Shove It Down My Throat
March 30 - April 21

A gonzo true-crime docu-play about homophobia, violence, sex, and mystery.

In 2013, Luke O’Donovan is arrested after a knife fight at a New Year’s party. The media portrays him as a maniac who went on a stabbing spree. Luke says he’s the victim of a queer-bashing, punished for fighting back. In 2014, theatre artist Johnnie Walker begins writing letters to Luke in prison and working on a new play.

A fierce and freewheeling exploration of a powerful true story, Shove It Down My Throat puts queerness, identity, and complicity through a theatrical kaleidoscope as Johnnie sifts through the different versions of Luke’s story — and the different versions of Luke — in search of the ever-elusive truth.

Shove It Down My Throat was developed through the Buddies Residency Program, sponsored by BMO Financial Group.

photo of Johnnie Walker by Tanja-Tiziana

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A Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Pandemic Theatre co-production


directed by TOM ARTHUR DAVIS

MARCH 30 – APRIL 21, 2019

Saturday, March 30 // 8:00 PM (preview)
Sunday, March 31 // 8:00 PM (preview)

Tuesday, April 2 // 8:00 PM (preview)
Wednesday, April 3 // 8:00 PM (preview)
Thursday, April 4 // 8:00 PM (opening night)
Friday, April 5 // 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 6 // 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 7 // 2:30 PM

Tuesday, April 9 // 8:00 PM
Wednesday, April 10 // 8:00 PM
Thursday, April 11 // 8:00 PM
Friday, April 12 // 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 13 // 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 14 // 2:30 PM

Tuesday, April 16 // 8:00 PM
Wednesday, April 17 // 8:00 PM
Thursday, April 18 // 8:00 PM
Friday, April 19 // 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 20 // 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 21 // 2:30 PM

Founded in 2009, Pandemic Theatre is a Toronto-based company mandated to create, develop, and produce work from critical and underrepresented perspectives that engage social and political themes. Our work is to challenge the role of aesthetics in a broader ideology. We strive to create spaces where political discourse is not only possible, but encouraged.

Pandemic’s work has toured across Canada and internationally, including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nova Scotia, Vancouver, Calgary, Kingston, Ottawa-Gatineau, and Sibiu (Romania).

On Luke O’Donovan

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Su  $35
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Su  $30

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