Acting Students Debut Lynchian Stage Production of ‘Twin Freaks’ at Papermill Theatre

Twin Freaks poster

Toronto Film School acting students will delve into the surrealist mind of award-winning filmmaker David Lynch this month when their production of Twin Freaks comes to the stage at Papermill Theatre.

Created and directed by Jonathan Higgins, the 75-minute play takes its inspiration from the unique cinematic aesthetic Lynch – an auteur, innovator and cinematic stylist so unique, his work has spawned its own term, Lynchian – applies to all of his work.

Twin Freaks poster
Poster art by Nimisha Bhagwat

“The theme of ‘duality’ is always present in David Lynch’s films; films which unfold not in linear narrative, but more often in dreamlike vignettes of vivid, moody imagery – some alluring, some frightening, but also strangely humorous,” Higgins explained.

“In our show, Twin Freaks, we’ve taken on this Lynchian world through the fabulous talents of these 19 TFS actors. I have loved every minute of creating this piece with such a committed, lively and talented ensemble.”

Twin Freaks, which is stage managed by Kaya Pienkowska, will take to the stage at the Papermill Theatre for a three-performance run on Dec. 20, 21 and 23 as follows:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 21 at 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 23 at 1 p.m.

The Papermill Theatre is located at Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery Rd. Tickets are free and available at the door.

The Creative Team Behind Twin Freaks:

Jonathan Higgins

Jonathan Higgins – Director

Kaya Pienkowska

Kaya Pienkowska – Stage Manager

Jayden Alivia

Jayden Alivia

Benjamin Bertolo Raby

Benjamin Bertolo Raby

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown

Collins Chukwu

Collins Chukwu

Jake Debruin

Jake Debruin

Erik Delaire

Erik Delaire

Massimo DiGiovanni

Massimo DiGiovanni

Alex Dilling

Alex Dilling

Anthony Héroux

Anthony Héroux

Trisha Kanu

Trisha Kanu

Alexia Marian

Alexia Marian

Krystal Nickolau

Krystal Nickolau

Madeline Paulic

Madeline Paulic

Kyle Petruk

Kyle Petruk

Leon Qi

Leon Qi

Nikarthika Theventhirarajah

Nikarthika Theventhirarajah

Carim Wallas

Carim Wallas

Natsomi Webba

Natsomi Webba

Meiling Zheng

Meiling Zheng

Cynthia Reason

Cynthia Reason (she/her) is a former newspaper journalist turned communications professional who currently works as Toronto Film School’s Manager of Communications. Prior to joining TFS, she spent 13 years working as a reporter for Torstar/Metroland Media Toronto, writing for publications including Toronto.com, the Etobicoke Guardian, and the Toronto Star, among others. Her byline has also appeared in the National Post. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph and Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Humber College.

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