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September 20, 2005
Spadina Museum and Troubled Souls Collective to co-produce fall theatrical production, "More Haunted Masters"
  
Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens and the Troubled Souls Collective are
co-producing "More Haunted Masters," the follow-up to last year's sold-out hit,
"Haunted Masters." Uniquely staged on the mansion's third floor, Gene Franklin
Smith's haunting adaptations of Victorian/Edwardian ghost stories had fit into
the Museum's period surroundings beautifully, and audiences agreed.

"More Haunted Masters" is comprised of five new one-act plays adapted from the
supernatural tales of Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Henry James, Ambrose
Bierce and J. Sheridan LeFanu. Performances begin October 13, and the run will
end on November 12.

Thrilled with the success of last year's production, Spadina Museum invited
Smith and his director, Patrick Conner, back to create a new set of plays. This
coming October will mark the World Premiere of "More Haunted Masters," another
collaborative effort by the pair. For the second series, audiences will journey
to a different room for each of the five plays, giving them the opportunity to
explore more of the museum, as the environment has expanded to include the
second floor.

This year, Smith has adapted "Playing With Fire" by Arthur Conan Doyle, in
which a group of bickering friends unwittingly unleash a terrifying spirit
during a séance; "The Romance of Certain Old Clothes," Henry James's first
ghost story, in which the bitter competition between two sisters for the hand
of a suitor results in death and revenge from the grave; "Apprentice Ghost" by
H.G. Wells, in which a renowned English actor teaches an inexperienced young
American ghost how to properly haunt a house; "The Moonlit Road" by Ambrose
Bierce, a Rashomon-like telling of a murder from the perspectives of the
victim, her grieving son and her guilt-stricken husband; and J. Sheridan
LeFanu's "Carmilla," which served as the model for Bram Stoker's "Dracula,"
wherein a beautiful female vampire seduces a lonely young English woman.

Patrick Conner is the 2003 Dora Award-nominated director of the Dora
Award-winning production of "Poochwater," which was re-mounted in February by
Theatre Passe Muraille, and most recently at the Thousand Islands Playhouse.
Conner also directed plays at the Rhubarb! Festival, and the Toronto Fringe
Festival. Gene Franklin Smith is the author of many produced plays, including
his critically acclaimed adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Bleak House," which
will be produced in Toronto next summer, and his new play, "Boise USA," which
will be produced in Los Angeles in April 2006.

Evolving from a Victorian country estate to an Edwardian city mansion, Spadina
Museum was home to four generations of the wealthy Austin family. Spadina's
local and imported fine furniture and décor reflect many artistic influences,
such as Art Nouveau. Spadina Museum is one of eleven historic site museums
operated by the City of Toronto.

"More Haunted Masters" will have preview performances on October 13, 14, 15 and
20, all shows begin at 8 p.m. Preview ticket prices are $20.

The press opening is Friday, October 21 at 8 p.m.

On Monday, October 31 at 8 p.m. there will be a special Halloween performance
that includes light refreshments. Tickets are $40.

Regular performances will continue on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at
8 p.m. until November 12. Tickets for regular performances are $25.

All performances will take place at Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Rd. Free
parking is available next door at Casa Loma. Senior, student and
union-affiliation ticket discounts are available. Spadina Museum provides
handicapped access.

For tickets and reservations, call 647-292-8540. Tickets may also be purchased
through T.O. Tix online http://www.tapa.ca/totix, or in person at the
Yonge-Dundas Square booth.

"More Haunted Masters" is a TO Live With Culture event -- a 16-month
celebration of Toronto's cultural vibrancy.


Media contacts:

Nancy Reynolds
Spadina Museum
416-392-6910 ext. 304

Gene Franklin Smith
Troubled Souls Collective
647-292-8540



 

 

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