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Call It Love: A New Musical

Join us for a play reading of the new musical: Call It Love.

Shocked and confused by a letter that his mother, Olivia, left behind before she died, 18-year-old Billy journeys to New York City in search of answers and truth. There, he meets Jessica, Olivia’s former partner, and as the two dig through old journals, emails, and text messages, Olivia’s memories come alive in real time and we experience her life as she lived it. Passionate and curious, Olivia finds herself navigating a series of complex relationships and the surprising challenges they bring. We watch as she grapples with questions of identity, sexual expectations and, ultimately, the definition of motherhood. As Billy pieces together Olivia’s story, he feels both inspired by her perseverance and fearful of repeating her same mistakes. Along the way, he uncovers some long-kept secrets that might just change his own story completely.

A tale of sacrifice, acceptance, and family connection in the modern era, this daring new musical explores the power of love in all its forms. Call It Love, is inspired by Chilina Kennedy's album, "What You Find in a Bottle.” It features music and lyrics by Chilina Kennedy and a book co-written by Eric Holmes and Chilina Kennedy.

This One-Night-Only concert production stars Jenn Colella, Tony Award-nominated actress for her role as Captain Beverly Bass in Come From Away on Broadway. It features a cast of Broadway veterans including Tony LePage (Come From Away, Rock of Ages), Charlie Pollock (Violet, Urinetown), Ryan Vona (Beautiful, Once), and Morgan Weed (American Psycho).

The production is directed by Daniel Goldstein, an award-winning Broadway director, and playwright. Musical direction is by Nat Zegree, with music supervision and arrangements by Rick Fox.

This performance will be followed by a Q&A with the director and the cast.
PLEASE NOTE: This production is taking place on a Monday evening (instead of the usual Sunday evening) in the Great Hall at the Woodland.

About the Creatives
Chilina Kennedy has been writing original music for the past fifteen years and released a debut album entitled What You Find In A Bottle. She currently stars as Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway. Other select credits include Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway, Pheobe in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (Hartford/Old Globe) and Sophie in Mamma Mia! (1st US Tour). She has worked with Burt Bacharach, Colm Wilkinson, and as a guest star of Jason Robert Brown at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. Chilina is the Artistic Producer of Toronto's Eclipse Theatre Company and has spent 20 years performing and developing new work across the US and Canada.

Eric Holmes is currently working as a Coordinating Producer on CBS’s “The Good Fight.” Eric worked with Theresa Rebeck on NBC’s “Smash,” and wrote the book for the musical Alamo, which received its first workshop at the Indiana University School of Music in 2012. His farce, “Nearly Departed,” won him the David S. Hawes Scholarship in 2004. In 2006, he worked on the NYC Opera’s production of The Most Happy Fella! as the Assistant to the Director. His directorial resume includes Guys and Dolls, On Golden Pond, The Boys Next Door, and The Last 5 Years. Eric studied Directing and Playwriting at Indiana University.

Daniel Goldstein is a director and writer whose work has been seen on and off Broadway and around the world. He is the winner of the Kleban Prize for Most Promising Musical Theater Librettist. His musical Unknown Soldier, written with the late Michael Friedman, will be seen at Playwrights Horizons next season. His musical Row, written by singer/songwriter Dawn Landes was commissioned by The Public Theater. His play Orange Crush, about Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter of “The Art of the Deal” was commissioned by Roundabout Theater Company.

Partner in Production: Eclipse Theater
The engine behind Eclipse Theatre Company is focused on the incubation, education, and recalibration of musical theatre in Toronto. How do we accomplish this? By creating a unique and innovative theatrical event that invites our audiences to immerse themselves in the experience. Our vision is to instigate, investigate and excavate original stories, bringing new Canadian work to life. Re-examine and re-configure classics. Foster and generate artists through education, collaboration, diversity and outreach.

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