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LOOKING BACK TO JOURNEY FORWARD Sixteen years ago, I went to the first CrossCurrents Festival in the Studio Theatre at Factory and my life changed. CrossCurrents included four public readings from playwrights now familiar to Factory, such as Anosh Irani (whose work we are featuring this season) and Hiro Kanagawa (who won the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama). Two years later, I joined Factory as the Associate Producer of CrossCurrents and in 2005 I took over the festival. It was an exciting time: a chance to showcase artists who look like my Toronto. I’ve always believed that Factory’s artists and audiences should be as diverse as the people you see riding the TTC. Over time, this has become one of Factory’s core principles. It is with this same principle that we bring you our 2018/19 Season, Canada at Your Doorstep. From plays that traverse the landscapes of British Columbia and Alberta, to the storied tales of Quebec’s past, Factory’s 2018/19 Season examines real and imagined histories from across the country. We’ll explore how intimate stories can have a monumental impact on society, and how narratives of the past are the road maps to the future. In homage to my beginnings at Factory, we are also launching CrossCurrents Canada, an exciting series of presentations from visionary theatre companies across the country, featuring groundbreaking work from some of Canada’s brightest voices. Six exceptional shows, all under one roof, from creators that showcase the full spectrum of contemporary Canada. You’re invited to hit the road with us and explore all the stops along the way on this journey forward. This is Factory 2018/19 Canada at Your Doorstep. See you at the theatre, Nina Lee Aquino Artistic Director

49 SEASONS AND COUNTING It started with a simple idea: a Canadian theatre for Canadians; a home for the Canadian Playwright. From that foundation, Factory has evolved to become a national leader in training, developing, and producing groundbreaking Canadian theatre. Thanks to the generous support of people like you, these artists created an unforgettable 2017/18 season of Canadian theatre at Factory. This year, for our 49th season, we are planning to do even more. • Tell more ambitious stories on our stages. • Support more artists in creating bold new Canadian plays. • Empower more early-career artists to develop their craft. Factory’s work is made possible by the support of our patrons, this season and all 48 before. We are indebted to each and every one of you. You can help us do more today by supporting Factory’s role as a vital centre for all Canadian theatre artists. Make an inspiring gift and join our Factory Theatre family of donors by calling 416-504-1078 or visiting factorytheatre.ca/support. Thank you for believing in Canadian theatre. Factory Theatre is a not-for-profit charitable organization. Charitable Registration Number 12353 3812 RR0001. Tax-receipts will be issued for all donations over $25 within one week of the donation.

THE MEN IN WHITE By Anosh Irani Directed by Philip Akin A Factory Production

October 13 – November 4

(Previews October 13 – 17) Toronto premiere Mainspace Theatre

A heartwarming tale of life, love, and cricket. When Abdul’s cricket team want to end their losing streak, they decide to recruit his brother Hasan, who is an expert all-rounder. But bringing Hasan from India to Canada will take more than just a plane ticket, and not all of the team agree with the cost. Alternating between Mumbai and Vancouver, this touching story follows these unforgettable characters as they discover that home can be found in sport and unite family across nations.

“The Men in White is a skillfully crafted and realized portrait of immigrant access and the difficulties faced by the ‘I want’ generation” — Vancouver Presents  


WE KEEP COMING BACK By Michael Rubenfeld & Sarah Garton Stanley with Mary Berchard & Katka Reszke Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley Factory presents a Selfconscious production A CrossCurrents Canada presentation

November 14 – 25


Mainspace Theatre


An artist, his mother, a scholar, and a creepy guy with a moustache – We Keep Coming Back is a real life story of a Jewish mother and son, who decide to visit their pre-Holocaust familial home in Poland. On their quest to discover their lost history, Michael and Mary find new friends, love, and an unexpectedly vibrant cultural revival. We Keep Coming Back is an intimate and humorous look at how confronting trauma and preconceptions can uncover something beautiful and transformative.

“A spectacle that engages the senses and sharpens the imagination” — Chochlik Kulturalny (Poland)  

CrossCurrents Canada Sponsors

THE TASHME PROJECT: THE LIVING ARCHIVES By Julie Tamiko Manning & Matt Miwa With direction by Mike Payette Factory presents a Tashme production A CrossCurrents Canada presentation

January 29 – February 10 Toronto premiere Mainspace Theatre


Highlighting the unexpected moments of joy and wonder in the face of hardship and injustice, The Tashme Project chronicles the experiences of the Nisei, second-generation Japanese Canadians. Now in their 70s and 80s, they were children during the Second World War, subjected to Canada’s strict internment laws. The unique memories the Nisei share of their internment and post-war resettlement provides a crucial glimpse into Canada’s shameful wartime past, while offering glimmers of hope for the future.

