SYNOPSIS

7:30 PM, THURSDAY MAY 14 2020

2:30 PM, SUNDAY MAY 17 2020

7:30 PM, SATURDAY MAY 16 2020

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Bond and a bad guy duking it out on busy train tracks, witty quips with Moneypenny and a surly Q, and a car chase in the heart of Paris punctuate the exciting storyline of A Convenient Lie. Bond, with the help of Audrey, a French actress, and her tech genius brother, Pierre, must confront a bee-keeping eco-terrorist – who calls himself The Naturalist – and his henchmen, Salvatore the Surgeon, Knuckles, and the sultry Miss Bliss, and stop his plan to make humanity suffer for its heedless consumption.

INSPIRATION

It’s no secret that Opera attendance is down internationally – especially in the 14-40 demographics. The idea came to Kyle after performing a 19th century romantic comedy (Von Flotow’s Martha) in English and seeing just how engaged his friends and family were. It was clear to him that the music resonated, and that people ultimately shied away from the opera on account of language and duration. Realizing that all the great music of opera is public domain and free for all to use, Kyle began a list of contemporary franchises that could potentially fit into the genre. At last he settled on James Bond; not just because of its dramatic and comedic potential, but also because it has entered the public domain in many countries.

Combining his skills as a screenwriter and poet, he then began the process of piecing together this new opera in “pasticcio” (pastiche). Since it's exclusive premiere in 2016, the show has successfully toured Windsor and Ottawa, and is coming back home to Toronto with a shiny new production concept.

COMPANY

This view of classical material is part of (the pen is) Mightier Productions’ mandate: to produce entertaining and interesting film, television theatre, and literature by merging tradition with innovation for an audience who craves to be swept up and transported away. The company’s mission also extends to creating work that helps the younger generations develop interest in classical material.

THE PLAYERS

JAMES BOND................Kyle McDonald

THE NATURALIST........Andrew Tees

AUDREY.........................Emma Greve

MISS BLISS....................Holly Chaplin

SALVATORE..................Corey Arnold

PIERRE..........................Meagan Larios

KNUCKLES....................Ryan Hofman

Q.....................................Peter Jorgensen

FOLEY............................Chris Harris

ENSEMBLE...................Allison Walmsley

                                            Manon Ens-Lapointe

                                            Raechel Fisher

                                            Peter Jorgensen

                                            Ryan Hofman

                                            William Matthews

MUSIC DIRECTOR.......Narmina Afandyieva

DIRECTOR....................Kyle McDonald

STAGE MANAGER........Samantha Lewis

GRAPHICS.....................David Watkins

ARRANGEMENT...........MEGAS_TYRANNUS

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VIDEO

The Name is Bond - From Kyle McDonald's James Bond: A Convenient Lie

Live performance in Ottawa, 2018. Videographer: Bart Tecter.

Piano: Amy Seulky Lee. Audrey: Felicia Mittica.

AUDIO

The Name is Bond - From Kyle McDonald's James Bond: A Convenient Lie

Live performance in Ottawa, 2018. Videographer: Bart Tecter.

Piano: Amy Seulky Lee.

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