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Written by Daniel MacIvor
Directed by Tawiah M’Carthy
Featuring Damien Atkins
A Factory Theatre Production
Damien Atkins steps into the iconic role of Henry in Daniel MacIvor’s seminal one-person show about a man alone in a room with a mission to tell you something you don’t already know.
Henry is nervous, a self-proclaimed liar, and compelled by some unknown force to tell us his life story. MacIvor’s spellbinding head-scratcher of a one-man play twists and turns, flips and sidesteps through Henry’s struggle to grasp the meaning of life, love, beauty, death, truth and lies.
At Factory, we believe theatre should be accessible to all who want to participate. That is why we’ve introduced a sliding scale ticket model. Tickets prices for Here Lies Henry range from $20 – $80 for every performance. All tickets are treated the same at Factory regardless of the price point they’ve been purchased at. Our sliding scale ticket model allows audiences to select whichever price point they’re comfortable with to experience theatre at Factory.
About the Playwright
Daniel MacIvor was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, in 1962. He has written numerous award-winning plays including See Bob Run, A Beautiful View, Marion Bridge and Bingo! From 1987 to 2007 with producer Sherrie Johnson he ran the successful international touring company da da kamera. There, with long-time collaborator Daniel Brooks, he created the solo plays House, Here Lies Henry, Monster, Cul-de-sac and This is What Happens Next. As playwright-in-residence at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre he developed and presented his plays Communion, Was Spring and Cake and Dirt. Tarragon produced his play New Magic Valley Fun Town in 2019 and is currently touring their production beginning this August at Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, ON. Also a filmmaker Daniel has frequently worked with Canadian indie-icon filmmaker Bruce McDonald as a screenwriter on Trigger (written for actors Molly Parker and Tracy Wright), the Canadian Screen Award winning Weirdos and the upcoming Vic & Doc & Duke Go To The Store. Currently based in Toronto Daniel maintains deep connection with Nova Scotia having often worked with Mulgrave Road Theatre in Guysborough and frequently collaborating with Kazan Co-op in Halifax. Recently Daniel wrote the libretto for Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian presented by the Canadian Opera Company, and currently he and producer Marcie Januska run reWork Productions a touring and development company responsible for the solo plays Who Killed Spalding Gray? and Let’s Run Away and the upcoming documentary feature Everything Is Real Nothing Is True. Daniel first came to Stratford a dozen years ago on a Playwrights Retreat and then returned to develop and workshop his play His Greatness with actors Richard Monette, Geordie Johnson and Allan Hawco. In 2012 his play The Best Brothers was presented at the Studio Theatre as part of Stratford’s season, directed by Dean Gabourie and dramaturged by the late/great inimitable Iris Turcott.
About the Director
Tawiah M’Carthy is a Ghanaian born, Toronto based theatre practitioner, notable as a director, playwright and performer. Directing credits include Fairview (Canadian Stage / Obsidian Theatre), Death and the King’s Horseman (Stratford Festival) and Rihannaboi95 (Young People’s Theatre). Playwright/Creator credits include Maanomaa, My Brother (Blue Bird Theatre Collective), Black Boys (Saga Collectif), Obaaberima (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre) and Yɛn Ara Asaase Ni (21 Black Futures, Obsidian Theatre). Performing credits include Sizwe in Sizwe Banzi Is Dead (Soulpepper Theatre). Tawiah is a co-artistic director of Blue Bird Theatre Collective and has worked with various organizations across Canada including, National Arts Center, Shaw Theatre Festival and MTSpace. Tawiah is a multi Dora-nominated playwright and performer.
Actor and playwright, miscreant and devoted son. Aspiring Buddhist, runner, bon vivant, lunatic. Hapless but game. Grateful to have performed in works by Shakespeare, Shaw, Wilde, Pinter, Coward, Sondheim, Williams, Shields, Thomson, Kushner, Tesori, Wasserstein, Panych, Stoppard, Congreve, Shaffer, Nicholson, Wright, Fraser, Findley, Wertenbaker, Jonson, and Butterworth, among many others. Marked early by MacIvor and very proud to add him to the list. Dream made reality, actually. IG: atkins_damien, web: damienatkins.com.