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FIRST DAY BACK
created and performed by Rob Salerno
Playing at the 2012 Victoria and Vancouver Fringe Festivals Aug-Sept 2012

It's the first day back to school after 14-year-old Ollie killed himself in his bedroom following months of bullying about his love of figure skating and singing and the fact that he's gay. There's an eerie hush in the halls today as Ollie's friends, teachers, and tormenters gather to figure out who’s responsible and how to keep this from happening again.

FIRST DAY BACK is the latest play from Rob Salerno, whom the Globe and Mail has called a “theatrical rabble-rouser.” In this all-ages play, Salerno once again tackles a major social issue in a deeply human way without pulling punches.

From the creator of the Fringe hits Balls (“5 Stars Theatre at its best” Uptown, “4.5 Stars” Winnipeg Sun, “4.5 Stars” See Magazine) and FUCKING STEPHEN HARPER (“4 Stars” CBC, “4.5 Stars” Victoria Times Colonist, Best in Fest Winner: Winnipeg and Ottawa Fringes, “Savage theatrical satire” Globe and Mail).

FIRST DAY BACK was a huge hit at the Victoria Fringe Festival where it debuted! See what the critics say:

"This thought-provoking one-person show about teen suicide is captivating and performed with such incredible authenticity; Salerno manages to embody the essence of modern teenagers with remarkable insight into their often terrifying world," raves Monday Magazine.

"Salerno is on top of his game with this stirring and well-paced production...First Day Back is timely, topical and situated in the middle of a moment in time (and in a country) that really does have the opportunity to make sure things get better—and this clever, well-executed new play is a thoroughly enjoyable push in the right direction," says Culture Vulture Victoria.

"Go see this show." CFUV

An interview with CBC On The Island host Khalil Akhtar about FIRST DAY BACK:


At the Vancouver Fringe Festival
Venue 3: Studio 1398 (1398 Cartwright)
Get tickets here.

Sat Sept 8, 1:15pm -- tickets are 1/2 price!
Sun Sept 9, 11:20AM -- Note time
Sun Sept 9, 9:30pm
Thu Sept 13, 6:45pm
Sat Sept 15, 6:35pm
Sun Sept 16, 3:00pm

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MEDIA: Contact Rob Salerno for all interview requests at rob@tenfootpole.ca. Click on photos to the right for high-resolution, uncropped versions. All photos by Andrew Phoenix.

First Day Back Played at the Victoria Fringe Festival
Venue 8: St Ann's Academy (835 Humboldt)
Get tickets here.

Sun Aug 26, 3:30pm
Tue Aug 28, 9:30pm
Wed Aug 29, 6:00pm
Thu Aug 30, 7:45pm
Fri Aug 31, 4:15pm
Sat Sept 1, 4:00pm