Booster Shots


1984: THE FOLDED PAPER by Nicolas Billon and Christopher Thornborrow
Orwell’s iconic Winston Smith is secretly handed a love note from Julia. Not sure if it is real or a trap, he hides it, agonizing over what it could mean.

BLIND WOMAN by David Yee and James Rolfe
A dancer who has lost her vision remembers herself dancing in a conversation with her shadow. They dance together, but not quite together anymore.

BROOKS BUSH GANG by Hannah Moscovitch and Benton Roark
Based on real events, the sexuality, criminality, and humanity of the Toronto-based, women-run, 1860s Brooks Bush Gang–culprits of a high-profile murder on the Don River Bridge–are explored.

DAMNATION by Morris Panych and Ivan Barbotin
A man is condemned to hell, in an office that’s too hot, with a fan that doesn’t work, and a fly that won’t stop buzzing. Instead of cracking, he devises a plan to escape and return to the living.

FETISHIST by David Yee and Ivan Barbotin
An Asian woman undergoes surgery to look more white and be more accepted in society. Her Caucasian boyfriend, she discovers, has an Asian fetish and doesn’t know how to love her any more.

MEMES by Nicholas Billon and Dean Burry
A hipster couple on a first date discover they don’t have anything in common . . . until they discover a shared passion for trending memes. Virtual romance and hilarity ensue!

OUBLIETTE by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard and Ivan Barbotin
Laura has just escaped imprisonment in a basement in suburbia. Exulting in her new found freedom, Laura discovers how foreign her own name sounds to her. She sings it over and over again, reuniting with herself as she reunites with the rest of the world.

THE OVERCOAT by Morris Panych and James Rolfe
Panych’s hugely successful reinterpretation of short stories by Russian dramatist Nikolai Gogol, the wordless The Overcoat, is brought to life once again by Panych and Rolfe in a scene where two comically opinionated tailors dominate the man being fitted for a simple overcoat.

R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by Nicolas Billon and Nicole Lizée
Two scientists confer excitedly in panic as they search for ways to combat the hordes of robots that have turned on them, the creators. “The children are home Domin.”

SUBMISSION by David Yee and Dean Burry
Two Russian men contemplate their love and the need to leave oppressive Russia. One of them has received a call to serve in the military, and he fights with his deep rooted patriotism and his desire to love freely. He asks a great favour of his partner and lover…

From secrets in suburbia to dating on Queen West West, and from a notorious murder to the dystopian world of 1984, BOOSTER SHOTS offers up a fresh, beautiful and absurd opera and theatre experience with contemporary music and texts.

WARNING: Some scenes feature mature themes including sexual content, coarse language and politically challenging material. And Robots.

Ernest Balmer Studio

315-9 Trinity Street, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4