Medici Slot Machine is a highly theatrical and surrealistic look at the life of American artist Joseph Cornell. Cornell, who is famous for his collage boxes of dime-store objects, excelled at turning the ordinary into the sacred. In real life, Joseph Cornell was a recluse who used his art to escape his family, his sterile suburban life, and his own psychological demons. Bringing precise order to his art was a way of triumphing over the chaos of his private life. This play chronicles that triumph while exploring the meaning of.
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“Medici Slot Machine, based on Cornell’s life and work, captivates us with a similar theatrical blend of surprise and pleasure.” —NOW Magazine
Mark Brownell is a Toronto-based playwright, actor, librettist, and educator. Mark’s plays include Monsieur d’Eon Is a Woman (which was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award,) High Sticking, Medici Slot Machine (nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore Outstanding New Play Award,) War of the Clowns, Clique Claque, The Barbecue King (with Steve Thomas,) The Martha Stewart Project, and an adaptation of Three Men in a Boat. The opera Iron Road (libretto by Brownell, music by Chan Ka Nin,) won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Musical. He currently teaches at George Brown College, The Toronto Film School, and the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. He is also Co-Artistic Director of the Pea Green Theatre Group with his wife and partner Sue Miner, with whom he wrote Break A Leg! An Actors Guide to Theatrical Practices, Phrases, and Superstitions.