January 14 - February 4

“Audrey Dwyer’s direction pulls no punches.”

— Torontoist

Nightwood Theatre + Sulong Theatre

A hilarious and provocative look at class, race, and family dynamics under the roof of a wealthy Jamaican-Canadian home. As Julie, a screenwriter, seeks to redress To Kill a Mockingbird through the perspective of Calpurnia – the Finch family maid – her tactics meet with explosive results at an important family dinner party. A brave, insightful, and outrageous new play.

photo of Audrey Dwyer by Tanja-Tiziana  _ design by Lucinda Wallace

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photos by Dahlia Katz

a Nightwood Theatre and Sulong Theatre co-production


written + directed by AUDREY DWYER
set design by ANNA TREUSCH
costume design by JACKIE CHAU
lighting design by BONNIE BEECHER
sound design by JOHNNY SALIB
props coordinator CHRISTINE URQUHART
asst set designer MEGHAN CINEL
assistant director TSHOLO KHALEMA
stage manager CHRISTINA CICKO
asst stage manager NEHA ROSS
production manager SUZIE BALOGH
asst production manager ADRIANNA DEANGELIS

January 14 – February 4, 2018
run time 90 minutes

Sunday, January 14 // 2:30pm (preview)

Tuesday, January 16 // 8pm (preview)
Wednesday, January 17 // 8pm (opening night)
Thursday, January 18 // 8pm
Friday, January 19 // 8pm
Saturday, January 20 // 2:30pm
Saturday, January 20 // 8pm
Sunday, January 21 // 2:30pm

Tuesday, January 23 // 8pm
Wednesday, January 24 // 8pm
Thursday, January 25 // 8pm
Friday, January 26 // 8pm
Saturday, January 27 // 2:30pm
Saturday, January 27 // 8pm
Sunday, January 28 // 2:30pm

Tuesday, January 30 // 8pm
Wednesday, January 31 // 8pm
Thursday, February 1 // 8pm
Friday, February 2 // 8pm (post-show talkback with the cast in celebration of Black History Month)
Saturday, February 3 // 2:30pm
Saturday, February 3 // 8pm
Sunday, February 4 // 2:30pm

Saturday, January 20 // 5 PM // Free


In conjunction with the world premiere of Audrey Dwyer’s Calpurnia, Nightwood Theatre and Sulong Theatre are proud to present a free workshop on race and allyship, facilitated by renowned activist Kim Katrin Milan.

A rich and layered piece of theatre, Calpurnia seeks to challenge the lasting impact of a problematic, so-called classic novel still taught in schools and playing on our stages today. The themes of race and allyship reflected in the response to Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird are further explored in Julie’s relationship to her best friend Christine (Natasha Greenblatt), a white woman who also happens to be dating Julie’s brother Mark.

Kim Katrin Milan’s workshop will dive head first into the play’s themes of the clumsiness of allyship and growing into one’s politics. We will be looking at various forms of oppression and how forms of oppression can intersect with one another. We will be exploring ways in which, at these intersections, we can quash toxic dynamics of power in our journey as allies.

As Canada’s foremost feminist theatre, Nightwood provides an essential home for the creation of extraordinary theatre by women. Founded in 1979, Nightwood Theatre has created and produced award-winning plays, which have won Dora Mavor Moore, Chalmers, Trillium and Governor General’s Awards. The company is led by Artistic Director Kelly Thornton and Managing Director Beth Brown, who have received public acclaim in artistic excellence, advocacy, and their successful training and development of emerging female talent.

Buddies’ audiences will remember Nightwood from their epic production of Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad in 2012 and 2013 – they are back with three shows in our 2017/18 season, including remounts of last year’s Unholy and Mouthpiece. Our two companies have enjoyed a decades-long relationship, dating all the way back to the 1980 Rhubarb Festival and including such hits as Diane Flacks’ Bear with Me and Maja Ardal’s HER2.


The Sulong Theatre Collective is dedicated to telling stories by and about women of colour. Their name – Sulong – is the Filipino word for battle cry, which for them comes in the form of multi-disciplinary work that shouts, screams, and wails on behalf of brown women everywhere.

Buddies audiences will remember Sulong from their production of Catherine Hernandez’s The Femme Playlist in 2014.


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