHS, Chin weaves excerpts from her 2015 solo performance Motherstruck! with new thoughts and words ruminating on survival and action strategies for living in the current political situation in the USA as an intersectional life-term activist. 


To watch Chin perform is to watch the very essence of poetry manifested: her performances are imperfect, volatile and beautiful. Chin's poetry is passionate and well-written, sure; but it's her ability to communicate that passion in performance that is unparalleled. She becomes the poetry. ~Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, author

[Photo by Sara Krulwich]

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Presented by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

February 15–26, 2017
Festival Director Mel Hague
Festival Sponsor TD Bank Group
Wednesday–Saturday, 8PM; Sunday 2:30PM

Wednesday to Sunday: $20 Evening/Day Pass
Your ticket grants you access to all of the performances on a given day. 

Rush Ticket Policy: PWYC
(limited to 10 tickets per day Thurs-Sun max 2 per person)

Box Office 416-975-8555 or http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/rhubarb

MONOMYTHS invites a diverse collection of artists, scholars, and activists to revise Joseph Campbell’s conception of the hero’s journey through performance art, lectures, workshops, and other offerings. This new assemblage of non-linear un-narratives proposes a cultural, political and social feminist re-visioning of the world. The MONOMYTHS perception of the universal journey dispels the notion of the lone patriarchal figure on a conquest to vanquish his demons–both inner and outer–in consideration of community, collectivity, and collaboration.  

Joseph Campbell’s influential book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949) prescribes a common pattern to all of the world’s mythic narratives. According to this fundamental structure, the archetypal hero is challenged to embark on a monumental quest. Over the course of the hero’s journey, trials and obstacles must be overcome until a victory is won and the hero returns home with new knowledge about himself and the world. Campbell’s concept of the monomyth (‘one myth’) is a recognizable motif in both ancient mythology and contemporary culture, including film, music, literature, sports, and advertising. A current trend in popular visual culture replaces the male character with a female one, in spite of the fact that our heroine–from the get-go–would make different choices if the conditions, and conditioning, allowed. While each MONOMYTHS stage stands alone, the work of each presenting artist is interdependent and connected. These independent visions, when stitched together through the audience’s collective presence, form an exquisite corpse of a larger experimental narrative. 

The year-long MONOMYTHS project is presented in three sections starting in February 2016 and concluding in February 2017. The series is conceived and curated Jess Dobkin and Shannon Cochrane.

Part 1 (February 3–7, 2016)
Stage 1: The Ordinary World/Call to Adventure
Stage 2: Refusal of the Call
Stage 3: Meeting of the Mentor
Stage 4: Crossing the Threshold
Stage 5: Belly of the Whale

Part 2 (May 2016–January 2017)
Stage 6: Tests, Allies, Enemies
Stage 7: Ordeals
Stage 8: Atonement with the Father/State
Stage 9: Apotheosis/Journey to the Inmost Cave

Part 3 (February 15–19, 2017)
Stage 10: The Road Back
Stage 11: Refusal of the Return
Stage 12: Mistress of Two Worlds
Stage 13: Freedom to Live
Stage 14: The Return Home


+ MONOMYTHS Limited Edition Perpetual Calendar