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Written by Daniel MacIvor
Directed by Soheil Parsa
Featuring Karl Ang
A Factory Theatre Production
Daniel MacIvor’s chilling one-person show returns featuring powerhouse performer Karl Ang.
Finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Drama, Monster peels back the psychological layers of 16 different characters to reveal the dark heart of individual experience. With a masterful blend of suspense, humor, and raw emotion, Monster invites you to confront your fears and embrace the complexities that make us human.
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 Monster 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
Soheil Parsa is an Iranian Canadian theatre artist based in Toronto. He is the co-founder and former artistic director of Modern Times Stage Company and has directed over forty productions for the company since its inception in 1989. Soheil’s work has been shown in Canada as well as internationally, and has been recognized with numerous awards and nominations. Selected past works include ‘Blood Wedding’ and ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’ (Modern Times Stage Company and Aluna Theatre), ‘The Chairs’, ‘The Cherry Orchard’, ‘Waiting for Godot,’ ‘Macbeth’, ‘Hamlet’, ‘Aurash’, and ‘The Death of the King’ (Modern Times Stage Company). In 2022, he received a Dora Mavor Moore award for the direction of David Paquet’s dark comedy “Wildfire” at the Factory Theatre. Soheil is delighted to return to Factory with Daniel MacIvor’s play ‘Monster’.
Karl is very pleased to be together with you in a dark room.
He’s been in other dark rooms across the country and sometimes outside in the light. He has been in the room upstairs a couple of times but as different people.
Story has it that ever since childhood Karl has harboured the idea that a hateful monster lurks deep beneath the placid surface of the human face. Love to his parents, Lee and Elaine.