“All the poignancy and humour of a master work of theatre” — Montreal Rampage 

CrossCurrents Canada Sponsors

BEARS Written and directed by Matthew MacKenzie Factory presents an Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts & Punctuate! Theatre production A CrossCurrents Canada presentation

February 28 – March 17 Mainspace Theatre


As the prime suspect in a workplace accident, Floyd flees through the Rockies to escape the clutches of the RCMP. On his riveting journey westward to the Pacific, Floyd looks back on his childhood, meets some unlikely companions, and undergoes a startling transformation. A love letter to nature and a critique of the devastating consequences of industrial expansion, Bears is a wild multi-disciplinary adventure.

“Bears will leave you breathless” — NOW Magazine WINNER

Outstanding Production

Dora Award 2018


Outstanding New Play Dora Award 2018

CrossCurrents Canada Sponsor

` ANGELIQUE By Lorena Gale Directed by Mike Payette Factory & Obsidian Theatre present a Black Theatre Workshop & Tableau D’Hote co-production A CrossCurrents Canada presentation

April 3 – 21

Toronto premiere Mainspace Theatre


Based on the true story of Marie Joseph Angélique, an enslaved Black woman who was hanged for setting fire to Montréal in 1734, Lorena Gale’s award-winning 1996 classic draws a line from Canada’s relatively unknown past to our contemporary struggles with racism. Combining historical fact with a thrilling live score and an electrifying script, this musical play gives a vibrant account of Canadian Black history beyond the Underground Railroad.

“A powerful and tragic true story” — Mobtreal  

CrossCurrents Canada Sponsors

BEAUTIFUL MAN By Erin Shields Directed by Andrea Donaldson A Factory Production

May 4 – 26

(Previews May 4 – 8) Toronto premiere Mainspace Theatre A scathing satire about the portrayal of women in film and television. Three friends take us on a whirlwind tour of an upside-down world where women are the hunters, not the hunted; the heroes, not the victims; and the subjects, not the objects, all while gazing at the semi-nude Beautiful Man. You’ll never watch your favourite binge-worthy shows the same way again.

“Full-frontal skewering of pop culture’s misogyny” — Winnipeg Free Press  


BEYOND THE STAGE At Factory, we don’t want the experience to end with the curtain call – we want our productions to inspire new ways of thinking, spark wide-ranging and fascinating discussions, and serve as a catalyst for future creativity. To achieve this, we offer a range of ancillary events throughout the season to take you behind the curtain and beyond the stage.




Join us before select evening performances for a casual pre-show discussion with a member of the creative team and enjoy an in-depth look at some of the most interesting (and often under celebrated) work in theatre.

Ask your burning questions to a selection of cast members, playwrights, and directors during our post-performance discussions led by our Company Dramaturge, Matt McGeachy.

An immersive experience behind the story – join us before select performances for specially curated activities, panels, and more that give you the opportunity to explore new perspectives and journey beyond the stories on our stage.

2018/19 Pub Nights

2018/19 Matt’s Chats

2018/19 Kaleidoscope Series

»» The Men in White - October 13, 2018

»» The Men in White - October 25, 2018

»» The Men in White - October 21, 2018

»» We Keep Coming Back - November 17, 2018

»» We Keep Coming Back - November 20, 2018

»» Bears - March 10, 2019

»» The Tashme Project: The Living Archives - January 29, 2019

»» The Tashme Project: The Living Archives - February 5, 2019

»» Beautiful Man - May 12, 2019

»» Bears - March 2, 2019

»» Bears - March 5, 2019

»» Angélique - April 6, 2019

»» Angélique - April 9, 2019

»» Beautiful Man - May 4, 2019

»» Beautiful Man - May 16, 2019

»» Angélique - April 7, 2019

SCHEDULE Show Times: Tuesday to Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm; Preview Sunday, 7pm. * = Matinée and Evening performances (2pm & 8pm) Mainspace Theatre.



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The best deal of the season! See some, or all, of our 2018/19 shows and save on tickets with a Factory Season Pass. Only Passholders save up to $120 on tickets, while enjoying exclusive benefits such as: free & flexible ticket exchanges; advanced booking on all our season shows; and invitations to exclusive events. Passes start for as little as $54, so you can start saving, no matter your budget.

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BOOK IN ADVANCE: Book your tickets more than 30 days before a show opens and you’ll be eligible for a 15% discount at checkout. SEE MORE, SAVE MORE: Book multiple shows in our season at the same time and save up to $10 per ticket. BOOK ONLINE: Save on transaction fees by booking your tickets on our website. Pass prices include all facility fees and HST. In person and phone transactions are subject to a transaction fee. Passes can only be redeemed for shows in the Factory 2018/19 Season. Refunds or exchanges will not be offered on unused passes. Programming is subject to change.



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