Beautiful Man show poster

Beautiful Man

May 4–26 2019, Mainspace Theatre


Running Time: 90 minutes
Recommended for ages 18+

Written by Erin Shields
Directed by Andrea Donaldson

A Factory Production

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; 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.

Content Warning

Beautiful Man contains very strong language, sexual themes, and nudity.

About the Playwright

Erin Shields

Erin Shields is a Montreal based playwright and actor. She won the 2011 Governor General’s Award for her play If We Were Birds, which premiered at Tarragon Theatre. If We Were Birds has been widely produced and translated into French, German, Italian and Albanian. Erin’s other Tarragon premieres include The Millennial Malcontent and Soliciting Temptation. Erin’s version of Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea was part of The Shaw Festival’s 2015 season and she has two plays for young audiences: Mistatim with Red Sky Performance and Instant with Geordie Productions. Recent Montreal productions include the adaptation of The Angel and the Sparrow for The Segal Centre and Unit B1717 for Théâtre à Corps Perdus. Upcoming, Erin’s adaptation of Paradise Lost will premiere at The Stratford Festival.

About the Director

Andrea Donaldson

Selected Directing Credit Include: Taming of the Shrew (SLSF), Snowman (Soulpepper Academy), Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) (Nightwood), Quiver (Nightwood), These Peaceable Kingdoms (NTS), Sequence (Tarragon), Love and Information (RAPA), Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare in the Ruff), Janet Wilson Meets the Queen (GCTC), Within the Glass (Tarragon), Mistatim (Red Sky), Beautiful Man (Summerworks), CLEAVE (NTS), Tyumen Then (Revolver Festival), The Atomic Weight of Happiness, The Unfortunate Misadventures of Masha Galinski (TPM) , Soliciting Temptation (Tarragon), Montparnasse (TPM). Other: Four seasons as Assistant/Associate Artistic Director at Tarragon (2012-2016), presently entering fifth season as Program Director for Nightwood’s Write From the Hip, Alumni Stratford Festival’s Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction Awards: Stratford’s Jean Gascon Award for Direction, nominated twice for the Pauline McGibbon Award and for the John Hirsch Directing Award. Andrea’s projects have garnered over a dozen Dora nominations, receiving two.

Cast & Creative Team

Ashley Botting


Jesse LaVercombe

Beautiful Man

Mayko Nguyen


Sofia Rodriguez


Gillian Gallow

Set Designer

Ming Wong

Costume Designer

Jason Hand

Lighting Designer

Richard Feren

Sound Designer & Music Composition

Keshia Palm

Assistant Director

Andrea Baggs

Stage Manager

Michaela Steven

Apprentice Stage Manager

Chanti Laliberte

Head of Wardrobe

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