April 11 - 22

Mouthpiece is a gift to lovers of boundary-breaking theatre.”

— Stage Door

Nightwood Theatre + Quote Unquote Collective in association with Why Not Theatre

A harrowing, humorous and heart-wrenching journey into the female psyche. In the wake of her mother’s death, Mouthpiece follows one woman, for one day, as she tries to find her voice. Interweaving a cappella harmonies, dissonance, text and physicality, two performers express the inner conflict that exists within a modern woman’s head: the push and the pull, the past and the present, the progress and the regression.

WINNER Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble
WINNER Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Sound Design/Composition
WINNER Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Canadian Play

photo of Norah Sadava + Amy Nostbakken by Tanja-Tiziana  _ design by Lucinda Wallace

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“An entertaining and unique take on the politics of women’s voices.”
-Globe and Mail (read article)

Mouthpiece is a gift to lovers of boundary-breaking theatre.”
-Now Magazine (read article)

“Sadava and Nostbakken pack so much power and detail in the one hour of the show, it’s breathtaking. Productions as good as this are why we go to the theatre.”
-The Slotkin Letter (read article)

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre welcomes a Nightwood Theatre presentation of a Quote Unquote Collective production in association with Why Not Theatre


created + performed by NORAH SADAVA + AMY NOSTBAKKEN
directed by AMY NOSTBAKKEN
original music by AMY NOSTBAKKEN

APRIL 11-22, 2018

Run Time: 1h 15m

Wednesday, April 11 // 8pm (preview)
Thursday, April 12 // 8pm (opening)
Friday, April 13 // 8pm
Saturday, April 14 // 8pm
Sunday, April 15 // 2:30pm

Tuesday, April 17 // 8pm
Wednesday, April 18 // 8pm
Thursday, April 19 // 8pm
Friday, April 20 // 8pm
Saturday, April 21 // 8pm
Sunday, April 22 // 2:30pm


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 for 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.


Quote Unquote Collective is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary performance company that aims to work outside the boundaries of tradition and expectation. Engaging with urgent social and political themes, the company is founded on the firm belief that art and performance are tools to provoke conversation and change. Co-founders Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava, who both have a strong background in physical theatre and music, have joined forces to produce work in a variety of genres and disciplines as a means to make new, experimental, and provocative performance work that ignites conversation within the community and the world at large.


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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