The Hooves Belonged to the Deer
March 28–April 23, 2023

“A wildly ambitious new play that captures something of that sense of being flung out of our time-honoured flight paths into a world that’s both acutely of the moment and ancient.”

— 12thNight

a Tarragon Theatre production, in association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

When Izzy’s family immigrates to a small rural town, the young queer Muslim boy becomes the salvation pet project to the local Pastor Isaac. In his attempt to reconcile his sexuality and faith, Izzy invents an imagined Garden of Eden, where Adam and Hawa’s (Eve in Arabic) relationship is turned upside down by the arrival of Steve, a beautiful, blue-eyed, white-skinned northerner.

An emotionally-charged and ritualistic journey of two universes colliding, The Hooves Belonged to the Deer offers an epic story of life, discovery, and belonging, where small-town Canada meets the Garden of Eden.

This production will be presented at Tarragon Theatre

photo of Makram Ayache by Dylan Mitro, styling by Cat Calica, hair and makeup by Robert Weir
graphic design by Awake Studio

Makram Ayache // playwright + performer
Peter Hinton-Davis // director
Michelle Mohammed // assistant director
Evan Medd // dramaturg
Corey Tazmania // choreography/intimacy coordinator
Anahita Dehbonehie // set and costume design
Whittyn Jason // lighting design
Chris Pereira // sound design
Jacob Lin // associate sound design
Fiona Jones // stage manager
Emily Cornelius // assistant stage manager

Makram Ayache // Izzy
Noor Hamdi // Aadam/Reza
Ryan Hollyman // Pastor Issac
Adrian Shepherd Gawinski // Steve/Jake
Eric Wigston // Will
Bahareh Yaraghi // Hawa/Rebecca