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May 8 - 25, 2019 | Young Centre For the Performing Arts

Playwrights: Bilal Baig, Maddie Bautista, Grace Thompson, Radha S. Menon, Ellen Ringler, Nikoletta Erdelyi, Simone Dalton, Caroyln Hetherington, Samson Brown

Cast: Bilal Baig, Maddie Bautista, Grace Thompson, Radha S. Menon, Nikoletta Erdelyi, Caroyln Hetherington, and Samson Brown

Dramaturge & Director: Judith Thompson

Choreographer: Monica Dottor

Lighting Designer: Sharmylae Taffe-Fletcher

Stage Manager: Jenna Borsato

Presented in partnership with Soulpepper Theatre Company


Mooney on Theatre | Toronto Star | Cate McKim | Lynn Slotkin



These hot new Canadian dramatists bring gatecrashing ideas, serious politics, and fresh bracing language to the stage. They have created current, compelling characters never seen on our stages before, showing us how the very concept of human identity is shifting.

The playwrights include: Bilal Baig, a queer Muslim artist; Ellen Ringler, who has navigated the mental health system; Nikoletta Erdelyi, a young poet who uses a wheelchair, Radha S. Menon, a brazen South Asian British Canadian playwright; Grace Campbell, a fearless writer, performer and visual artist living with a disability, Maddie Bautista, a Saudi Arabia-born Filipino theatre maker and composer/sound designer; Simone Dalton, a queer Trinidadian-Canadian playwright; Samson Brown, is a self described, Jamal Of All Hustles, with a primary focus on trans advocacy and the arts; and Carolyn Heatherington, an 89 year old internationally acclaimed actress who has proven to be an extraordinary playwright.







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Every one of us will have a crash and burn moment; breaking precious ties - Are those ties broken forever?

When the worst we can imagine happens to our bodies, will we ever feel powerful again?  We can climb a mountain with no legs, we can cycle with no vision, do algebra with brain damage, find our way in the dark with no hearing, but the greatest power must come from the courage to mend what we have broken.

A cast of artists who are blind, deaf, brain injured, and living without limbs shows us what it is to see, hear, think and touch.


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May 2017(Soulpepper)

Wildfire, researched and performed by actors with Down syndrome, is a play within a play within a play; exploring both freedom and imprisonment, through a story of forbidden love and institutionalization. Wildfire is performed by the critically-acclaimed cast of 2013’s ground-breaking play RARE.


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2013/2014  (Soulpepper)

Borne was co-written and performed by 9 individuals living in wheelchairs.  Five of the performers were quadriplegic and the other four were a mix of paraplegic and other conditions that meant a wheelchair was a necessity. Each performer told their own hilarious and heart-breaking story, destroying the myths and preconceptions about living with a disability. 


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(Toronto Fringe/Soulpepper/Kitchener Playhouse/York U)

RARE featured nine theatre artists with Down syndrome, composed almost entirely of their words and their stories. Judith and the ensemble of 9 crafted a production that used the actors’ life experiences, thoughts and feelings to reveal their sorrows, frustrations, hopes and ambitions. In performing RARE this community became highly visibleand more deeply understood.

RARE was a Patron’s Pick at the Toronto Fringe Festival in the Summer of 2012 and had a successful run with 3 extensions with Soulpepper in the winter of 2013.


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2009  (Next Stage Festival, Factory Theatre)

The play sets out to explore the many concepts and ideas relating to disability, illness, challenge, and what it means to be thought of as sick by the rest of the world. SICK: The Grace Project gives voice to young people who may otherwise be disenfranchised by their experiences; showing not only the pain and isolation but the joys and grace with which these remarkable young adults navigate and control their own destinies.





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Body & Soul 

2008 to 2010 (Soulpepper/Tarragon/The Firehall Vancouver)

In real and personal stories, these women share their personal stories of triumphs, tragedies, and life's funny moments, while challenging the reader to look beneath the surface of how society views women, especially as they age.

Body & Soul was commissioned by Dove as a way to demonstrate that beauty has no age limit.