The Waltz show poster
Pictured (L to R): Anthony Perpuse, Ericka Leobrera; Photo by Dahlia Katz, Graphic Design by Darryl Mabey

The Waltz

October 22 – November 13 2022, Mainspace Theatre


Running Time: 70 minutes
Recommended for ages 14+

Written by Marie Beath Badian
Directed by Nina Lee Aquino

A Factory production in partnership with Blyth Festival | World Premiere

Audiences who loved Factory’s 2018 production of Prairie Nurse, get ready! Marie Beath Badian is returning to the Factory stage this October with the World Premiere of its sequel – The Waltz.

Love at first sight is total fiction.

It’s August 1993, 24 years after the events of Prairie Nurse.

Romeo Alvarez is travelling across the country from Ontario to British Columbia to attend University when he makes a pit-stop in Saskatchewan to connect with some of his mom’s old friends. His journey leads him to a remote cabin where his unexpected arrival is greeted by a suspicious Beatrice Klassen. It is here, on these doorsteps of a rustic cabin in North East Saskatchewan that two teenagers, whose histories are serendipitously interweaved, spend one evening with a boom box under the magnificent Saskatchewan sky at dusk.

A romantic comedy that is sure to capture the hearts of audiences, The Waltz explores whether we ever truly feel at home in the world.

COVID-19 Protocols at Factory

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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):

  • Sunday October 30 at 2PM
  • Thursday November 3 at 8PM
  • Wednesday November 9 at 8PM

Special Performances

Tagalog Surtitles – The following performances will include Tagalog surtitles during these upcoming performances:

  • Thursday November 10 at 8PM

the strong chemistry between Leobrera and Perpuse, beautifully orchestrated by director Nina Lee Aquino, carried me away.

Globe and Mail

The Waltz is a delight from start to finish.

A View From the Box

The chemistry between Perpuse and Leobrera is superbly credible and their charming performances anchor the show.

The Toronto Star

fantastically charming

front mezz junkies

You’ll leave the theatre with your heart full, humming a few tunes. Take this Waltz – and embrace it.

NOW Magazine

The Waltz’ is a lovely, touching story

Our Theatre Voice

About the Playwright

Marie Beath Badian

Marie Beath Badian is a Filipino-Canadian writer and theatre maker based in Toronto. She is best known for her play Prairie Nurse, which was commissioned and premiered at the Blyth Festival Theatre in Blyth, Ontario in 2013. Since then it has been produced across the country to sold-out audiences and enthusiastic acclaim. It is published by Scirocco Drama. In 2018 it was adapted into a four-part audio play for the CBC Podcast PlayME.

In 2022, her play Common had a workshop and reading at The National Theatre Studio in London, UK. It was long-listed in the top 30 for The 2019 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting – the U.K’s biggest national competition for playwriting. Her other plays include The Making of St. Jerome (Next Stage Theatre Festival, nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards), Mind Over Matter (part of AutoShow, Convergence Theatre), and Novena (UnoFestival Victoria, Toronto Fringe Festival).

She was the Playwright-in-Residence at fu-GEN Asian-Canadian Theatre Company, Project: Humanity and The Blyth Festival. Marie Beath has developed work in the playwright units of Cahoots Theatre Company, Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre and the Banff Playwrights Lab.

Marie Beath has adapted work for CBC Radio Drama, written for CBC’s Outfront and was a writer for the CBC Gem series Topline.

UPCOMING: Marie Beath is working on the third play of the Prairie Nurse cycle: The Cottage Guest, commissioned by the Blyth Festival.

For more about Marie Beath visit

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 became Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre, currently holds the same position at Factory Theatre. Awards for her work include the Ken McDougall Award 2004, the Canada Council John Hirsch Prize 2008, the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Margo Bindhart and Rita Davies Cultural Leadership Award, and three Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Direction.

Cast & Creative Team

Ericka Leobrera

Bea Klassen

Anthony Perpuse

Romeo Alvarez

Jackie Chau

Set and Costume Designer

Michelle Ramsay

Lighting Designer

Lyon Smith

Sound Designer

Matt McGeachy


Andrea Mapili


Tamara Protic

Stage Manager

Kayla Thomas

Apprentice Stage Manager

Hanna Donato

Surtitle Translator

Amelia Taverner

Head of Wardrobe

Maeve Byrnes

Head of Props

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