Birth

 Photo by Nir Bareket.

Photo by Nir Bareket.

About the Show

In a world without death, is there any room for birth?

Set in a hypothetical world where due to the advancement of medical sciences, people no longer age or die (if they can afford access to these treatments). The population has become unsustainable prompting governments to make unregulated childbirth illegal.

Birth asks: What would become of the world if we lived forever? 

Creative Team

Written by Tom Arthur Davis
Directed by Sarah Kitz, Jivesh Parasram, & Tom Arthur Davis
Dramaturgy by Jivesh Parasram & Sarah Kitz

Performed by Jesse Nerenberg, Tennille Read, Pamela Sinha, Steven Bush, Glyn Bowerman, Tom Arthur Davis, Eve Wylden, Marcel Dragonieri, Justin Miller, & Astrid Van Wieren

Lighting Design by Cameron Davis
Sound Design by Jivesh Parasram
Stage Managed by Ron Kelly & Steve Vargo
Additional Dialogue by Graham Isador
Produced by Tom Arthur Davis & Jivesh Parasram

Press

"An evening of strong performances… Emotions mount and stakes become higher, with [Tom Arthur] Davis cleverly weaving and teasing out the individual stories…  Birth [ends with] a properly unsettling conclusion."
-Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine

"Clever and chilling... an amazing production."
-Gian Verano, Mooney on Theatre

"Rich in detail... full of moral quandary... left me with more questions than answers."
-Kelly Bedard, My Entertainment World

Awards & Accolades

Nominee OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE - MALE (Justin Miller) • Dora Mavor Moore Awards 2015

Nominee BEST PLAY • BroadwayWorld Awards 2014

Nominee BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (Eve Wylden) • My Theatre Awards 2014

Production History

August, 2016 • The Navigators • As part of The Lift-Off New Play Series • New York City

October, 2014 • Campbell House Museum • Toronto


The Lost Sagas of Tjorvi the Flaccid

 Photo by Cameron Davis.

Photo by Cameron Davis.

About the Show

The people of the North watch helplessly as their home turns into a desolate wasteland. Hope seems lost until the King decrees that all able men must set sail in search of new lands to ensure their very survival.

Tjorvi, a strapping young Lord, has never set sail, has never conquered anything and is indeed an embarrassment to his father’s honourable name. Even his twelve-year old wife mocks him publicly. However, with the King’s decree, Tjorvi has a chance for redemption: he will find new lands for his people; he will make his father proud; he will earn his place in Valhalla.

Creative Team

Written by Jivesh Parasram
Directed by Alex Rubin & Jivesh Parasram

Performed by Glyn Bowerman, Tom Arthur Davis, Marcel Dragonieri, Omar Hady, Tyler Hewitt, Ron Kelly, Kat Letwin, En Lai Mah, Rylan O'Reilly, Michael Orlando, & Annie Wilkin

Lighting Design by Cameron Davis
Puppetry Design by Michelle Urbano & Tijiki Morris
Costume Design by Alexandra Bacynskyj
Stage Managed by Rae Powell & Heather Bellingham
Produced by Jivesh Parasram

Press

"Hilarious... There’s hardly ever a dull moment on stage... I would highly recommend this show... The audience was in stitches... [a] hidden gem."
-Sonia Borkar, Mooney on Theatre

Production History

March, 2013 • A Co-Production Double-Bill with Theatre Lab • Factory Theatre Studio • Toronto

March, 2012 • Unit 102 • Toronto


Autogeddon

 Photo by Nir Bareket.

Photo by Nir Bareket.

About the Show

An alien visitor arrives on Earth and tries to decipher the strange behaviours of the inhabitants - are automobiles the rulers and humans the parasites that inhabit them?

The prognosis is not good, and the alien visitor shakes his head in puzzlement as oil-drunk humans defend car culture "to the death."

Creative Team

Written by Heathcote Williams
Directed by Steven Bush & Fiona Griffiths

Performed by Tom Arthur Davis, Jenn Fraser, Tara Grammy, Omar Hady, Tijiki Morris, Jivesh Parasram, & Michelle Urbano

Stage Managed by Jenna Koenig
Dramaturgy by Janina Kowalski
Produced by Tom Arthur Davis

Press

"For those interested in ecology, urban life, cycling, or just plain breathing, the show will speak to you. For those who have sided with the cars in the third world war, it just might change your mind."
-Bahtman, The Media Co-op

Production History

May, 2012 • A Co-Production with Happy Trails Production Co. • Dancemakers • Toronto


Miss Toronto Acts Back

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About the Show

Miss Toronto Acts Back journeys through time uncovering an alternative history of Toronto, and the role of women in North America in a multimedia extravaganza. It dives deep into the shallow end of Toronto's history - The Miss Toronto Beauty Pageant.

