Photo by John Lauener. Cover photo by Alejandro Santiago.

Photo by John Lauener. Cover photo by Alejandro Santiago.

About the Show

Both hysterical and disturbing, Daughter plays in the liminal space between autobiography and fiction. It is a darkly satirical piece about a father stuck in a moment of confusion - raised in patriarchy, confronting his new identity as a patriarch/father, and not knowing how to operate in the world. Daughter is a true thought disrupter that will leave you charged and ready to talk. This provocative one-man show about toxic masculinity is written by Canada’s Bouffon-King Adam Lazarus and co-created with Ann-Marie Kerr, Melissa D’Agostino and Jiv Parasram.

Daughter interrogates questions of culpability and complicity in our society. It examines the subtle and not so subtle ways we condone and encourage misogyny; “boys will be boys”.

Creative Team

Written & Performed by Adam Lazarus
Co-created by Adam Lazarus, Ann-Marie Kerr, Jivesh Parasram, & Melissa D'Agostino
Directed by Ann-Marie Kerr

Composition & Sound Design by Richard Feren
Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay
Producers for Pandemic: Jivesh Parasram & Tom Arthur Davis
Producer for QuipTake: Adam Lazarus
Creative Producer for The Theatre Centre: Aislinn Rose

Upcoming Productions

January 2018: High Performance Rodeo (Calgary)
Co-produced by QuipTake & Pandemic Theatre, presented by One Yellow Rabbit
Dates: January 11-14, 2018
Venue: The Studio, Vertigo Theatre Centre (115-9 Ave SE, Calgary)

February 2018: PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
Co-produced by QuipTake & Pandemic Theatre
Dates: February 1, 2018
Venue: The Fox Cabaret

February 2018: undercurrents Festival (Ottawa)
Co-produced by QuipTake & Pandemic Theatre, presented by NAC English Theatre
Dates: February 9-10, 2018
Venue: National Arts Centre, Rossy Pavilion (1 Elgin St, Ottawa


★★★1/2 (out of 4) "There is no question about its relevance and power!... Undoubtedly impressive."
-J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe & Mail

★★★★★ "Adam Lazarus's one man show provides an enormous psychological impact. Daughter leaves an audience challenged and deeply unnerved from exposure to the ugliness of misogyny."
-Mark Kay, Torontoist

★★★★ Critics' Pick. "Its themes are more urgent than ever...this is a strong, disturbing play, one you'll need to discuss with friends afterwards."
-Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine

★★★ (out of 4) “Could not be more perfectly in sync with the zeitgeist… Expert bouffon… Sophisticated.”
Karen Fricker, Toronto Star

★★★★ Critics' Pick. "This dark and brutally honest examination of one man’s misdeeds and shortcomings as a friend, partner, and parent now serves as a potent provocation in the wider conversation about men, sex and power."
-Jordan Bimm, NOW Magazine

★★★★ "Daughter is an important and powerful play." 
-Christopher Hoile, Stage Door

A+. Must-see. "Daughter is the scariest show I’ve seen all year, as dangerously engaging (and genuinely funny) as it is brutally visceral."
-Kelly Bedard, My Entertainment World

"Never before has a solo piece achieved this kind of reaction and it’s unlikely that it will again for a very long time."
-Toronto Stage

"To say that Daughter is a provoking piece of theatre is an understatement. It would be more accurate to say that Daughter is bait and switch!... Daughter is dark, violent and disturbing."
-Jenna Shummoogum, GetDown.ca (Calgary)

Awards & Accolades

Honourable Mention SPOTLIGHT AWARD FOR PERFORMANCE • SummerWorks 2016


Winner OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE • My Theatre Awards 2017

Production History

February, 2018 • A Co-Production with QuipTake, Presented by the National Arts Centre • As part of undercurrents Festival • National Arts Centre, Rossy Pavilion • Ottawa

February, 2018 • A Co-Production with QuipTake • As part of PuSh International Performing Arts Festival • The Fox Cabaret • Vancouver

January, 2018 • A Co-Production with QuipTake & Pandemic Theatre • As part of High Performance Rodeo • Vertigo Theatre Centre • Calgary

November, 2017 • A Co-Production with QuipTake & The Theatre Centre • The Theatre Centre • Toronto

August, 2017 • A Co-Production with QuipTake • As part of the Kick & Push Festival • Grand Theatre • Kingston

June, 2017 • A Co-Production with QuipTake • As part of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival • Teatrul Gong • Sibiu, Romania

August, 2016 • A Co-Production with QuipTake • As a part of SummerWorks Performance Festival • Factory Theatre • Toronto


This project has been made possible through the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.



The Daughter team has raised $1,000 in donations for the White Ribbon Campaign to support their work in envisioning healthy relationships with masculinity, promoting gender equality, and ending violence against women and girls. 

Click here to learn more about White Ribbon.