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“Paradise is a powerful play that talks about some important issues while giving no easy answers. It is also a very effective and powerful character study… It deals with the issues involved in a way that pulls no punches…If you only see one play this year let it be this one.”
– Zeb Berryman, The Evening Starr
“A very powerful piece beautifully brought to life by an incredibly gifted cast.”
– Whitehorse Audience Member
An MT Space & Gwaandak Theatre (Yukon) co-production
About the Show
An unemployed logger, a teenager accused of terrorism, a family doctor and his young daughter, are searching for their humanity inside the systems that cage us all. This play explores human rights, mental illness and addictions, and our own personal complicity. A poetic, complex, challenging work, Paradise is a beautiful marriage of the text and imagery of Patti Flather with the distinct physical style of MT Space. This latest piece directed by Majdi Bou-Matar premiered at the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse in March 2015 and toured to Haines Junction.
CREDITS (Premiere Production & IMPACT 15)
With Aldrin Bundoc*, Nicholas Cumming, Pam Patel and Michael Peng**
Directed by Majdi Bou-Matar
Set & properties designer David Skelton
Sound designer & composer Jordy Walker
Lighting designer David Skelton (Whitehorse) | Jennifer Jimenez (Kitchener)
Costume designer Melaina Sheldon
Musicians Gord Grdina, oud | Olivier de Colombel, saxophone | Darcy McCord, cello
Dramaturgy DD Kugler
Stage manager Emily Farrell (Whitehorse)
Stage manager Courtney Pyke (Kitchener)
* Member of ACTRA
** Member of CAEA / Canadian Actors’ Equity Association
We thank Nakai Theatre which supported development of this play with a commission to the playwright and dramaturgy in 2009, and performers Badih AbouChakra, Brad Cook, Tawiah M’Carthy, along with Trevor Copp, Andra Hunter, Gary Kirkham, Nada Humsi, Nick Storring, Angela van den Heuvel, for creative input in workshop development in 2014.
The playwright also thanks Playwrights Theatre Centre and Playwrights Workshop
Montreal for dramaturgical contributions.
Gwaandak Theatre thanks Yukon Touring Artist Fund.
Mature content, recommended for ages 14+.