Creative Team

Created by The DitchWitch Brigade
Directed by Antje Budde
Performed by Eve Wylden & Art Babayants
Produced by Jivesh Parasram

Press

"The house, which was full, absolutely loved this stuff. I'd strongly recommend Miss Toronto Acts Back."
-Adam Collier, Mooney on Theatre

Production History

November-December, 2011 • A Co-Production with The DitchWitch Brigade • Unit 102 • Toronto


Murder on Ossington

 Photo by Tom Arthur Davis.

Photo by Tom Arthur Davis.

About the Show

Every house we pass. Every door we knock. Every room in which we sleep has history.
Sometimes that history is violent.

A site specific performance that delves deep into a realm only imagined until now. Your own home.
In response to the Ossington Avenue Murder.

Creative Team

Created, Directed, & Produced by Tom Arthur Davis & Alex Rubin

Performed by Valerie Cina, Michael Clarke, Tom Arthur Davis, Alison Dowling, Tara Grammy, Omar Hady, Ron Kelly, Kat Letwin, Michael Orlando, Jivesh Parasram, & Alex Rubin

Press

"The most exciting thing I've done on a Saturday night in a long time. My nose was pressed up against the fourth wall the entire time. So intimate, so close, so uncomfortable - like theatre in HD. [With] a surprise ending that left me almost throwing up over the side of a building."
-Paul Aguirre-Livingston, The Grid TO

"If you like to get up close and personal with a play's action, you'll love Murder on Ossington."
-Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine

Production History

October, 2011 • Secret Location • Toronto


This Wide Night

 Photo by Virginia MacDonald.

Photo by Virginia MacDonald.

About the Show

On her release from prison, Lorraine heads straight to Marie's. On the inside they used to share everything, but the friendship that once protected them now threatens to smother the fragile freedom they have found. This Wide Night is a tender and fierce portrayal of two women trying to start again.

Over the rocky course of the week we see the bonds of their friendship tested, teased, and provoked as they try to reconnect and rekindle their relationship. We learn about the issues they have had with family, friends, lovers, and in Lorraine's case, about the son she lost over twenty years ago, with whom she is desperate to make contact.

Creative Team

Written by Chloë Moss
Directed by Jon Michaelson
Performed by Astrid Van Wieren & Claire Burns

Set & Costume Design by Lindsay Anne Black
Sound Design by Mike Conley & Emily Derr
Lighting Design by Collin Harris
Production Managed by Meredith Henry
Artistic Associate: Tom Arthur Davis

Press

★★★★ "Both Van Wieren and Burns are absolutely superb."
-Christopher Hoise, Stage Door

"First class performances and astute direction make This Wide Night a night to remember."
-Jeniva Berger, Scene Changes

"Both Van Wieren and Burns work beautifully together, creating that tenuous, careful, tentative world of these two fragile, damaged women. While Lorraine and Marie are hard-nosed British women, the story could be about anywhere. This Wide Night is a tough play, well done. Jon Michaelson’s direction adds to that bleak, yet vivid world. For 90 minutes we are in that world too."
-Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter

Awards & Accolades

Winner OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE - FEMALE (Astrid Van Wieren) • Dora Mavor Moore Awards

Production History

March, 2012 • Mermaid Parade with support from Pandemic Theatre • Red Sandcastle Theatre • Toronto

July, 2011 • Mermaid Parade with support from Pandemic Theatre • Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace • Toronto


My Gaza, 'tis of Thee

 Photo by Cameron Davis.

Photo by Cameron Davis.

About the Show

After years of bloody conflict, Israel and Palestine are closer than ever to achieving a definitive peace agreement, but it is all contingent upon the release of Jacob, a young Israeli soldier who has been held captive inside the Gaza Strip for six years. Rather than rejoicing over the possibility of peace and his long-awaited freedom to return home, he refuses to leave. What appears to be a case of Stockholm syndrome unfolds into a perilous situation as Jacob holds a dark secret that could rupture the peace process and, unbeknownst to him, jeopardize his own life.

