Leo By Rosa Laborde

Leo By Rosa Laborde

March 4 – 8, 2008
Leo By Rosa Laborde

“Leo is a small jewel…one that deserves to be treasured by anyone looking for superb theatre.” Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star

From March 4 – 8, 2008 the Belfry Theatre will present Tarragon Theatre’s production of Léo by Rosa Laborde. Directed by Richard Rose, Léo stars Salvatore Antonio, Sergio Di Zio, and Lesley Faulkner. Léo was nominated for a Governor General’s Award for Drama.

Political passions and sexual identity are delicately intertwined in this bittersweet tale of stolen youth. Set in Salvador Allende’s Chile, Léo follows the path of three friends who journey from innocence to understanding as they learn what it means to truly ‘disappear’; Rodrigo (Sergio Di Zio), the idealistic aspiring politician; Léo (Salvatore Antonio), the passionate young poet; and Isolda (Lesley Faulkner), a young woman adrift in her own life. Set in Santiago, Léo is a one-act play told from the perspective of Léo, a twenty-year-old pleasure seeker, who has become one of the desaparecido (disappeared) after the Chilean government is overthrown with the assassination of the president, Salvador Allende, in the military coup d’etat of 1973. From a childhood world of first loves and fast friendships, Léo makes the journey through an abruptly terminated adolescence into a world where innocence itself too often becomes desaparecido.

Rosa Laborde’s playwriting credits include The Source, Sugar (voted Outstanding new play by NOW) and the musical, The Ugly Duckling. Her acting included a recurring role in the Ken Finkleman television project At The Hotel. Léo was first introduced at the Rhubarb! Festival and further developed into a full-length play through Tarragon’s Playwrights Unit and WorkSpace.

The title character will be portrayed by Salvatore Antonio. Sergio Di Zio (2006 Dora nomination, Outstanding Performance) and Lesley Faulkner will play Leo’s two friends. Marcelo Puente is a singer and songwriter of Chilean origin. His music expresses his South American roots as reflected in our lives in Canada. Marcelo has been a voice and a messenger of hope for the people who fled their home country after the military coup in Chile. He has been very active as a Chilean musician in the artistic life of Toronto. Together with Thomas Ryder Payne, who designs sound, Marcelo was nominated at the 2006 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Sound Design/ Composition.

Léo is directed by Richard Rose (2006 Dora nomination, Outstanding Direction); Graeme Thomson designs set and lighting; Jolene Antle will coordinate costumes and Leigh McClymont is the stage manager.