Playground: Festival of New Work

Playground: Festival of New Work

Posted by on Jun 9, 2019 in Events, JM Drama, Registry Events | 0 comments

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JM Drama Alumni

presents

Playground: Festival of New Work

JM Drama Alumni is pleased to present 2019’s Playground: Festival of New Work from June 6-9 at The Registry Theatre (122 Frederick Street).

The Playground Festival: New Work solicits original works from Waterloo Region playwrights and theatre creators each fall. Several writers are selected to join the Writer’s Circle, an informal group that meets regularly over the course of three months to read, discuss, and develop scripts. This core group evolves into a production team that oversees programming, casting, and staging, collectively preparing their works to be seen for by our region’s enthusiastic theatre audiences.

Featuring 5 fully-staged productions , Playground seeks to explore complex subject matter in a way that activates thought and discussion. The rules of the playground apply well beyond the primary school years: we all must share space, take turns, take risks but also take care of our friends. And the most fun is always had when there’s a touch of danger . . .

By supporting our 2019 Playground: Festival of New Work through ticketed Festival Stage presentations, and providing valuable feedback on our program including the works presented – direct to our email address, or through completing short surveys at our venues – audiences will continue the tradition of nurturing professional theatre craft in Waterloo Region – from the Playground up!

The Shows Playing at Playground 2019

“You Smile”

“You Smile” A Musical Written By Parker Merlihan and Ayden Elworthy, with additional music and lyrics by “The Kings Of The Crawlspace”

After their first draft of a musical fails to capture the writer’s intention, they start over. The writers musical, “You Smile,” explores the different kinds of relationships that occur in a young person’s life. The writers try to reimagine what they had in their original draft, while their characters in the musical, Sam and Liam, seek to find fulfillment in Liam’s music career, and in their own relationship.

“501”

A musical written by Cameron Slipp

Directed by Laureen Kuhl

Inspired by true events, “501” follows the story of Jim and Zack, two devoted public transit advocates and “railfans” on the inaugural run of a brand new high speed route. Amidst a crowd of tired commuters desperate to reach their destinations, Jim and Zack are exactly where they want to be. Little do they know, tragedy waits just around a corner. This unconventional musical explores the importance of public transportation, and the positive impacts that a few passionate people can have on society as a whole.

“Dear Baby”

Written By Beth Lanigan

Directed by Viktorija Kovac

The journey into motherhood can be both beautiful and complex. “Dear Baby” is a series of five monologues of mothers speaking to their unborn or newly born babies. What do mothers say to their babies during stolen moments that are rarely said to other adults? What events or conditions provoke these secret words? Through these monologues, the thoughts, contradictions, and complexities of motherhood and a mother’s identity are illuminated

“all of the things we’re taking”

Written and Directed by Joanna Cleary

Inspired by the song “Perfect Places” (Lorde), three university-age friends lives intersect as they come to realize what adulthood is all about. Sonia, Rae, and Mike struggle to give and receive from each other, and reflect on what it means to love and place faith in other people.

“Dark”

Co-created & Performed by Ahmad Meree

Co-created & Directed by Majdi Bou-Matar

Someone walks on stage to talk to journalists and human rights activists. Who is this person? What will he say? What is his story?

This piece is one of the results of OAC Skills and Career Development Grant Program.

When Each Show is Playing at the Festival

Shows will be held on Thursday June 6th, Friday June 7th and Saturday June 8th. Specific timings and shows are listed below

Thursday June 6, 7:30 pm

501

You Smile

Friday June 7, 7:30 pm

Dear Baby

Dark

all of the things we’re taking

Saturday June 8th at 2 pm

You Smile

Dear Baby

Saturday June 8th at 7:30 pm

501

Dark

all of the things we’re taking

Sunday June 9th at 2:00 pm

Transformation from By stander to Upstander


Show Dates and Times

June 6 @ 7:30 pm
June 7 @ 7:30 pm
June 8 @ 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Tickets

$20, $15 students and seniors

Festival Pass is $30

Call 519-578-1570 or Buy Tickets Online

For Further Information Visit The Playground Website


Transformation from By Stander to Upstander

Sunday June 9

This training aims to bring awareness about how seemingly minor interpersonal biased interaction may lead to serious incidents and how to prevent harm through a restorative justice approach if such an incident occurs. 
The training will include an exercise on continuum of harm, a hands on activity to find possible alternatives to real life biased scenarios, a component on Islamophobia and a Q&A. 
The training is designed for 20 people and will last two and a half hours with a 20 minute break.