My Gaza 'tis of Thee takes a critical look at the decades-long conflict between Israel and Palestine with a focus on the loss of innocence in a violent society, the need for atonement and how individuals can be uprooted by high politics.

Creative Team

Written by Alex Rubin and Jivesh Parasram
Directed by Jivesh Parasram

Performed by Brendan Brady, Tom Arthur Davis, Ashlee Erron, Janina Kowalski, Robert LaRonde, Robert Renda, & Alex Rubin. 

Projection Design by Cameron Davis
Lighting Design by Linn Farley
Sound Design by Mike Conley
Costume Design by Eva Hoekstra
Set & Prop Design, Fight Choreography by Krista Rogue Benjamin
Assistant Set & Prop Design by Peter Horswill

Assistant Direction/Dramaturgy by Michael Orlando
Production Assistant: Una Ruud Saxvik
Stage Managed by Christopher Ross
Produced by Jivesh Parasram

Press

"One of the most theatrically adventurous pieces I have seen in a long time in Toronto. It fearlessly tackled the enormous and long-standing conflict in the Middle East through complex narrative, a host of well-researched and developed characters, and hand puppets. It didn't stoop to familiar platitudes, at the narrative level, politically or theatrically. What more can you ask for?"
-Governor General's Award Winner Guillermo Verdecchia

Production History

September, 2010 • Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse (In Residency with UC Drama) • Toronto


Imbalance

 Photo by Dan Epstein.

Photo by Dan Epstein.

About the Show

When John's daughter goes missing, a chemical imbalance is triggered in his brain. What begins as a mere panic builds into an illness strong enough to tear apart his career, his family and his life.

Based on a true story, Michael Clarke's multiple-award winning Imbalance reveals the struggle within a society intolerant of the “mentally ill”. John’s story brings its audience into the world not only of mental illness itself, but of a culture seemingly unable/unwilling to meet the needs of some of its most vulnerable members.

Creative Team

Written by Michael Clarke
Directed by Tom Arthur Davis

Performed by Michael Clarke, Ryan Cooley, Tara Grammy, Ryan-James Hatanaka, Samya Kullab, Maarika Pinkney, & Midori Schroeder.

Sound Composition by Mike Conley
Stage Managed by Gia Milne-Allan
Produced by Tom Arthur Davis, Alex Rubin, & Jivesh Parasram

Press

"It is damn good. I've had the fortune of seeing a lot of shows, in particular Broadway musicals and plays, and this tiny production was just as well thought-out and enjoyable. It's a rare moment when you get to see these types of performances."
-Matt Wells, MuchMoreMusic

Production History

July, 2010 • Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse • Toronto

March, 2009 • George Ignatieff Theatre • Toronto


Guantanamo Hotels & Resorts

 Photo by Cameron Davis.

Photo by Cameron Davis.

About the Show

It's the near future and U.S. President Barack Obama, God bless him, followed through and closed down Guantanamo Bay and all the other Black Sites (that we know of)! It only made sense to turn this former site of torture and imprisonment into a site of sunshine, pleasure, relaxation and oodles of family fun! With the Abu Ghraib Amusement Park on the way, it just goes to show that Change has truly come! Yes We Can? Yes We Did!

So Come on down to Guantanamo Hotels and Resorts!
And be sure to try one of our signature Guantanamartinis!

We Guarantee you it's the nicest band-aid over a gaping wound you ever will see!

Creative Team

Directed & Conceived by Jivesh Parasram
Created by Tom Arthur Davis, Marcel Dragonieri, Kat Letwin, Sonia Lindner, Michael MacKinnon, Muneer Malik-Noor, Colleen Osborn, Jivesh Parasram, Alex Rubin, & Briana Templeton

Performed by Tom Arthur Davis, Marcel Dragonieri, Kat Letwin, Sonia Lindner, Michael MacKinnon, Muneer Malik-Noor, & Briana Templeton

Assistant Direction by Alex Rubin
Set & Costume Design by Liz Daicos
Lighting Design by Carla Bohorquez
Stage Managed by Krista 'Rogue' Benjamin & Matt Cohen
Music Composition by Zack Gray
Produced by Jessica Rose

Production History

November, 2009 • Bread & Circus • Toronto