Written by Colleen Wagner
Directed by Jani Lauzon
A Factory Production | World Premiere
Everything is a risk. Especially the game of love.
On a cross-country theatre tour of a new interpretation of the classic Greek myth of the Marriage of Thetis and Peleus, the onstage danger spills into the backstage world as four actors have to navigate the realities of tour life, challenges to patriarchy and the disruption of a new actress performing Thetis halfway through the tour. The chaos she brings forces each to confront how the stories we tell about love, sex, power, and consent shape our everyday lives and interactions.
A provocative and unabashedly feminist new play from Governor General’s Award-winner Colleen Wagner, Armadillos brings audiences beyond the edge of their seats to the edge of the stage and asks us: what stories do we have to leave behind in order to fully and truly love?
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MASKED PERFORMANCES (The following performances will require all audiences members to be masked while inside the building and for the duration of the performance):
- Friday June 9 at 8PM
- Thursday June 15 at 8PM
- Thursday June 22 at 8PM
Tickets at the $0 price option will be available to book beginning Thursday May 18, 2023.
We believe theatre should be accessible to all who want to participate. That is why we’ve introduced a sliding scale ticket model with a $0 option. Tickets prices for Armadillos range from $15 – $60, and include a limited number of $0 tickets for every performance. Audiences are invited to select the ticket price option that works best for them to experience theatre at Factory.
All ticket fees and taxes are included in the advertised price – no extra charges at checkout.
Depictions and conversations of non-consensual sexual violence & incest. Comments about assisted death & suicide. Use of alcohol & drugs.
About the Playwright
Playwright, educator, feminist, activist, environmentalist, gardener and avid walker, Colleen Wagner’s writing interests embrace screenwriting, poetry and short fiction. Recipient of numerous awards including a Governor General’s Literary Award her work has been translated into a dozen languages and continue to be produced nationally and internationally. Plays include, The Living, Home, down from heaven, The Morning Bird, The Monument (GG winner), Sand and Eclipsed. She was a recipient of a SSHRC research/creation grant that took her to Africa that resulted in a feature documentary film, Women Building Peace (Silver Wave Film Festival award for best documentary 2016); and an interactive website: http://thelivingplay.com/ and a documentary play, The Living. She divided her time between Toronto and a riverside farm in NB for twenty years, and co-founded and was co-artistic director of NotaBle Acts Theatre Co., Fredericton NB from 2002-07. Short fiction and poetry has been published in various anthologies. She was a professor at York University and has taught numerous courses on playwriting and screenwriting at various institutions across Canada.
About the Director
Jani Lauzon is a multidisciplinary artist of Métis/French/Finnish ancestry. She is a 9 time Dora Mavor Moore nominated actor/director/writer, a three time Juno nominated singer/songwriter, an award winning screen actress, a Gemini Award winning puppeteer and a Toronto Theatre Critics award winning director. She recently received the ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence celebrating both her body of work and her commitment to advocacy for inclusion and the John Hirsch Director’s Award (OAC). Directing credits include: The Monument (Factory Theatre), 1939 (Stratford Festival), Where the Blood Mixes and Almighty Voice and his Wife (Soulpepper), Rope (Shaw Festival), I Call myself Princess (Globe Theatre), An Irresistible Urge to do something Inadvisable (NTS Graduating class) and Alien Creature (TPM). Upcoming: Prophecy Fog, her solo show will have a Toronto run in the late fall. Watch for news! She is very proud of her daughter Tara Sky who is in her 3rd season at the Stratford Festival.
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