Two guys. One Office. Objective: Sell Hamilton!
Hammertheatre presents a comedy in one act written and directed by Sky Gilbert. “Commercials For Hamilton” stars newcomers Abraham Asto and Spencer Robson. Set and costumes by Kelly Wolf. Lighting design and stage management by Stephen Newman. This intimate comedy premieres at The Staircase Cafe Theatre, 27 Dundurn Street North. Tickets are $15.00 and can be reserved by calling the box office at 905-529-3000. “Commercials For Hamilton” previews on Thursday November 20th at 8pm, opening night is Friday November 21st at 8pm with regular performances Thursday – Saturday at 8pm and two Sunday matinees at 3pm.
In Hamilton, house prices are going up along with a new GO Station. Condos are everywhere, and thousands of Toronto hipsters and young people cannot wait to get down and party at Hamilton’s Art Crawl. In other words, Hamilton is on the verge of a boom, and there is no doubt that there is money to be made. But what does it mean when people want to make money out of your city?
“Commercials For Hamilton” is Sky Gilbert’s third play with Hamilton in the title (We cannot forget Hamilton Bus Stop and Naked Hamilton which both preceded “Commercials For Hamilton”) and the sixth play he has written with a Hamilton setting. Like these earlier plays, “Commercials For Hamilton” looks at issues of class, gentrification, and sexuality.
What does it mean to sell Hamilton? “Commercials For Hamilton” asks just that question. Set in a makeshift office near Jackson Square, this one act comedy tells the story of two advertising men who have been given an urgent assignment: sell Hamilton. Abraham Asto plays Sanders Dillingham – a slick Toronto ad executive on his way up. A tall chai latte loving lad from Toronto’s Ossington Avenue who is not too happy when his boss tells him that he must work with a young intern (a recent grad of Hamilton’s Mohawk College) named Roy Stilts (played by Spencer Robson). Roy is Hamilton born and raised (his father used to have a store on Barton Street). He has a shaved head and boundless enthusiasm and he just loves everything about the city. Sanders is not fond of Hamilton. Or is he? What are the mysterious phone calls that Sanders Dillingham keeps making? And what really happened at the Devil’s Punchbowl?
Find the answer to these and other important questions (like: is Hamilton really The City of Waterfalls?) in “Commercials For Hamilton.” A 40-minute, two guy comedy. Secrets are withheld, secrets are told and the truth wins out. Because Hamilton is a place where the people are REAL.
“Commercials For Hamilton”
a new play in one act written and directed by Sky Gilbert
starring: Abraham Asto and Spencer Robson
set and costumes by Kelly Wolf — lighting design and stage management by Stephen Newman
The Staircase Cafe Theatre 27 Dundurn Street North, Hamilton. Ontario
tickets: $15.00 box office: 905-529-3000
Preview: Thursday November 20th at 8pm. Opening Night: Friday November 21st at 8pm
Closing Performance: Sunday November 30th at 3pm
Regular Performances: Thursday – Saturday at 8pm and two Sunday matinees at 3pm
hammertheatre wishes to thank The University of Toronto’s Drama Centre, The Ontario Arts Council and The Ontario Trillium Foundation for their ongoing support.