Lilies; Or, The Revival of a Romantic Drama
May 4 - 26
A queer masterpiece, reimagined.
lemonTree creations + Buddies in Bad Times + Why Not Theatre
In 1912, two schoolboys fall in love performing a play about Saint Sebastian. Their passion is interrupted when one is unjustly sent to prison. Decades later, several inmates agree to stage this story of young love in search of their own redemption.
Prolific indie company lemonTree creations revives Michel Marc Bouchard’s masterpiece with Walter Borden (African/Mi’qmaq/Choctaw) leading a cast of Indigenous, Black, and culturally diverse artists to make visible the high incarceration rates of these communities. Centring Indigeneity and diverse worldviews, the creative team bring this romantic drama into the 21st century, unearthing love, lies, and colonialism.
photo of Walter Borden by Tanja-Tiziana
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a lemonTree creations +Buddies in Bad Times Theatre + Why Not Theatre co-production
LILIES; OR, THE REVIVAL OF A ROMANTIC DRAMA
by MICHEL MARC BOUCHARD
translation by LINDA GABORIAU
directed by COLE ALVIS
starring WALTER BORDEN, BRUCE DOW, MARK CASSIUS, RYAN G. HINDS, INDRIT KASAPI, TSHOLO KHALEMA, TROY EMERY TWIGG + JOSEPH ZITA
set + props design by JAY HAVENS
costume design by JOANNA YU
lighting design by MICHELLE RAMSAY
associate director NIKKI SHAFFEEULLAH
outside eye DONNA-MICHELLE ST. BERNARD
MAY 4 – 26, 2019
Saturday, May 4 // 8:00 PM (preview)
Sunday, May 5 // 8:00 PM (preview)
Tuesday, May 7 // 8:00 PM (preview)
Wednesday, May 8 // 8:00 PM (preview)
Thursday, May 9 // 8:00 PM (opening night)
Friday, May 10 // 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 11 // 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 12 // 2:30 PM
Tuesday, May 14 // 8:00 PM
Wednesday, May 15 // 8:00 PM
Thursday, May 16 // 8:00 PM
Friday, May 17 // 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 18 // 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 19 // 2:30 PM
Tuesday, May 21 // 8:00 PM
Wednesday, May 22 // 8:00 PM
Thursday, May 23 // 8:00 PM
Friday, May 24 // 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 25 // 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 26 // 2:30 PM
lemonTree creations is a Dora nominated equity seeking theatre company. We stage rarely told stories through a queer performance lens and support artists as they develop new work through our studio residencies in downtown Tkarón:to.
Artistic Producers Indrit Kasapi (Albanian-Canadian) and Cole Alvis (Métis) collaborate primarily with Artistic Associates Ryan G. Hinds, Jonathan Seinen, and playwright in residence Donna-Michelle St. Bernard. Grappling with colonialism is part of lemonTree’s arts practice and they invite you to engage with them about how to be good guests on Indigenous territories.
Why Not Theatre is an agile, international theatre company based in Toronto, Canada, rooted in the values of innovation, community, and collaboration. Our work is inventive, cross-cultural, and reflects our passion for the exploration of difference. We challenge the status quo, by examining what stories are being told, and who is telling them. More than just a theatre company, we develop creative strategies to build a healthier and stronger arts ecology. We MAKE and tour critically-acclaimed and award-winning new work, SHARE resources with other companies and artists to produce and tour their work, and PROVOKE change through new producing models and the presentation of work for new audiences. We are led by a core team of Founding Artistic Director Ravi Jain, Managing Director Owais Lightwala, and Executive Producer Kelly Read.
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