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May 5, 2006
Three plays explore themes of peace and conflict in Mother’s Day presentation at City Hall
The City of Toronto, through Parks, Forestry & Recreation’s Access and Equity Unit in partnership with the Children’s Peace Theatre, will present three original short plays under the title of “Peace in the City: A Mother’s Day Celebration of Peace for Young and Old” on Sunday, May 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the rotunda of City Hall. Admission is free. The plays will be performed by the Children’s Peace Theatre, including Performers for Peace, the CPT Young Company, and Drew’s Group.

Suitable for all ages, “Peace in the City” explores the themes of conflict, peace, racism, violence and social inclusion, particularly through the eyes of youth and seniors. In addition to the thought-provoking plays, the audience will be entertained by songs from the Raging Grannies, and clowning by the CPT Young Company.

• Performers for Peace, directed by Josh Bloch, is a mixed group of youth, adults and seniors exploring themes of racism and social inclusion between young and old.

• The CPT Young Company, led by Adam Paolozza, has been creating and performing powerful theatre since its formation in 2004. The group, comprised of performers ages 8-16, has created plays about children in Rwanda, a family in Afghanistan, and the relationships of children to seniors. Honouring children and young people in the pursuit of peace through the practice of theatre is the core mission of the Children’s Peace Theatre, and the Young Company embodies these values.

• Drew’s Group is made up of friends of Andrew Stewart, a 16-year-old youth who was killed in December 2004, while defending a pregnant friend. Since 2005, Drew’s Group has worked with the Children’s Peace Theatre to create productions that promote peace and non-violence.

The Children’s Peace Theatre was founded by renowned Canadian theatre artist, Robert Morgan. Since 2000, Children’s Peace Theatre has worked with young people to create powerful theatre about conflict and peace in the world. “Peace in the City” is hosted by Robert Morgan, and directed by award-winning director and playwright Mark Wallace.

In addition to being responsible for the stewardship of more than 8,000 hectares of green space and 1,500 named parks, Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation provides a wide range of programs and services for people of all ages and abilities. Its vision is to ensure all Torontonians enjoy active, healthy lifestyles and a high quality of life, supported by leisure and recreation programs, services and facilities, provided by Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation in partnership with the community.

Media contact:
Parks, Forestry & Recreation media hotline, 416-560-8726



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