Runs from Thursday January 10 2019 to Saturday January 19 2019

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes


The Franco Boni Theatre
1115 Queen Street West
Toronto ON M6J 3P4

Performance Notes

× After the Fire, by Matthew MacKenzie

Set in the aftermath of the fire that nearly destroyed Fort McMurray in the summer of 2016, After the Fire is a dark comedy centered around two couples’ lives who have been deeply affected by the ‘natural’ disaster.

'Deceptively simple, the play is deeply spiritual and gives the best medicine possible after tragedy: cosmic comedy and earthly kinship of any who have lost and kept on going.' - Elder Jo-Ann Saddleback

This Indigenous-led, new Canadian work raises vital questions about continued industrial development in Fort McMurray and its effects on the environment, and the national cultural paradox of both condemning but intrinsically profiting from the exploitation of our natural resources.

What I personally find captivating about MacKenzie’s voice is his capacity to turn the tension between supposed binaries into creative energy, into something unexpected but powerful that drives his plays.” -Karen Fricker, The Toronto Star

Last season, Mackenzie’s play Bears sold out in Toronto and across the country, receiving glowing reviews for its unapologetic and inventive approach to pipeline politics. It won Dora awards for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Production in the independent theatre division, co-won the Toronto Theatre Critic’s Award for Best New Canadian Play, and most recently was given the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s Carol Bolt National Playwriting Award.

Featuring Sheldon Elter, Jesse Gervais, Kaitlyn Riordan, and Louise Lambert.
Playwright Matthew MacKenzie
Director Brendan McMurtry-Howlett
Artistic Producer Christine Sokaymoh Frederick
Sound Designer by Dean Musani
Set, Costume, Props Designer Alison Yanota
Stage Manager Natasha Bean- Smith
Lighting Designer Kaileigh Krysztofiak
Assistant Director Theresa Cutknife
Associate Producer Eve Saint

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