 

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Playground: Festival of New Work

Playground: Festival of New Work

Posted by on Jun 8, 2019 in Events, JM Drama, Registry Events | 0 comments

Playground Logo

JM Drama Alumni

presents

Playground: Festival of New Work

JM Drama Alumni is pleased to present 2019’s Playground: Festival of New Work from June 6-9 at The Registry Theatre (122 Frederick Street).

The Playground Festival: New Work solicits original works from Waterloo Region playwrights and theatre creators each fall. Several writers are selected to join the Writer’s Circle, an informal group that meets regularly over the course of three months to read, discuss, and develop scripts. This core group evolves into a production team that oversees programming, casting, and staging, collectively preparing their works to be seen for by our region’s enthusiastic theatre audiences.

Featuring 5 fully-staged productions, Playground seeks to explore complex subject matter in a way that activates thought and discussion. The rules of the playground apply well beyond the primary school years: we all must share space, take turns, take risks but also take care of our friends. And the most fun is always had when there’s a touch of danger . . .

By supporting our 2019 Playground: Festival of New Work through ticketed Festival Stage presentations, and providing valuable feedback on our program including the works presented – direct to our email address, or through completing short surveys at our venues – audiences will continue the tradition of nurturing professional theatre craft in Waterloo Region – from the Playground up!

The Shows Playing at Playground 2019

“You Smile”

“You Smile” A Musical Written By Parker Merlihan and Ayden Elworthy, with additional music and lyrics by “The Kings Of The Crawlspace”

After their first draft of a musical fails to capture the writer’s intention, they start over. The writers musical, “You Smile,” explores the different kinds of relationships that occur in a young person’s life. The writers try to reimagine what they had in their original draft, while their characters in the musical, Sam and Liam, seek to find fulfillment in Liam’s music career, and in their own relationship.

“501”

A musical written by Cameron Slipp

Directed by Laureen Kuhl

Inspired by true events, “501” follows the story of Jim and Zack, two devoted public transit advocates and “railfans” on the inaugural run of a brand new high speed route. Amidst a crowd of tired commuters desperate to reach their destinations, Jim and Zack are exactly where they want to be. Little do they know, tragedy waits just around a corner. This unconventional musical explores the importance of public transportation, and the positive impacts that a few passionate people can have on society as a whole.

“Dear Baby”

Written By Beth Lanigan

Directed by Viktorija Kovac

The journey into motherhood can be both beautiful and complex. “Dear Baby” is a series of five monologues of mothers speaking to their unborn or newly born babies. What do mothers say to their babies during stolen moments that are rarely said to other adults? What events or conditions provoke these secret words? Through these monologues, the thoughts, contradictions, and complexities of motherhood and a mother’s identity are illuminated

“all of the things we’re taking”

Written and Directed by Joanna Cleary

Inspired by the song “Perfect Places” (Lorde), three university-age friends lives intersect as they come to realize what adulthood is all about. Sonia, Rae, and Mike struggle to give and receive from each other, and reflect on what it means to love and place faith in other people.

“Dark”

Co-created & Performed by Ahmad Meree

Co-created & Directed by Majdi Bou-Matar

Someone walks on stage to talk to journalists and human rights activists. Who is this person? What will he say? What is his story?

This piece is one of the results of OAC Skills and Career Development Grant Program.

