A picture of a man holding a paint brush covering his eyes
Bruce Horak in Assassinating Thomson | Photo: Courtesy of Inside Out Theatre

Assassinating Thomson

Join legally blind painter, actor, and playwright for this innovative performance

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Innovative and personal, Bruce Horak’s Assassinating Thomson gets its Calgary premiere in a very fitting location—an intimate gallery at Glenbow.

Inside Out Theatre, along with support from Glenbow, presents Assassinating Thomson. In it Horak—a visually impaired actor, theatre creator, and visual artist—paints an audience portrait live as he uncovers the truth behind the mysterious death of one of Canada’s greatest artists. The piece weaves Horak’s own heart-warming story with the legend of Tom Thomson.

Thomson’s mysterious death in 1917 preceded the rise of the Group of Seven and through Assassinating Thomson, Horak reveals his controversial perspective on Canadian art history.

“Bruce is truly a one-of-a-kind artist,” says Inside Out Theatre’s Artistic Director Col Cseke, in a statement. “Like all great solo plays, Assassinating Thomson showcases his immense talents both on stage and on the canvas. The foundation of the show though is his storytelling, so full of heart and wit and incredible insight… The whole show Bruce is painting us, and at the end he reveals our own portrait. It’s such a rare chance to see ourselves, to see the world, the way he sees it. It’s very abstract, and very beautiful.”

Dedicated to making theatre inclusive and accessible both on the stage and in the audience, Inside Out Theatre is offering a number of audience inclusion measures for the run including an ASL interpreter and a pre-performance Touch Tour.

Assassinating Thomson runs March 14 to 18, 2017 at Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE).