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Pictured (L to R): Ryan Hollyman, Carlos Gonzalez Vio; Photo by Dahlia Katz

among men

April 23 – May 15 2022, Mainspace Theatre


Running Time: 100 minutes
Recommended for ages 16+

Written by David Yee
Directed by Nina Lee Aquino

A Factory World Premiere Production

I’ll remember it. I remember the good ones.

1959, Ameliasburgh, Prince Edward County, Canada. On the edge of spring, two men are finishing an A-frame cabin on Roblin Lake. In the coming decade all three of them – Al, Milt, and the A-frame – will become famous and change the face of Canadian poetry. But now all they have is the stench of sweat, whiskey, and words. From Governor General’s Award-winner David Yee, among men is a poetic and charged portrait of male friendship in uncertain times, and a story of how Canadian literature was changed forever.


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David Yee has taken a footnote in Canadian literature and created a play that is raucous, lively, crude… and extremely moving. So far, in a very unusual Toronto theatre season, it’s one of the most pleasant surprises yet.

Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine

Masterful storytelling and performance

Joe Szekeres, Our Theatre Voice

An explosion of stunning language, poetry and a deep dive into the intoxicating, desperate world of being a poet and needing to write poems. Wonderfully directed and acted.

Lynn Slotkin

A laugh-out-loud, moving piece of art

A View from the Box

About the Playwright

David Yee

David Yee is a mixed race actor and playwright, born and raised in Toronto. He is the co-founding Artistic Director of fu-GEN Theatre Company, Canada’s premiere professional Asian Canadian theatre company. A Dora Mavor Moore Award nominated actor and playwright, his work has been produced internationally and at home. He is a two-time Governor General’s Literary Award nominee for his plays lady in the red dress and carried away on the crest of a wave, which won the award in 2015 along with the Carol Bolt Award in 2013. He has worked extensively in the Asian Canadian community as an artist and an advocate. He has been called many things, but prefers ‘outlaw poet’ to them all.

About the Director

Nina Lee Aquino

With a string of firsts in Asian Canadian theatre, Nina was the founding Artistic Director of fu-GEN Asian Canadian theatre company, organized the first Asian Canadian theatre conference, edited the first (2-volume) Asian Canadian play anthology, and co-edited the first (award-winning) book on Asian Canadian theatre. She was previously the Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre and Factory Theatre and is now the Artistic Director of English Theatre at the National Arts Centre. Awards for her work include the Ken McDougall Award, the Canada Council John Hirsch Prize, the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Margo Bindhart and Rita Davies Cultural Leadership Award, the Toronto Theatre Critics Awards for Best Director, and three Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Direction.

Cast & Creative Team

Ryan Hollyman

Al Purdy

Carlos Gonzalez-Vio

Milton Acorn

Joanna Yu

Set & Costume Designer

Michelle Ramsay

Lighting Designer

Christopher Stanton

Sound Designer & Composer

Matt McGeachy


Cameron Grant

Assistant Director

Tamara Protic

Stage Manager

Kayla Ado

Apprentice Stage Manager

Ellie Koffman

Head of Wardrobe

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