When Each Show is Playing at the Festival

Shows will be held on Thursday June 6th, Friday June 7th and Saturday June 8th. Specific timings and shows are listed below

Thursday June 6, 7:30 pm

501

You Smile

Friday June 7, 7:30 pm

Dear Baby

Dark

all of the things we’re taking

Saturday June 8th at 2 pm

You Smile

Dear Baby

Saturday June 8th at 7:30 pm

501

Dark

all of the things we’re taking

Sunday June 9th at 2:00 pm

Transformation From By Stander to Upstander


Show Dates and Times

June 6 @ 7:30 pm
June 7 @ 7:30 pm
June 8 @ 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Tickets

$20, $15 students and seniors

Festival Pass is $30

Call 519-578-1570 or Buy Tickets Online

For Further Information Visit The Playground Website


Transformation from By Stander to Upstander

Sunday June 9

This training aims to bring awareness about how seemingly minor interpersonal biased interaction may lead to serious incidents and how to prevent harm through a restorative justice approach if such an incident occurs. 
The training will include an exercise on continuum of harm, a hands on activity to find possible alternatives to real life biased scenarios, a component on Islamophobia and a Q&A. 
The training is designed for 20 people and will last two and a half hours with a 20 minute break.

 

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Playground: Festival of New Work

Playground: Festival of New Work

Posted by on Jun 7, 2019 in Events, JM Drama, Registry Events | 0 comments

Playground Logo

JM Drama Alumni

presents

Playground: Festival of New Work

JM Drama Alumni is pleased to present 2019’s Playground: Festival of New Work from June 6-9 at The Registry Theatre (122 Frederick Street).

The Playground Festival: New Work solicits original works from Waterloo Region playwrights and theatre creators each fall. Several writers are selected to join the Writer’s Circle, an informal group that meets regularly over the course of three months to read, discuss, and develop scripts. This core group evolves into a production team that oversees programming, casting, and staging, collectively preparing their works to be seen for by our region’s enthusiastic theatre audiences.

Featuring 5 fully-staged productions , Playground seeks to explore complex subject matter in a way that activates thought and discussion. The rules of the playground apply well beyond the primary school years: we all must share space, take turns, take risks but also take care of our friends. And the most fun is always had when there’s a touch of danger . . .

By supporting our 2019 Playground: Festival of New Work through ticketed Festival Stage presentations, and providing valuable feedback on our program including the works presented – direct to our email address, or through completing short surveys at our venues – audiences will continue the tradition of nurturing professional theatre craft in Waterloo Region – from the Playground up!

The Shows Playing at Playground 2019

“You Smile”

“You Smile” A Musical Written By Parker Merlihan and Ayden Elworthy, with additional music and lyrics by “The Kings Of The Crawlspace”

After their first draft of a musical fails to capture the writer’s intention, they start over. The writers musical, “You Smile,” explores the different kinds of relationships that occur in a young person’s life. The writers try to reimagine what they had in their original draft, while their characters in the musical, Sam and Liam, seek to find fulfillment in Liam’s music career, and in their own relationship.

“501”

A musical written by Cameron Slipp

Directed by Laureen Kuhl

Inspired by true events, “501” follows the story of Jim and Zack, two devoted public transit advocates and “railfans” on the inaugural run of a brand new high speed route. Amidst a crowd of tired commuters desperate to reach their destinations, Jim and Zack are exactly where they want to be. Little do they know, tragedy waits just around a corner. This unconventional musical explores the importance of public transportation, and the positive impacts that a few passionate people can have on society as a whole.

“Dear Baby”

Written By Beth Lanigan

Directed by Viktorija Kovac

The journey into motherhood can be both beautiful and complex. “Dear Baby” is a series of five monologues of mothers speaking to their unborn or newly born babies. What do mothers say to their babies during stolen moments that are rarely said to other adults? What events or conditions provoke these secret words? Through these monologues, the thoughts, contradictions, and complexities of motherhood and a mother’s identity are illuminated

“all of the things we’re taking”

Written and Directed by Joanna Cleary

Inspired by the song “Perfect Places” (Lorde), three university-age friends lives intersect as they come to realize what adulthood is all about. Sonia, Rae, and Mike struggle to give and receive from each other, and reflect on what it means to love and place faith in other people.

“Dark”

Co-created & Performed by Ahmad Meree

Co-created & Directed by Majdi Bou-Matar

Someone walks on stage to talk to journalists and human rights activists. Who is this person? What will he say? What is his story?

This piece is one of the results of OAC Skills and Career Development Grant Program.

