Tony Nappo, Rachel Cairns, John Bourgeois, Maggie Huculak, Kelli Fox & Fabrizio Filippo in 'The Summoned' at Tarragon Theatre. Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann

The Summoned

By Fabrizio Filippo

If it can be done it will be done.

Following the death of a billionaire tech visionary, powerful figures are summoned from different parts of the globe to a budget airport hotel for the reading of his will. As beneficiaries, they know their lives are about to change. What transpires is nothing short of a massive paradigm shift in technology and the very nature of human mortality.

Visionary and award-winning director, Richard Rose, turns a giant screen and a six person cast into something resembling a TED Talk on acid. His bleeding edge staging brings to life musically rapid fire dialogue, superbly crafted plot twists, and a driving story that leaps back and forth in time as fast as swiping your finger across a screen.

A playwright with an epic voice that is in equal turns tragic and hilarious, the Dora nominated Filippo spins a twisted yarn about the history of personal computing, the suppression of women in the tech world, the inevitable direction of progress, and the challenge technology poses to human connection.

With a shocking finale that leaves some stunned and others cheering in their seats, The Summoned articulately captures how monumentally technology is changing our very nature. It is impossible to walk away from this show not talking about it.

(★★★★ out of 4) The twists and turns of Filippo’s plot are very well-crafted – each revelation, perhaps especially the one you can see coming, surprised me in one way or another; It all comes together brilliantly; you won’t find a more original production on in Toronto right now.

The Globe and MailJ. Kelly Nestruck

(★★★ out of 4) Filippo excels as both playwright and performer in ambitious production; 'The Summoned' shows Tarragon isn’t afraid to keep taking risks. As Steve Jobs once said, 'Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.'

Toronto Star

(NNNN) Thrilling; 'The Summoned' downloads for its viewers a tantalizing mystery, a bit of futuristic sci-fi, a look at personal-computer history and some striking characters.

NOW Magazine

Production Details

3 Male ( + 2, Voice Only)

3 Female

Approx 85 minutes, no intermission

By Fabrizio Filippo

Production History

‘The Summoned’ received its world premiere at Tarragon Theatre in the Mainspace under the direction of Richard Rose and ran from April 19 – May 29, 2016.

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