Rotten Apple

Created by Corinne Viau | Produced by Red Beret Theatre | Origin: Gatineau, Canada
école secondaire publique De La Salle public high school
12 + fees

Show Details

Macrae is rotting from the inside out. He knows it. Nothing can stop it. No one, except maybe Eve. Two streamers, one an incel, one a feminist. Deep dive into the world of toxic masculinity, misogyny, and the hold of far-right influencers on the minds of young men. Let the violence rot until it allows healing once again.

Content Notes

There are references to incels, misogyny, violence, sexual abuse, drug abuse, pornography, swearing and stalking.

Abrupt Loud Noise: There will also be projections and distorted music.

An actor enters from the audience.

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  • Friday, June 16th5:30pm
  • Saturday, June 17th11:00pm
  • Sunday, June 18th8:30pm
  • Wednesday, June 21st7:30pm
  • Saturday, June 24th9:30pm
  • Sunday, June 25th5:30pm
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Opening Caption dates:

  • English Captioning: Sunday, June 18th.
  • French Captioning:  Wednesday, June 21st.

3 responses to “Rotten Apple

  1. Sometimes, without knowing it, an audience is ushered into an enormous trust exercise. The writer saying, “Look, this content may scare you, may even trigger uncomfortable, complicated memories of trauma. Just go with it and I promise I won’t abuse that trust.”

    Within five minutes of starting, this play had its hands around my throat and I was locked in.

    I won’t tell too much about the story, but here’s the initial set-up so that (a) you get some sense of what you’re in for and (b) if the content is a risk for you, you have SOME headsup and can make an informed choice about whether you attend.

    Using inventive staging and multi-media elements, we are introduced to Macrae, a live-streamer. But, more than that, a self-proclaimed incel live streamer…and worse, he’s live-streaming after having just broken into the apartment of a woman with whom he’s obsessed. That’s where it starts…

    And it’s just tension after that. Intelligent, well-written, entertainingly produced tension and wow! WOW!! Possibly the most impactful, thought-provoking 45min. I’ve spent in a theatre in years.

    Last night’s show was sold out. If buzz continues, it may continue to do so, soooo buy tickets!! Enthusiastically recommended.

  2. Red Beret Theatre’s Rotten Apple was hands down the most claustrophobic I’ve ever felt watching a play, in the best way possible. All of the work that Corinne, Julia, Harley, Luke, Victoria, and Alec put into this show made sucking the air out of the room seem effortless. Every uncertain laugh from the audience made the pit in my stomach grow, as I thought to myself, ‘they have no fucking idea what’s coming’. And to my surprise, even being familiar with the script and this particular staging of it, I ultimately didn’t either. The subject matter is so delicate that a lesser bunch could have really fumbled the material, but everybody involved with this, both onstage and off, met the moment for this story. Check it out while you still can.

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