When Each Show is Playing at the Festival

Shows will be held on Thursday June 6th, Friday June 7th and Saturday June 8th. Specific timings and shows are listed below

Thursday June 6, 7:30 pm

501

You Smile

Friday June 7, 7:30 pm

Dear Baby

Dark

all of the things we’re taking

Saturday June 8th at 2 pm

You Smile

Dear Baby

Saturday June 8th at 7:30 pm

501

Dark

all of the things we’re taking

Sunday June 9th at 2:00 pm

Transformation from By Stander to Upstander


Show Dates and Times

June 6 @ 7:30 pm
June 7 @ 7:30 pm
June 8 @ 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Tickets

$20, $15 students and seniors

Festival Pass is $30

Call 519-578-1570 or Buy Tickets Online

For Further Information Visit The Playground Website


Transformation from By Stander to Upstander

Sunday June 9

This training aims to bring awareness about how seemingly minor interpersonal biased interaction may lead to serious incidents and how to prevent harm through a restorative justice approach if such an incident occurs. 
The training will include an exercise on continuum of harm, a hands on activity to find possible alternatives to real life biased scenarios, a component on Islamophobia and a Q&A. 
The training is designed for 20 people and will last two and a half hours with a 20 minute break.

 

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Playground: Festival of New Work

Playground: Festival of New Work

Posted by on Jun 6, 2019 in Events, JM Drama, Registry Events | 0 comments

Playground Logo

JM Drama Alumni

presents

Playground: Festival of New Work

JM Drama Alumni is pleased to present 2019’s Playground: Festival of New Work from June 6-9 at The Registry Theatre (122 Frederick Street).

The Playground Festival: New Work solicits original works from Waterloo Region playwrights and theatre creators each fall. Several writers are selected to join the Writer’s Circle, an informal group that meets regularly over the course of three months to read, discuss, and develop scripts. This core group evolves into a production team that oversees programming, casting, and staging, collectively preparing their works to be seen for by our region’s enthusiastic theatre audiences.

Featuring 5 fully-staged productions, Playground seeks to explore complex subject matter in a way that activates thought and discussion. The rules of the playground apply well beyond the primary school years: we all must share space, take turns, take risks but also take care of our friends. And the most fun is always had when there’s a touch of danger . . .

By supporting our 2019 Playground: Festival of New Work through ticketed Festival Stage presentations, and providing valuable feedback on our program including the works presented – direct to our email address, or through completing short surveys at our venues – audiences will continue the tradition of nurturing professional theatre craft in Waterloo Region – from the Playground up!

The Shows Playing at Playground 2019

“You Smile”

“You Smile” A Musical Written By Parker Merlihan and Ayden Elworthy, with additional music and lyrics by “The Kings Of The Crawlspace”

After their first draft of a musical fails to capture the writer’s intention, they start over. The writers musical, “You Smile,” explores the different kinds of relationships that occur in a young person’s life. The writers try to reimagine what they had in their original draft, while their characters in the musical, Sam and Liam, seek to find fulfillment in Liam’s music career, and in their own relationship.

“501”

A musical written by Cameron Slipp

Directed by Laureen Kuhl

Inspired by true events, “501” follows the story of Jim and Zack, two devoted public transit advocates and “railfans” on the inaugural run of a brand new high speed route. Amidst a crowd of tired commuters desperate to reach their destinations, Jim and Zack are exactly where they want to be. Little do they know, tragedy waits just around a corner. This unconventional musical explores the importance of public transportation, and the positive impacts that a few passionate people can have on society as a whole.

“Dear Baby”

Written By Beth Lanigan

Directed by Viktorija Kovac

The journey into motherhood can be both beautiful and complex. “Dear Baby” is a series of five monologues of mothers speaking to their unborn or newly born babies. What do mothers say to their babies during stolen moments that are rarely said to other adults? What events or conditions provoke these secret words? Through these monologues, the thoughts, contradictions, and complexities of motherhood and a mother’s identity are illuminated

“all of the things we’re taking”

Written and Directed by Joanna Cleary

Inspired by the song “Perfect Places” (Lorde), three university-age friends lives intersect as they come to realize what adulthood is all about. Sonia, Rae, and Mike struggle to give and receive from each other, and reflect on what it means to love and place faith in other people.

