2012 Toronto Fringe Festival: Of Mice And Morro And Jasp

Clown in the dumps: Morro and Jasp make the best of a bad situation in this clever tragicomedy

Presented by U.N.I.T Productions
Created and performed by Heather Marie Annis and Amy Lee
Directed and dramaturged by Byron Laviolette

Heather Marie Annis (Morro) and Amy Lee (Jasp). Photo by Alex Nirta.

"Once upond a time," Morro and Jasp found themselves wandering through Steinbeck's Depression-era novel Of Mice and Men with nothing but packets of ketchup to sustain them. In the clown version of this timeless tale, Of Mice and Morro and Jasp, now playing at the Tarragon Theatre as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival, the older and wiser Jasp (Amy Lee) is modeled after George's character, while her kookie sister Morro (Heather Marie Annis) plays the kind but dim-witted Lennie.

Forced to work as carnival clowns, the broke pair dream of owning a farm with rabbits—but a strong man, bearded lady and toy dog threaten to stand in the way of their future happiness. Hilarious and endearing, Morro and Jasp manage to turn even the most disheartening of situations into a comical adventure. Filled with adorable props, well-timed literary references and audience participation, Of Mice and Morro and Jasp is a surprisingly moving interpretation of an American classic.

Read our Q&A with Morro and Jasp here.

Off Mice and Morro and Jasp runs until July 14 at the Tarragon Theatre Mainspace. Visit fringetoronto.com for a full schedule and to buy tickets.

Show Dates: 
Sat, 2012-07-07 - Sun, 2012-07-15
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