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Smashes: same sex crushes; slang, late 1800s. 

Bisexual invisibility, Anne of Green Gables, that girl in grade 6 with long brown hair -- growing up queer is a messy business, whether you're a renowned feminist writer in Victorian-era Connecticut or an overalls-wearing Alanis Morissette superfan living in the 'burbs. 

This new one-woman-show examines feminist literary icon Charlotte Perkins Gilman ("The Yellow Wallpaper", "Herland", "Women and Economics") as a queer pioneer and Franny's own queer identity and coming-out story.

Meet the Artists 

Come chat with the creators of #SMASHESplay after the performance!

 

Franny McCabe-Bennett (playwright + performer) is an actor, singer, storyteller and comedian. She is one half of the feminist comedy theatre duo Two Juliets (www.twojuliets.com), and has performed their award-winning sketch revue "XOXO: The Relationship Show" to sold out audiences in Stratford, Toronto, Hamilton, Oakville and Winnipeg. Franny's first solo show "These Aren't My Real Boobs (This Isn't My Real Stomach)" premiered in a showcase at Theaterlab NYC in New York City. "SMASHES" is her first time exploring a historical figure in her writing, using feminist literary icon (and secret bisexual) Charlotte Perkins Gilman's early adult life as a framework for Franny's own stories of adolescence, coming out, falling in love, being scared and being brave. Training: Second City Toronto, University of Guelph, Humber College. Franny has been singing and training with Broadway and cabaret legend Judith Lander for over 15 years. Franny's acting and directing credits can be found at www.frannymcb.com. Twitter/Instagram: @franny_mcb #SMASHESplay

 

Christopher Legacy (director + dramaturg) is a native of the GTA.  For nine seasons he served as Artistic Director of the award-winning Forward Theatre at Mississauga’s Living Arts Center.  Directing and design credits with Forward include: Romeo + Juliet, Hamlet: the horatio tapes, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Antigone Project and The Glass Menagerie.  From 2005 to 2015 he enjoyed his summer duties as Guest Director for Bancroft Summer Theatre at the historic Village Playhouse in Bancroft, Ontario.  Directing and design credits include:  The 39 Steps, Noises Off, The Play’s The Thing, Painting Churches, See How They Run, Steel Magnolias, Stepping Out, 7 Stories, Too Many Cooks, Harvest, Early August and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.  Christopher recently graduated with honours from the Theatre Performance program at Humber College.  Highlights from his time at Humber Theatre include working on an adaptation of Gulliver’s Travels (Gulliver) with Tatiana Jennings, Macbeth (Macbeth) with Diana Belshaw, work-shopping Dostoevsky’s The Idiot (General Ivolgin) with Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith and performing in Till Eulenspiegel under the direction of Varrick Grimes. Recently, Christopher obtained his Advanced certification in Stage Combat and appeared as Antonio in Hart House Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night. He also served as Assistant Director to Varrick Grimes on This Side of Heaven (Humber Theatre), a devised physical theatre piece featuring Humber’s graduating class of 2015.