“Dark”

Co-created & Performed by Ahmad Meree

Co-created & Directed by Majdi Bou-Matar

Someone walks on stage to talk to journalists and human rights activists. Who is this person? What will he say? What is his story?

This piece is one of the results of OAC Skills and Career Development Grant Program.

When Each Show is Playing at the Festival

Shows will be held on Thursday June 6th, Friday June 7th and Saturday June 8th. Specific timings and shows are listed below

Thursday June 6, 7:30 pm

501

You Smile

Friday June 7, 7:30 pm

Dear Baby

Dark

all of the things we’re taking

Saturday June 8th at 2 pm

You Smile

Dear Baby

Saturday June 8th at 7:30 pm

501

Dark

all of the things we’re taking

Sunday June 9th at 2:00 pm

Transformation from By Stander to Upstander


Show Dates and Times

June 6 @ 7:30 pm
June 7 @ 7:30 pm
June 8 @ 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Tickets

$20, $15 students and seniors

Festival Pass is $30

Call 519-578-1570 or Buy Tickets Online

For Further Information Visit The Playground Website


Transformation from By Stander to Upstander

Sunday June 9

This training aims to bring awareness about how seemingly minor interpersonal biased interaction may lead to serious incidents and how to prevent harm through a restorative justice approach if such an incident occurs. 
The training will include an exercise on continuum of harm, a hands on activity to find possible alternatives to real life biased scenarios, a component on Islamophobia and a Q&A. 
The training is designed for 20 people and will last two and a half hours with a 20 minute break.

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Chelsea’s Story

Chelsea’s Story

Posted by on Feb 24, 2019 in Events, JM Drama, Registry Events | 0 comments

The Registry Theatre

in association with

The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council and the Sexual Assault Support Centre

present

Chelsea’s Story

Ontario is reputed to have the highest level of human sex trafficking in Canada, harbouring 70% of all human trafficking activity, in part due to highways such as the 401 and the QEW that allow for quick movement between cities.

Most people think human sex trafficking is an “international” issue of smuggling people in from other countries. In fact the majority is sex trafficking, specifically child sexual exploitation, which is a domestic issue and the problem is growing.

Sex trafficking occurs when people are recruited, coerced, or deceived into providing sex services. In 2015, Police found 27 cases of trafficking in Waterloo region; 26 involved sexual exploitation. 93% of trafficked victims in Canada are girls around the ages of 12 to 15. This problem is far larger that we know with most cases being unreported.

We need to understand human sex trafficking so we can mobilize efforts to prevent it. This takes an “all hands on deck” approach.
JM Drama Alumni, working in partnership with the Waterloo Crime Prevention Council (WRCPC) and the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region (SASC), is producing a community play to start a broader dialogue about this issue that in turn will hopefully lead to some upstream prevention measures.
Chelsea’s Story written by Sean McGrath from Alter Ego Creative Solutions UK is a compelling saga that will be the centrepiece for a series of outreach and educational opportunities around human sex trafficking. The goal is to increase awareness and mobilize community and its services to prevent our children from being victimized in the first place.

“AlterEgo’s Chelsea’s Story is an innovative and powerful production highlighting the very serious and emotional issue of child sexual exploitation. The production shows how young people, boys and girls, are groomed by adults for the purposes of sexual exploitation using various methods, ensnaring young people and eventually taking complete control and dominating their whole lives. The audience will gain a better understanding of the devastating impact that sexual exploitation has on a young person’s life. This is a very useful and innovative way of raising awareness of the issues relating to sexual exploitation and reaching young people, giving them some skills and knowledge to be able to protect themselves from this form of abuse.”
– Sheila Taylor, National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People, UK

Performances will run from February 21-24, 2019 coinciding with Human Trafficking Awareness Day at The Registry Theatre, located in downtown Kitchener, Ontario.
The community theatre production of Chelsea’s Story will be augmented by a series of outreach activities into the community both before and after. School aged children will be a particular area of focus. Strategic outreach to youth at risk will bring members of the community to the theatre that are unlikely to engage in the arts otherwise and often struggle with social challenges that are not always well understood.

