REVENGE OF THE POPINJAY // @ videofag, Toronto, Canada
created by Anthony Johnston & Nathan Schwartz
Someone is killing the heterosexuals! As dozens of brutal slayings engulf the city in panic, a young gay man rises to fame in underground rap clubs. WARNING: Adult content, extreme violence, and graphic heterophobia.
A follow-up to our 'avant-garde autobiography' Tenderpits -- Revenge of the Popinjay is an experimental rap-horror show in which Anthony struggles to cope with the loss of his sister while uncovering a frightening link between himself, his lover, and an illusive gay rap star/serial killer targeting heterosexuals.
Revenge of the Popinjay combines storytelling, stand-up, physical theatre, performance art and original live rap music to create a one-of-a-kind theatrical event. Popinjay satirizes the clichés of homophobic culture and questions the capacity for evil in all of us.
"A risky and innovative multimedia show...Johnston is a virtuoso of the comedic moment... A great feat of theatre and performance art."
Mooney On Theatre, Toronto
"What makes this solo show so remarkable is Johnston’s ability to convey biting satire, touching naiveté and pure looniness all at once... Popinjay is a dark and brilliant work."
Stage Door, Toronto