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”.

Upcoming Productions

August 2018: Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Dates: August 1-26, 2018
Venue: King's Hall, Mainspace (41A South Clerk Street)

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
Produced by Jivesh Parasram, Tom Arthur Davis, Adam Lazarus, & Aislinn Rose


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

★★★★★ "Provides an enormous psychological impact."
-Mark Kay, Torontoist

★★★★ Critics' Pick. "More urgent than ever... 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.”
-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

★★★★ "An important and powerful play." 
-Christopher Hoile, Stage Door

A+. Must-see. "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

"Provocative and controversial... A most necessary theatrical experience."
-Brie McFarlane, New Ottawa Critics (Ottawa, ON)

"To say that Daughter is a provoking piece of theatre is an understatement."
-Jenna Shummoogum, GetDown.ca (Calgary, AB)

Awards & Accolades



Honourable Mention SPOTLIGHT AWARD FOR PERFORMANCE • SummerWorks 2016

Winner OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE • My Theatre Awards 2017

Production History

August, 2018 • A Co-Production with QuipTake & The Theatre Centre • Presented by CanadaHub • As part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe • SummerHall, King's Hall Mainspace • Edinburgh, Scotland

February, 2018 • A Co-Production with QuipTake, Presented by the National Arts Centre • As part of undercurrents Festival • National Arts Centre, 4th Stage • Ottawa

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

January, 2018 • A Co-Production with QuipTake • 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.