Partnerships will be the key to the success of this endeavour; it is only through meaningful interaction with local stakeholders, both individuals and organizations, that we can foster shared ownership of the project, and generate a collective response to the complex problems we face in our communities.

The Chelsea’s Story project is grateful to acknowldege funding support from the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation and the Landmann Family Fund, Morneau Family Law Solutions, and PK Law.


February 21-23 @ 7:30 pm

February 23-24 @ 2 pm

Tickets: $20, $15 Student/Senior, $5 eyego

For group rates, email info@registrytheatre.com

Call 519-578-1570 or Buy Tickets Online


Want to get involved? Phone 519-745-6565 x1, email info@registrytheatre.com.

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Chelsea’s Story

Chelsea’s Story

Posted by on Feb 23, 2019 in Events, JM Drama, Registry Events | 0 comments

The Registry Theatre

in association with

The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council and the Sexual Assault Support Centre

present

Chelsea’s Story

Ontario is reputed to have the highest level of human sex trafficking in Canada, harbouring 70% of all human trafficking activity, in part due to highways such as the 401 and the QEW that allow for quick movement between cities.

Most people think human sex trafficking is an “international” issue of smuggling people in from other countries. In fact the majority is sex trafficking, specifically child sexual exploitation, which is a domestic issue and the problem is growing.

Sex trafficking occurs when people are recruited, coerced, or deceived into providing sex services. In 2015, Police found 27 cases of trafficking in Waterloo region; 26 involved sexual exploitation. 93% of trafficked victims in Canada are girls around the ages of 12 to 15. This problem is far larger that we know with most cases being unreported.

We need to understand human sex trafficking so we can mobilize efforts to prevent it. This takes an “all hands on deck” approach.
JM Drama Alumni, working in partnership with the Waterloo Crime Prevention Council (WRCPC) and the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region (SASC), is producing a community play to start a broader dialogue about this issue that in turn will hopefully lead to some upstream prevention measures.
Chelsea’s Story written by Sean McGrath from Alter Ego Creative Solutions UK is a compelling saga that will be the centrepiece for a series of outreach and educational opportunities around human sex trafficking. The goal is to increase awareness and mobilize community and its services to prevent our children from being victimized in the first place.

“AlterEgo’s Chelsea’s Story is an innovative and powerful production highlighting the very serious and emotional issue of child sexual exploitation. The production shows how young people, boys and girls, are groomed by adults for the purposes of sexual exploitation using various methods, ensnaring young people and eventually taking complete control and dominating their whole lives. The audience will gain a better understanding of the devastating impact that sexual exploitation has on a young person’s life. This is a very useful and innovative way of raising awareness of the issues relating to sexual exploitation and reaching young people, giving them some skills and knowledge to be able to protect themselves from this form of abuse.”
– Sheila Taylor, National Working Group for Sexually Exploited Children and Young People, UK

Performances will run from February 21-24, 2019 coinciding with Human Trafficking Awareness Day at The Registry Theatre, located in downtown Kitchener, Ontario.
The community theatre production of Chelsea’s Story will be augmented by a series of outreach activities into the community both before and after. School aged children will be a particular area of focus. Strategic outreach to youth at risk will bring members of the community to the theatre that are unlikely to engage in the arts otherwise and often struggle with social challenges that are not always well understood.

Partnerships will be the key to the success of this endeavour; it is only through meaningful interaction with local stakeholders, both individuals and organizations, that we can foster shared ownership of the project, and generate a collective response to the complex problems we face in our communities.

The Chelsea’s Story project is grateful to acknowldege funding support from the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation and the Landmann Family Fund, Morneau Family Law Solutions, and PK Law.


February 21-23 @ 7:30 pm

February 23-24 @ 2 pm

Tickets: $20, $15 Student/Senior, $5 eyego

For group rates, email info@registrytheatre.com

Call 519-578-1570 or Buy Tickets Online


Want to get involved? Phone 519-745-6565 x1, email info@registrytheatre.com.

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